In Our Opinion

Obama Sticks To His Priorities

Say one thing for President Barack Obama: When he sets priorities, he sticks to them.Take the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which could help the U.S. hold gasoline prices down and provide thousands of jobs, while continuing a longstanding partnership with Canada. Obama has delayed it for more ...

Barmore Should Stick To His Word

When running to be your Chautauqua County Clerk, Larry Barmore made a lot of promises.In June and twice in October, Barmore or someone on his behalf made a point of saying politics had no place in the clerk's office. Perhaps more troubling is Barmore's oft-stated promise to run the office in ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Heil Transportation Inc., a Clymer-based company that will purchase the former Maplevale Farms building on Route 474 in Clymer. The building has been empty since 2010 when a massive amount of snow caused a roof at the facility to collapse and Maplevale to move into the former SYSCO ...

Route 60: Taking The Good With The Bad

First the good news: Route 60 from outside Fredonia to Cassadaga is on the radar of the state Department of Transportation. Now, the bad news: motorists are going to have to wait until April for a smooth ride.So at least it is being addressed quicker - and better than a "Rough road" sign - than ...

Tax Exemption: Finding Balance

Anyone who has opened their property tax bill likely feels they are paying too much.What, then, makes one group more deserving of a property tax break than others?It is an interesting thought to keep in mind as school districts discuss exemptions from school taxes for veterans. There are three ...

Military Sexual Assault Victims Deserve Better

Many senior leaders in the armed forces admit the military has a serious problem in how it handles sexual assaults. Why isn't something being done about it?An Associated Press investigation of more than 1,000 reports of sex crimes involving U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan during a ...

Stiffer Penalities Needed For School Bus Scoffers

The rules governing stopped school buses are pretty simple.When a bus stops, red lights flash and a stop sign swings out from the driver's side of the bus. When that happens, cars behind the bus and cars approaching the bus must stop until the sign retracts and the lights stop flashing.There ...

Manufacturing Hasn’t Rebounded

Manufacturing has rebounded in the United States, President Barack Obama assured us during his State of the Union speech. Not really.Manufacturing barely expanded last month, in a sign that sector of the economy is far from as healthy as the president claims. During January, orders for new ...

Some Hope In Bleak Job Landscape

Chautauqua County is estimated to have lost another 1 percent of its population at the end of 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.While that loss is not a dramatic number - 1,396 people brings the county's estimated 2012 population to 133,539 - it is part of a disturbing decades-long ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a busy Presidents Day Weekend. Those who want to partake in some outdoor fun should make their way to Mayville for the annual Presidents Day Weekend Festival which, thanks to Mother Nature's icy touch, will feature a splendid ice castle. Events include snowball throwing contests, a ...

JSBA’s Future Lies In Its?Past

Nearly 700 hockey players will descend on the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena this weekend for the annual Chautauqua County Youth Hockey Association Mid-Winter Classic Tournament.Games begin today and continue through Monday, with 688 players from 45 teams participating, including five Chautauqua ...

Time To End 18-a Surcharge

Quietly, area residents received some good news with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's planned elimination of the Section 18-a temporary surcharge on utility bills for municipal utilities.The fee, called a "New York State Assessment," is the result of an increase in the annual Public Service Commission ...

Fire Finance Reports Should Be Public

Another fire department was under the state comptroller's microscope this month.Lily Dale Volunteer Fire Department was not properly keeping track of finances, according to the findings issued last week."Without monthly reports, the executive committee does not have a means of assessing and ...

Reenact Old Immigration Safeguards

Allowing immigrants with links to terrorists to stay in the United States makes no sense. We have plenty of applicants for entry who revere this country without giving breaks to those who do not.Not long after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, immigration policy was altered to bar people ...

Loss Of Services May Be Felt Locally

Assuming President Barack Obama means what he says - more than an idle concern, in view of his record for veracity - Americans are about to get a lot less for the tax dollars they send to Washington.That cliff-drop of a loss in government services may well be felt at the local and state ...

Sale To VestraCare Is Good For County Home

Chautauqua County Home employees have spent years doing exemplary work in an oft-thankless job.It is quite understandable, then, that continued proposals to sell the Chautauqua County Home can feel like a slap in the face. It's difficult for them to see such fundamental changes to an ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to for-profit businesses who lend a helping hand to area nonprofits. While our pages are filled with such examples of giving back throughout the year, three recently caught our attention. The Jamestown Cycle Shop provided a snowboard for use by Arturo Vargas from Puebla, Mexico, an AM ...

Farm Bill: Best Available Option

The Farm Bill passed recently by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate isn't perfect.The bill cuts SNAP, the nation's food stamp program, by $8.6 billion over 10 years and restricts states' efforts to boost federal food stamp benefits by providing small amounts of unneeded heating ...

Smoking: More Must Be Done

New York has tried taxing cigarettes out of existence.That approach isn't working very well. Surveys and polls show about 29 percent of adults in Chautauqua County are current smokers, 8 percent more than the New York state average and 14 percent more than the state's target for smoking rates. ...

K-9 Unit: Sustainability Is The Real Question

There are five K-9 units in Chautauqua County: two at the Sheriff's Office, one at the New York State Police office in Jamestown, one with the Dunkirk Police Department and one with the Jamestown Police Department.Apparently, that isn't enough to make sure there is a unit available at all times ...