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County Executive Candidates Pitch Plans For Tourism, Industry

October 27, 2013

Each county executive candidate has his own ideas of how to make improvements when it comes to tourism and job growth in Chautauqua County....

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Oct-28-13 4:23 PM

More blustering nonsense from hacksbgone, I see, but still no substantive rebuttals. Obviously hacksbgone has none.

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Oct-28-13 8:39 AM

only economic opportunities are welfare and food stamps. get real.

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Oct-28-13 6:09 AM

Emelye, Baseless charges? Offended by vocabulary? How the h**l did you draw that out of my comment? Apparently I've overestimated your intelligence. Mother always told me to never argue with an I'm done with you. Now, ride away on your donkey.

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Oct-27-13 10:41 PM

neither party can turn this around.. just an fyi

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Oct-27-13 7:31 PM

Still more baseless charges, hacksbgone. Don't you have anything cogent to add to this discussion?

I'm sorry my vocabulary seems to offend you but I don't think I'll stop using it.

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Oct-27-13 6:36 PM

Emelye, you would be better served studying the candidates rather than your thesaurus. Your failure to grasp the basis and details of the candidate's positions is astounding.

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Oct-27-13 6:30 PM

hacksbgone, do you have any intelligent argument or does your descent into ad hominem attack admit that you have nothing but invective in your toolkit?

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Oct-27-13 6:29 PM

Your limited experience does not match mine, Renaldo. That said, mine is probably limited too so I look at labor statistics and the like that show older workers to be disproportionately discriminated against in hiring.

I don't think the schools are so bad that a majority of students are unequipped to learn job specific skills. I agree too large a portion of our graduates are not well prepared but I doubt they are a majority.

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Oct-27-13 3:31 PM

Emelye: You sound like someone who will say anything to support a Democrat even to the point of regurgitating twisted misconceptions of the truth. Simply put, you have no idea what you're talking about. So, save your ramblings for those who are dumb enough to engage you. You can go to the polls and pull every lever with a donkey next to it. Just don't think for a moment that intelligent people are swayed by your drivel.

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Oct-27-13 1:59 PM

Emelye, my limited experience in the area has shown that demand is actually very high for those around age 50 (not really so old anymore) that are seasoned, proven, and skilled. I don't know if it's widespread or not. As far as young workers, you've missed the fact that not only is it difficult to find those with skills, let alone basics like speech and grammar abilities, it's difficult to find any with a basic work ethic. Training costs money & resources and biz is much more competitive today. Most employers will invest in a young employee if he's proven himself. Training should only be needed for company specialized skills, not basics... basics should be covered by our schools.

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Oct-27-13 1:31 PM

If businesses are hurting for experienced and skilled talent then why are those who are over 50 finding it so hard to find decent work? If the young people in our county aren;t learning what they need to work good jobs then why aren';t the local businesses working to set up apprenticeship and training programs? Why do they insist on having these trained individuals handed to them on a silver platter?

We have the resources to train young people. Older workers are available who can mentor young people. The problem is that I hear nothing from Vince Horrigan that addresses ideas like that whereas Ron Johnson's plan to leverage our technical schools and the Start-Up New York program toward making Jamestown attractive to good companies with good jobs.

Our county has a great deal to recommend it to businesses. We need to market our positives a whole lot more aggressively than has been done up to now. Ron Johnson will make that happen. Horrigan won't.

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Oct-27-13 1:24 PM

Jamestown and Dunkirk have been practically ignored by the current Republican county executive. What makes people think that a new Republican won't continue that? Mr Horrigan expressed a hands off policy toward minorities. That translates into a hands off policy to the two cities that have the greatest minority populations, Jamestown and Dunkirk.

We can't cut anymore taxes without cutting vital services and resources. We need to improve our income by bringing viable businesses into the county, businesses that will provide good paying jobs, jobs that will allow people to make a living wage, not minimum wage. Mr Horrigan's plans for that seem vague at best and rather unfairly skewed to the interests of the wealthy elite in our county. We don't just need jobs, we need good jobs.

If you like the way Edwards has been running our county then vote Republican - even if it's against your economic interests to do so. If you think changes are needed, vote for Ron Johnson.

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Oct-27-13 9:50 AM

Ole Ron John is a true union-bought pawn. He has made bookend published statements that all but declare his allegiance to the CSEA and the support he needs to overcome his lack of a real platform for running the County Government. Pandering to the public unions is a precursor to taking more property tax dollars from all of us to pay off his supporters. It's as if he has family in the County CSEA.......

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Oct-27-13 9:38 AM

Make New York a right to work state. Get rid of public and private unions. Problem solved. Scallywag for governed.

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Oct-27-13 8:24 AM

agree George, jobs and lowering taxes should be the main concern on all leadership. Since our taxes are some of the highest in the nation. Show me your plan to lower our taxes significant and you get my vote.

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Oct-27-13 7:34 AM

This article really shows the difference between Horrigan, who gives specifics on his plans and shows leadership, and Johnson who is vague and negative.

Johnson even has the nerve to throw in more of his special interest pandering. He notes that the county is cutting "positions and services." That's another signal to the CSEA... 'Elect me and I will increase the county workforce '

Notice that even with all of Johnson's gloom and doom talk, he never mentions that taxes are too high or that he will commit to lowering them. That's because he knows he will have to raise taxes, as county executive, in order to fulfill all of the promises he is making to special interests.

Horrigan is a true leader and will make a great county executive.

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