In Our Opinion

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all those who have helped rehabilitate the home of a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputy as the deputy battles acute myeloid leukemia. What started out as a Facebook request turned into an all-out house re-building campaign, according to Sashene Bargar, a corrections officer with ...

Doubling Down On Casinos May Not Have Been Smartest Bet

A few years ago, New York took a gamble on casinos to provide an economic boost. In 2013, state voters approved a constitutional ballot referendum that allowed the state Legislature to authorize as many as seven new casinos in the state. The proposition was couched as an economic development ...

Volunteering Can Bring Out The Best In Us

Michael Bull’s story is tragic on many levels. Bull was the victim of a homicide Aug. 19 outside his apartment building on East Sixth Street. It wasn’t until Bull reached middle age that he and his sister, Jeanne Johnson, forged a relationship following a medical scare that brought the ...

Responsible Driving A Must As Kids Go Back To School This Week

School is back in session in our area, and that means law enforcement agencies should become attack dogs on behalf of the children. Police and sheriff’s deputies should concentrate on speed limits in school zones and, at least until a no-tolerance message is sent, use additional personnel ...

Changes To Route 60 Will Take Time

Local residents have questions about what will happen on Route 60 now that state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, has helped secure funding to expand parts of the road into four-lane highway. Where will the land come from for the expansion? Will it make it harder for people who live on Route 60 ...

Debt Ceiling Increase All But Certain

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin won last week’s Stating the Obvious Prize when he predicted Congress will approve an increase in the government debt limit sometime in September. Of course lawmakers will approve a new debt ceiling. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by both ...

Proficiency Test Scores Are Cause For Concern

Standardized testing results for students in New York’s public schools have been released and, once again this year, there are plenty of reasons for hand-wringing as well as head-scratching. On the whole, the numbers are not good. Data released last week by the state Department of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to one of the area’s newest Labor Day traditions, the annual Kallie’s Krusade fundraiser to raise money for children and families dealing with serious illness. This year’s event will be held Monday at the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, 433 E. Terrace Ave., Lakewood. The day will ...

If Successful, Money From Lawsuit Should Be Used To Treat Opioid Epidemic

Chautauqua County is joining a spate of counties and states in suing major drug manufacturers for their supposed role in the opioid epidemic. We’re not sure how successful the effort will be. After all, tobacco users used cigarettes as directed and got sick, creating public health ...

Better Recycling Will Reduce Reliance On Plastic Bags

Dr. Sherri Mason, the State University at Fredonia professor and plastic pollution researcher who led a successful effort to ban the use of products with microbeads, is right. Society needs to reduce its reliance on plastic bags. One of the main concerns surrounding plastic bags is the fact ...

Working Across Party Lines Essential To County

Just because the state Legislature is out of session doesn’t mean politics takes a break. State Democrats have spent a good portion of this summer pressuring an eight-member group of Democrats called the Independent Democratic Conference to stop siding with Senate Republicans and to come ...

New Bill Should Help Farm Cideries

New York state takes a lot of flack over regulations and tax policies that hurt the business climate, but sometimes, the state takes steps in the right direction. Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to reduce red tape and expand opportunities for farm cideries. The bill expands ...

Courtrooms Need To Be Secure

We can think of no reasonable security measure that would have prevented the shooting Monday of Jefferson County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. The judge, who is expected to recover from his wounds, was ambushed as he was walking from his car to the county ...

Public Officials Need To Play By The Rules

One doesn’t have to serve in elected office to hold a position of power, particularly at the town and village level of government. For example, Myra Blasius, deputy chairperson of the Lakewood Zoning Board of Appeals, had a hand in deciding how the village of Lakewood would handle a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a Jamestown resident Chelsea Gardner. The city resident had been looking for her South American biological family when she spoke with The Post-Journal earlier this summer. Now, she’s making plans to meet her siblings in person for the first time. An article the Aug. 8 edition of ...

Arena Project Has Sustainability In Mind

The hardest thing to do sometimes is to admit when a community jewel needs a little work. That’s exactly what Northwest Arena board members have done by making public their plans to expand the arena. The $5 million plan is to construct a new addition to hold a Kids Zone play area; create a ...

Partial Tax Payments Would Provide Needed Lifeline To Homeowners

Paying taxes in one payment — one big payment, for some taxpayers — is easy on local clerks and tax collectors. A state law may make life harder on municipal officials by allowing partial payments for property taxes. Members of the Chautauqua County Legislature’s Administrative ...

Time To Reassess Nuclear War Plan

For decades, U.S. military strategy could be focused on the single nation capable of launching an attack on our mainland, the old Soviet Union. A secondary, though still important, consideration was China. There were no other major threats to Americans here in the United States. That has ...

Trump Needs To End North Korean Threat

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Merger Of Frewsburg And Randolph Football Teams Is The Safe Move To Make

The 19 members of the 2017 Frewsburg Bears football team deserve the chance to try and follow in the footsteps of Frewsburg graduate Shane Conlan and play in the National Football League. Those 19 high school students deserve the opportunity to play this season, and they deserve the ...