In Our Opinion

Sanders Health Care Proposal Falls Short

“Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” lectured Sen. Bernie Sanders — even as he unveiled a plan that would deny Americans the right to seek the best health care they can afford. Sanders, the Vermont Independent running for the Democrat nomination for president, previewed his ...

The Economic Development Alliance Needs To Stop Wasting Money And Time

Greater cohesion among those doing economic development in Chautauqua County is certainly needed. There is a great deal of logic County Executive George Borrello’s stated goal of creating an economic development alliance that has all of the required players meeting on a regular basis, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Cadet-Captain Emma Haynes of the Civil Air Patrol for earning the Amelia Earhart Award this year. Starting originally in 1941, the Civil Air Patrol was created as the fifth branch of the Air Force and its original duty was to patrol the shores of the Atlantic in search of possible ...

If Parents Won’t Vaccinate Children, The State May Have To Step In

A Buffalo case shines an interesting light on the public health and religious freedom issues posed by childhood vaccinations. Before students enter school, they need to have immunizations to protect against polio, measles, mumps, hepatitis B, rubella and chickenpox, among others. Roughly 5 ...

Proper Enforcement Of The Existing Law May Provide Remedy

Jamestown officials are trying to work collaboratively with its landlords to bring more houses into compliance with the city’s housing codes. We hope the effort unveiled during Monday’s City Council meeting is successful. Mayor Sam Teresi and Vince DeJoy, city development director, told ...

The State Was Saved From The Prevailing Wage Legislation

It was good to see that the state Legislature did not approve of a prevailing wage expansion as part of the state budget. The issue flew under the radar for many during budget deliberations, would require contractors to pay the local prevailing wage on any construction project that receives ...

What Good Are Healthy Lunches If Students Won’t Eat Them?

There are many people who are up in arms over the U.S. Agriculture Department’s decision to change federal nutritional standards for breakfasts and lunches served to schoolchildren. The rules that have some so up at arms scaled back standards requiring that only whole grains be served, ...

Despite Questions, Lake Memorandum Deserves A Chance To Work

It is likely that most, if not all, of the agencies working to restore a healthy balance to Chautauqua Lake will sign the Memorandum of Agreement proposed last week by County Executive George Borrello. Already, five organizations have signed on. More are likely this week, though it remains ...

Lawmakers Should Hear What Trump Has In Mind On Health Care

Health insurance entitlements have become the new third rail of politics. Many members of Congress, both Republicans and Democrats, are so worried about alienating millions of voters that they are unwilling to tinker with the massive government takeover of health insurance — even if they ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Rebeca Allen, a chemistry teacher at Maple Grove Junior-Senior High School who was recently selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by The National Society of High School Scholars. Allen was nominated by a student for outstanding dedication and commitment to excellence in ...

Environmental Initiatives Can Also Be A Grab For Money And Power

New York politicians have given Americans one more reason to be leery of so-called “environmental” initiatives. Too often, they are grabs for money and power. A new state budget about to be adopted by the Empire State’s legislature includes a ban on use of plastic bags. Liberal ...

A Year To Fix The Issues, And Still State Tests Face Problems

The union representing New York’s teachers sounded an alarm Monday about the next round of testing for third- through eighth-graders in New York’s schools. Sure enough, issues with computer-based testing — one of the union’s six concerns outlined Monday — came true this week. The ...

The State Needs Fewer Schools And Better Resource Distribution

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s insistence that all of the state’s school funding mess can be cleared up by simply making school districts equalize spending amongst their school buildings is hogwash. Bret Apthorpe, Jamestown Public Schools superintendent, shot holes in that “plan” last week when ...

Our Voices Need To Be Heard On Cuomo’s ‘Green New Deal’

Earlier this year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled his idea of a “Green New Deal” to make New York’s electricity 100 percent carbon-neutral by 2040. The timeframe and carbon reductions are significant changes from plans the governor has discussed publicly in the past, like his 80 percent ...

The Focus Needs To Be On The Kremlin

Democrat leaders’ laser-focus on allegations that President Donald Trump cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election does a great disservice to the nation — and not just because the claims have been proven wrong. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his crack team ...

County’s Road To Improved Health Is A Long One

Quick, someone get Chautauqua County residents a gym membership. The annual health rankings by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation paint a pretty grim picture of the county’s collective health. Chautauqua County ranks 59th out of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Lakewood Village Board for hosting a public forum to allow village residents to voice their opinions about the village’s approach to Chautauqua Lake this year. Of the 14 individuals who spoke at the public hearing and shared opinions, 13 Lakewood residents said they wanted ...

Barr Should Set Americans At Ease, Release The Full Report

Attorney General William Barr should have no doubt in his mind about what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report: Release it. Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Barr makes the report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is ...

The Same Old State Aid Song And Dance Needs To Be Changed

The time has come for some sort of predictable way for New York’s school districts to be able to budget the amount of aid they will receive from New York state. On Tuesday, the Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education released a first draft of its budget. On March 26, the district is ...

Domestic Violence Survivors Act Will Do Little To Help Survivors

Democrats in the state Legislature are sending legislation to Gov. Andrew Cuomo trumpeting their intention to support survivors of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act would allow judges to sentence survivors of domestic violence who are then convicted of a crime to ...