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Opinion

Maybe It’s Time To Bring Some Services Back To The District

In Our Opinion

The Jamestown Public Schools District has sent students to the Gustavus Adolphus Family Services Learning Center at a cost of $586,624 in 2019-20. Is it possible the district has actually been wasting money all these years? Earlier this week, the Jamestown school board voted to create ...

America Seems To Have Forgotten Its History

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced that Washington is not willing to bow to Iraqi demands to withdraw its troops and any future discussions with Baghdad will be purely confined to the future structure of our forces in their country. Earlier in the ...

A Decision About The Annexation Should Not Be Made In January

In Our Opinion

There are some who want to proceed this month with a City Council vote to move forward with annexation of the Jamestown BPU substation on Dow Street in Falconer. Anthony Dolce, R-Ward 2 and City Council president, is advocating that council members wait until at least February or March ...

Caucus Is Not Place To Look For Leadership

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Interested to see the two articles recently in “Area News” regarding the Problem Solvers Caucus, of which our Congressman, Tom Reed, is co-chairman. I learned that the Problem Solvers Caucus is “building bipartisan consensus on policies,” and Mr. Reed ...

State Officials Have Run Up An Expensive Tab With Medicaid

In Our Opinion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was full of baloney last week when he laid the blame for the state’s $4 billion Medicaid deficit at the feet of counties. The governor may have sprained a shoulder muscle patting himself on the back for the state’s decision to cap counties’ share of Medicaid spending, ...

What Actually Makes Up Property Taxes

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: It’s Property Tax time again, the bills are arriving in the mail. Grrrr. And just so we’ll know why those taxes are where they are, we get a little explanation of what makes up the tax levy. Sure enough, Medicaid, and county tax make up a whopping 92 percent of ...

Kudos To Chagnon For His Decision On Legislature Appointment

In Our Opinion

There are a lot of Republicans on the Chautauqua County Legislature. In our view, none of those Republicans are as well qualified to lead the Audit and Control Committee as Charles Nazzaro, D-Jamestown. Audit and Control is perhaps the most important committee on the legislature. All ...

Killing Soleimani Carried Risk, But Eliminated A Threat

In Our Opinion

At least three times while Bill Clinton was president, he rejected proposals to kill Osama bin Laden. That enabled bin Laden’s al-Qaida network to continue making terrorist attacks leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 assault on America that killed nearly 3,000 people. Despite knowing bin ...

Cuomo Just May Sink This ‘Ship Of State’

In Our Opinion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York’s “ship of state is stronger than it has been in decades.” It had better be, because it appears Cuomo is steering it toward an iceberg. The governor’s State of the State address, delivered Wednesday, measured 12 printed pages of platitudes, promises ...

They Could Be Less Hostile

Local Commentaries

I take a sort of perverse glee listening to New York State Republicans, especially notorious Trump lackey, Tom Reed, whining about “one-party rule” in New York State. Mr. Reed, if you are reading, please run for governor in 2022. I almost felt bad seeing Republican Legislators ...

Nothing Is Compelling About The Annexation

Local Commentaries

Having attended the recent public hearing on December 30, 2019, regarding the annexation of the Dow Street Substation that is in the Town of Ellicott, Village of Falconer, and Falconer Central School District into the City of Jamestown, I heard nothing compelling me to agree to the annexation ...

Kids Coming Home

Local Commentaries

It has been engrained in us that once our kids go away to college, they probably aren’t coming back. There is more glitz and glitter in other places… New York, Chicago and LA come to mind. There are jobs in other places. It is a big country and young people want to see it. There are a lot ...

It’s Time For A Message Change

Local Commentaries

Victimhood! That’s the message Jamestown’s superintendent of schools gives to students, parents, and the community. Are you a member of the 70 percent poverty level he cites? According to Superintendent Apthorpe, that automatically makes you a member of the victim class! On free or ...

Golf Tourney Should Be Approached Correct Way

In Our Opinion

There will not be a Web.com golf tournament held in Chautauqua County this summer. It’s unfortunate, but frankly, it’s not the end of the world. County officials have spent months trying to find a sponsor for the tournament but were unable to find one able to make a multi-year ...

Sundquist Is Shaking Things Up With BPU Board Appointments

In Our Opinion

For the first time in recent memory, the president of the Jamestown City Council will not serve on the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities’ board. Mayor Eddie Sundquist, in his list of appointments, has named Grant Olson, R-Ward 5, as the City Council representative in place of Maria ...

Sending A Thank You To Public Servants

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: TIME magazine, besides naming its “Person of the Year”, also named public servants, especially federal employees, as “Guardians of the Year”. TIME recognized the importance of the oath taken by federal employees to protect and preserve the US Constitution, ...

Proposed Statewide Animal Abuse Registry Lacks Necessary Teeth

In Our Opinion

A statewide animal abuse registry, as written, is a waste of time that shouldn’t be discussed on the floor of the state Legislature. Proposed by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, D-Manhattan, the legislation would keep those convicted of animal fighting; overdriving, torturing and injuring ...

The Same Promise To ‘Root Out Corruption’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: On Christmas Eve the news media, all in the same words, carried the message. The Democratic Party or government (same thing now) in Albany, so the story led off, is going to “root out corruption.” I swoon. In the joy of the holiday season, I picture the ...

It Is Time To Pay Off Our Obligations And Handle Our Debts

In Our Opinion

As we Americans celebrate the beginning of a new decade, we continue to allow a serious challenge to escalate to crisis proportions. It is the national debt — $23.2 trillion as 2020 began. Thoughtful Americans understand the perils of a big national debt. It can increase inflation. It ...