In Our Opinion

Financial Carrot Moves Ideas Forward

Chautauqua County is making progress when it comes to regional solutions. The most recent evidence of this is the county is one of six finalists for a $20 million grant from New York state. Last week, area officials found out they were one of six to become a finalist for the best government ...

Phosphorus Removal Project Should Proceed

On Wednesday, Chautauqua County legislators could give final approval to a $3.9 million phosphorus removal project at the North Chautauqua Lake Sewer District. The project is $1.1 million more than was originally approved by the legislature in May 2015 because of a new state DEC disinfection ...

Graduation Rates Show There Is Much Work To Be Done

For some young people, a college degree is not a necessity. Many good, well-paying jobs can be found without one — though clearly, a B.S. or B.A. after one’s name provides an advantage. There is no debate about the critical importance of graduating from high school, however. Without at ...

The Time Is Right To Lift Regulator Burdens On Small Banks

Apparently Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen feels more at liberty now to do the right thing. No wonder. She has a conservative Congress to back her up — and a president unlikely to veto its actions. On Tuesday, Yellen testified before the Senate Banking Committee. One of her key ...

Missing STAR Checks Show Lapse In Responsibility

It should go without saying that state Sen. Catharine Young’s legislation to require the state Department of Taxation and Finance to postmark all STAR Personal Income Tax credit checks by Sept. 15 should be approved by the state Assembly and sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his signature. It ...

Infrastructure Spending Should Be Spread Out

Keeping any sort of structure in good condition requires regular maintenance and, on occasion, replacement of worn-out components. That is, of course, easier said than done, particularly with roads and bridges. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes spending $477 million statewide for the Consolidated ...

Job Creation: No Time For Autopilot

Chautauqua County has seen its share of positive economic news in the past year or so. New Flyer has come to Jamestown, Fieldbrook Farms is expanding in Dunkirk, Castelli Cheese is working on expansion plans in Ashville and Athenex is building a facility in the north county. Wind power ...

Pass School Bus Safety Law, With Revisions

A school bus in Fredonia was recently stopped with its red lights on waiting for day care students to board the bus. Three times, the bus driver had to honk at the children to stop because a van was passing the stopped bus despite flashing red lights telling the driver to stop. One would ...

Annexation Of BPU Makes Perfect Financial Sense

It is good to see the city of Jamestown taking the first public steps what we are sure will be a long and winding road to solid financial ground by discussing annexation of the Board of Public Utilities’ Dow Street substation into the city. The substation is on property located directly ...

Murder As A Tool Of Domestic Policy Cannot Be Tolerated By Country

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the James Prendergast Library and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for their collaboration on a countywide EcoRead and discussion to launch the GreenUp Jamestown Initiative. The six-week initiative kicks off Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in the Prendergast Library Reading Room with ...

American Heart Month Bolstered By Free Screenings

Chautauqua County has one of the highest rates of heart attack and stroke deaths in New York state. Not only does that mean far too many people dying far too young from heart-related issues, but cardiovascular disease keeps people from working and enjoying the natural beauty Chautauqua County ...

Volunteer Firefighters Should Be Covered

State legislators will again discuss legislation to extend health benefits covering cancer care to volunteer firefighters. The case for the bill is clear. Twenty-three types of cancer have been linked to firefighting, while only lung cancer is a presumed cancer benefit for volunteer ...

Stealing From The Public Will Not Be Tolerated

We would hope, after three successful prosecutions for various types of theft, that local elected officials would get the message that stealing from the public simply will not be tolerated. Former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey was the latest public official in Chautauqua County to have his ...

State Of The City Address Says All The Right Things; Now We Need Results

Mayor Sam Teresi’s 2017 State of the City message says much about Jamestown. It provides a lengthy summary of the city’s 2016 activities and a discussion of goals the city wants to pursue in 2017 in a pair of documents that are posted with this editorial at www.post-journal.com. For ...

Improved Vetting During Trump’s Travel Ban Will Increase Border Security

President Donald Trump’s order banning travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return within days or ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a quiet, but important, action by the state Legislature earlier this week when lawmakers passed a second resolution on a change to the state constitution to strip pensions from lawmakers who commit crimes related to their public office. The approval means the constitutional ...

Kudos To SW School Board For Standing With Its Teachers In DeVos Opposition

It isn’t often that local policy making boards take public stances on matters on the confirmation of federal officials. That’s what made it noteworthy that the Southwestern Central School Board of Education acquiesced to the Southwestern Teachers Association’s public opposition to the ...

Downtown Perception Needs A Makeover

Downtown Jamestown is seeing another spurt of investment. Little by little, pieces of the city’s past are being redeveloped to bring the city a new future. New York state has been a willing partner, pouring money into the National Comedy Center, the former M&T Bank building on Third ...

Start-Up NY Changes Are A Welcome Sight

After three years and dozens of pleas for patience, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2017-18 state budget proposal includes substantive changes to the Start-UpNY program. It’s about time. Start-Up NY was costly from the start; more than $200 million was spent advertising a program that created fewer ...