Opinion

Sometimes Good Intentions Can Lead To Bad Policy

In Our Opinion

Quietly, with little fanfare, legislation made its way through both houses of the state Legislature to include bereavement leave as part of the state’s Paid Family Leave legislation. Encouraging bereavement leave is important; few will argue that we all need time to grieve the loss of a ...

Reader Disagrees With AP Science Report

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The Associated Press article “Court Orders Ban on Harmful Pesticide” in the August 10 Post-Journal is an example of monumentally bad science reporting. In fact, I doubt it was written by a science reporter or had any pretensions of being a science report. By ...

Mohammed’s Fair Trial Should Begin Sooner Than Later

In Our Opinion

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed may die of old age before ever being convicted of the horrific crime he masterminded nearly 17 years ago. Mohammed, captured in 2003, is accused of being the key planner of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. Yet, though Mohammed, 53, has been in U.S. ...

Single Payer Health Care Won’t Work In New York

In Our Opinion

We’re sure we’re not done hearing about the wonders of a single payer health care system in New York state. New Yorkers can thank U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., for that. After making single payer health care a focus of his presidential campaign in 2016, of course progressives in New ...

Musical Instrument Drive Set

Local Commentaries

The Jamestown Schools PROMISE Fund has been “quiet” for a while, but before long the sounds of music will hopefully fill the air. Our board has been discussing the musical instrument needs of our students over the past few years. We know that over a number of years the school budget has ...

Could You Retweet This, Mr. President?

Local Commentaries

Kanye West, Jeff Bezos, Robert Mueller and Stephen Curry. What do these four people have in common? They’ve all been the subject of tweets from Donald Trump. Since taking office, President Trump has tweeted more than 3,500 times, ranging from issues that one could expect the president to ...

Trump’s Tweets Are Helpful To America

Local Commentaries

In the era of social media, President Trump has taken Twitter to a new level by using it to not only address his supporters but also to help set his agenda with the media and his opponents. Trump uses Twitter like no other politician to express his point of view and answer his critics. The ...

Governor’s Race Outcome Could Change NY Natural Gas Laws

Local Commentaries

If you are a landowner in the Southern Tier, you have been precluded from drilling for natural gas on your property for the past four years by our current governor. He insured that by not letting the DEC issue regulations for the permitting of gas wells using the modern method of combining ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Labyrinth Press Company and those who donated to a Kickstarter campaign for the local company’s effort to provide food at the National Comedy Center. Frank Besse and Jeff and Alexandria James set a $10,000 goal and ended up receiving 173 donations totaling $11,149. The ...

Political Advice For The Next Natural Disaster

Local Commentaries

In a country covering three and a half million square miles, there are bound to be numerous natural disasters occurring over the course of any particular year. The typical reaction from politicians, mayors, governors, and even presidents, is to issue solemn threats to all potential sellers that ...

Reed Fighting To End Washington Gridlock

In Our Opinion

We have often asked U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, during candidate debates at The Post-Journal about gridlock in Washington. While gridlock still exists, we have to give Reed credit for the work he and the Problem Solvers Caucus are putting in to end the problem. The caucus has proposed a ...

Truckers’ Use Of Jake Brakes Are Nonsense

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: My 6 a.m. “wake up call” has become the grating sound of some truckers playing with their Jacobsen Brakes (Jake Brakes) as they head westbound across the lake! The sheriff says there’s no law against it (unless they have illegal mufflers) and the state DOT ...

Our First Amendment Right Is Being Dissolved

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: All citizens should be concerned about the “tech giants” acting against Infowars for what they call fake news. Alex Jones may appear to be crazier than a drunk squirrel to many of us, but if they are able to suppress his right to a public forum for his speech, who ...

Finding Solutions, Not Political Rhetoric

In Our Opinion

Among the most basic worries for families is having enough money to afford to feed everyone in the household. According to the Food Research and Action Center, the inability to do so is called food hardship. The center conducts an annual study on food hardship rates across the country, then ...

A Bad Deal With North Korea Is Worse Than No Deal At All

In Our Opinion

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported this week. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been ...

How Long Should The Investigation Continue?

In Our Opinion

For more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, as has occurred previously in special counsel probes, Mueller and his staff have branched out. Wrongdoing not connected directly to the election has been ...

Before Pot Legalization, Some Questions Need To Be Answered

In Our Opinion

Recently, very quietly, New York took an incremental step toward legalizing marijuana. A study commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo recommended the state allow adults to consume marijuana legally. Howard Zucker, state health commissioner, told The New York Times, “We looked at the pros, we ...

Wind Turbine Companies Shoot For Dubious History

Local Commentaries

As Villenova and Hanover decide whether to allow 600-foot wind turbines in the rustic scenic hills of Chautauqua County, the question is: Will they become the first to be the worst? So far, there are no 600-foot wind turbines on land in the U.S. RES, Invenergy, Apex, NextEra, etc. — are all ...

Could Cuomo Lose This Election?

Local Commentaries

In normal times, the upcoming election for governor might be a “ho-hum” event. After all, Governor Andrew Cuomo has $30 million in the bank for the race and his Republican opponent only a million dollars or so. But, this is not a normal year. The governor has been pummeled by criminal ...