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In Our Opinion

Investigate Power Issues In Texas

It’s clear something went very wrong in Texas last week. Early efforts to play the blame game were off the mark, as some wanted to spread the idea the entire fiasco was the fault of wind and solar energy operations. That’s only part of the picture. More than 4 million people ended up ...

Louder Chorus Needed For Music

Members of the Westfield Academy & Central Schools are striking all the right notes. If sports can come back during the COVID-19 pandemic, why not the music program? Last month, music teacher Helen Ihasz called the school board — and state — to allow bands and choruses to be able to ...

Cuomo Turns Away Help Without Telling Chautauqua County Why He Did It

Chautauqua County residents who have struggled to get a COVID-19 vaccine nearly had powerful Democrat on their side. Of course, that powerful Democrat was President Joe Biden, whose Federal Emergency Management Agency and Centers for Disease Control had identified Chautauqua County as a ...

NYS Needs To Define What A Sound Education Is, Then Make It Work

After 13 years, the Small Cities education funding lawsuit is no closer to being decided than it was the day it was filed in 2008. The case has been decided twice in state Supreme Court, reached the state’s highest court in its first go-round and is now in its second set of appeals. ...

Take On Twitter, Facebook, But Not For Trump

Think whatever you want about the fairness of Twitter banning Donald Trump from its platform, but reasonable people should quash this notion that Twitter’s decision somehow is a violation of the First Amendment. Instead, reasonable people — which hopefully still includes a few lawmakers ...

Games Should Continue As Long As COVID-19 Is Not Spread

It’s hard to believe it’s only taken a week for three area high school teams to be placed into a COVID-19 quarantine. First, it was the Frewsburg basketball team last week, followed by Brocton and Southwestern late last week because Brocton and Southwestern played Frewsburg last week. ...

Kudos To County Health Department For Finding Cause Of PFNA Contamination

Chatuauqua County Health Department officials and state DEC officials deserve credit for finding, in pretty short order, the cause of PFNA contamination in Mayville’s water system. Give credit, too, to New York legislators who took action to more tightly regulate PFNA. It was new testing ...

Time Is Now For Businesses To Start Participating In City Events

Thumbs up to Todd Tranum, Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, for heeding the call to step up events in downtown Jamestown. Events had been dwindling even before the COVID-19 pandemic, which is disappointing because a busy event schedule can help fill downtown businesses ...

It’s Time To Issue The Subpoenas, Get To The Bottom Of This Mess

Democrats in the state Legislature have been unwilling to use their power to investigate what happened inside the state’s nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maybe the admission of a cover-up will be enough to spur Democrats into action. Late Thursday night, the New York Post ...

NYS Needs To Provide Education While Staying Within A Budget

In 2017-18, New York spent $24,040 per pupil to educate its children. To put this another way, the cost of the education each New York student received a 2020 Nissan Altima from state government. The choices our state government makes regarding education spending, however, essentially leave ...

Immediately Investigate Officers’ Actions In Rochester

Think for a moment about the 9-year-old girls you have known. Any of them seem as though there is the remotest of possibilities they could have been a threat to a fully equipped group of police officers? Of course not. But for multiple officers in Rochester, N.Y., a 9-year-old girl was either ...

Time To Improve Nursing Homes Situation Statewide

Now that we are getting a better handle on the number of COVID-19 deaths in New York’s nursing homes, it’s time to use that information to make the situation better. The state’s undercount of nursing home deaths is far from the only important part of Attorney General Letitia James’ ...

Supporting Green May Not Get Reed Votes He Needs To Defeat Cuomo

It’s hard to see how Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, helped himself with last week’s vote not to strip Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green’s committee assignments. Reed has made it clear he is seriously considering a challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for governor, but that is a race that will require ...

County Needs To Be Marketed As A Year-Round Destination

The boats have long been put away, but Chautauqua Lake is once again a hub of activity in our county. Hundreds of anglers have taken to the lake in recent weeks to ice fish. Some who weren’t fishing had made a skating rink and were playing hockey on the lake. When they were done on the ...

Funding For The LEAP Program Is Good News

News that the Jamestown LEAP program is nearing full funding for the coming year is good news. At a time when many school districts are struggling to provide needed support for students, the Jamestown Public Schools have found a way to provide education for struggling students during the ...

Black History Month Time For Reflection

The past eight months, in many ways, have served as a new reckoning for our nation in dealing with race. The rise of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and the anger and riots that followed, were a stark reminder to the nation that, more than 50 ...

New Lucy Film Draws Excitement

Lucille Ball’s return to the big screen is being powered by some big-name Hollywood talent. Nicole Kidman, winner of an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards, will portray Lucille Ball while Javier Bardem, an Academy Award winner himself as well as winner of ...

How Public Does Section Of Station Need To Be To Meet Federal Stipulations?

One of the great challenges of placing the National Comedy Center in the Gateway Train Station was how a national-level attraction would meet public use guarantees to keep the center of the building open for public use. That issue is rearing its ugly head again now that the National Comedy ...

Cuomo Can’t Give A Rational Assessment Of Nursing Homes

The state’s decision to classify COVID-19 deaths nursing home by the hospital where a person passed away rather than to the nursing home where they contracted the virus is a big deal, contrary to what you hear from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Dr. Howard Zucker, state health commissioner. For ...