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COUNTY: Better ways in sharing

Shared services don’t always have to be a merging or consolidation of services between governments. We note, then, the Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department taking over health care services within the Chautauqua County Jail, an idea brought up by Christine Schuyler, county ...

MERGERS ‘Outdated’ system needs a push

There has been much criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest push for shared services from organizations like the New York Conference of Mayors, the New York Association of Towns and some labor unions, to name a few. They don’t like the time frame laid out to have plans put together. They ...

Actions are an annoyance

This week, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency will consider a payment in lieu of taxes agreement for the proposed Dunkirk Great Lakes Cold Storage facility, which has already had its share of controversy. A first hurdle was overcome during a city hearing last month when the ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST DRUG DROP-OFF DAY — Do you have unused prescriptions sitting in your medicine cabinet? Don’t flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash. Instead, bring them to a participating drug drop-off location, taking place ...

Congress: ‘Shutdown’ card being played

President Donald Trump’s critics insist he does not understand Washington politics and insists on getting his own way too often for the country’s good. Oh, really? Trump had been requesting that Congress approve funding to start work on a barrier to illegal immigrants crossing our ...

Tough trade with neighbor

It’s nice to see U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Donald Trump playing nicely together when it comes to securing a better deal for U.S. dairy producers trying to sell their wares in Canada. Recently, all three have protested regulatory plans by the Province of ...

Let’s be more respectful

Disrespectful. How else would you describe the action by Fredonia resident Marcia Johnson who threw a $20 bill at Trustee Doug Essek during Monday’s Village Board meeting? Plainly stated, it’s out of line. “Twenty bucks means that much to you? Here’s $20,” she exclaimed, tossing the ...

Agency caught in the middle

It is troubling that houses targeted by the Chautauqua County Land Bank are still occupied — not because of anything the agency is doing wrong, but because a home that pops up on the land bank’s radar probably should not be occupied. Gina Paradis, executive director, said recently there ...

Another hurdle in progress

Government will never be accused of moving too fast. But the Athenex announcement by state Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Dunkirk, which came some 14 months ago, is progressing. Most recently, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul in a stop in the town of Hanover announced the project that could bring up to 900 jobs ...

A festival’s call for help

Melissa Thompson knows all too well about the work involved in the annual Fredonia Farm Festival. Thompson was the chairwoman of the event for seven years before stepping down in 2015. This year’s chair, Evonne Hennebery, has stepped forward to lead the three-day event that fills the Barker ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST ELECTRONIC RECYCLING — Today at SUNY Fredonia is the annual household electronic recycling day. The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Ring Road. Do you have a TV or old computer to get rid of? It doesn’t belong in the ...

Presidency: Unwelcome idea on visitors

Some of what Americans knew about former President Barack Obama came through the knowledge of visitors welcomed to the White House. Many represented ultra-liberal points of view. Now, however, President Donald Trump reportedly plans to keep White House visitor logs confidential. He should ...

Free tuition: Residency was correct move

On Jan. 12 in this column, we stated that we weren’t sure it was possible for the state to provide free tuition to middle class families, but if they did, then those students should be required to live in New York. Today, we applaud the state for enacting a residency requirement, which we ...

NEW YORK: Borrowing cycle rolls on

Anyone familiar with the old Popeye cartoon remembers the character Wimpy J. Wellington, a portly fellow with an insatiable appetite for hamburgers but a limited ability to pay for them. Wimpy would utter his catchphrase, “I’ll gladly repay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Inevitably, ...

The other hot topic

Fredonia schools may be a leader when it comes to being open to mergers and sharing of services, but it fails when it comes to the calendar. Recently, the district decided to stick to a two-week spring break instead of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services recommendation of one week ...

Fredonia: Vocal minority was appreciated

No area superintendent has ever been as outspoken as recently retired Paul DiFonzo of Fredonia. DiFonzo, through nearly 15 years in the top spot, did not mince words when talking about opportunities for students as well as the region. He had seen the decline of his district in terms of ...

We celebrate new beginning

Even during the coldest and snowiest winters, we in Western New York can look forward to a pleasant spring and summer. We didn’t have a particularly bad winter this year, but it certainly has been nice to have warmer weather recently – grass began turning from brown to green and a few ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST STILL GOING STRONG — Happy birthday wishes go out to Helen Grande, who turns 106 on Wednesday! Grande has been alive for over 38,700 days and has seen countless milestones in our nation’s history. Staff at the Chautauqua ...

New York: Burden is not lessening

Tax filings are due Monday, and New York needs each and every one of those filings from state residents to keep lurching along. Wallethub, a personal finance website, recently released its 2017 rankings of tax burden by state. In order to determine which states tax their residents most ...

HOSPITAL: A way to cure past mistakes

Recent news that Brooks Memorial Hospital had another deficit of $3.5 million in 2015 is not surprising. At that time, it seemed as if the hospital was running itself into the ground. Much of that had to do with previous leadership. But with Brooks working as an affiliate with Kaleida ...