In Our Opinion

Volunteer Firefighters Should Be Covered

State legislators will again discuss legislation to extend health benefits covering cancer care to volunteer firefighters. The case for the bill is clear. Twenty-three types of cancer have been linked to firefighting, while only lung cancer is a presumed cancer benefit for volunteer ...

Stealing From The Public Will Not Be Tolerated

We would hope, after three successful prosecutions for various types of theft, that local elected officials would get the message that stealing from the public simply will not be tolerated. Former Dunkirk Mayor Richard Frey was the latest public official in Chautauqua County to have his ...

State Of The City Address Says All The Right Things; Now We Need Results

Mayor Sam Teresi’s 2017 State of the City message says much about Jamestown. It provides a lengthy summary of the city’s 2016 activities and a discussion of goals the city wants to pursue in 2017 in a pair of documents that are posted with this editorial at www.post-journal.com. For ...

Improved Vetting During Trump’s Travel Ban Will Increase Border Security

President Donald Trump’s order banning travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return within days or ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a quiet, but important, action by the state Legislature earlier this week when lawmakers passed a second resolution on a change to the state constitution to strip pensions from lawmakers who commit crimes related to their public office. The approval means the constitutional ...

Kudos To SW School Board For Standing With Its Teachers In DeVos Opposition

It isn’t often that local policy making boards take public stances on matters on the confirmation of federal officials. That’s what made it noteworthy that the Southwestern Central School Board of Education acquiesced to the Southwestern Teachers Association’s public opposition to the ...

Downtown Perception Needs A Makeover

Downtown Jamestown is seeing another spurt of investment. Little by little, pieces of the city’s past are being redeveloped to bring the city a new future. New York state has been a willing partner, pouring money into the National Comedy Center, the former M&T Bank building on Third ...

Start-Up NY Changes Are A Welcome Sight

After three years and dozens of pleas for patience, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2017-18 state budget proposal includes substantive changes to the Start-UpNY program. It’s about time. Start-Up NY was costly from the start; more than $200 million was spent advertising a program that created fewer ...

Dissolving Is In Best Interest Of Taxpayers

On Thursday, Cherry Creek becomes the third village within the past year to consider dissolution in Chautauqua County. In November, Forestville solidified its first decision to eliminate village government in 2015 and more recently, Sherman voted to keep its village by a narrow two-vote margin ...

Local Governments Shouldn’t Be On The Hook For Free Tuition Plan

It is one thing for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to expand spending in the state. It is another thing entirely for the state to create programs when the impact on lower levels of government is unknown. That is exactly what is likely to happen if Cuomo’s plan to offer ...

Move On To Better Deal Than The TPP

Among the first actions President Donald Trump took Monday was to officially kill U.S. participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. No doubt free-trade advocates will condemn the new chief executive for that. But all Trump did was to, in effect, sign the TPP’s ...

Refreshing To Hear Trump Speak Honestly

To The Reader’s Forum: Despite the graciousness displayed by Barack Obama during Inauguration day, Senator Chuck Schumer resorted to the divisive language of identity-politics, speaking division into America. Speaking into unity, President Trump spoke to all of us as simply Americans, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to city officials for not letting minor issues with the New Flyer site on Fluvanna Avenue hold the business back from opening. As we said earlier, getting the business up and running makes a difference to 34 families who will benefit from the jobs created in the plant. It would have ...

Review Of Route 60 Options Should Be Considered Following Tragic Accident

We don’t yet know what caused an accident on Route 60 Monday that killed Lakewood’s Justin Romaniuk. We do know, however, that Route 60 sees too many accidents and that something must be done to make Route 60 safer. It doesn’t take much for a drive from Dunkirk to Jamestown to turn ...

Lawmakers Need To Get On Board With Much-Needed Ride-Sharing Services

State politicians like to say New York is open for business. Much of the state hasn’t been very open to ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. It’s time for that to change. Ride-sharing is legal in New York City through a special agreement with taxi regulators. The state Senate ...

Don’t Put All DRI Eggs In One Basket

The National Comedy Center is an important project for Jamestown’s west end. If the project lives up to its advanced billing, the tourists the comedy center brings downtown could be the catalyst needed to repopulate storefronts that suffer from a lack of foot traffic. The state’s ...

Make Health Coverage Less Expensive For Everyone

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to decrease the impact of prescription drug costs on health insurance premiums has received much discussion during Cuomo’s State of the State tour. In short, Cuomo wants to shed light how much drug manufacturers spend on researching, developing, producing and ...

District Attorney’s New Gun Crime Stance Hits The Mark

District Attorney Patrick Swanson’s first policy act since taking his oath of office is a good one. Earlier this week, Swanson discussed with Chautauqua County legislators a new policy in the county District Attorney’s office that will end the practice of plea bargaining for those who ...

EPA Mandate On Future Fuel Economy Is Foolhardy And Potentially Unsafe

By 2025, new cars and trucks in dealer showrooms will achieve fuel economy averaging 51.4 miles per gallon, the Environmental Protection Agency has mandated. Given the fact that by the EPA’s own numbers, average fuel economy in the United States was just 24.8 mpg, that seems more than a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Fourth Department Appellate Division court for making its proceedings open to a public that can’t always get to Rochester to attend hearings. The public may watch the webcasts from most devices, including smart phones and tablet computers, by visiting the Appellate Division ...