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Will Districts Continue ‘Kicking The Can Down The Road?’

February 10, 2013 Declining school enrollment and small districts are directly related to the cost of public school education. more »»

The Washington Con Game Goes On

February 10, 2013 Much of what government does seems unfathomable until you remember one thing: the politicians think the people are morons. Take the latest example: the effort to avert the “fiscal clif. more »»

Whitney Defends County Home Vote

February 3, 2013 I read with interest your editorial entitled “Residents Forgotten in County Home Vote. more »»

Eighteen Districts Isn’t Best Option For Students

February 3, 2013 Two good friends came back to live in Chautauqua County for one primary reason — they wanted a better education for their children. One was living in Louisiana, the other in Florida. more »»

Town Government Is Good, As Long As It’s Cheap

January 27, 2013 I have learned over the years that we don’t change more than we do change. We all think that we are flexible and ready for change but, in truth, change is something we don’t lik. more »»

‘Control The Rudder, Not Man The Oars’

January 27, 2013 Although the landfill/energy plant was not the primary point of my earlier comments, it seems to be the issue that drew the most reaction. I appreciate Mr. more »»

County Is Obligated To Find Better Buyer

January 20, 2013 After three years at the leadership table, I recently resigned as minority leader of the Chautauqua County Legislature and have proudly passed the torch to the talented team of Bob Whitney of... more »»

Legislator Horrigan Does The Right Thing

January 20, 2013 How refreshing! How needed! A county legislator (Horrigan, V., “Making A Good Choice On The County Home”, The Post-Journal, Jan. more »»

An Uphill Fight For Average Joes In New York

January 20, 2013 Sam Rayburn, a man of few words and former Speaker of the House, is purported to have said: “If you’ve got the votes, call the roll. more »»

Key To County’s Wealth Is Property Assessment

January 13, 2013 As we look at the financial picture over the past 40 years of our body politic in Chautauqua County, a lot has changed. more »»

Early Voting Needed In New York

January 13, 2013 As a 14-year professional at the Chautauqua County Board of Elections, I feel compelled to go on record strongly supporting New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s proposal for early voting... more »»

Agriculture Secretary’s Policies Ignore Details

January 13, 2013 Until recently, I would have considered it a rank impossibility that I could hold a lower opinion of our nation’s Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack. more »»

Making A Good Choice On The County Home

January 6, 2013 As a 27-year veteran of the United States Air Force and 10-year director of a major human service agency across Chautauqua County, I have learned that leadership decisions require an unbiased and... more »»

Stricter Gun Laws Won’t Fix Problem

January 6, 2013 I am deeply saddened every time I hear of a gun tragedy occurring in our great nation. more »»

How Much Protection Can One City Afford?

January 6, 2013 I mentioned in a prior article that the city of Jamestown lost 21 percent of its population since 1970. more »»

Methane Conversion Is Worthwhile Project

December 30, 2012 I am responding to the op-ed piece written by Rodney Roger, county legislator, District 5, which appeared in The Post-Journal on Dec. 2. I believe it was incorrect on several levels. Mr. more »»

Government Restructuring and Regionalism

December 23, 2012 The recent progress report from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) and the Public/Private Task Force studying the possibility of consolidating the Jamestown Police Department with the... more »»

Keeping Things In Perspective

December 23, 2012 Those of us who constitute the “body politic” of Chautauqua County tend to reflect on our history over relatively short periods of tim. more »»

Common Sacrifice: The Lessons Of Lincoln

December 16, 2012 Having just seen the film “Lincoln”, I was overwhelmed again with what it cost to “save the Union. more »»

It’s Time To Change City Govt. Structure

December 16, 2012 The 2013 City of Jamestown budget, not unlike others in the past, exemplifies the need for structural changes in the way the City of Jamestown does its business. more »»



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