In Our Opinion

‘Affordable’ Health Insurance? Hardly

A measure of the dishonesty with which the so-called Affordable Care Act was adopted during former President Barack Obama’s administration can be seen in legislation Congress is considering now to replace the ACA — Obamacare, as it has come to be known. Throughout the country, insurance ...

Faso-Collins Plan: Bad For The State But Necessary For Local Government

New York’s Medicaid program is wonderful — until the time comes to pay the bill. When Medicaid was created in 1966, the federal government said it would pay 50 percent of the program’s cost with the other 50 percent paid by the states. New York made the decision to be one of nine ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, for making sure legislation to extend sales, occupancy, mortgage recording and real estate transfer taxes reached the Senate floor. The New York State Association of Counties recently singled out Young’s leadership in making sure the home rule ...

Success Of Raising Age To Legally Marry Is All In The Numbers

Roughly 3,800 children were married in New York state between 2000 and 2010. That’s 3,800 children too many. According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, research shows young women who marry before 19 are 50 percent more likely than their unmarried peers to drop out of high school, and ...

CRIB Act Will Help Babies Nationwide Born Addicted To Opioids

It is not just because of a general concern for babies born addicted to opioids that three members of Congress from West Virginia and four from Ohio are taking leadership roles in an attempt to help the little ones. Those states have been hit very hard by that tragedy within the scourge of ...

Labor Department Needs An Aide

President Donald Trump has become an enthusiastic proponent of using apprenticeships to provide people with on-the-job career training. He is right on target in that, as long as federal bureaucrats do not choke the life out of the idea. Billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on job ...

Freedom Safeguards Are Under Siege

As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, it would be well for we Americans to reflect upon whether we have maintained the political philosophy the founders knew was essential to our continued independence. Upon leaving the convention at which the Constitution was written, Benjamin Franklin ...

Changes To Pell Program Seem Like A Good Idea

Speaking of common sense and the federal government — a topic that sometimes seems all too difficult to discuss with a straight face — a change is being made in the Pell Grant program, which helps low-income college students. Pell Grants now will be available to help with the cost of ...

Downtown Buildings Need Proper Attention For New Lease On Life

There is no doubting the beauty and potential of the Arcade Building. There is also no doubting how close that beauty and potential came to literally going up in smoke. About a week and a half ago, a two-story building adjacent to the Arcade Building was damaged in a fire. The Arcade ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to state Sen. Catharine Young and state Assemblyman Andrew Goodell for shepherding legislation through the state Legislature to eliminate the rest of the state Education Department’s misguided fine against the Panama Central School District. Not only should current students not have ...

Political Infighting Again Hinders Effective Governing

It is ridiculous that counties throughout the state have had their 2018 budgets placed in limbo by infighting over charter schools. Before the end of the state’s legislative session, the state Assembly approved reauthorizing local sales taxes, which needs legislative action every two ...

Trades Provide A Viable Path For Many Graduates

High school seniors recently crossed the stage, got their diplomas, turned their tassels and tossed their caps. The ritual is full of tradition and means a lot to these graduates and their families and friends. After that, what then? Many students will go to college. A few will enter the ...

Health Care Battle Rages On

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law next week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Enjoy Your Summer, Kids

Many area children have shifted their brains into summer gear, thinking about camps, jobs, vacations, swimming, hanging out with friends and lounging around the house. We hope their summer includes four things: Lots of reading. The public libraries in this area are wonderful, and we hope ...

We Must Remember Our Non-Combat Military, Too

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the ...

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 ...