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In Our Opinion

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Thumbs up to three area residents whose work best represents Chautauqua County through the I Love CHQ contest. A judging committee reviewed five entries during the first contest and was responsible for selecting three winners: Tracie DeMotte of Panama; David Saxton, Jamestown Photos Street ...

Brownfields To Be Redeveloped

Jamestown officials have long known redeveloping brownfields along the Chadakoin River is important for Jamestown's future. City residents should be encouraged, then, to see the central and eastern corridors of the Chadakoin River in Jamestown listed as one of 12 Brownfield Opportunity areas in ...

Obama Orders Naval Blockade Against Iran

When then-President John F. Kennedy used Navy vessels to blockade Cuba in 1963, he made it clear they were to prevent Soviet ships from delivering missiles to the island nation. U.S. officials were in contact with Moscow, explaining how such interceptions would work.Are similar lines of ...

County Lawmakers Must Address Septic System

Chautauqua County has had several months to address a program to identify failing septic systems.It failed to muster enough support for a Chautauqua County Legislature vote last year amid questions about the requirement affecting all lakes in Chautauqua County, the cost to individual septic ...

Keep Professional Development In JPS Budget

We wonder if the focus of Jamestown Public Schools board members is in the right place as they discuss this year's budget.Board members have come to general agreement on a budget that would increase taxes 1.5 percent, cut 20 positions - 16 through attrition - and largely preserve programs and ...

We Should Be Wary Of Iran Nuclear Deal

Members of Congress should be very leery of a proposal that amounts to painting themselves into a corner on a nuclear arms deal with Iran.Recently, Secretary of State John Kerry urged critics of the agreement he and other U.S. negotiators are working out to keep their silence until wording of ...

Local Offerings Could Bolster Economy

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul has high hopes for Chautauqua County.The Western New York native remembers childhood days spent at Midway State Park and riding the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry. She has seen the county's natural offerings, with the Chadakoin River traversing the city and Chautauqua Lake ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to state Transportation Department approval of a mill and overlay project along Foote Avenue all the way to West Second Street. Foote Avenue had already started to show abnormal wear and tear last fall. Wear and tear became a full-fledged traffic nightmare after this winter's harsh ...

Chautauqua County Needs More Jobs

It should go without saying that Chautauqua County needs more jobs.The number of jobs in many counties throughout the state is increasing as New York slowly emerges from the latest economic recession. Data from the state Labor Department shows the opposite happening in Chautauqua County. Total ...

Congress Needs To Fix VA Management

True public servants are frowned upon by some in the federal bureaucracy. Anyone daring to rock the boat by going public with evidence of malfeasance risks retaliation.Regardless of laws intended to protect whistleblowers, it takes a good deal of courage to be one. Government employees are all ...

CPS Needs Improvement To Prevent Child Abuse

How many times do we have to read about or hear the same horrible, sad story when it comes to child abuse?A couple of weeks ago, a 1-year-old Salamanca child was taken to Buffalo Children's Hospital for emergency brain surgery after an assault by her guardian. That man, Jarred W. Murphy, 25, of ...

Testing: State Education Department Fails To Communicate

Last year, we challenged the state Education Department to clarify New York's policies on students who choose not to take part in state-mandated tests in English language arts and math.That didn't happen, of course.The result is the continued confusion from parents who are told by teachers' ...

Climate Change Paranoia Invented By Alarmists

Climate change has been blamed by some for all sorts of evils, including Islamic terrorists. Indeed, it sometimes is possible to link human behavior to weather conditions - but alarmists have taken to claiming any undesirable weather is a result of global warming.Sometimes, they even invent ...

Besides Sales Tax, County Should Consider Other Options

Increasing Chautauqua County's sales tax is County Executive Vince Horrigan's short-term answer to closing the county's budget deficit.A closer reading of the county's Deficit Reduction Commission's work, however, reveals several things the county should consider even if the sales tax is ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

As the old public service announcement said, reading is fundamental. Thumbs up, then, to the James Prendergast Library bringing more people than ever through its doors - even if patrons aren't always cracking open a book. "The library is busier than ever with patrons looking not just for books, ...

Obama Antagonizes Israeli Government

U.S. officials often intervene in the internal affairs of other countries, usually while insisting no such thing is happening. Often, such activities are aimed at undermining unfriendly governments.It comes as no surprise, then, that President Barack Obama's administration attempted to ...

Welfare Recipients Misuse EBT Cards

What do alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets and adult entertainment have in common? These are all things New Yorkers can purchase through the misuse of Electronic Benefit Transfer cards without personal consequences.The state Assembly let down hardworking New Yorkers last week by failing to ...

Lucille Ball Statue Makes National News

A 400-pound bronze statue of Lucille Ball sat quietly in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron for roughly five years.It didn't take long for people to note the statue doesn't really resemble Lucille Ball, but discussions to either change or replace the statue have been private. The statue has ...

US-Iran Talks Remain Secret

After U.S. and Iranian negotiators passed the Wednesday "deadline" for agreement on a pact to restrict Tehran's development of nuclear weapons, they kept talking. Presumably, that means some progress had been made. President Barack Obama says so, anyway.But outside the small circle of diplomats ...

American Sacrifices In Middle East Not In Vain

Too often, American service men and women make great sacrifices for seemingly unappreciative people in foreign countries. And too many of our tax dollars are spent defending countries that rely on the United States rather than their own resources.And regularly, Americans - both those who go ...