Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all the area actors, set builders, technicians and adults who are taking part in musical productions in schools throughout our area. It takes hundreds of hours of preparation to make such productions come to life. For a few hours, area students who don’t often get the chance find themselves enjoying the spotlight that comes with being on stage. Community residents, meanwhile, are treated to a wonderful, and inexpensive, night out. It is truly a win-win for all involved. Any area school who hasn’t done so already can submit information about their musical by visiting our Virtual Newsroom at or emailing the information and a photo to

Thumbs down to yet another piece of bad economic news for Chautauqua County. ConAgra announced Wednesday it is closing its Carriage House plants in Dunkirk and Fredonia and ending employment for 400 area workers. There are many reasons that go into such decisions, but it should be plainly obvious – yet again – that New York state is not competitive for business. There are simply too many regulations and too much to pay in taxes for large employers to justify keeping business in our state. Leading takes more than press releases and incentives. Action is needed to lower the cost of doing business in New York state.

Thumbs up to a pair of events downtown that remind us spring is indeed coming regardless of what the weatherman says. The Jamestown Renaissance Corp. will host its GROW Jamestown Garden Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dr. Lillian Ney Renaissance Center. That event is coupled with a home and garden show sponsored by the Media One Group at the Jamestown Gateway Train Station. CARTS is providing shuttle buses throughout the day from the Riverwalk Center parking lot to the venues, so parking won’t be an issue for anyone who wants to think about planting their gardens this spring or who need some new equipment to make their lawn and garden look their best.