I believe I've proven my loyalty to this area where we live (Western New York, Chautauqua County, the Jamestown area), my enjoyment growing up here, and working my entire career here. I've devoted numerous articles in this column remembering life here, honoring many people from here who have done so much to add to the culture, heritage, and growth of this area, and I hope I've conveyed my pride for this area to many who read this column weekly. That being said, all that glitters is not gold. I've seen some things happen in our area, which make me wonder if we're just grasping at anything to make There's been an effort, the past few years, to refurbish store fronts and empty buildings within our community, and they definitely look nice as you drive by them, but many of those stores remain empty, generating no business, and nothing on the tax rolls helping to keep taxes down in the area. Similarly, some new buildings built in our area have had trouble finding occupants, so existing businesses have been offered chances to move into the new edifices, thus creating other empty buildings in the community.