In Our Opinion

Some Politicians Will Say Whatever It Takes To Be Elected

No nation, especially one as attractive as ours in terms of liberty, safety and prosperity, can survive long without some firm policy on immigration. By definition, the “open borders” crowd refuses to accept that. So do those in favor of mass amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the ...

Remember Councilman’s Lack Of Knowledge Of Simple City Matters

Andrew Liuzzo has been a City Council member for roughly 18 months and will ask city Republicans for their vote in a mayoral primary later this month. That would imply that the councilman thinks he has a pretty good understanding of the way things work. After 18 months in office, it would ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up Ivana Hite, Westfield Academy and Central School principal, for being named School Administrators Association of New York State High School Principal of the Year for Region 12, which covers Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. Hite ...

State Should Branch Out To Hear The Needs Of Residents

There will be more hearings on the New York Health Act, according to state Sen. Gustavo Rivera, chair of the Senate’s Health Care Committee. It was good that Rivera said, in April, that the Senate wouldn’t vote on the legislation until after a public hearing was held. The announcement on ...

It Will Take Time To Change Minds, Make Rear Seat Belts Safer

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to expand New York’s seat belt law to back-seat passengers regardless of age. The legislation would likely save lives, but it’s worth mentioning that the governor may be pushing legislation before rear seat safety belts should be used all the time. The ...

Americans Should Not Allow Ourselves To Enter An Avoidable Conflict

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

A Day To Mourn, To Give Thanks And To Remember

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...

Legislators May Have Made Treating Addictions That Much More Difficult

Have legislators in Albany just erected a massive road block to treating the opioid scourge in Chautauqua County by eliminating bail for low-level drug offenses? It is entirely possible. Consider these hypothetical situations. Someone with an addiction issue is arrested on a low-level ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Corrie Maxson, a county employee who took it upon herself to help Love Elementary School win a visit from WKBW television’s Weather Machine. Other area districts have hosted the Weather Machine, and Maxson remembered how impactful it was for the children at Southwestern when the ...

When Dissolving Governments, It’s Best To Start Small

Slowly and surely, residents are chipping away at our burdensome system of too many municipal governments. The villages of Forestville and Cherry Creek in recent years have been dissolved by voter approval. When dissolving governments, it is best to start with the smallest. Within the last ...

State Officials Were Not Elected To Hide From Tough Issues

A lengthy thumbs down to the state Legislature for punting, again, on hard decisions. First, there is the continuing stalemate on legalizing sports betting in the state. There are very valid concerns raised by Republicans and Democrats about whether sports gambling would hurt the state, and ...

Village Board Has Come Together Well To Tackle Lake Issues

There are many differences between the use of herbicides on Chautauqua Lake in 2018 and 2019, but nowhere is that difference greater than in the village of Lakewood. We’ve been critical of the village in the past, but the four-member board came together well to properly handle the ...

Textalyzer Bill Should Be Set Aside For Now

There were legitimate questions about the so-called Textalyzer device when it was making news a couple of years ago. Why have so few of them been answered? The Textalyzer is a device that would scan a driver’s cell phone if they were in a car accident and see if the person responsible ...

Trump Should Do All He Can To Make The Trade War Short

So, you’re sitting at your kitchen table one evening when a brainstorm hits: You’ve come up with a new way to manufacture a much-used product. Your technology is cheaper than anything currently in use. You’ll patent it, open a factory and be rich beyond your wildest dreams. Unless the ...

Take Time To Vote In Tuesday’s School Budget Elections

Most voters heading to the polls Tuesday for school district elections and budget votes won’t be voting on large tax increases. Spending increases are relatively small. Total proposed spending for the county’s 18 school districts increases only $19 to a total of $447,675,882 in 2019-20 ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Mitchell Anderson, a Jamestown native whose Netflix show, “After Forever,” recently took home five Daytime Emmy Awards. Anderson himself was nominated for his performance as well, though he didn’t win a solo award. Anderson, 57, is best known for his TV roles in “Doogie ...

State Should Increase Reimbursement Rate For Highway Work

New York state has occasionally kicked in additional money to localities for road work in extraordinary circumstances in recent years. That isn’t enough. It’s been 32 years since the state increased its reimbursement rate for maintenance on state highways. Jamestown has 239,440 square ...

One Problem Leads To Another, Who Wants The Job?

MaryJo Bauer made the right decision last week. The former mayor of Cassadaga tendered her resignation due to the fact she does not live in the village. If she had not left the position, she would have been breaking a state law that has a residency requirement for public officials. But her ...

State’s Stance On Motorized Bikes Needs Some Readjusting

Perhaps New York state should re-think its stance that motorized bicycles are not allowed on public highways or sidewalks. We don’t necessarily want them on Jamestown roads, though they can be no worse than motorized wheelchairs being ridden in the street. One has to think that motorized ...

Remember The Heroes That Exist

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado last Tuesday. Life-saving courage enough was ...