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In Our Opinion

Difficult Decisions Being Made Over Who Gets Vaccinated

It’s difficult to say that either Terry Niebel or Sheriff Jim Quattrone were wrong last week when discussing COVID-19 vaccination of 110 Chautauqua County Jail inmates. Niebel, a legislator representing the Sheridan area, would have preferred to see those 110 doses go to senior citizens, a ...

NYS Should Adopt CDC Guidelines To Give Public Schools Clear Guidance

Friday’s decision by the Centers for Disease Control to change the federal guidance on in-school social distancing from 6 feet to 3 feet could be helpful to schools seeking to bring more students back into school buildings. We say that because the decision is only helpful if the New York ...

Reed Can’t Go Into Hiding Or Avoid Slings, Arrows That Publicly Await Him

It would have been easy for Rep. Tom Reed to have asked for an investigation into his conduct nearly four years ago in a Minnesota bar. Reed did not do so, however, instead announcing Sunday that he will retire from elected politics when his term ends at the end of next year. While there can ...

Penhollow And His Team Have Consistently Put Student Safety First

It’s good to see Falconer Central School officials bringing more students back to school for in-person instruction today. Steve Penhollow, district superintendent, said recently it was a move the district wanted to make back in November or December, but the skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 ...

The State Should Make Veterans Cemeteries Priority

New York, which prides itself on being first on a laundry’s list of progressive causes, is curiously slow in establishing its first state-owned veterans cemetery. New York is one of four states without a state veterans cemetery for veterans and their dependents to be buried free of charge. ...

Long-Term Impact Of Relief Package

Forget about the Green New Deal. In recent weeks, President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress have paved the way for a revamping of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s original New Deal. Action taken as part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package might mean the federal ...

Long-Term Impact Of Relief Package

Forget about the Green New Deal. In recent weeks, President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress have paved the way for a revamping of former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s original New Deal. Action taken as part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package might mean the federal ...

Frewsburg Senior Shows The Value Of Involvement

Kudos to Everina Bennett, a Frewsburg High School senior, and Tom Nelson, one of Bennett’s teachers at Frewsburg Central School and a Jamestown City Council member, for showing the value of involvement. Last month, Bennett took time out of her busy schedule to attend a Carroll Town Board ...

We Need A Plan To Help Businesses Hit By COVID

State Labor Department statistics showing the damage COVID-19 has done to the state and local job markets should come as no surprise. Businesses have dealt with nine months of attendance limits, closures, restructuring to meet social distancing guidelines and a laundry list of increased ...

Phone Calls From Schwartz Are Politics At Their Worst

We certainly hope that Larry Schwartz, New York’s vaccine “czar,” is telling the truth when he says calls to gauge loyalty to Gov. Andrew Cuomo have nothing to do with vaccine supplies to counties. Certainly, Schwartz should be able to understand the county executives’ doubts. ...

The Opening Of Jamestown’s Parks Is Good News For Families

Opening up Jamestown’s parks — including opening the bathrooms so that parents of young children don’t have to end trips to the park early because their toddler needs bathroom facilities — is good news for families who use the parks throughout the spring and summer. Another wise ...

DRI May Have Been Longshot That Will Never Pay Off

There was genuine excitement four years ago when Jamestown received a $10 million state Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant. Unfortunately, as some projects that received DRI money fizzled, so has that excitement. Priority projects included $1 million to help redevelop the former Key ...

Stewardship: Spending Programs Need Better Oversight

For small businesses and organizations around the country, the emergency loan programs set up by the federal government in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic were a godsend. Loans such as those through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program were given at low ...

JPS Capital Needs Nothing New

The Jamestown Public Schools’ capital needs, particularly at Jamestown High School, are nothing new. Bret Apthorpe, former Jamestown Public Schools superintendent, made clear almost two years ago his intention to modernize the high school. The work is as necessary now as it was then. Of ...

Make Your Thoughts Known About City Police Reform Plan

There is much to like in Jamestown’s draft Police Reform and Reinvention Plan. The plan sets as goals to increase recruitment of minority and women candidates, achieve state accreditation, increase the amount of community relations the Jamestown Police Department undertakes, including an ...

It’s About Time Assembly, Senate Dems Took Action

It’s about time Assembly and Senate Democrats took action to end Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s broad executive authority. What took them so long? The back-room deal they’ve struck could have been passed anytime in the past several months. Existing directives Cuomo has issued since last ...

How Can Cuomo Continue To Govern Amid Turmoil?

Ten years ago last month, Rep. Christopher Lee resigned after it was revealed the married former Congressman had been sending flirtatious emails to a woman he met on Craigslist. When the news broke, Lee immediately resigned his post. It was the honorable thing to do. The seat was filled ...

U.S. Capitol Fallout Produces Finger-Pointing

Finger-pointing and a botched blame game have marked the testimony regarding the breach of the U.S. Capitol. During Senate hearings last week, the people who were in charge of security that day now say the problem was “missed intelligence” by various federal agencies. Former Capitol ...

Concerns Grow Over Legalizing Pot

Legalized marijuana is likely a fait accompli in New York state, though there is still a wide gulf between the approaches backed by the state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. It is in that vein that something Dr. Kevin Sabet, Smart Approaches to Marijuana president and CEO, said during ...

Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Is Just What The Doctor Ordered For County

Thousands of Chautauqua County residents want to get COVID-19 a COVID-19 vaccine judging from the response to two items in the news last week. The first was an NBC News report that state officials had convinced the federal government to move a vaccine clinic from Chautauqua County to a ...