In Our Opinion

Irresponsible Leaks Must Stop

Keeping secrets can be just as important as uncovering them for intelligence agencies. An enemy’s knowledge of what one knows can be dangerous. The anger of British officials about leaks regarding their investigation of the Manchester concert hall bombing is understandable, then. Americans ...

Removing Fine Would Ease Merger

The $4.9 million fine levied in 2013 by the state Education Department against the Panama Central School District has never made much sense. In 2013, the state fined Panama $4.9 million for paperwork errors on building projects completed in 2002 and 2005. Fining a school district for ...

Take A Moment Today To Honor Those Who Died Serving This Country

We Americans are in the midst of an enormous upheaval, socially, economically and politically. We question virtually every aspect of the so-called “establishment” — and we do so critically and vigorously. But the very foundation of our way of life for more than two centuries remains ...

The Education System Needs To Be Brought Into The 21st Century

Every school budget in The Post-Journal’s readership area was approved by voters two weeks ago. That’s not a surprise. There wasn’t a case to be made against much of the local spending. As was reported two Sundays ago in The Post-Journal, increased state aid funding and the 2-percent ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Sometimes, a picture really is worth a thousand words. Thumbs up, then, to local Post Office employees who generated more than 10,000 pounds of supplies recently during the Stamp Out Hunger drive. Their success was plainly evident when The Post-Journal’s Meghan Siperek went to the Salvation ...

It’s Time To Discuss Reconfiguring Local Police Forces

It is interesting to see some discussions made in boardrooms in Chautuaqua County about the number of police departments in the county. Ten years ago, The Post-Journal editorialized about the interrupted journey toward regional policing services in Chautauqua County. Reconfiguring police ...

Vigorous Debate Is Healthy, But Keep It Civil

We are sure there are many who were in the audience of U.S. Rep. Tom Reed’s recent town hall meeting in Busti who were just as disappointed as Busti Town Supervisor Jesse Robbins was at the behavior of some of those in attendance. Robbins, Busti supervisor, and the Busti Town Board are ...

County Should Support Funding For Castelli Expansion Project

Area residents have too often been let down by development projects that promised big things only to fizzle out. We hope area residents are excited, then, by a company that is living up to its word. Castelli America, a cheese manufacturer who took over the former AFA Foods building in ...

Supreme Court Case Sheds Light On Discipline In Schools

A case the U.S. Supreme Court may handle this week raises troubling questions — but they are not limited to those many in the media and the courts are addressing. Reporters have focused on the case because it is one new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch dealt with while he was a ...

Response To Drug Raids Does Nothing To Help The Situation

Two major drug raids captured the attention of area residents on Wednesday and Thursday. One in Charlotte, where one man was charged with selling marijuana and cocaine. The other, in Hanover, led to the arrest of six who were in their early 20s and were tied to fentanyl, cocaine and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the area’s hospitality earning it an unexpected weekend hosting the NCAA Division II baseball regionals at Russell E. Diethrick Park. Mercyhurst University in Erie was the top seed and host of the regional. The tournament comes at a perfect time for Jamestown — the summer ...

Stipends Are A Stain On State Leadership

We don’t doubt that it is legal for the state Senate to spend thousands of dollars in leadership stipends to legislators who don’t actually hold leadership positions. Being legal and being ethical are entirely different matters. The New York Times last week reported some lawmakers had ...

Shared Service Projects A Plus For Both Communities

It is good to see yet another example of municipal governments working together — even two governments that are in the midst of a disagreement. The city of Jamestown and town of Ellicott are working on a storm water management project centered around the Jamestown Seventh-Day Adventist ...

Public Deserves Access To IDA Project Information

The Internet has put a wealth of information at our fingertips. Kudos to George Borrello, R-Silver Creek, for trying to put a little more of that information out to the public. During a recent county Industrial Development Agency board meeting, Borrello proposed making more information about ...

State Sends Mixed Signals On Adulthood

There is no health-based reason why New York should not raise the age at which one can buy cigarettes to age 21. There is no disproving that smoking causes a multitude of health problems and creates a drain on public health programs. Legislation proposed in the state Senate is good policy ...

Senate Must Continue To Improve Health Bill

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to new life for a familiar ski destination. The county Industrial Development Association is finalizing a package to help an unknown buyer purchase the Cockaigne Ski Area, which closed after a massive fire in 2011. It will be good for everyone to see Cockaigne restored to its former ...

Hold The Phone On Law Allowing Police Searches Of Mobile Devices

A law being discussed in the state Senate and Assembly needs a little more work before becoming law. Lawmakers are debating a law proposed by Sen. Terrence Murphy and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz that wold give police permission to search any phone or portable device at the scene of an automobile ...

Problem Solvers Caucus Successfully Bridges Divide

During his last two campaigns, U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, has touted his involvement in the Problem Solvers Caucus as one way he works to move past the gridlock we see so often in our federal government. The idea was good in theory, but no one had seen the caucus accomplish much. That ...

It’s Time Kendra’s Law Becomes Permanent

Kendra’s Law has been a success in its nearly 20-year history. It is time for the state Legislature to treat it as such by making the law permanent. State Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, proposed legislation approved last week in the state Senate to make Kendra’s Law permanent. Currently, ...