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In Our Opinion

Chautauqua Board Made Right Decision About Programming

Chautauqua Institution made a difficult decision over the weekend. The institution has provided a familiar rhythm to our summer season. Many area residents know summer is here when insitution residents begin arriving. A leisurely pace resumes here when the institution closes for the year. In ...

If Elective Surgeries Can Resume, Then So Should Economy

One of the main reasons to shut down our society was to keep hospitals from being overwhelmed by COVID-19 cases. Why, then, are reopening plans for the economy being handled differently than the reopening plans for elective procedures in hospitals? It’s a valid question whose answer ...

We’re Americans, We Help Others In Need Whenever We Can

We Americans have paid a high price — more than 60,000 deaths — for not stockpiling enough medical equipment and personal protective devices to cope with the COVID-19 onslaught. But here, some states seem to have begun flattening that a statistical curve you read so much about. A few are ...

Time For Those In Charge Of The Lake To Act Like Adults

The Chautauqua Lake hyperbole machine is in high gear. After one year of relative peace regarding lake treatments, threats of lawsuits are being bandied about while age-old divisions among lake agencies and personalities are rising to the surface like pesky eurasian milfoil leaves. Towns ...

It’s Time To Restore Some Balance To The State’s Policies

We’re not often in agreement with Letitia James, New York’s attorney general, particularly in her seemingly endless series of lawsuits and spats with President Donald Trump and the federal government. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and James is right to oppose several proposed ...

The Rib Fest Will Likely Be The First Of Many Cancellations

The area is seeing a rash of new cancellations as the COVID-19 shutdown stretches into May. The Celoron Ribfest, Great Blue Heron Festival and area Memorial Day parades have all been cancelled. It’s a reminder that, as much as everyone wants to see the economy reopened, simply reopening ...

Rural Western New York Needs To Reopen Before Erie County

Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced with great fanfare that Lt. Kathy Hochul would oversee Western New York’s phased business reopening. That was seen as a good thing at the time. At least Hochul, who is from Buffalo, can find Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties with a map, a ...

Georgia Pioneering Path Other States Must Take Soon

A great experiment is underway in the United States. Led by a few states — notably, Georgia — we are trying to determine how and when to begin recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. We know the risk: Allow people and businesses to ease away from restrictions put in place to limit the ...

Americans Deserve To Know Where The Roosevelt Went Wrong

Following the chain of command can be imperative in the military. Failure to do so can have both fatal and national security implications. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier is a hero to many sailors about the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, which he captained earlier this year. After the ...

A Federal Stimulus Bill Is Needed To Fund Essential Operations

This week will be a pivotal week for school districts trying to build their budgets. Robert Mujica, state budget director, will release his first of four 2020 examinations of state revenues and expenses, an analysis that will likely trigger a first round of state spending cuts. Gov. Andrew ...

Health Care May Be The Best Place To Start Working For Normalcy

Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this week gave some New York hospitals approval to begin allowing elective surgeries now that the first wave of COVID-19 infections has passed. Using the word elective, however, sends the message that hospitals should be filling appointment books with cosmetic ...

State Should Either Open Court Or Show Precedings Online

The U.S. Supreme Court will livestream oral arguments in 10 cases in May. The high court’s decision is not permanent and will likely end when enough has been done to slow the spread of COVID-19 to return the court’s hearings to their prior untelevised status. Still, it is a jarring blow ...

People Who Want To See Restrictions Lifted May Have A Reason

It is easy to dismiss those protesting stay in place policies related to COVID-19 as wingnuts, whackadoodles or right-wing conspiracy theorists who don’t understand the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, surely, there are some who fit that description among those who are flooding big ...

State And Federal Officials Can’t Forget Child Care

Eleven Chautauqua County child care providers have closed and nearly one-third of available child care slots vacant in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. That makes some sense given that many more parents are home with their children as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic business closures ...

Check Your Child’s School Work, Help Them Stay On Track

When pubic schools reopen in August, or perhaps even later this spring, a significant number of students are going to be far behind their classmates. That may prompt some teachers to wonder if there is some way they can hand out a few F grades — to parents. Public schools in many areas ...

We Should Move Forward With A Phased Opening

In Chautauqua County, there have been 27 COVID-19 cases. Between 35,000 and 45,000 people are estimated to be out of work. While the health impact has been low, the virus has exacted quite a toll from Chautauqua County’s residents. With the apex of the virus’ first wave appearing to have ...

The Governor Should Consider Revisiting The Pay Freeze Decision

We agree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s logic in freezing scheduled 2% pay raises for a majority of the state’s workforce. Cuomo knows the state’s revenues are going to be unreliable for the rest of the year, if not longer, as the state’s taxpayers dig their way out of the financial holes ...

Devise Local Plans To Help Businesses When They Reopen

President Donald Trump and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have dueling timelines of when to begin ending COVID-19 isolations and business closures. The utmost care should be taken to protect public safety and prevent flare-ups or greater spread of the COVID-19 virus. That much is obvious. A plan being ...

Snowbirds, Second Home Owners Should Quarantine When Arriving Here

Dr. Donald Yealey, UPMC emergency medicine department chairman, hasn’t seen COVID-19 hotspots erupt in his hospitals’ service territories. The best way to keep it that way is for residents in UPMC’s service territory, which includes Jamestown, to keep doing what they’re doing. While ...