In Our Opinion

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 ...

Puerto Rico Deserves To Know Fellow Americans Will Be There To Help

It is rare, but sometimes House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is right. She is this week, in calling for deployment of more military resources to aid the hurricane-ravaged islands of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pelosi, D-Calif., made the recommendation Monday, ...

Aid To Puerto Rico Needs Strict Oversight

Hurricane Maria was the most devastating storm to hit Puerto Rico in decades, perhaps as much as a century. It will take years and an enormous amount of federal aid to help the island recover. Because it is a U.S. territory, that assistance is merited. But Puerto Rico had been hit by ...

Albany Needs To Scrutinize Legislation From Both Sides

It is a pretty common occurrence to see New York officials sue the federal government these days. The state has threatened to join lawsuits over repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, changes to environmental regulations and U.S. Rep. Chris ...

Adding Taxable Property In Jamestown Is A Good Thing

Chautauqua County legislators will consider a resolution to sell three county-owned buildings to a private business this month. They should do so. The South County Office Building on East Fourth Street in Jamestown, the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center on Turner Road in Ellicott and the ...

North Korea: Diplomacy Is A Dead End

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. On Tuesday, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations. Trump reiterated the philosophy that helped get him elected president. While embracing ...

Arbitration Talks With City Police, Firefighters Should Be Open To The Public

City contracts with the unions representing police officers and firefighters are headed to binding arbitration through the Public Employee Relations Board. In past years the binding arbitration hearings have been closed to the public. That should not be the case this year. The biggest driver ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Summer’s late renaissance this year is nothing but a cruel facade. We received our first reminder of that fact earlier this week with the official kickoff of the Salvation Army’s Bundle Them Up Campaign. In 2016, the Salvation Army provided 255 children with jackets, mittens, scarves and ...

Help Someone’s Search By Becoming A Bone Marrow Donor Today

Michael Seeley of Ashville received good news recently. Seeley’s sister, Jennifer Scolton, is a match for the bone marrow transplant Seeley needs to treat the acute myeloid leukemia he was diagnosed with earlier this year during a routine physical. The transplant could help Seeley live a ...

Census Data A Reminder There Is Still Work To Do Locally

The most recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates for Chautauqua County are a reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done. Estimates from the most recent American Community Survey indicate the county is still hemorrhaging population while seeing an increase in the wages of residents ...

Statewide Effort Needed To Tackle Emerald Ash Borer Problem With Trees

The fight to protect Chautauqua Lake from invasive species has gotten a lot of attention over the past several years. New York’s trees need similar attention. Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack ...

Equifax Data Breach An Example Of What Not To Do

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has ...

Many People In Need Following Hurricanes

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

No Excuse For Rookie Mistake That Caused Haffa Mistrial

Anyone who has watched Law and Order more than once likely knows of the Brady rule, which stipulates that a prosecutor must turn over all evidence that may exonerate a defendant to the defendant’s attorney. That’s why it was so surprising earlier this week when a Brady rule violation ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a chance to learn more about women’s suffrage and Chautauqua County’s role in the movement that gave women the right to vote. The Chautauqua County Historical Society, in partnership with the Bemus Point Historical Society, will present a special lecture on the 100th ...

Kind Gesture Keeps Rally To Recovery Event On Schedule

We doubt there is one member of the Jamestown City Council who disagrees with the purpose of the Rally to Recover proposed by Chanda Germain and Adrian Smith-Madden. The Rally, as was reported last weekend by The Post-Journal, is designed to attract people who need help ending their battle ...