In Our Opinion

City Should Look At Alternatives To Marking Tires

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling stating that a police department’s chalking of tires during parking enforcement is unconstitutional doesn’t have the force of law in New York state. Jamestown officials may want to start coming up with alternatives to chalking tires anyway. ...

Responsible Gun Ownership Is No Laughing Matter

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man, in Ohio, may be about to learn amassing an arsenal, then talking about mass shootings, isn’t funny at all. What on Earth is wrong with these people and, sad to say, what appears to be ...

State Should Not Penalize County For Refusing To Waste Money

One reason given to spend more than a million dollars on a hangar at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown is, basically, if you don’t take the state’s money, you won’t get the state’s money in the future. We have no reason to doubt the county official who said it because ...

Zombie Neighborhoods Are A Problem Too

I have been reading several articles in The Post-Journal lately about zombie properties. As I understand it, an appropriate definition of that term would be “a home that is condemned, or uninhabitable, and should be torn down” I am writing this letter from the home I grew up in in ...

Middle-Class Optimism Is Waning

July marked our 121st month of economic expansion — the longest ever recorded in U.S. history, and an impressive milestone that we should be proud of 11 years after the Great Recession. But if there’s one thing Main Street, Wall Street and Robert Frost can always agree on, it’s that ...

Bad Bipartisan Ideas On Drug Prices

Both sides of the aisle in American politics see lower drug prices in Canada and Europe and implore federal officials to force U.S. prices downward. STAT news says a month’s worth of cholesterol medication Crestor costs $40 in Canada, versus $300 in America. President Trump sees “global ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Rev. Wayne Eppeheimer of the Jamestown Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, who is retiring at the end of September after 39 years in ministry. Eppeheimer has spent 30 of those years pastoring in Jamestown. While the Third Street church will carry several large projects ...

The County Should Be Doing What Benefits The Most Residents Possible

It was no surprise that the Chautauqua County Legislature approved a $20,000 allocation from the county’s 3% occupancy tax fund to support the Chautauqua Lake Pops by the Shore series in Mayville. The proposal had been approved a month earlier, with only Legislator Jay Gould of the opinion ...

The Board Of Regents Should Take Its Time On This Decision

The discussion over whether or not New York state should continue requiring its students to pass five Regents examinations before graduating from high school misses a larger point. For too many students, the work they do from kindergarten through 12th grade isn’t preparing them for life ...

Constant Fighting Between State, Seneca Nation Needs To End

It’s time for a compromise between New York state and the Seneca Nation of Indians in the ongoing impasse over needed work to the state Thruway between Exit 57A in Eden/Angola and Exit 58 in Silver Creek. Both the state and the Seneca Nation say they are open to discussions or working on ...

Council Made A Mountain Out Of A Block Party Molehill

We’re having a hard time understanding the Jamestown City Council’s decision making in regard to block parties held during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. The National Comedy Center throws a free party with live music outside the venue where the headline artists are performing. ...

No, Climate Change Is Not To Blame For Every Problem

Got a problem? Blame climate change. Sometimes, it seems that is the knee-jerk reaction to many of the challenges facing humankind. Now, feeding the world’s 7.5 billion people is being linked to climate change. A new United Nations report maintains, in the words of one of its co-authors, ...

It’s Time For Someone To Fill The Gap And Fix Downtown Programming

Today marks the end of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Thousands of visitors streamed downtown for events, block parties and performances from comedy heavyweights Sebastian Maniscalco and John Mulaney. It was, once again, a banner week for downtown businesses, particularly ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the organizers of the annual Big Fish Triathlon. The 2019 race raised more than $13,000 to support Camp Onyahsa’s week of camping for children with Type 1 diabetes while the event has now raised $79,489.08. The money pays for children with Type 1 diabetes to enjoy all of the ...

JCAA Pact Restores Some Balance To The City Budget

We’re sure, back in the 1970s and 1980s, City Council members and Jamestown mayors thought they had arrived at contracts with city employees that were fair to employees and taxpayers alike. Hindsight tells us those contracts were, in fact, albatrosses around the neck of the taxpaying ...

It’s Time This Nation Made A Commitment To Ending Violence

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...

There Is Still Work To Be Done On MWBE Legislation

It’s nice that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation expanding and extending the state’s Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises program. It would been even nicer if the state made sure the program worked the way it should in the first place. Two Republicans who spoke on the ...

Voter Protection Should Remain In The States’ Hands

U.S. senators were told last week that the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report ...