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

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


REMEMBERING NAETZKER – We applaud the Dunkirk High School Class of 1948 for its financial gift to the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council Honor Guard in memory of John Naetzker, who died during the Korean War. Naetzker’s surviving classmates are all in their 80s today, but his memory still lives on with those who knew him more than 60 years ago.

NATIONAL WELDERS – Good luck to Devin Hollman of Brocton, Dillion Meehan of Gowanda and Tyler Strano of Silver Creek who will represent New York state at the SkillsUSA National Welding and Metal Fabrication Championship on June 25-26 in Kansas City, Mo. The three high school seniors are enrolled in the welding program at Erie 2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES LoGuidice Center in Fredonia and beat out 17 other teams in the state’s first ever competition of its kind. The three will be asked to build a trailer from their own pre-made blueprints, using limited materials in six and a half hours. We wish them well.

ROAD REPAIR – Six months ago, Route 60 between Cassadaga and Fredonia was arguably the worst state road in Chautauqua County. This spring crews have done an amazing patch and repatch work on the road, improving it quite a bit. Yet as much as it has been patched, the road isn’t super smooth, and you wonder how it would handle another rough winter. Instead of waiting until 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week funding has been set aside to repave the road this construction season. We applaud all the county, state and federal officials who lobbied Cuomo to get the work done this year. Route 60 is the life blood that connects Northern and Southern Chautauqua County. The work needs to be done this year.


ILLEGAL VOTERS – Newly elected Pine Valley School Board member Angelo Graziano is right. He wants to know why the names of the three non-residents of the Pine Valley School District who voted in this year’s school election are being withheld. Board President Janie Waag stated the district consulted with legal counsel and was advised to not comment on identities. “We always have to act in the best interest of the district,” she said. If people break the law, their names become public because police reports are public record. How is this case any different?