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Health care: System needs to be cured

You have to give former President Barack Obama credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...

Government: Less is more

In November, there will be 182 elected seats up this fall. That’s not all the seats, by the way. Our founding county fathers apparently loved democracy, because we have over 500 county elected officials spread out over 17 towns, two cities, 13 villages and 18 school districts. When ...

Efficient system is paying off

An article over the weekend once again proved of the benefits of not going at it alone. Both the village of Silver Creek and the town of Hanover have teamed up in one contract to receive police protection from the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department. It was not too long ago some in the ...

One facility worth effort

Bigger is not always better, but often it is more efficient and cost-effective — and that is what Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas continues to look at when considering the future. Last week, Rosas brought forth a plan that could put the police and fire under one roof in the city. “We put in ...

DUNKIRK: We all want to ‘pay less’

We understand where Dunkirk Councilman Don Williams is coming from: the city has a lot to lose in a supplemental county payment in lieu of taxes agreement with NRG Energy Inc. Williams, in comments last week, noted the company wants to “pay less.” Well, who doesn’t nowadays? NRG, as ...

Taking path for progress

Talk about going out on top. Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan has excelled and accomplished just about every goal he set to achieve since taking office in 2014. His start began with the controversial sale of the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk, which was approved by the ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST RT. 60 RUMBLE STRIPS — On Route 60 between Fredonia and Cassadaga there is a rumble strip. The strip can alert drivers who start to veer into the oncoming lane. After last month’s fatal bus/car crash, the state has decided to ...

ECONOMY: Government can harm enterprise

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...

VILLAGES: Mayors need to support dissolution

When it comes to sharing services, many elected officials are open arms. But when it comes to consolidation, it’s another story. Take, for example, the village of Brocton. Mayor Richard Frost thanked Portland Supervisor Dan Schrantz for attending a recent village board meeting. At the ...

Bring your ideas tonight

Plenty of conversation has been had regarding Central Connection — an idea to bring the village of Fredonia, city of Dunkirk and the State University of New York at Fredonia together — to boost the region. Tonight, at 6:30 p.m. in the Dunkirk High School gym, residents are encouraged to ...

Still paying for the past

Former Forestville elected officials never hesitated to point out what a great job the former Streets Department foreman was doing on a fairly regular basis. As with most things those board members said, it turned out to be untrue. What the town of Hanover has found is plenty of neglect at ...

COUNTY: Another plus to sharing

Chautauqua County is making progress when it comes to regional solutions. The most recent evidence of this is the county is one of six finalists for a $20 million grant from New York state. Last week, area officials found out they were one of six to become a finalist for the best government ...

Higher, but not all better

Just what do we take from the recent state Education Department report regarding recent graduates? Only that we are getting a little bit better in Chautauqua County. As we noted last week, the graduation rate of the 2016 class fared 1 percent better than those in 2015 with 84 percent making ...

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

Here are some of the best — and worst — of the week: BEST BOWLED OVER — Congratulations go out to Fredonia Hillbillies bowling team. For the first time in school history, the team won the Section 6 Class C high school bowling championship. It’s Tom Battaglia’s 16th year coaching ...

Easing burdens a smart step

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen is more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. This week, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key points ...

Town Hall meetings should continue

If you would like to see Rep. Tom Reed in person, you’re in luck. Reed will be making four stops on Saturday across the district. Two stops will be in Chautauqua County — at the North Harmony Senior Citizens Center at 9:15 a.m. and at the Pine Valley VFW Post #2522 in Cherry Creek at ...

Economy: Horvath’s key role for area

State University of New York at Fredonia President Dr. Virginia Horvath has a large role to play in our region’s future. Last week, she took on an important leadership position — that of co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council. The announcement comes at an ...

Our region needs some snow

Another winter storm warning missed the mark on Sunday night and Monday morning. That may be good news for many, but it is taking a toll on others. One of the drivers of our winter economy is snowmobiling — and usually at this time of year it’s plentiful. However, those looking for ...

NYCOM: Group’s ideals full of flaws

At least two local mayors, Willie Rosas of Dunkirk and Athanasia Landis of Fredonia, are in Albany today taking part in the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials gathering. The lobbying group, which survives by charging municipal members — your tax dollars — is not ...

Showing up builds trust

Fredonia village trustees Doug Essek and Phyllis Jones did something more area elected representatives need to do. In seeking out information, both attended the meeting regarding the north county water district Thursday at the Jamestown Community College North campus in Dunkirk. It was a ...