Opinion

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to employees of Wegmans’ West Ellicott location for more than doubling the amount of food collected during its annual “Fill the BackPack” food drive campaign. The Western New York division blew past its goal of 160,000 pounds of food by collecting 193,000 pounds, with 12,728 ...

Decision To See Artwork Was A Necessary One

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I really don’t like to disagree with folks who are friends, and I am really sorry that I missed the library board meeting when the board voted to compete the sale of its art collection. I know that many have heartfelt thoughts about the value of such a collection to ...

Goodell, Young Fight For Panama Residents

In Our Opinion

Last week, The Post-Journal wrote in this space that the state Education Department should rescind the rest of a fine levied against the Panama Central School District. Kudos to state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, and state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, for proposing legislation ...

Council Should Weigh Public Comments

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: It was good to see many engaged citizens from the City of Jamestown, Town of Ellicott and Village of Falconer attend the public hearing on the proposed annexation of the BPU Dow Street Substation property. The question of annexation is largely a moral one; a matter of ...

Cuomo’s Tactic Are Good Politics But Bad Policy

In Our Opinion

The fact Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to use brute force to keep health insurance companies participating in New York’s Affordable Care Act health care exchange is all the proof one should need that Obamacare is broken. Recently, Cuomo directed the state Health Department to ban insurers ...

Reader Not Pleased With Behavior Of Students

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: At the start of each school year when I was in middle school, there was always a reminder from teachers to respect other’s property when walking to and from school. It seemed odd to me that kids would cut through stranger’s yards, or dare to touch someone ...

Opioid Epidemic: A Two-Front Battle

In Our Opinion

More than one approach is needed to treat New York state’s growing opioid addiction problem. We hope all state lawmakers, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, realize that fact as the state’s legislative session winds down. Cuomo sent legislation to the state Senate and Assembly focused largely ...

Lynn Development To Acquiesce Court Ruling

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Lynn Development Inc., its owners, executive team, and team members want to thank Jamestown Community College, the City of Jamestown Zoning Board, and the numerous supporters of our effort to secure the historic Sheldon House. On Friday, June 16, 2017, Lynn ...

Superintendent Search Should Be Transparent

In Our Opinion

On Monday, for the fourth time in roughly three weeks, the Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education held a meeting and went into executive session for personnel matters. With Jamestown in the midst of a search for a new superintendent, it doesn’t take a Philadelphia lawyer to figure out ...

Old Order Politics Isn’t What It Used To Be

In Our Opinion

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as ...

The Time Is Now For Herbicides At Bemus Bay

In Our Opinion

It does not appear a quick approval is in the offing for the Chautauqua Lake Partnership’s plan to use herbicides in the bay this summer given opposition from two existing organizations. That’s too bad, because time is ticking away on this summer season for homeowners and businesses in ...

Some Questions For You, Tom Reed

Local Commentaries

Congressman Tom Reed, I have a couple of questions for you but I need to preface them with a short story. A young man served his county for almost four years honorably then got a job after serving. He worked at this job for almost 40 years, paid his taxes (including FICA and Medicare) ...

Drug Deaths Skyrocket

Local Commentaries

Back when I was a kid, heroin addiction was something we read about happening in places like New York City. Now it has become a plague here in Chautauqua County. When the final numbers are in, it is expected that drug overdose deaths in the United States for 2016 will total over 59,000. ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore. Recently, Barmore approached county legislators about a waiver for stores that have passed one scanner accuracy price inspections, which involve scanning a minimum of 100 items. Barmore said more advanced computer systems in stores made a ...

Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Mean It’s Right

In Our Opinion

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

Assemblyman Not Happy With Albany

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: As the 2017 Legislative Session comes to an end, I wanted to express my disdain for the lack of transparency in Albany. On June 7, I participated in a press conference that announced legislation to require more transparency in how taxpayer money is spent. Every ...

Big Money Has No Place In Government

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: We need to fight to pass strong laws to get big money out of our government. Money should not be allowed to buy or persuade important decisions that have an effect on the people of this country. We need strong laws that will stop big money from being inserted into the ...

Conversations Still Required On Cell Tower Placement

In Our Opinion

Cell towers are the 21st century’s version of landfills and sewers treatment facilities — they’re vitally important to the way we live, but no one wants to live next to one. Lakewood has been embroiled in a legal battle over a proposed Blue Wireless cell phone tower inside the village. ...

Teacher Thankful For Act Of Kindness

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: On Friday, June 9th, I walked my class of 23 third graders from Lincoln Elementary to Farm Fresh Foods. I was going to purchase each student one donut. The students lined up, respectfully ordered their donut and stepped aside. The bakery department was overly ...