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In Our Opinion

Police Departments Need More Time To Meet Cuomo’s Order

We hope state legislators are listening to the chiefs of small police departments in their districts when it comes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s late June executive order mandating changes to police training procedures. Departments that don’t comply could lose state funding if they don’t meet ...

Police Departments Need More Time To Meet Cuomo’s Order

We hope state legislators are listening to the chiefs of small police departments in their districts when it comes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s late June executive order mandating changes to police training procedures. Departments that don’t comply could lose state funding if they don’t meet ...

Jamestown’s P-Tech Mess Didn’t Need To Have Happened

We’re glad to see that Dr. Kevin Whitaker, new Jamestown Public Schools superintendent, and the city Board of Education are trying to find money to keep 17 P-TECH students enrolled in the Dunkirk skilled trades program. That doesn’t mean we disagree with the board’s earlier decision ...

Forcing The Virus To Conform May Kill Tens Of Thousands

President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold some federal funds from education institutions, both K-12 and colleges and universities, if they do not reopen soon for the fall semester. Some governors also have issued blanket reopening schedules for their public schools. This is misguided, ...

For Anything Close To Normal To Return, Just Wear A Mask

It is good news that schools in Chautauqua County should be able to open in September with at least some form of in-person learning. Now, the hard work begins. School districts have until July 31 to submit reopening plans to the state Department of Education. There is much yet to be ...

Nation Owes It To Local Vets To Listen To Their Concerns

We don’t blame veterans who are concerned with the Veterans Administration’s recent changes to the Jamestown VA Clinic. Currently located on Third Street, the clinic will move into space on Hazeltine Avenue in Jamestown later this year while decreasing the staff from two full-time ...

Biaggi’s Bill Should Be Shelved Until More Questions Are Answered

We hope state legislators give more than a passing thought to legislation that would require police officers to have their own liability insurance. When a local government hires a police officer, it would set a basic rate to pay for the officer’s policy. But, if there are increaes in ...

Bill To Withhold School Aid May Spur Debate Across State

State Sen. Pete Harkham introduced an interesting bill recently that would withhold state aid to school districts that have race-based nicknames and mascots. The bill would give districts three years to change their nickname or mascot before aid is withheld, and aid would continue to be ...

Cooperation Needed To Prevent Iran From Becoming Powerful

While the rest of the world was preoccupied with other things this spring and summer, Iranian leaders — despite a severe COVID-19 epidemic in their own country, were busy creating another threat. Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, needed to build the nuclear ...

Masks May Not Be Fun, But They Are A Necessity Now

On Monday, there wasn’t conclusive evidence that more younger people are testing positive for COVID-19 in Chautauqua County. By Tuesday, the evidence was a bit more conclusive. Thirteen new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the county — 10 of them either teenagers or women in their ...

Other, Greater Needs Outweigh Opening Jamestown Airport

Ron Almeter made an interesting point recently to the federal Transportation Department – if there is ever a time to restore air service to the Chautauqua County Airport at Jamestown, this is it. For as much as we have doubted the future of commercial airline service from the Jamestown ...

Loyalty Is Endearing Quality About Small Communities In Chautauqua County

This year has already been impossible for our small businesses — and that’s what makes last week’s fire that destroyed the Kiss BBQ restaurant in Westfield so hard to swallow. Employees were in the building putting the finishing touches on the restaurant and preparing food to reopen to ...

The Council Should Deliberate In Open Session On Solutions

Mayor Eddie Sundquist and the Jamestown City Council need to tread very carefully when it comes to food trucks downtown. No one wants to see a possible new local favorite be turned away simply because of a restaurant is based in a truck rather than a brick-and-morter building. At the same ...

Make It A Reality All Are Treated Equally

Independence Day should not be celebrated without recognizing that for much of our history as a nation, many of our fellow Americans have wondered what there was for them to celebrate. During nearly a century after independence, millions of African-Americans remained enslaved, after all. ...

Support Local Museums During The Transition To A ‘New Normal’

It will take some time for us all to get used to the “new normal” after the COVID-19 epidemic. One aspect of our lives that should not change — but could — is the variety of museums that educate and entertain us. Throughout the world, most museums had to close during the height of ...

Reinstalling Poulin Statues Is A Fitting Remembrance

One of the most heartbreaking aspects of Dave Poulin’s story in the Jamestown and Warren areas is what happened in the aftermath of the “Scary Lucy” fiasco. Some took joy in berating and making fun of the sculptor, and lost amidst the hubbub of a private commission gone wrong was the ...

A Classic Case Of Do As I Say And Not As I Do From The Governor

How short is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s memory? Does he remember his blithering bluster only three short months ago when Rhode Island threatened to force any visitors from New York state to be quarantined regardless of whether or not they had symptoms? Does he remember threatening lawsuits at ...

CARTS Needs To Work Better With Non-Profit Agencies To Boost Ridership

Chautauqua County Legislator Terry Niebel is correct to be a little wary. During a recent Audit and Control Committee meeting this month, the Sheridan representative questioned a potential new name for the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System. “It’s been known as CARTS since the mid ...

Because We Are Americans We Can And Must Do This

Charity begins at home, especially in safeguarding Americans from COVID-19. But we have a long, praiseworthy record of having big hearts, and now should be no exception to that. Efforts to develop new medicines to treat the symptoms of COVID-19 and to develop vaccines against it have ...