In Our Opinion

Piecemeal Approach To Handling Data Breaches Just Isn’t Working

Hopefully the data breach at Marriott that potentially exposed the personal data of roughly 500 million guests is enough to make both businesses and elected officials take cybersecurity more seriously. The Marriott breach is just the latest to make the news. Darden Restaurants, which owns ...

Approving Separation Agreement Was The Right Move To Make

Approving a separation agreement with one of its teachers was the right move for the Jamestown Public Schools District. As was detailed in The Sunday Post-Journal after reporter Jordan Patterson filed a Freedom of Information Law request for the document, the district is paying teacher Scott ...

Consider Donating To An Organization That Helps The Needy

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Vermont School Merger Law Bears Watching By New York Officials

Proponents of school consolidation should pay attention to what’s happening right now in Vermont. A few years ago, Vermont state legislators approved Act 46, a school district consolidation law that gave schools within the state three years to consolidate voluntarily. Voters and school ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to everyone who donated to the local Blue Star Mothers chapter’s effort to gather and mail care packages to troops serving overseas. The chapter had originally set a goal of 1,000 packages before last week’s deadline ended with enough material for 712 packages. After preparing the ...

Today We Remember Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice

Seventy-seven years ago this week, on the Sunday morning of Dec. 7, 1941, U.S. military bases in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, were assaulted in what has been termed a “sneak attack” by Japan. It was that. There was no reason at all why it should have been what some have called it, a “surprise ...

Victory For Problem Solvers Caucus Is Step In The Right Direction

During an August stop in Dunkirk, our U.S. Rep. Tom Reed knew the Problem Solvers Caucus was beginning to have an influence in Washington. Reed, at an OBSERVER editorial board meeting that day, almost prophetically said this group would make a major impact when it was about time to name the ...

Serving Alcohol At The Movies Shouldn’t Be An Issue In Lakewood

Judging from the comments on our Facebook page and on a recent article in The Post-Journal, there are many people who are uneasy with the idea of a movie theater selling alcoholic beverages. The concerns seem overblown. No one — including Cinema 8’s owners — want to see the theater ...

Being A Good Man Is A Fitting Legacy

When former President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday, he left a legacy with much to recommend it. It is of a kinder, gentler nation fully capable of using an iron fist. Bush, our 41st president, was 94 when he joined his beloved wife, Barbara, who died earlier this year. Supreme Court ...

Attorneys’ Qualifications Are More Important Than County Residency

Earlier this week, reporter Dennis Phillips began a story with this question: what is most important quality when hiring an attorney for the District Attorney’s Office — their qualifications or where they live? The answer is qualifications. We commend legislator Terry Niebel, ...

Shopping Locally Makes A Lot Of Sense

Many of us get a little crazy during the holidays. Sometimes we just don’t use our heads. Clearly, the person who wrote a recommendation for one of those national consumer organizations wasn’t using his or hers. In deciding what model of a particular product to buy, shoppers should ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Jamestown, Chautauqua County and town plow crews who did a yeomanlike job this week keeping streets as clear as possible when parts of Chautauqua County received more than twice the snow they were expected to see. Jamestown, which was forecast to receive 6 to 10 inches of snow, ...

Lawmakers Should Follow Private Sector Rules For Pay Hike

A state commission will soon issue a recommendation whether or not New York’s state legislators should receive a pay raise. Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently came out in favor of raises for the legislature, saying they work hard and deserve more money. By that logic, millions of New York state ...

The State Might As Well Legalize Sports Betting

In July, New Jersey netted $325,646 in state taxes from sports betting. Such are the spoils for the Garden State, which won a U.S. Supreme Court case in May clearing the way for all 50 states to offer sports betting if they choose. Since betting began in New Jersey on June 14, more than $57 ...

Bridge Reopening May Calm Traffic

It will be spring before a traffic study of the area near Harrison Street and Foote Avenue can begin. The study came at the suggestion of Brent Sheldon, R-Ward 1, who said the intersection is one of the busiest intersections in Jamestown and that the volume of cars at peak traffic times may ...

Ensuring That Real Justice Will Prevail

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland, Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson ...

Despite Challenges, Businesses Can Succeed In New York State

We hear a lot of doom and gloom about doing business in New York state. There’s a good reason for that doom and gloom. For all of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s talk about lowering corporate tax rates, the state keeps coming up with new regulations and requirements that either cost companies money ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the long-awaited reopening of the bridge over South Main Street in Jamestown. Wet weather in October and early snow in November made the long bridge repair take even longer than anticipated. Because nothing with this project has come easily, drivers will have to be a little patient ...

Cleaning Up Burtis Bay Mess Is A Welcome Sight For Residents

Kudos to the Chautauqua County Legislature, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Sheldon Foundation for finding funding to clean up the weeds and dead fish that have littered Burtis Bay for the past two weeks. The county will allocate $25,870 from the county’s 2 percent ...

There Are Many Reasons To Be Thankful Today

It has been quite a year. Since we paused last to ponder our many blessings and enjoy the good food and better time with our families that is Thanksgiving, much of what we thought we knew about politics, government and our fellow Americans has been turned upside down. No doubt that will be a ...