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In Our Opinion

Council Made A Mountain Out Of A Block Party Molehill

We’re having a hard time understanding the Jamestown City Council’s decision making in regard to block parties held during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. The National Comedy Center throws a free party with live music outside the venue where the headline artists are performing. ...

No, Climate Change Is Not To Blame For Every Problem

Got a problem? Blame climate change. Sometimes, it seems that is the knee-jerk reaction to many of the challenges facing humankind. Now, feeding the world’s 7.5 billion people is being linked to climate change. A new United Nations report maintains, in the words of one of its co-authors, ...

It’s Time For Someone To Fill The Gap And Fix Downtown Programming

Today marks the end of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Thousands of visitors streamed downtown for events, block parties and performances from comedy heavyweights Sebastian Maniscalco and John Mulaney. It was, once again, a banner week for downtown businesses, particularly ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the organizers of the annual Big Fish Triathlon. The 2019 race raised more than $13,000 to support Camp Onyahsa’s week of camping for children with Type 1 diabetes while the event has now raised $79,489.08. The money pays for children with Type 1 diabetes to enjoy all of the ...

JCAA Pact Restores Some Balance To The City Budget

We’re sure, back in the 1970s and 1980s, City Council members and Jamestown mayors thought they had arrived at contracts with city employees that were fair to employees and taxpayers alike. Hindsight tells us those contracts were, in fact, albatrosses around the neck of the taxpaying ...

It’s Time This Nation Made A Commitment To Ending Violence

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...

There Is Still Work To Be Done On MWBE Legislation

It’s nice that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation expanding and extending the state’s Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises program. It would been even nicer if the state made sure the program worked the way it should in the first place. Two Republicans who spoke on the ...

Voter Protection Should Remain In The States’ Hands

U.S. senators were told last week that the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report ...

We Need To Recycle Better; Start By Following BPU’s New Guidelines

Recycling programs in many cities throughout the United States — Jamestown included — began their recycling programs with pretty stringent systems. Residents would sort their cans and bottles, paper, plastic and metal. Over time, some cities went to a single stream recycling system in ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute as it celebrates its 35th anniversary today. In 1984, a group of friends and colleagues of Roger Tory Peterson, famed artist, naturalist and author, founded RTPI in Jamestown. Roger Tory Peterson was the pre-eminent American naturalist who ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute as it celebrates its 35th anniversary today. In 1984, a group of friends and colleagues of Roger Tory Peterson, famed artist, naturalist and author, founded RTPI in Jamestown. Roger Tory Peterson was the pre-eminent American naturalist who ...

County DA Knows Benefits Of Village And Town Court Partnerships

Merging of municipal courts does not need to be problematic. In fact, the village of Brocton and town of Portland are already utilizing this practice. With courts in 27 towns, 13 villages and two cities, that is a major burden on the Chautauqua County district attorney’s office. Patrick ...

There Should Be Some Middle Ground In Effort To Keep Cats In Home

One would think middle ground should be attainable between Brenda Goodwill and the village of Falconer. Goodwill has, for three years, adopted feral cats, had them spayed and neutered and then adopted the animals back out into loving homes. In June, Goodwill was summoned to be in Ellicott ...

Any Project That Impacts Lake Erie Should Be Studied

Whether it’s permanent or a mere speed bump, the Chautauqua County Legislature has done the right thing in passing a resolution stating the county’s opposition to wind turbines on Lake Erie. Erie County, N.Y., has already passed such a resolution while the Lake Erie Foundation has ...

Information On Opioid Pain Pill Should Be Released

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Information On Opioid Pain Pill Should Be Released

In 2012, after the addictive properties of opioid pain pills were known, drug companies shipped 12.6 billion of them to U.S. pharmacies. That works out to about 38 each for every man, woman and child in this country. No wonder drug companies involved in lawsuits over marketing of opioid ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Fight for Seeley committee as they work to raise money to fund a scholarship for area students and to help those struggling in their fight with leukemia in honor of former county Sheriff’s deputy Mike Seeley. On Aug. 3, Fight for Seeley will host a fundraiser at the Lakewood ...