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Opinion

The Merger Of The Reg Lenna And NCC Will Be One To Watch

In Our Opinion

The concept between a combined Reg Lenna Center for the Arts and the National Comedy Center is interesting. A merger of the organizations is far from a done deal. The boards of directors of both organizations have a lot of work to do before they can decide if a merger is the best thing for ...

You Can’t Fix Stupid

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: If anyone still needs evidence that the current group of morons calling themselves Republicans are living in a delusional, make-believe world it is a recent poll that revealed that only 4 in 10 of these ‘stable geniuses’ think Trump mentioned getting dirt on the ...

Officials Should Address Cigarettes, And E-Cigarettes

In Our Opinion

A state Court of Appeals decision to temporarily block New York from enforcing a new prohibition on sales of flavored e-cigarettes is a welcome step. The stay was granted one day before the state planned to start enforcing 90-day emergency regulations banning the sale of most flavored ...

A Small Tweak To Arbitration Could Make A Big Difference

In Our Opinion

Why are Jamestown officials approving 2% raises for some of its unions while fighting an imposed 2% raise for city police officers? The answer lies in what that 2% means to the city’s bottom line. It turns out a 2% raise for the 58 members of the city’s AFSCME union is much different ...

Kendall Club: Officers Dealing With More Guns, Crime

Local Commentaries

A recent article addressed compensation paid to city officials. In the interest of providing taxpayers additional relevant information, the Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association (the Union representing Jamestown Police Officers, Sergeants, and Lieutenants), wishes to provide the ...

Many Reasons To Be Proud Of Our Area’s Schools

Local Commentaries

Now that we have grandchildren living with us, “back to school” has again become a part of our lexicon. I love it, actually, and look forward to those days when I drive our grandkids to school where all cars and school buses are met by the principal and other teachers welcoming them to ...

Our Times Are Ugly, Divisive, Harmful And Exciting

Local Commentaries

Well it is the moment we’ve all been waiting for: impeachment. As Congress’ impeachment process transpires it is sure to be ugly, divisive and harmful. I must admit that I am a little bit excited to watch it all. We get to watch history unfold day by excruciating day. Indeed, we will be ...

FDA Should Give Answers To Health Scare Questions

In Our Opinion

A new public health scare has surfaced, and this one has nothing to do with e-cigarettes and vaping. Instead, it involves millions of people who take drugs to reduce the amount of acid in their digestive tracts. A very popular over-the-counter drug, Zantac, has been taken off the shelves by ...

Illegal Immigrants Shouldn’t Be Able To Use A License To Vote

In Our Opinion

If Democrats in the state Legislature want to assuage some of the concerns throughout the state about the state law allowing undocumented immigrants to get a New York state driver’s license, then they won’t disregard legislation proposed by Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, last ...

Lawmakers Need To Be Careful With The County’s Surplus Funds

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua County taxpayers received good news last week when County Executive George Borrello released a 2020 budget proposal that contains no increase in the county’s tax rate. That means taxpayers won’t see an increase in the amount they pay to the county, which we’re sure is ...

Reader Disagrees With Cuomo’s Hiring Standards

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Governor Cuomo is making it illegal to refuse to hire or promote anyone because an employer doesn’t like the way he looks or doesn’t like anything else about him. How can you run a business effectively if your employees aren’t people you want or at least ...

State Ed. Dept. Needs To Answer Simple Questions

In Our Opinion

Southwestern Central School District officials have been waiting months to have a simple question answered — how should they properly handle transportation of unvaccinated children? To its credit, the state Education Department has issued guidance on the situation. Unfortunately, the ...

Are We Americans Really The Enemy On Climate Change?

In Our Opinion

Curious, is it not, that the major industrial power doing the most to battle climate change is the target of the bulk of criticism regarding that concern? With a new general session of the United Nations underway, multiple world leaders are citing worry about a range of issues. In fairness ...

Reimbursement Rates Need To Be Increased

In Our Opinion

There is obviously demand for ambulance services in Chautauqua County. Two weeks ago, Jamestown firefighters expressed their displeasure with the department’s staffing level if city firefighters are going to be expected to provide more ambulance transports. In 2017, Alstar Ambulance turned ...

Lake May Rely On Taxing District

Local Commentaries

Recently, we received an “Important Notice” from the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) whose purpose it seemed was to send an alarm about possible recommendations of creating a Lake Management District. It highlighted the potential that any such district could be empowered to collect ...

FDA Should Limit Access To E-Cigarettes For Youths

Local Commentaries

In response to the seventh death from severe lung injury associated with “vaping,” which occurred in Tulare County (California), the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency issued a warning against the use of “electronic cigarettes.” The alert stated that: “The Tulare County ...

E-Cigarette Flavor Ban — Ineffective and Dangerous

Local Commentaries

Never let a crisis go to waste. That could be the official motto for the anti-tobacco industry, which has irresponsibly exploited this summer’s sudden outbreak of “vaping-related” lung ailments. With the aid of sloppy news reporting and biased announcements from federal officials, ...

Local Support Is Key For District

Local Commentaries

Before the end of this year, the Chautauqua County Legislature is due to receive a recommendation from its Chautauqua Lake Protection and Rehabilitation Agency. The recommendation will be whether to create a Chautauqua Lake Management District. If creation of a district is recommended, ...