Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all the volunteers who spend the weeks leading up to Memorial Day cleaning cemeteries, placing flags on veterans graves and organizing remembrance ceremonies. Their hard work means there will be stirring services in cities, towns, villages and hamlets throughout Chautauqua County. It is often said we need to make sure Memorial Day continues to be a day to remember the sacrifices of those who have died while serving our country. It wouldn’t hurt to remember those who work so hard to make such days of remembrance possible.

This week, we borrow a recent thumbs down from our sister paper, the Dunkirk OBSERVER, which wrote recently in its weekly Highs and Lows editorial about the county’s Conservative Party. They are spot on in their view when they say, “The Conservative Party of Chautauqua County is feuding once again, over who has control. Part of the dispute is that different members want to endorse different people who aren’t registered conservatives. Those running for office like having the additional lines on the ballot. There’s less than 2,000 registered Conservative Party members in Chautauqua County. New York state should do away with multiple lines on ballots. That would cause these kinds of disputes to vanish.”

Thumbs up to the Panama Central School band and chorus for earning a superior rating at a recent competition in Boston. Proponents of high school sports speak often of the values sports can teach youth. Music, done correctly, can have the same results. “Achieving first place has taught me this: we, the Panama band and chorus, came together as one music department, set a common goal and achieved that goal. Our teamwork, listening and cooperation in rehearsals and in Boston are better than any trophy ever,” Panama student Ben Taylor told a Post-Journal reporter this week.