Opinion

Thinking Regionally Is Best Path For Growth

In Our Opinion

There’s barely been a whisper on some unsettling news from the U.S. Census Bureau regarding Chautauqua County. According to the most recent figures, population is down again. This time, it falls under the 130,000 mark. The most recent number is 129,504 — a decrease of 5,401 people from ...

Cuts To Medicaid Will Make Opioid Epidemic Worse

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Proposed cuts to Medicaid that will be voted on this month by our elected representatives contradict what we know about public health and curbing epidemics. In this country, and specifically this region, we are plagued by an opioid epidemic. It would only be made ...

Two Options For Public Service

Local Commentaries

Most people, I believe, support the idea that public service is a good thing. It may have fallen out of favor recently as we have started “draining the swamp” in Washington. Nevertheless, I am confident that most Americans still rally around the idea that public (government) service and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to yet another decrease in New York state’s youth smoking rate. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently said the youth smoking rate is 4.3 percent, down from 27.1 percent in 2000. That is certainly noteworthy progress, though it is tempered somewhat by knowledge the use of e-cigarettes has ...

Reader Supports NY SAFE Act

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: A minority of upstate legislators have introduced legislation to remove all of upstate NY from the protections of the NY SAFE Act. State Senators Robert Ortt and Patrick Gallivan introduced legislation to repeal the SAFE Act law everywhere in New York state except New ...

Town Halls Should Foster Some Respect

Letters To The Editor

Town Halls Should Foster Some Respect To The Reader’s Forum: High-jacked! What was slated as a Town Hall with Congressman Tom Reed turned into organized mob rule. It was an embarrassing display of many rude and obnoxious liberals shouting and using orchestrated chanting to drown out ...

Tragic Fire Helps Remind Us Of Our Community’s Spirit

In Our Opinion

The Wednesday morning fire that destroyed a building in Falconer is tragic in so many ways. Dozens of families will have to start over after losing everything they have. Business owners are without their shop and inventory and employees are without their livelihoods. A building owner is left ...

Community Input Would Make Positive Changes

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: During the course of the coming months and years tens of millions of dollars will be invested in making downtown Jamestown a destination for comedy, tourism, craft brewing and residency. This will bring more pedestrians, cars and bicyclists to the downtown and river ...

Now Is The Time To Assist Farmers Who Assist Food Banks

In Our Opinion

This should be the year a farm to food bank bill is approved in New York state. The state Senate and Assembly both passed bills last week that would give farmers a tax credit for donating fruits, vegetables and other products to food banks. Farmers already donate millions of pounds of food a ...

State Should Keep Teacher Literacy Test

In Our Opinion

Is it wrong to expect New York’s teachers to pass a test a high school senior should be able to pass? Apparently, it is. Several years ago, the state created four tests that prospective teachers must pass before getting a teaching license. Among them is the Academic Skills Literacy ...

FDA Nominee Should Help Cut Red Tape At Agency

In Our Opinion

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...

Reader Believes Trump Should Be Given A Chance

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I can’t help but question some of the “facts” in Mr. Alessi’s Sunday letter. I acknowledge I do know Mr. and Mrs. Pfaff nor Mr. Alessi personally. My first impression of the Pfaffs was formed by their recent letter which seems to me to be fair to the ...

Reader Feels The Press Should Not Be Attacked

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The recent letter in The Post-Journal regarding the “irresponsible, loathsome, hate -filled and unprofessional press“ had me seriously scratching my head in wonder. So I ask the writer, “where’s the beef?“ I mean the proof? I mean, I looked and looked ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to three foundations who have contributed $3.2 million toward renovations at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. Thus far, the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation has contributed $1.5 million, the Gebbie Foundation has contributed $900,000 and the Lenna Foundation has contributed $850,000. The ...

America, Speak Up For A Secure Economic Future

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Warning! Social Security (SS) and Medicare are in jeopardy, not just for current beneficiaries, but for prospective beneficiaries as well. You cannot depend on President Trump to save these sacred programs. Agents for change are pushing two divisive issues – falsely ...

State Should Not Move Forward With Scholarship Program

In Our Opinion

It is comical to see for-profit colleges and universities lamenting the effect of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship Program. According to a news release from the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, adoption and implementation of “free tuition” at public ...

Coach Collver Restores Faith In Humanity

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: As a coach in Chautauqua County I would like to express my appreciation for Coach Collver. Coach Collver coaches the Frewsburg Bears varsity girls basketball team. In an act that probably went unnoticed by the majority of the crowd Tuesday evening, Coach Collver ...

Turbulent ‘Waters’ Remain Murky

In Our Opinion

Anyone concerned with corruption in New York state government can’t be happy that Preet Bharara has been fired by President Donald Trump. For all of the talk about ethics reform emanating from the state capitol over the past several years, it was Bharara — not any law or regulation ...