In Our Opinion

The Law May Stink, But County Clerk Barmore Should Abide By It

Once again, state lawmakers have made life difficult for local officials. Passage of the Green Light Bill, which allows immigrants to use valid foreign documents to verify their identities when they apply for a New York state driver’s license. Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore is ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Bemus Point, Panama and Sherman elementary schools and Fredonia and Southwestern high schools for their status as Recognition Schools by the state Education Department. Recognition Schools are identified as such because they are among the top performing under ESSA for ...

Boutique Air Needs To Prove Itself Before Money Is Spent

We’re not sure spending county government money is what was meant when the federal government said it wanted to see area residents have skin in the game regarding the county airport at Jamestown. Before county legislators approve $72,000 a year in spending to prove to the federal ...

Legislature’s Punt On Pay Raises Now Costing Taxpayers

A couple of weeks ago in this space we criticized the state Legislature for punting on hard decisions. A court decision by an Albany judge has proved us correct. At issue was a commission to examine legislative pay raises created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as part of the 2018 state budget. The ...

Officer Resignation Was Likely The Right Move For Everyone

It was better for everyone that a Jamestown police officer charged in March with criminal possession of a forged instrument has resigned. Harry Snellings, Jamestown police chief, confirmed Thursday that Kenneth V. Nellis III, 40, had resigned his position. Nellis was previously on ...

New Bail Reform Bill Should Have Passed In The First Place

It must be summer time, because five Democrats in Long Island are wearing flip flops right now. Two months ago, Long Island Democrats Democrats James Gaughran, Monica Martinez, John Brooks, Anna Kaplan and Kevin Thomas were among the 40 senators who voted for legislation to eliminate most ...

Thorough Investigation Is Needed In Attacks On Oil Tankers

If indeed Iran is behind recent attacks on several tanker ships carrying petroleum products, action by the world community — not just the United States — may be necessary. But as of Thursday, only circumstantial evidence of Iranian complicity had been provided. One ship is owned by ...

County Should Move Slowly, If At All, On Lake Taxation District

The scramble the last two years to pay for permitted herbicide applications as well as the scramble to pay for a cleanup of Burtis Bay last fall shows that there is a need for dedicated funding to maintain Chautauqua Lake. Roughly $2 million will be spent on lake maintenance this year, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Robert H. Jackson Center for its work to bring Bob Woodward, one of the two famous Washington Post Watergate break-in reporters, to Jamestown in August. Woodward will present, “Have We Forgotten the Lessons of Watergate?” at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 5 p.m. ...

The City Needs To Learn From Its Own History, Plan Better

Brad Bentley, Chautauqua County public facilities director, wants to make sure the Harrison Street bridge can be done over one construction season. Travelers through downtown Jamestown hope so, too. Bentley told Chautauqua County legislators last month that the bridge replacement project ...

Farmworks Legislation Should Be Part Of 2020 Budget Talks

Opposition to the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act by the Rural Democratic Conference should be a sign to Democrats throughout the rest of the state Legislature to let the controversial farm legislation wait until the next legislative session. Members of the Democratic Rural Conference, ...

Job Growth Is Only A Step In The Right Direction For County

It is certainly good news that Chautauqua County is finally seeing some consistent job growth. State Labor Department statistics show 400 more people employed in April 2019 than were employed in April 2018. The trend actually started back in October with employment growth ranging from ...

More Needs To Be Done To Curb Mass Violence

The recent mass murder in Virginia Beach, Virginia, was more bloody proof that we Americans need to do more to curb such violence. It also indicated both why more gun control laws are attractive to some politicians— while futile in achieving the desired result. Hours after emailing his ...

It’s Time To Take A Fresh Look At Jamestown’s Noise Ordinance

On the surface, it would be easy to laugh off the complaints of someone who buys a building in a city’s downtown and then complain when it’s too noisy. Doing so, however, disregards a pretty plain incongruence with the old Downtown Jamestown Development Corp. slogan that downtown was a ...

China’s Threat Shows How Short-Sighted Our Policies Have Been

Thank you, Beijing, for making it clear to Americans how short-sighted we have been for many years. Chinese officials have issued a new threat as part of their reaction to President Donald Trump’s increases in tariffs on some goods imported here from China. His purpose is to force Beijing ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the installation of a kayak launch at McCrae Point Park in Jamestown. The launch is handicapped accessible and should be open to the public sometime in July. These are the sorts of amenities that the city needs along the Chadakoin Riverwalk to make the trail a destination for both ...

Cat Declawing Bill Does Not Address Concerns Of State’s Veterinarians

It’s hard to believe the state Legislature didn’t have better things to do this week than to take up legislation banning the declawing of cats. The legislation passed both the Senate and the Assembly on Tuesday and will now be sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature. For the ...

Cuomo Needs To Listen To The Voices In All Of His Districts

One has to wonder, if Democrats weren’t already in control of the state Senate and had a chance to seize control, if a special election would have been called this year to fill the open position created by former state Sen. Catharine Young’s resignation. The time to call for such a ...

It’s Likely Time For The Supreme Court To Revisit Roe v. Wade

For most Americans, Roe v. Wade has been the law of the land regarding abortion. Handed down in 1973 by the U.S. Supreme Court, the ruling placed the federal government firmly in charge of regulating whether and in what circumstances women can have their pregnancies terminated. But for the ...

Legislation To Aid Fire Departments Should Be Passed

It’s hard to find a good reason why volunteer fire departments should not be able to recoup the cost of ambulance services from a patient’s insurance plans or to Medicaid or Medicare. New York is the only state in the nation that doesn’t allow fire departments to bill insurers for the ...