In Our Opinion

Lake Alliance Needs To Take One Position

Chautauqua Lake has long needed one organization to be the lake’s voice. Many had hoped the Chautauqua Lake Management and Watershed Alliance would be that voice, but one wonders if it is capable of performing such a function as it is currently constituted. The alliance has been very ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to employees of Wegmans’ West Ellicott location for more than doubling the amount of food collected during its annual “Fill the BackPack” food drive campaign. The Western New York division blew past its goal of 160,000 pounds of food by collecting 193,000 pounds, with 12,728 ...

Goodell, Young Fight For Panama Residents

Last week, The Post-Journal wrote in this space that the state Education Department should rescind the rest of a fine levied against the Panama Central School District. Kudos to state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, and state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, for proposing legislation ...

Cuomo’s Tactic Are Good Politics But Bad Policy

The fact Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to use brute force to keep health insurance companies participating in New York’s Affordable Care Act health care exchange is all the proof one should need that Obamacare is broken. Recently, Cuomo directed the state Health Department to ban insurers ...

Opioid Epidemic: A Two-Front Battle

More than one approach is needed to treat New York state’s growing opioid addiction problem. We hope all state lawmakers, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, realize that fact as the state’s legislative session winds down. Cuomo sent legislation to the state Senate and Assembly focused largely ...

Superintendent Search Should Be Transparent

On Monday, for the fourth time in roughly three weeks, the Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education held a meeting and went into executive session for personnel matters. With Jamestown in the midst of a search for a new superintendent, it doesn’t take a Philadelphia lawyer to figure out ...

Old Order Politics Isn’t What It Used To Be

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as ...

The Time Is Now For Herbicides At Bemus Bay

It does not appear a quick approval is in the offing for the Chautauqua Lake Partnership’s plan to use herbicides in the bay this summer given opposition from two existing organizations. That’s too bad, because time is ticking away on this summer season for homeowners and businesses in ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore. Recently, Barmore approached county legislators about a waiver for stores that have passed one scanner accuracy price inspections, which involve scanning a minimum of 100 items. Barmore said more advanced computer systems in stores made a ...

Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Mean It’s Right

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

Now Is The Time To Tackle Problems That Plague Our Neighborhoods

The $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative — and the millions of dollars of private investment that come with it — has sparked a lot of excitement about the future of downtown. That excitement is warranted. Long-vacant or under-used downtown buildings will soon get new life; that ...

Conversations Still Required On Cell Tower Placement

Cell towers are the 21st century’s version of landfills and sewers treatment facilities — they’re vitally important to the way we live, but no one wants to live next to one. Lakewood has been embroiled in a legal battle over a proposed Blue Wireless cell phone tower inside the village. ...

Shared Services Are On Right Track

We have written often in the past few weeks about the need to change the way public services are provided in Chautauqua County. Kudos to all those who are working to do just that. A public forum held recently in Mayville detailed 13 proposed projects the county is going to take to the ...

Upgrading VA Records Is Just The First Step

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

Selling Artwork Is The Only Logical Step For Library’s Financial Future

The passage of two years’ time has reinforced that the James Prendergast Library was making the right decision to sell much of its art collection. In 2015, the library board approved selling dozens of pieces of artwork from its private collection to raise money for its endowment and to ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Rachel Mole, a Jamestown native who graduated magna cum laude from The College of Wooster and who won the 2017 Ernest B. Yeager Award, an annual honor given to one undergraduate in the northeast Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania region by the Cleveland section of the American ...

Cuomo, Pelosi Ready To Take A Bite Out Of Bipartisanship

Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stood at a podium with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to announce the state Democratic Party’s intention to target Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and seven other Republican members of Congress from New York state in the 2018 election. According to a Buffalo ...

City Should Follow Dunkirk’s Lead With Rental Registrations

The Dunkirk Common Council recently reinvigorated discussions of a rental housing registration law. Such legislation gained traction in 2011 before fading from view. Dunkirk, which is in the early stages of discussions, has proposed making it a crime to rent property without registering. The ...

State System For Reporting Overdoses Needs An Overhaul

The depths of Chautauqua County’s drug problem may be worse than we had thought. In late April, Dr. Victoria Hall, a Centers for Disease Control field officer, presented research from her team’s review of death records in the Minnesota Department of Health’s Unexplained Death ...

Paris Accord Hurt America

Tens of millions of Americans already are paying substantially higher electric bills to reduce the carbon emissions blamed for climate change. We had no choice in the matter; former President Barack Obama’s fixation on killing the coal industry has reduced accessibility to reasonably priced ...