In Our Opinion

Lakewood Mayor Checks Out Of Her Civic Duties

Lakewood Mayor Cara Birrittieri wasn’t at Monday’s Village Board meeting. It isn’t that rare an occurrence — since last November, Birrittieri has missed six of the Village Board’s 19 meetings, or about 30 percent. Compare that to Scott Schrecengost, mayor of the neighboring village ...

Despite Effectiveness, Officials Refuse To Pass Kendra’s Law

It’s hard to believe there is any controversy over making Kendra’s Law permanent. That is exactly the case in New York state, however, despite the continuous efforts of state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean. It was Young who pushed Kendra’s Law through the state Legislature two decades ...

Taxpayers Billed Big-Time For Rise In Homelessness

Our collective jaws nearly hit the floor when we read last week that Chautauqua County has already paid nearly $850,000 for temporary shelter for the homeless through Aug. 31, 2018. The cost for all of 2017 was $375,584, while the 2016 cost was only $86,224. Of course, one of the key ...

Hard To Argue Against Need For Fly Cars

Chautauqua County taxpayers got some good news last week regarding the county’s fly car program. Losses in the program have slowed to $68,435 through Aug. 31, a far cry from the $255,000 the program lost in its first year. Slowing the losses is important because the fly car program itself ...

Hope In Sight, Opioid Epidemic Hasn’t Ended Yet

Last week, The Post-Journal reported perhaps the first bit of good news regarding the county’s drug epidemic that we’ve heard in quite a while. Drug overdose deaths have decreased by at least 12 percent compared to 2017, and the decline could be as much as 68 percent depending on the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Jesse Robbins, Busti town supervisor, and the Busti Town Board for removing the $120,000 from its budget that had been spent in previous years supporting the Hazeltine Public Library in Busti and the Lakewood Memorial Library in Lakewood. The libraries will now receive funding as ...

Driving Home A Needed Message

Too bad an important presentation this week was just heard by high school students. It was something all drivers, including many adults, needed to hear. On Tuesday and Wednesday, “Hang Up and Drive” was presented to all county school districts highlighting the dangers of cell phone use ...

Jamestown Needs Decreased Reliance On State Funding

For the second consecutive year, the city of Jamestown has booked a surplus. The city’s recently completed independent audit for 2017 showed a surplus of $1,337,245, bringing the city’s unassigned fund balance to about $1,849,000. The city managed to spend about $500,000 less than it ...

State Education Department Makes The Right Move

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote in this space that the state Education Department should, under no circumstances, financially penalize school districts with less than a 95 percent participation rate on state English language arts and math tests. We weren’t the only ones who took issue with ...

Resolve Federal Grant Status Before Moving CARTS

It has always seemed inevitable that CARTS would need a new downtown service hub once the National Comedy Center opened its doors. County Executive George Borrello has asked the city to extend using Pine Street between Third and Fourth streets as a hub for CARTS buses through Oct. 19, though ...

More Money Is Not Always The Solution

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Village Board Sets Bad Financial Precedent

An Aug. 27 letter from Doug Conroe, Chautauqua Lake Association executive director, to the village of Lakewood states that “reputable individuals” saw what appeared to be herbicide treatments in Lakewood’s waters in mid-June. The CLA conducted water testing and then submitted an invoice ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Jamestown Chamber of Commerce for taking time to honor Lee Harkness during the annual Downtown Jamestown Cruise-in recently. Harkness has spent the past two decades working to make Jamestown a better place in which to live, work and play in his roles as the Downtown Jamestown ...

CLA Needs To Update Lake Data More Frequently

There are no shortage of organizations working on behalf of Chautauqua Lake. Why is it so hard, then, to find information about what is in the lake’s water? The Chautauqua Lake Association, to its credit, has historical information developed through the Citizens Statewide Lake ...

Cuomo Can Do More To Keep College Students Fed

Good for the State University at New York and Jamestown Community College for making sure their students have access to food in advance of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s December deadline. Earlier this year the governor announced his “No Student Goes Hungry Program” that mandated all New York ...

Foreclosures Must Protect Elderly From Losing Their Homes

Following established processes is important. There are times, however, when compassion and common sense are just as important as the all-important bureaucracy. We note the recent case of David Blodgett, a Sheridan man who suffers from severe bipolar depression and faces dual disorders of ...

Now Is Not Time To Abandon The Church

To The Reader’s Forum: The recent exposure of the priest’s scandals left me heart broken and angry. They are despicable and not to be tolerated! Does this mean we should leave the church in disgust? No! If you were Satan, what church would you attack? You would attack the one true ...

Our Worst Day, We Were At Our Best

Today marks the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York City. As is the case with events both good and bad, the passage of time fogs our memories and dulls our collective emotions as more children are born who were born who have no recollection of the attacks nor ...

Distrust Vaccinations? Just Look At Europe

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Brandon Caruso, a Falconer native who now works for the National Comedy Center as its guest experience research developer, for making it easier for at least one patron to laugh. Tom Willard, a Westfield native and current Rochester resident, has attended previous events at the ...