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Congress: Finding some common ground

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed is seen by some in this region as being divisive, even when he consistently shows up at his town hall meetings to some very unhappy Democrats. But in a recent interview with one of our reporters, there are certain things he is doing that are bringing two sides ...

Hanover: Making push for tourism

New town board member Edward Schintzius has the right idea regarding getting the word out to tourists on Hanover. But the key is getting many of those travelers off Interstate 90 at Exit 58. Schintzius made those remarks during a recent Town Board meeting. Much of what he stated is correct. ...

County: Taking out landfill proposal

A new law being discussed by the Chautauqua County Legislature that would mandate that solid waste in Chautauqua County could only be taken to the county landfill or one of the county transfer stations is a bad idea. Right now, most of the waste generated in the county makes its way to the ...

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Still hope for White Inn

Will the White Inn rise again? That is the hope of many longtime residents in the village of Fredonia who see it as an historical treasure that needs to be preserved. But the big question remains: can it be operated with success? Looking to other tourist towns, there are reasons to believe it ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST DISPATCHER RECOGNITION — We want to salute Steven McAninch. The senior dispatcher with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded “Emergency Communicator of the Year” by the New York State Sheriff’s ...

Violence: Major worries in the schools

In the aftermath of violent sprees students seem to launch with some regularity in schools, the question asked often is why no one saw it coming. Profiling children as potential killers is such a difficult task it does not even fall into the category of “inexact science.” Deciding ...

Out of touch with business

It must be nice to be a bureaucrat in the state Labor Department. The department’s proposed changes to on-call scheduling rules, backed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are perfectly fine for bureaucratic beancounters who work a set schedule from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday every ...

county: On the job at businesses

Before he took office, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello made a pledge to visit 100 businesses in 100 days. Through early this week, he seems off to a great start. According to his Monday Morning Memo, which is distributed through e-mail, Borrello has visited 25 businesses including ...

SILVER CREEK: Making splash at 1st meeting

New Silver Creek Trustee Stephen Romanik wasted no time in talking about a boiling point for village residents: the water bills. Romanik, using his household as an example, noted users are almost punished with the high bills. He noted a monthly system could ease some of the pain. If we can do ...

FREDONIA: Village off to smart start

Recent actions and discussions have shined a bright spot on Fredonia leadership since the start of the new year. Mayor Athanasia Landis seems committed to more regional efforts, which will benefit the village and its residents. Fredonia has often been criticized in this corner for its tunnel ...

DUNKIRK: Upbeat note adds belief

It’s a new attitude in Dunkirk. It is one of belief and cooperation. Where does this mindset begin? In the mayor’s office at City Hall. On Friday, Wilfred Rosas welcomed about 75 business and community leaders to his State of the City message. Rosas talked, first and foremost, about ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST SIGN OF THE TIMES — Anyone who drives on Central Avenue in Dunkirk past Holy Trinity can’t help but crack a smile at their signs they put up. “Feeling cold? Son-shine inside.” “Miss the Big Dipper? Try our Sundays.” ...

Harassment: Hollywood’s big act

Let us be crystal clear about the stampede of entertainers distancing themselves from stars who are accused of sexual misdeeds: For at least some of those expressing outrage, it’s all an act. Many of them have known for years that the sexual harassment was rampant in their industry. Many ...

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 ...