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In Our Opinion

Lack Of A Space Program Weakens Leverage Over Russia

At one time, Americans would have been able to laugh off a thinly veiled threat recently by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. No more, thanks to President Barack Obama.Rogozin referred to economic sanctions against himself and other Russian leaders, imposed by the United States ...

Obama Misses Mark On Gun Violence — Again

President Barack Obama has provided an example of why little meaningful action is being taken to reduce violence such as that at an Oregon school this week.After two juveniles died and a teacher was hurt in a shooting at the high school in Troutdale, Ore., Obama launched into another of his ...

Democrats, Cornell Reap What They Sow

The Chautauqua County Legislature's recent refusal to accept the nomination of Jamestown Democrats to place Chuck Cornell on the legislature is just the latest reminder that politics, at all levels, is usually messy business.Nominations to fill vacant posts are typically quickly approved based ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to efforts to combat the destructive invasion of the water chestnut at the Jamestown Audubon Society's Big Pond. Volunteers will meet from 1-4 p.m. today - and several times throughout the summer - to pull the water chestnuts from the pond. "Water chestnuts take away resources from ...

Step Up To The Plate, Jamestown

Baseball has a rich history in the Jamestown area.Babe Ruth once played in Celoron while on a barnstorming tour. The old Jamestown Expos sent dozens of players to the major leagues, including Randy Johnson, Andres Galarraga, Delino DeShields and Marquis Grissom. Executives who built major ...

NYSUT Suit Is Not About Saving Money

New York state residents already pay a high price in taxes. Unfortunately, one of the groups that benefits from those taxes wants us to pay more.Last week, the New York State United Teachers union filed a motion arguing against both the tax freeze credit program as well as the tax cap. Karen E. ...

Finger Pointing Will Not Solve Flooding Issue

We hope a meeting of the minds can help resolve persistent flooding that has plagued Mayville residents and businesses for the past decade.On May 21, heavy downpours dumped inches of rain throughout Chautauqua County. While much of the county saw standing water, Mayville was among the hardest ...

Our Veterans Deserve Better

At Veterans Affairs medical centers throughout the country, lying, cheating bureaucrats are hoping the buck stops with former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. It should not.Dozens of veterans died while on waiting lists for VA health care, even as agency officials including Shinseki were being ...

Flip-Flopping Sets Energy Policy Back

A demonstration of the topsy-turvy, self-defeating nature of U.S. energy policy is being provided in Washington, D.C.U.S. senators are debating a major energy bill. Among provisions for which there is bipartisan support is one involving new liquified natural gas terminals at seaports, so the ...

Legislature Needs To Approve Defined Pensions

New York taxpayers should be gratified that the state's highest appeals court has ruled information in public pension plans should remain public.The state Teachers' Retirement System had, for more than two years, refused to release the names of teachers receiving taxpayer-funded pensions. Court ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Vince Martonis, the Hanover town historian whose expertise ranges far beyond Hanover history. Martonis, who recently spoke to members of the Randolph Historical Society, spent 23 years working with the Buffalo Museum at the Hiscock Mastadon site near Batavia and has worked at a ...

VA Scandal: Bipartisan Investigation Needed

No wonder so many veterans of military service have lost all faith in promises made by the government they defended. Decades of broken pledges and now, a deluge of reports of immoral, perhaps criminal behavior in the Veterans Administration are to blame.A few weeks ago, a whistleblower accused ...

National Popular Vote Compact Should Be Rejected

Quietly, New York voters have been swindled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature.Recently, Cuomo put the Electoral College back in the limelight by signing legislation that adds New York to the list of states joining the National Popular Vote compact, an agreement that could end the ...

Much Anew At Farmers Market

Much about Downtown Jamestown Farmers Market will be different when it opens Thursday - a new day, new hours of operation and a new location.Continued growth means the market is moving from Foundry Alley near the Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney Renaissance Center to Cherry Street between Second and ...

Obama’s Environmental Policy Full Of Politics

Science, not politics, guides environmental policy in his administration, President Barack Obama insists. No, it does not.Obama's blatantly political blocking of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, in order to placate radical environmentalists, already has made that clear. But the point was ...

What Does Jamestown’s City Council Do?

What, exactly, does the Jamestown City Council do?We're scratching our heads trying to answer that question, particularly after the City Council's Public Safety Committee cancelled its meeting May 12 for a lack of agenda items. Public Works Committee meetings are cancelled regularly. The ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to five Jamestown High School students have been accepted into the New York Summer School for the Arts. Sophomores Joseph Tanksley and Chris Edens were accepted for the video art program, along with sophomores John Brown III and Sonia Angeli as alternates. Junior Nigel Eastman was ...

Cheerleading: Clearly A Sport

The winter sports season of the 2014-15 school year will be the first for cheerleading as an official varsity sport now that the state Board of Regents made New York the 35th state to recognize cheerleading as an official high school sport.The Board of Regents' decision puts for an end, at ...

Test Retake Doesn’t Jive With Standards

It should be encouraging to state residents that 83 percent of the 1,600 teachers who took the so-called "bar exam for teachers" passed the test.We wonder, however, about the 17 percent of new teachers unable to pass the test who will still be able to teach after the state Board of Regents ...

Nations Must Fight Boko Haram

It took headlines about nearly 300 kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls for the U.S. to offer that country help in fighting the Boko Haram terrorists responsible.As it is, President Barack Obama's administration is only providing a few aircraft to search for the girls.But Boko Haram has been ...