Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to teaching an old agency new tricks. The Fenton History Center is partnering with BOCES and the Cassadaga Valley Central School district to broadcast its new education series. The program series will take place from 6-8 p.m. on six consecutive Thursdays, beginning April 11, and costs $35. The first session will be presented by Jon Schmitz, archivist and historian for Chautauqua Institution, and will serve as an introduction to public history, historical sources and regional history. The Fenton History Center has long been an asset to those who want to understand Jamestown’s history, but it is heartening to see the center finding ways to use technology to spread its wings outside the city.

Thumbs down to another breathtaking waste of money by New York state, which has more than enough to offer the film and television industry. We just want to be crystal clear on one point. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said, with his budget, that there is money in the state budget for Hollywood to make movies, but not enough money in the state budget to take care of the disabled through programs at places like The Resource Center. The next thing you know, there will be a tax break for athletes to make New York a more attractive place for free agents. A better approach would be to cut spending, cut taxes overall and make New York a more attractive place for everyone to live and do business.

Thumbs up to a pair of area natives who found themselves in the midst of March Madness. Dan Scotchmer, a Jamestown High School graduate who now works for Harvard University as an athletics communications assistant, and Patrick Pierson, a Frewsburg Central School graduate who works as the assistant athletic director for communications for Florida Gulf Coast University, had front row seats for two of the NCAA Tournament’s biggest upsets. Both are examples of area natives who have worked hard to find jobs they love in sports. It is good to see area natives finding success at such early ages.