Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to plow drivers who did their level best clearing area roads during Thursday’s heavy snow. Plow crews worked more than 24 consecutive hours to keep traffic moving during the storm, but the bitter low temperatures were as much a hindrance to snow removal as the nonstop snow. As unpleasant as driving was Thursday, many remember when such snow was a typical occurrence in Western New York and not just a periodic inconvenience as it is now. We’ll see a bit of a reprieve from the bitter cold today – though the bitter cold returns Monday and Tuesday. Be sure to check in on neighbors and to take care not to leave pets out too long on these cold days.

Thumbs down to yet another embarrassing situation in state government. Recently, Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, D-Cheektowaga, was accused of sexual harassment by several employees. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called on Gabryszak to either deny the accusations or resign, though Gabryszak has done neither as of yet. It is just the latest example of the state’s poor handling of such allegations. Gabryszak has been convicted of nothing, which makes forced resignation a bit harsh. Immediate suspension, unpaid leave or suspension of pay pending an investigation still seems a logical alternative to letting legislators accused of serious misbehavior continue serving. It may even prompt legislators to behave properly.

Thumbs up to some exciting entertainment news. Jamestown will be in the national television spotlight from 1-3 p.m. Sunday when the 2013 Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular airs on NBC. Dunkirk/Fredonia native Sean Patrick McGraw, who has earned a niche as a country songwriter and touring performer, announced he will release a new album, “Hard Way to Make an Easy Living.” The first single “I’m That Guy” is currently available on iTunes. Tickets are also on sale for a concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena by national country artist Kellie Pickler. To top it off, the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is bringing famed Irish tenor Ronan Tynan to the Reg Lenna Civic Center on March 6 and Jim Brickman to the civic center on Feb. 7.