In Our Opinion

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Community Music Project for trying to make its concerts more accessible to the public with its Music For All program. This season, the organization has eliminated tickets and fees for concerts and will instead rely on free-will offerings rely on free will offerings. It is one ...

Mayor McCague Can Bring Village Unity With Board Appointment

Now that Ted McCague has been appointed as Lakewood’s acting mayor, again, one of his first orders of business will be appointing a new Lakewood Village Board member. We hope that process is transparent. The Lakewood Village Board has been fractured on major items in the past. Votes on ...

Quick Thinking May Have Saved Jammers

Thanks to some quick thinking by Mayor Sam Teresi, there is a chance the sounds of baseball will fill Russell E. Diethrick Stadium in 2020. ROC Ventures, which owned the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League team, would have been well within its rights to maximize its investment by selling ...

As Representative, Reed Will Continue To Find Common Ground In D.C.

Opponents of U.S. Rep. Tom Reed are consistent in their criticisms of the incumbent. They say he too often sides with President Donald Trump or he has not done enough for those he represents in our district. Reed, however, is not much different than our former U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins, who ...

Re-Elect DiNapoli As State Comptroller

Since taking office in 2007, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has served New York state and Chautauqua County residents very well. We back him for another four-year term in his race against Jonathan Trichter. DiNapoli, through numerous audits, has proven the importance of the office. Consider ...

Farley Has A Voice We Would Like To Hear In The US Senate

We don’t expect Chele Farley to stand much chance of unseating incumbent U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, on Nov. 6. That’s unfortunate, because Farley would bring a pragmatic approach to the Senate that could be helpful to New Yorkers. Farley told The Post-Journal during a ...

Despite Shortcomings, Cuomo Still Best In An Inexperienced Crowd

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s eight years as governor paint a confusing picture as voters decide Nov. 6 whether or not to give the governor four more years at New York’s helm. Cuomo has played Capt. Steubing from The Love Boat when it comes to steering money toward Western New York in the past ...

Thumbs Up To Mayville Residents Running For Village Office

In a time when there are too many uncontested races, particularly among our smaller towns and villages, thumbs up to the candidates running for mayor and the Village Board in Mayville. There are two candidates for mayor — Ken Shearer and Rick Syper — and five candidates for the Village ...

As AG, Keith Wofford Will Investigate New York State Corruption

Keith Wofford, the Republican and Conservative party candidate for New York attorney general, deserves your vote for one simple reason: He has vowed to immediately initiate an investigation into systemic corruption involving state and local government officials across the state. Eric ...

State Assembly Needs Goodell’s Voice

Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, during a stop in Dunkirk last weekend to offer support to partisan candidates, made the remark there needs to be “more Democrats in the New York state Assembly.” We, however, would respectfully disagree. Already, there are more than 100 of the 150 seats filled by ...

With 2 Good Candidates, Joe Gerace Should Be Re-Elected County Sheriff

Joe Gerace and Jim Quattrone bring impressive credentials to their race for Chautauqua County Sheriff. Quattrone, endorsed by the Republican and Conservative parties, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., has a master’s degree in Administration of Justice from ...

Health Board Should Find Way To Move Complaints Of Lead More Quickly

The Chautauqua County Board of Health should absolutely be open to finding a way to move lead paint complaints through the legal process faster than it currently does. Natalie Whiteman, program coordinator for the county’s Lead Primary Prevention Program under the division of environmental ...

Despite Divide, County Celebrated As One

There is a definite divide in Chautauqua County. It comes down to us and them, specifically the north and south. That, however, does not mean we do not always come together. Last week, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet, which highlights the best people and ...

Chautauqua Mall Owners Must Continue In New Direction Quickly

The closing of the Sears store in the Chautauqua Mall doesn’t come as much surprise. Sears corporate bankruptcy has been years in the making. The company once had around 350,000 employees; as of Monday’s filing, it was down to 68,000. At its peak, it had 4,000 stores in 2012; it will now ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Steven Carlson, a Jamestown native who will graduate in May from Princeton University with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology while, at the same time, rocketing his way up the receiving record board for the Princeton football team. Through last week’s games, Carlson is ...

Bus Driver, Aide Deserve Credit For Saving Students

Thumbs up to a pair of Clymer Central School employees whose ability to keep their heads in a crisis likely saved the lives of the students they work with. Jeness Legters, a teacher’s aid who only recently started working for the district, was made aware of a student choking by another ...

Lake Weed-Pulling Work Shows We Need New Strategy

Kudos to the Chautauqua Lake Association for its yeoman-like work this summer. The CLA removed 13.3 million pounds of aquatic vegetation from Chautauqua Lake this summer. Harvesting and shoreline operations ended at the end of August with crews based out of Mayville Park, Long Point State ...

School Districts Keep Excess Money For Good Reasons

Several area school districts have been notified by the state Comptroller’s Office that they overestimate spending, underestimate revenues and carry too much money in their fund balances. While the Comptroller’s Office is right to be wary of governmental entities that are taking too much ...

Lakewood Gov’t Must Address Financial Duress

The government in Chautauqua County under the most fiscal duress is, believe it or not, Lakewood. That came as a surprise to us, too, since common sense dictates that Jamestown is typically the most financially pressured government in our neck of the woods. According to the state ...

Trump Must Find Worthy Successor To Haley

Some in the White House are not especially fond of Nikki Haley, the former South Carolina governor who became this country’s ambassador to the United Nations under President Donald Trump. Still, there is evidence Trump himself understood her great value to Americans. Haley revealed this ...