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In Our Opinion

Spring Welcomes The Spirit Of Easter

With fingers crossed, many area residents are hoping spring is finally here. We certainly had more than enough of the long, snowy, cold winter.More than 2,000 years ago, many religious people felt the same, in a way. God had promised a glorious spring for the soul, in the form of a Messiah. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to an opportunity to hear renowned composer Eric Ewazen, a faculty member at the Julliard School of Music, at Jamestown Community College on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, a lecture and presentation by Ewazen will take place in the Weeks Room on campus at noon. At 1 p.m., a ...

Wisely Spent Federal Funds Could Improve Tourism

How Jamestown uses more than $1 million in federal funding will set a course for the city's future. For the sake of the incoming National Comedy Center and Jamestown's potential as a tourist destination, let's hope that funding focuses on improving the city's gateway areas.The development ...

Obama Cracks Down On Coal

It is telling that President Barack Obama - whose Environmental Protection Agency has spent years waging a war on the coal industry - recently approved moving forward with federal hydraulic fracturing regulations on federal lands.The president's solution to the matter includes regulations ...

State Budget Grown In The Dark

New York will have an on-time state budget.We're not sure yet, on the day the spending plan is to take effect, if that budget is worth the paper on which it is printed. Most state legislators don't know either because they haven't had time to read and properly reflect on the bills they passed ...

Preventing Medicare Cuts Is Necessary And Costly

Of course, Congress should approve a measure to prevent steep cuts in amounts the Medicare program would pay health care providers. And of course President Barack Obama should sign it into law.Otherwise, many doctors and other health care professionals will stop accepting Medicare patients. ...

Spending, Tax Cuts Shouldn’t Be Up For Debate

Republicans in Congress are being criticized by liberals for a budget proposal that makes relatively modest cuts in federal spending.In response, Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced a budget bill almost identical to what President Barack Obama proposes. It makes virtually ...

ICE8 A Good Start On County’s Health Issues

Once again, Chautauqua County fared poorly compared to other New York counties in the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.The county typically ranks in the bottom 10 of New York's 54 counties overall, scoring particularly poorly in quality of life ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a new event making its way to Chautauqua Lake. County Executive Vince Horrigan, Scott Schrecengost, Celoron mayor, and Greg Lindquist, Jamestown Renaissance Corp. executive director, recently announced that the inaugural Dragon Boat Festival will take place off of the shores of ...

Removing Legal Notices Deprives Voters Of Information

Newspapers across the state will print fewer public notices if Gov. Andrew Cuomo has his way. While the proposal could save the state a few pennies per voter, Cuomo's plan will most certainly lead to a less-informed electorate.Cuomo's initiative, included in his budget, would eliminate the ...

Warren Auto Group Withdraws Proposed Dealership Expansion

One of the questions asked most often around Jamestown is, "Why don't things ever change?"The simple answer is city residents don't let things change - even relatively small things, like purchasing property near a park to allow a local business to expand.A proposal by Dave Warren Auto Group to ...

City Council Approves Parking Ticket Tribunal

Perhaps the third time will be a charm for Jamestown's parking ticket tribunal.The City Council recently approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Sam Teresi to executive home rule legislation to establish the administrative tribunal in conjunction with bills introduced in the Senate and Assembly ...

Ethics Reform: Get It Done

We hope Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie didn't hurt themselves patting themselves on the back over the state's "ethics reform agreement" they trumpeted last week.Don't get us wrong - there are some good things in the proposal that should become law. Pension forfeiture for ...

Boko Haram, Islamic State Are One In The Same

In what counts - displays of pure evil - there is no difference between Islamic State terrorists in Iraq, Syria and Libya and their cousins with Boko Haram in Nigeria. Both organizations should be eradicated.Recently, Boko Haram announced it is affiliated with the IS. That is something like ...

Chautauqua County Routes Drug Abuse

Can people please stop saying Chautauqua County isn't making any progress in its fight against drug abuse?The fact is Chautauqua County has made strides in its work to help those addicted to illegal drugs. Anyone who says otherwise is either waiting for detox centers to pop up on every other ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to what we hope is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. John Crossley, Gerry town supervisor, recently spoke to Cassadaga Valley Central School board members about a proposal to explore the possibility of consolidating the towns of Gerry and Charlotte, along with the village of ...

Chautauqua County Barely Passes Digital Transparency Grade

In the digital age, government should be more open than ever. Unfortunately, it isn't.Despite a 2012 addition to the Open Meetings Law which encouraged the state's local municipalities to use their websites to promote transparency, local governments across the state have failed to realize the ...

House Of Representatives Refuses To Strengthen FOIL

It was disappointing when, in December, a bill to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act at the federal level was blocked by House Speaker John Boehner.The House of Representatives, under the, ahem, leadership of Speaker John Boehner, refused to hold a vote on the Senate bill with no ...

Transparency Doesn’t Have To Be A Mixed Bag

It's unfortunate open government and freedom of information has to be such a mixed bag in New York state.There is a tremendous amount of information available to the public without ever having to file a Freedom of Information request. Vast numbers of public documents are posted to city, county, ...

Little Outrage Over Secrecy

Most Americans are not old enough to remember the ongoing, intense controversy over what happened to 18 1/2 minutes of tapes secretly recorded in then-President Richard Nixon's office in 1972. Though no one knew what the erased part of hundreds of hours of tapes contained, Nixon was under fire ...