In Our Opinion

City Continues To Find Itself In Unsustainable Situation

We hope, one of these years, to hear something different from Mayor Sam Teresi when he unveils his yearly budget proposal. The story is the same every year. The city is butting up against the state’s constitutional debt limit, a large percentage of the budget pays for employee salaries and ...

Rebuilding Downtown Falconer A Team Effort

It’s been seven months since an arson fire leveled half a block of Falconer’s central business district. While life goes on, village residents have a daily reminder of the fire every time they drive down Main Street. While the remains of the damaged building at 29-39 W. Main St. were ...

Infrastructure Bill Could Benefit New York

It’s good to see Chautauqua County has a lower percentage of structurally deficient bridges than the state average. Thirty-five of the 307 county-owned bridges are functionally obsolete, according to a recent report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Many counties have much higher ...

Weinstein: What Took So Long?

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood ...

Community Needs To Find A Better Home For Domestic Violence Shelter

Woodlawn Avenue likely wasn’t the best place for a new shelter for women trying to escape from domestic violence. Last week, nearly 30 people attended a city Zoning Board of Appeals meeting to speak against a use variance for a 12,000-square-foot shelter. The use variance would have been ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Robert H. Jackson Center. Part of the center’s mission is to make the work of Justice Jackson as relevant today as it was in the 1940s and 1950s. The center’s recent event featuring Lloyd Abrams, a lawyer who specializes in First Amendment law, certainly fit that ...

Now Might Be The Time For Legislators To Start Discussing Airport’s Future

No one loves the Chautauqua County-Dunkirk Airport more than Lou Nalbone. He’s seen its beginnings and its heydays. But for now, the slow economy of the region that has affected so many small businesses has finally caught up to the airport. Last week, Nalbone announced the fixed-base ...

Affordable, Available Childcare Would Improve Workforce

It is a regular occurrence to hear people complain about the lack of good workers available in Chautauqua County. Addiction issues are often blamed, but we wonder how many people want to work but can’t afford to because they have children. On average, child care costs between $140 and ...

Time Is Now To Discuss Merger

Almost a year ago in this space, we asked Clymer and Panama residents to be patient and not make any rash decisions about a proposed merger of the two districts until more information was available. All that was available at the time was hearsay and conjecture, not hard information, about ...

Success Is Easy To Overlook

Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President and Executive Director Todd Tranum made it clear that our area needs an attitude adjustment. Instead of negatively reacting to potential economic development, whether it be Athenex or the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, residents need to ...

‘Republican Gun Toters’ Saved Lives

A CBS television network attorney, Hayley Getfman-Gold, had this to say, via social media, about the massacre at a country-western music concert in Las Vegas: “I’m actually not even sympathetic (because) country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” CBS promptly and properly ...

Much More To Do On The Drug Abuse Front In Chautauqua County

Discussions over the Chautauqua County Health and Human Services Department’s 2018 budget quickly turned to drug abuse, and with good reason. Christine Schuyler, county Health and Human Services director, told legislators roughly 75 percent of the county’s 360 Child Protective Services ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a new life for Ye Hare ‘n Hounds Inn in Bemus Point, 64 Lakeside Drive. The restaurant has been closed since a fire in May, but could reopen in the spring under new ownership. Jamestown natives Chris Olsen and Robert Cusimano confirmed earlier this week to The Post-Journal they ...

Much-Appreciated Two Percent Tax Cap Can Still Use Adjustment

John Flanagan, majority leader of the state Senate, wants to make the state’s 2 percent property tax cap permanent. Analyses of property taxes in Chautauqua County over the last two years by The Post-Journal showed nearly all local taxing jurisdictions have been able to stay within the tax ...

State Has A Lot To Work On Before It Can Be Seen As Business-Friendly

It is an unfortunate blow to the local economy to lose the jobs provided by MD Electronics in West Ellicott. The plant’s pending closure is the latest in a one step forward, one step back dance that takes place when keeping track of the local jobs market. We will keep doing this dance ...

Find A Way For The United Way

Services provided by programs supported by the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County touched more than 24,700 people last year. That is nearly the entire population of Jamestown touched in one way or another by United Way funding, including 1,165 children who entered school ready to ...

Shooting Leaves Many Unanswered Questions

The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the horrifying massacre in Las Vegas is that no conclusions should be drawn until investigators have had more time to learn exactly what happened and why. Page one of today’s newspaper tells the story: Nearly ...

ACA Reform Needs Piecemeal Approach

It has been suggested there is no sense in crying over spilled milk. But an enormous amount of it was spilled by the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — and members of Congress are right to attempt to clean at least some of it up. Their most recent attempt to do so failed dismally this ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all of the dedicated actors who have taken to the stage in recent weeks. Recent editions of The Post-Journal have detailed performances of “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” by the Winged Ox Players, which ends tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Willow Bay Theater; the Ripley Library ...