Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to plans to abandon the section of Lafayette Street between Second and Third streets in Jamestown. The street isn’t needed for traffic purposes, and the owners of BWB, Shawbucks and the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena can use the space for additional parking and for more space for summer events in the area. The potential loss of parking revenue is a wash for the city since the city will no longer have to pay to maintain the street or for streetlighting. During the summer months, having the additional space will help the ice arena and Gateway Station have enough room for outdoor events, which can only help businesses on the city’s west side.

Thumbs down to the latest in New York state’s long line of fiscal hypocrisy. At a time when the state is asking local governments and school districts to be as frugal as they possibly can, how is it a good use of taxpayer money to make sure Empire State Development has a luxury box at Ralph Wilson Stadium? State officials say the luxury box will be used to promote New York state and the Buffalo-Niagara region and that, under some circumstances, the state officials will have to pay the face value of a seat in the suite. Of course, those details haven’t been finalized yet. Hogwash. It’s just another example of the state’s “do as we say, not as we do” attitude.

Thumbs up to a new effort to help the community fight child abuse. County Executive Greg Edwards is the first to sign up for the Child Advocacy Program’s Stewards of Children Sexual Abuse Prevention Training from 9 a.m. to noon April 17. While Edwards is the first to sign up, there is plenty of room for the three-hour training session. For more information, call McDermott at 388-9844.

You don’t have to look far to find talented people in southern Chautauqua County. Thumbs up, then, to Teal Weatherly, who was named winner of Chautauqua’s Got Talent on Monday; Frewsburg students who showed off their abilities Thursday in the third annual Frewsburg’s Got Talent and Jack White, a Southwestern Elementary School student whose work will be displayed throughout April at the Lakewood Memorial Library.