Opinion

On Easter, Fake News Was Overcome By The Good News

In Our Opinion

There was alleged “fake news” two millennia ago, too. Jesus Christ was no more than a political troublemaker, a social revolutionary, claimed those in power. He was not the Messiah in whom some had faith, they insisted. So they put an end to the revolution - or so they thought. They ...

A Wake-Up Call For The Church

Local Commentaries

Here it is Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection, during a time when the world just witnessed an utter catastrophe at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Constructed 850 years ago, the wow and wonder built into the magnificent megastructure were accomplished by individuals who knew they would ...

A New Take On Voting Rates

Local Commentaries

One day, when I was in the state Assembly, I had an interesting conversation with another Assemblyman who represented Harlem. “How many people voted in your district in the last election?” I asked. He said, “about 10,000.” I was astounded, for in the same election, 40,000 people ...

The Mueller Report Is Russia’s Unearned Victory Lap

Local Commentaries

The release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, along with allegations of obstruction of justice by the president, has (seemingly) answered some questions but only generated still others. That the ...

Walking A Different Course On Easter

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader’s Forum: Ten years ago. Tiger Woods was at the pinnacle of his golf career but then he lost his wife, health, name and golf game. He went through hell and his game was seen as good as dead. Last Sunday at the Masters, he showed that he still had the heart, mind and ...

Memorandum Is A Sign Of Unity For The Lake

Local Commentaries

This past week, the County of Chautauqua demonstrated once again that we can put our differences aside and come together to achieve consensus in place of our disagreements. Under the leadership of our County Executive, George Borrello, 15 of 16 Chautauqua Lake municipalities and lake ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to several Good Samaritans who helped save a woman from a fire at 34 Regent St., Jamestown, recently. Two neighbors saw the fire and ran to the home to alert the building’s occupants of the fire. Carlos Echevarria, another neighbor, was alerted of the fire by his daughter. ...

Leukemia Fund Thanks Local Bank Employees

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The Michelle K. Reynolds Leukemia Fund would like to thank Northwest Savings Bank and all of its employees in the Jamestown, Lakewood and Mayville locations for another very successful candy sale. You are truly a great asset to our community. A special thanks to ...

Cuomo Needs To Sign Bill Raising Smoking Age From 18 To 21

In Our Opinion

All that stands between New York raising its legal smoking age from 18 years of age to 21 years of age is Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s approval. Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties have already increased the smoking age in an effort to keep tobacco products out of high schools. Officials reasoned ...

Reader Feels That America Is Full

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Naturally, I strongly agree with President Trump that our southern border must be secured and an impenetrable wall built as soon as possible to help stop illegal immigration. Every nation has the inalienable right to protect it’s own sovereignty, in perpetuity. ...

Loss Of Cathedral In Paris Was More Than Timber And Stone

In Our Opinion

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine ...

Research Has Not Proven Variation In Climate

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: A Post-Journal article April 13 refers to an “unmanageable degree of climate change …” This one-sided piece perpetuates the “sky is falling” mantra. Such opinion pieces posing as factual are predicated on the notion that carbon dioxide is a pollutant. By ...

Planning For YMCA Building’s Future Should Begin Now

In Our Opinion

It comes as little surprise that Jamestown Area YMCA officials have been taking the first steps toward finding a new home. The rumor mill was quickly in high gear after phone calls were made to gather information from area residents about consolidating the Lakewood and Jamestown YMCAs into a ...

Farm Women United Condemn Provisions

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Farm Women United (FWU), has issued an unequivocal condemnation of the dairy provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill. Hurriedly passed by both the House and the Senate during December’s lame-duck session, giving dairy farmers no time to examine the dairy provisions, the ...

Remember The Pay Raises When Its Time To Go Vote

In Our Opinion

We can’t think of many people who will get a 40 percent raise this year. Part of the reason most businesses can’t afford to give their workers such pay raises is because of state policies that can make running a business in New York state a real hassle — policies espoused by Gov. ...

Sanders Health Care Proposal Falls Short

In Our Opinion

“Health care is a human right, not a privilege,” lectured Sen. Bernie Sanders — even as he unveiled a plan that would deny Americans the right to seek the best health care they can afford. Sanders, the Vermont Independent running for the Democrat nomination for president, previewed his ...

Hoping For Smoother Summer Trips

Local Commentaries

This past week, the ice on Chautauqua Lake broke up. Also, the pavement on Route 394 north of Stow is breaking up. These are sure signs of Spring! Within the past couple of years, I wrote about the then-abominal condition of Route 394 around the area of the Interchange with I-86. Last ...

Don’t Ignore Perils Of Human Trafficking

Local Commentaries

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month. An effort to combat human trafficking starts with preventing child abuse and neglect. Child sex trafficking is an issue that affects children in all communities, both in the United States and Chautauqua County. Since 2016, the YWCA of ...

Bizarre Comments Aren’t A Surprise Anymore

Local Commentaries

President Trump made a bizarre offhand comment at a Republican fundraiser last week that was largely overlooked in favor of the standard dysfunction at the White House. While deriding sustainable energy alternatives, in his usual freewheeling style he said about windmills, “They say the ...