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In Our Opinion

State Needs A Way To Reopen School Budgets With Real Public Process

If there is one area Gov. Andrew Cuomo is flunking right now in his handling of COVID-19, it is the uncertainty of state aid to schools. Schools had been told that an analysis at the end of April would dictate how much state aid to schools would be cut this year. That analysis by Robert ...

Pause Order Is Lifted; Let’s Hit Ground Running

Thanks to a surprising bit of good fortune with COVID-19 hospitalizations in the Buffalo area and the identification of just enough contact tracers, Western New York is finally able to reopen today. For now, construction, wholesale trade and manufacturing can begin opening back up with ...

Asking The Community To Pay More Because Of The Past Is Not Fair

There is not much time for Boards of Education — and the public — to soak in the coming school budget votes. It’s a changing situation, but one thing is certain: districts are desperate. Just like every other aspect of our community, lifestyle and economy, school districts are finding ...

Our Way Forward Is Somewhere In The Middle

The news that one of the people to test positive recently for COVID-19 works for a Chautauqua County nursing home brings two things to mind that everyone in our circulation area should keep in mind for the next several months. First, everyone needs to act cautiously, but especially anyone ...

Schools Will Need To Face Difficult, But Necessary Decisions

Cassadaga Valley Central School is considering a potentially difficult, but likely necessary, decision. More than a dozen positions could be cut in the school’s 2020-21 budget proposal, but none generated more discussion than the possible elimination of Scot Stutzman, high school ...

City Officials Should Reprogram Areas That Are Underused

Downtown business owners are asking for the city’s help to allow for more outdoor seating and entertainment. Similar requests have been a couple of times over the years, with one reason outdoor seating being set aside is the lack of room on many city sidewalks for dining to coexist with ...

We Have To Reopen The United States, Just Very Carefully

If you are among those who have not lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 epidemic, congratulations. Perhaps you share the widespread opinion that the current “lockdown” of the economy should continue, to keep everyone safe. How would you like the government to collect your share? ...

National Virus Supply Stockpiles Must Be Created

As the coronavirus epidemic hit full stride, Americans learned to our dismay that the nation lacked adequate supplies of COVID-19 test kits, personal protective gear such as face masks, medical ventilators and other necessities for dealing with a massive health care emergency. To their ...

Board Of Regents Should Set Education Rules, Not Cuomo

Regent Roger Tilles asked a prescient question during this week’s state Board of Regents meeting that cuts to the heart of the state’s separation of powers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tilles was asking Shannon Tahoe, interim state education commissioner, her thoughts on the ...

Technology Alone Isn’t Cure For What Ails Schools

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made some waves earlier this week when he announced plans to partner with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to reimagine education in the new normal. In the short-term, it’s important to note that the move to online education has not been as seamless as the governor ...

Warren County Gives Information On How Reopening Will Impact Virus’ Future

We hope Chautauqua County residents are paying close attention to what happens in neighboring Warren County, Pa. Pennsylvania has included Warren County in counties that are moved to the “Yellow Phase” of reopening starting today. Some businesses remain closed — including restaurants ...

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 ...