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Editor’s corner

More money, problems with legalization

Melanie Witkowski knows the numbers too well — and they signal reasons for worry on a local level. Since discussions began to center around legalizing marijuana in New York state in recent years, she has seen a trend that could be considered as disturbing for Chautauqua County and our ...

Red ways place rural district in peril

Speculation has already begun to swirl. Will Chautauqua County be teamed again with the Buffalo region or will there remain a strong Southern Tier bond for a Congressional district in 2023? Add in the uncertainty that comes with nearly four weeks of silence from current U.S. Rep. Tom Reed and ...

Hush falls upon remorseful Reed camp

Everything was seemingly falling into place. As scandals were brewing in Albany around intentionally deflated nursing home deaths tied to COVID-19 in the spring and a governor facing allegations of sexual misconduct, area Republicans and current U.S. Rep. Tom Reed looked to be on the cusp of ...

Leaders punt on population, poverty

There has been no slowing Chautauqua County’s downward population spiral, which continued its rapid decline in the last decade. According to the most recent U.S. Census figures, the number of residents who live here has decreased by 8,002 since 2010 to less than 127,000 residents — a nearly ...

Times remain desperate for area Dems

Healing has not come easy in the last four months. Losses in the major local state and county elections were far from minimal. They were downright staggering. Loyalties also have been fractured in the aftermath. There’s been petty infighting in the north and south county that adds to a lack ...

Fair-weather senator can’t keep city date

During a blustery, bone-chilling February morning last year, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer was joined by about a half-dozen north county veterans as he called for additional health-care assistance for those who may have been touched by Agent Orange during their service to the United States in ...