In Our Opinion

School Districts Keep Excess Money For Good Reasons

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

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 ...

Trump Must Find Worthy Successor To Haley

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 ...

Jamestown Needs Laws Changed, Not Money, To Relieve Financial Stress

With all due respect to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and his fiscal stress ranking, Jamestown is in fiscal stress. A couple of weeks ago, DiNapoli’s office released the yearly fiscal stress rankings of municipalities statewide. Jamestown was listed as having no designation — ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

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 ...

Now Is The Time For Government To Make Limousines More Safe

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 ...

In Busti, Good Ideas For Budget Abound

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 ...

Swanson Gave Hunter Jadlowski Fair Sentence

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 — ...

It’s Time For Liuzzo To Make A Contribution

Mayor Sam Teresi will release his proposed 2019 budget proposal at 4 p.m. today in the mayor’s fourth floor conference room. One would think, given the state of Jamestown’s finances, the release date of the budget would be the least controversial thing the City Council has on its plate ...

Farm Subsidies Are Big Conflicts

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

Regional Economic Development Corp. Sets Sights On Strange Projects

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Corp. has released its 2018 priority projects. Four of those priority projects are in Chautauqua County and two make a lot of sense as priorities. AgriAmerica Fruit Products LLC is asking for $498,600 for the AgriAmerica Grape Juice Factory ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Dave Warren and the Dave Warren Auto Group for a donation that will help teach area children how to be safe when dealing with traffic. The Jamestown car dealer created a Jeep Cherokee front end specially designed and built by Tom Dayton, parts manager to be used as part of a ...

State Test Results Are Even Poorer Than Official Results Show

We have been critical in the past of New York state’s love affair with its tests. Our criticism started a few years ago when, under John King, former state education commissioner, drew a hard line in the sand by saying parents had no right to opt their children out of the tests. King’s ...

IDA Cutting VP Of Marketing Will Save Taxpayer Money

Last week, quietly, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Position eliminated the IDA’s vice president of marketing position. It was a good move, though we wonder why it took this long. The position was duplicative. There are organizations — the county Chamber of Commerce, ...

Homes In Poor Condition Should Not Be Sold Easily

Lawmakers serious about helping local municipalities clean up their neighborhoods should take heed of the situation surrounding 42 Eagle St. in Jamestown. The home has been condemned since July 2017 and been on the city’s demolition list since December 2017, when Jamestown City Court ...

Putting Foot In Mouth Twice, Cuomo Can Never Be President

Does Gov. Andrew Cuomo actually believe the words that are coming out of his mouth? Last week, the governor blamed upstate weather for New York’s continuing population decline, a day after his Republican challenger said Cuomo’s economic policies had failed to stanch the flow of migrants ...

The Electronic Trail Lasts Forever

Forget the paper trail once relied upon by investigators. As the near-continual parade of politicians, celebrities and athletes accused of misbehavior - often long ago - reminds us, it’s the electronic trail that matters these days. And, in contrast to paper documents that can be shredded ...

Don’t Be Fooled, County Taxes And Spending Are Going Up Next Year

Chautauqua County finds itself in an enviable position. New development, like the recently opened $38 million Celoron Harbor Hotel in Celoron, is driving an increase in the county’s taxable value and means county taxpayers will be paying the same rate for county taxes as they did last year ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Rev. Dayle Keefer’s 42 years in the ministry. Keefer and his wife, Judy, have spent the last 42 years at Fluvanna Community Church and have seen the congregation there grow over time; though Keefer said he’s proud the church has kept the feel of a smaller country church. ...

Lakewood Mayor Checks Out Of Her Civic Duties

Lakewood Mayor Cara Birrittieri wasn’t at Monday’s Village Board meeting. It isn’t that rare an occurrence — since last November, Birrittieri has missed six of the Village Board’s 19 meetings, or about 30 percent. Compare that to Scott Schrecengost, mayor of the neighboring village ...