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In Our Opinion

Warren County Should Consider Privatizing Transfer Stations

The opening of a new transfer station in Warren County, Pa., sparks a radical idea here in Chautauqua County — is it time to privatize the county’s waste transfer stations? Chautauqua County currently has four transfer stations: one in Falconer, one in Fredonia, one in Sherman and one at ...

When It Comes To Bettering Where We Live, We’re In This Together

New York state Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has a close connection with Chautauqua County. As a Buffalo-area resident, she has spent many summers enjoying the wonder and beauty of our region as well as Chautauqua Lake. Hochul also understands an important dynamic. If something is good for Jamestown, ...

Gerry May Not Rodeo This Year, But The Dinners Are Available

It is almost like Buffalo without the Bills. This year, Gerry is without the rodeo as the event was canceled — like many other events — due to COVID-19. This would have been the weekend for the 76th annual event. There will be no action at the grounds. No traffic jams on Route 60. But ...

Federal Government Can’t Bail Out The States Forever

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the right decision postponing the Restore Mother Nature Bond Act from a public referendum vote until 2021. The $3 billion bond act would shore up new funding for projects designed to mitigate flooding, restore fish and wildlife habitats, upgrade drinking water ...

It’s Time For Those Who Care About Their Child’s Education To Speak Up

Jamestown Public Schools parents are probably being blitzed with text messages, Remind App messages and phone calls regarding the school district’s reopening survey. That should be an indication of the importance JPS officials are placing on public input on the district’s proposed ...

City Is Not Out Of The Woods Yet Regarding CARES Act Funding

For 18 businesses, every cent of $417,300 matters. Those restaurants, salons and entertainment entities were hit hard by the spring shutdowns that occurred due to COVID-19. Last week, the city of Jamestown announced funding to a list of businesses through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and ...

It Needs To Be Clear What Taxpayers Are Signing Up To Pay

How does it make sense for Jamestown, in the midst of a pandemic, to be spending $700,000 to tear down substandard housing so that the Gateway Lofts project can proceed? We’re glad council member Jeff Russell, R-At Large, and Grant Olson, R-Ward 5, asked that question on Monday, because ...

Once Again The State Is Writing Checks The Taxpayers Have To Pay

It is easy for some to read about the concerns of county Legislator Terry Niebel, R-Sheridan, regarding mail-in voting and automatically assume Niebel’s concerns are political in nature. In neighboring Pennsylvania a political fight is forming after President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit ...

Restrictions Need To Be Enforced Strictly When Campuses Open

Many U.S. colleges and universities are preparing to reopen for the fall semester, with in-person classes scheduled widely. It is understandable that many students, parents and college officials are on edge. Science is on their side in a way. COVID-19 seems to be most dangerous for older ...

The Community Should Support The Lakewood Hospice House

Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care helps hundreds of families in our community through a family’s most heart-wrenching times each year. For one man recently, the thought of facing the end of his life without his hospice caretaker was too much to bear and the man tried to wander away. ...

State Senators Should Tread Very Carefully With New Legislation

New York’s state senators must tread very carefully when it comes to A.292B, which would allow the imposition of civil penalties and remedies in suits brought for vindication of civil rights or human rights. The legislation passed the Assembly 106-36. Phil Steck, D-Schenectady, said the ...

The Benefits Outweigh The Limited Risk, Reopen The YMCAs

Hundreds of gyms across New York state have filed a class action lawsuit against Gov. Andrew Cuomo alleging the governor’s continued shutdown is causing irreparable harm to their livelihood and is unconstitutional. The plaintiffs allege that Cuomo’s executive shutdown order violated their ...

City Has To Be Proactive To Attract Investors

News that Jamestown Brewing Company will not be reopening shouldn’t have been a surprise. Lawsuits and counterlawsuits over a centerpiece of Jamestown’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative had raised enough red flags about the long-anticipated downtown brewery and the relationship between ...

One-Size-Fits-All Approach Doesn’t Work In NYS, Pa.

Neither Gov. Tom Wolf nor Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York state want to give up their emergency powers. Similar executive actions last week provide proof why they should do just that. Both governors took steps to limit bars and restaurants as coronavirus cases climbed in some parts of ...

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 ...