Opinion

School Districts Keep Excess Money For Good Reasons

In Our Opinion

Several area school districts have been notified by the state Comptroller’s Office that they overestimate spending, underestimate revenues and carry too much money in their fund balances. While the Comptroller’s Office is right to be wary of governmental entities that are taking too much ...

Lakewood Gov’t Must Address Financial Duress

In Our Opinion

The government in Chautauqua County under the most fiscal duress is, believe it or not, Lakewood. That came as a surprise to us, too, since common sense dictates that Jamestown is typically the most financially pressured government in our neck of the woods. According to the state ...

Reader Offers Quote Regarding Election

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: With the critical U.S. midterm elections now five weeks away, it would be wise to consider the words of German defense expert Willy Wimmer, who represented the Christian Democratic Union in the German Bundestag for many years and served as an assistant defense ...

Trump Must Find Worthy Successor To Haley

In Our Opinion

Some in the White House are not especially fond of Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who became this country’s ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump. Still, there is evidence Trump himself understood her great value to Americans. Haley revealed this ...

Reader Questions Reed’s Support Of Bill

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Rep. Tom Reed, in an October 6 Facebook post, reported that #TeamReed (aka his staff) had attended Domestic Violence Awareness Month events in Jamestown and Elmira. He also reported that “We recently pushed for the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act ...

State Wind Turbines Fall Short Of Promise

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Why build wind turbine factories in Western New York if they produce 10 percent of what is claimed? According to New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). “Capacity factors of inland wind sites in New York are on the order of 30 percent ...

Medicare For All Is The Wrong Prescription

Local Commentaries

In the fall of 2017, when Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled his vision for the future of the U.S. health care system (Medicare for All), I wrote a piece for the Center for Vision and Values titled, “Medicare for All is Good for None.” In the piece, I argued that using the Medicare template as ...

Are We Doomed To Repeat The Kavanaugh Nightmare?

Local Commentaries

It was never really about the alleged sexual assault. Or the beer drinking. Or the scribblings in a high school yearbook. Or the alleged lying. Or even judicial temperament. For the vast majority in the Senate as well as the general public, the battle over Brett Kavanaugh was a fight for ...

The United States, Or The Divided States?

Local Commentaries

The evening of the Kavanaugh hearing, I “surfed” the channels to get the news. All I could find was the hearing or commentary on it. I finally turned off the TV. It made me sick. The hearing confirmed to me that America is more divided than ever. It was not just his word vs. her word. It ...

Legislation May Lower Drug Prices

Local Commentaries

“Something’s wrong!” my daughter complained. Glancing at her in the car, I saw blotches and welts appearing on her face and neck. We sped to the ER where they immediately gave her an IV and stopped the allergic reaction. Within two hours she was fine, though we were perplexed as to what ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Paige Stafford, a Jamestown native studying at Ohio Northern University who spent her summer at the Buffet Crampon USA 2018 Summer Clarinet Academy in Jacksonville, Fla. She was one of 20 students from North America to make the cut for international academy and was presented with ...

Dennis Card Was A Lifelong Friend And Hero

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: In 1946, my parents Marge and Earl Swart and I, Roger E. Swart, age 6, moved to Ashville, New York, from Jamestown. That move started a lifelong friendship with Dennis S. Card, also age 6, who lived with his parents in Ashville. (We were born on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7, ...

Chinese Economy Becoming More Like American

Local Commentaries

China continues to grow as an economic powerhouse, which has many people baffled, because it is still officially a communist country, and communist countries are not supposed to grow and succeed. Without doubt, there is still repression there. Government still maintains state-owned enterprises, ...

Now Is The Time For Government To Make Limousines More Safe

In Our Opinion

We wish more people had the common sense of Jeff Daversa, a Jamestown business owner who saw the safety risks associated with operating a limousine company and chose instead to focus on medical transportation. Daversa told The Post-Journal earlier this week that, “Part of the reason we got ...

CLA Needs To Do Better

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I recently had occasion to attend the special town of Ellicott meeting held on Sept. 24. My purpose in being there was to lend support to our fellow lake advocates in the Fluvanna, Burtis Bay and Celoron areas. That meeting’s discussion dealt with the serious, ...

In Busti, Good Ideas For Budget Abound

In Our Opinion

There are two distinct opinions regarding the town of Busti’s 2019 budget as proposed by Jesse Robbins, town supervisor. Robbins and three Busti Town Board members, Todd Hanson, Kenneth Lawton and James Andrews, prefer a budget with a one cent decrease in the town’s tax rate for the ...

Tom Reed Needs To Go

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I believe it’s time for a change in representation for Congress in District 23. Tom Reed has practically done nothing to improve the district. His political strategy has been a barrage of photo-ops and messaging that reveal nothing of substance. For example, he ...

Swanson Gave Hunter Jadlowski Fair Sentence

In Our Opinion

There are many county residents expressing disappointment with Patrick Swanson, county district attorney, for the plea agreement reached last week in the case of a Sherman man who shot and killed a neighbor while hunting after dark on Nov. 22, 2017. The complaints are largely the same — ...