Highs and lows: Some of the best, worst of the week

Here are some of the best – and worst – of the week:

BEST

VOICING SUPPORT – We thank Sen. Charles Schumer for picking up the phone and contacting Aubrey Zibelman, the new chairperson of the state Public Service Commission, voicing his support for NRG to become a natural gas plant. “I called her to emphasize my belief that the repowering of the Dunkirk NRG plant should be at the top of the PSC’s to-do list,” Schumer said in a statement Thursday. We say thank you for your support.

CLCS-RIPLEY BEGINS – It’s a new chapter for Ripley students in middle and high school. They are now being tuitioned to attend Chautauqua Lake Central School. It’s a new venture, but one that makes sense. With the larger base, students will have more opportunities in education, sports, music, and more. It will also help ease the burden for taxpayers in Ripley. Perhaps from this experience, a true regional high school opportunity can develop.

LISTENING TO CONSTITUENTS – Too many times members of Congress think they know what their constituents want and just vote from their gut. But when it comes to the U.S. getting involved in Syria, Rep. Tom Reed decided to hear what residents want. So he visited a number of locations in the district, inviting residents to share their opinions. Overwhelmingly, he heard residents say they do not want the U.S. taking military action. Because of this, Reed says he’s not supporting military action in Syria. Perhaps the President and other members of Congress should take note.

WORST

CLERICAL ERROR – Rep. Tom Reed says he made a “clerical error” when he used his campaign account to pay more than $4,000 in late personal property taxes. To his credit, Reed is not trying to shift the blame and said he takes “full responsibility” for the mistake and reported it to the Federal Elections Commission. But the mistake makes you wonder, how did this happen in the first place?