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Proof is in the numbers

Sluggish passenger numbers have put a halt to the latest airline to occupy the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown. No one should be surprised that Southern Airways Express isn’t meeting the federal government’s 10 passenger a day minimum to receive Essential Air Service subsidies. The ...

New York State: Local burden evident again

We already knew New York state faced a $4.4 billion deficit. State Gov. Andrew Cuomo made those remarks in his annual State of the State address on Jan. 3. What we again continued to hear on Tuesday was the problems regarding the federal government during the budget address. Cuomo remarked ...

Making grade with greeting

Classes at the State University of New York at Fredonia are not yet in session for the spring semester, but one group at the institution has already scored with the community: the Blue Devil hockey team. On Jan. 8, the team greeted elementary students at Fredonia Central Schools. It was an ...

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.: Keeping the dream alive

There’s days our region embraces diversity. Other days, not so much. You could say the same about our great country — the United States of America. It is a great melting pot, but it has a poor history of inclusion for all nationalities and races. Even at this time, division is quite ...

WESTFIELD: A questionable state reward

Last week, the Westfield Police Department received a state grant of $7,541 to either purchase recording equipment to conduct video interrogations or replace existing systems that are either faltering or in need of upgrade. Is that really good use of taxpayer dollars? New York state, through ...

Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD — Kelly Zimmerman the Pine Valley Elementary School principal was recently awarded Niagara University’s Educational Leader of the Year. Chandra Foote, the Dean of College Education at NU, said Zimmerman was ...

Iran: Country needs punishing

Imagine 3,700 Americans being arrested for protesting conditions in our country. You probably can’t. The First Amendment safeguards our right to protest peacefully. Any demonstrations so severe that they resulted in criminal activity requiring that scale of arrests would be taken by ...

Wages: Plan may tip the scales

Restaurants have always been a risky business proposition. For every one that becomes a fixture, there are dozens that struggle. It is this environment into which Gov. Andrew Cuomo is treading with his intention to possibly eliminate the credit that allows employers to pay tipped workers less ...

CLYMER: A fantasy of ‘success’

A south county school district that thinks it can took one more step backward. After the resignation of Bert Lictus, current Panama schools superintendent, Clymer hired interim Superintendent Ed Bailey. The move comes after a bitter failed merger vote and Lictus’ stepping down as a shared ...

silver creek: Cheering on the plunge

A chilling annual experience once again turned out to be quite heart-warming. With temperatures climbing out of single digits, about 40 people took the plunge to raise money for the Oishei Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, the Silver Creek Emergency Squad and Fire Department, Sunset Bay ...

WINTER: Finding beauty in the cold

Now that a warming trend has begun — and sub-zero temperatures seemingly are not forecasted for the coming two weeks, we can take some time to show a little appreciation for the beauty of nature in the winter. Recent submitted photos by Tom Prevet and Ron Szot highlighted snowy owls located ...

State of STATE: Property taxes still too high

We do not agree with all the goals outlined by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address, but there is one we definitely appreciate him banging the drum on: high local property taxes. During his speech last week, Cuomo noted local governments need to continue to do more regionally. ...

HIGHS AND LOWS: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SNOWMOBILING — There are some out there who are growing tired of the snow, and it’s only early January. But for snowmobilers, it’s another story. We’ve had a number of winters lately with little snow or warmer temperatures ...

NORTH KOREA: No doubting a danger

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

Winter: Tough choices in driving

We all know how scary it can be to travel in white-out conditions. We saw it on Christmas day in our area — and we witnessed it some 50 miles to the east on the state Thruway on Tuesday afternoon. Around 4 p.m., there was a 20-car pile up between Exits 49 and 50 heading eastbound that ...

Football: Late gift is cherished

Christmas came six days late for Western New Yorkers, but no one was complaining. On New Year’s Eve, what was almost unthinkable at the beginning of the football season actually happened: the Buffalo Bills were playoff bound. After beating the Miami Dolphins — turning a romp into a ...

HEALTH CARE State can help with cure

The most expensive cost per month to most working New Yorkers isn’t their home or even their groceries — it’s ever-escalating health care premiums. A recent WalletHub study ranked New York 46th in the country for cost of health care, though the state ranked ninth in access to care and ...

New year: Cheering on some good news

Old habits are hard to break. That’s usually the opposite case with resolutions, which are tough to keep. So, in changing our sometimes negative attitudes about good things not happening in Western New York, let’s attempt to be more positive as we move into a new year this 2018. There are ...

STATE THRUWAY Rough road keeps getting worse

In his Saturday column, Thomas Kirkpatrick Sr. mentioned one of his pet peeves. He’s not alone. Motorists across Western New York — and those from around the country and Canada — must wonder just what is happening regarding the poor road conditions near the Silver Creek exit. It just ...

highs and lows Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST REMEMBER THE MAGIC — We want to applaud Partners in Kind. On Christmas Eve, the organization sponsored a special breakfast for area children who went through some kind of hardship in 2017. This was the second Remember the Magic ...