Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the true unofficial start to the holiday season. The seventh annual Toys for Tots Charity Ball will be held tonight at the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown, to raise money for the county’s Toys for Tots drive. Last year, about 2,340 children received toys from Toys for Tots. Tickets to the charity ball can be purchased for $25 per person. Besides The Resource Center, sponsors of this year’s event include Bair’s Pizza, Chautauqua Connections Inc., the Greater Woodlawn Federal Credit Union, the Jamestown Gateway Train Station, the Johnson Foundation, Moore and Myott, LLP and Premier Consulting Associates.

Thumbs up to three Jamestown Democrats who may have gotten lost in the shuffle of Wednesday’s failed vote to sell the Chautauqua County Home. Charles Nazzaro, Victoria James and Paula DeJoy all voted in favor of the sale, with DeJoy telling Timothy Hoyer, a fellow Jamestown Democrat and opposer of the sale, on the floor, “Be the voice of your constituents. Your beliefs must be set aside because you were elected to represent them.”

Thumbs down to the recent hubbub over comments at a League of Women Voters debate over who is and isn’t welcome in the Chautauqua County Clerk’s office. At a debate Monday in Dunkirk, Lori Cornell was asked about her proposals to cut staff, improve services and upgrade technology, and if, in making those proposals, she had taken time to go to the county clerk’s office to see how the office is run. Her response was that she wasn’t welcome there. The moderator, Marcia Merrins, then told the audience apparently politics is involved in the county clerk’s office. At issue in the race between Larry Barmore, R-Gerry, and Lori Cornell, D-Jamestown, is which candidate is best qualified to handle the plentitude of records that come through the clerk’s office. Who is the best record keeper? Who is the best staff organizer and motivator? Who will do the best job? Both candidates have said repeatedly this campaign season that politics shouldn’t come into play in this race, yet a week before the election, at least one candidate – and one debate moderator – didn’t get the memo. Thumbs down, indeed, to these shenanigans.