In Our Opinion

There’s Nothing ‘Fake’ About Collins’ Charges

Embattled U.S. Rep. Chris Collins could run but he could not hide. Last summer, The Buffalo News was all over the Collins connection to Innate Immunotherapeutics, a company with almost no name recognition until the last week. As the News covered what led to the arrest last week in New York of ...

Sometimes Good Intentions Can Lead To Bad Policy

Quietly, with little fanfare, legislation made its way through both houses of the state Legislature to include bereavement leave as part of the state’s Paid Family Leave legislation. Encouraging bereavement leave is important; few will argue that we all need time to grieve the loss of a ...

Mohammed’s Fair Trial Should Begin Sooner Than Later

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed may die of old age before ever being convicted of the horrific crime he masterminded nearly 17 years ago. Mohammed, captured in 2003, is accused of being the key planner of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. Yet, though Mohammed, 53, has been in U.S. ...

Single Payer Health Care Won’t Work In New York

We’re sure we’re not done hearing about the wonders of a single payer health care system in New York state. New Yorkers can thank U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., for that. After making single payer health care a focus of his presidential campaign in 2016, of course progressives in New ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Labyrinth Press Company and those who donated to a Kickstarter campaign for the local company’s effort to provide food at the National Comedy Center. Frank Besse and Jeff and Alexandria James set a $10,000 goal and ended up receiving 173 donations totaling $11,149. The ...

Reed Fighting To End Washington Gridlock

We have often asked U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, during candidate debates at The Post-Journal about gridlock in Washington. While gridlock still exists, we have to give Reed credit for the work he and the Problem Solvers Caucus are putting in to end the problem. The caucus has proposed a ...

Finding Solutions, Not Political Rhetoric

Among the most basic worries for families is having enough money to afford to feed everyone in the household. According to the Food Research and Action Center, the inability to do so is called food hardship. The center conducts an annual study on food hardship rates across the country, then ...

A Bad Deal With North Korea Is Worse Than No Deal At All

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported this week. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been ...

How Long Should The Investigation Continue?

For more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, as has occurred previously in special counsel probes, Mueller and his staff have branched out. Wrongdoing not connected directly to the election has been ...

Before Pot Legalization, Some Questions Need To Be Answered

Recently, very quietly, New York took an incremental step toward legalizing marijuana. A study commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo recommended the state allow adults to consume marijuana legally. Howard Zucker, state health commissioner, told The New York Times, “We looked at the pros, we ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Cummins Inc. Jamestown Engine Plant for reaching a major milestone recently by manufacturing the two millionth engine in the plant’s history. The Jamestown Engine Plant employs 1,700 area residents and is one of the largest private employers in Chautauqua County. Jamestown, ...

School Buses Need Speed Cameras Statewide

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Assembly leadership have spent the past week making political hay over the expiration of a law allowing speed cameras to be mounted on school buses in New York City. The governor spent roughly two weeks trying to cajole the state Senate into returning for a ...

Open FOIL NY Will Speed Up Transparency

New York state is creating a new website to make it easier for the public to get to state records. Open FOIL NY is a centralized online location to file Freedom of Information Law requests with 59 New York state agencies and public authorities by giving the public a uniform method to submit ...

Opening Of National Comedy Center Eagerly Anticipated

Today, the National Comedy Center, one of the crown jewels of Jamestown’s continued redevelopment, opens. We’re not sure there has been a premiere this eagerly anticipated since Lucille Ball herself returned home to Jamestown for the premiere of “Forever, Darling,” in 1956. Jamestown ...

There Is No Need For Congressional Race To Be Nasty

Both Tracy Mitrano, Democratic Party candidate for the 23rd Congressional District, and incumbent Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, bemoan the nastiness they are seeing during this campaign season. Democrats have attacked the “extreme Ithaca liberal” label they say has been thrown around ...

U.S. Aid To Mexico Could Curb Illegal Immigration

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...

Prosecutor Caseload Must Be Discussed By Legislators

Felony and drug arrests both reached a 10-year high in Chautauqua County as did other felonies, while violent felonies are at their highest levels since 2010 and 2012. It stands to reason if police agencies are arresting more people, then county prosecutors are handling more cases. Chautauqua ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Jonathan Weston, owner of Panama Rocks Scenic Park, for this weekend’s Roger Tory Peterson’s Wild America and Nature Festival. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and include live music, opportunities to ...

Despite Differences, Cuomo Has Not Forgotten Our County

It is interesting that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign finance reports barely mention Chautauqua County at all. It shows the governor doesn’t need Chautauqua County to get re-elected, a fact we already knew from past elections. It also shows at least one positive about the ...

Good Intentions Can Lead To Misguided Policy

Chautauqua County has seen two drowning deaths in the past two weeks. Both are tragedies that left families and friends heartbroken and searching for answers. Such is the case with every accidental death. Sometimes, our search for answers leads us into misguided policy like the one proposed ...