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Editor’s corner

Finances keep future fragile at Brooks-TLC

Northern Chautauqua County has been on the sidelines since 2008 when it comes to the delivery of health care. At that time, a major change took place in the region. Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk and TLC-Lakeshore Health Center in Irving joined forces to become one unit as the Lake Erie ...

Gambling gets pass as weed draws worry

Understanding why the Sheridan Town Board and other area municipalities voted to opt out of dispensaries and on-site consumption of cannabis is far from trivial. Rural portions of New York state, by and large, are conservative in their views — and see the marijuana issue as something filled ...

Tenney’s cash, clout crashes hopes of others

Shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday, the annoying music piped in to fill what would have otherwise been silence came to a halt. On the other end of the line was U.S. Rep. Claudia Tenney, currently of the Utica region, speaking during one of her aptly named “Tele-Town Hall” meetings with ...

Political bluster ignores big bucks

Within hours of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s State of the State address on Jan. 5, Senate Republicans were already setting an ambitious tone for the coming year and campaign season. Its platform aims to return the party to some significance if they can muster enough support to turn the ...

Popular Wendel can’t sidestep challenges

Hitched to the Republican wave of dominance seen across the Southern Tier in recent years, PJ Wendel has been nearly invincible while running — and serving — as Chautauqua County executive. Promoted from county legislator to the position vacated by current state Sen. George Borrello in 2020 ...

Political quibbling shrouds major health crisis

Before taking a swipe at the political volleyball of redistricting in New York state, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed opened his weekly telephone conference call with area media last week discussing an issue of greater importance to Americans on a daily basis: mental health. In a sympathetic tone, the ...