In Our Opinion

Jamestown, Unlike The State, Is Open For Business

Lost amidst the Jamestown City Council’s continuing sideshow, otherwise known as councilman Andrew Liuzzo, R-At Large, was unanimous approval of a deal that is good for city residents and for the developer of the Doubletree by Hilton on Fourth Street. Earlier this year, HH Jamestown LLC, a ...

Fly Car System Budget Due For Maintenance

By all accounts, Chautauqua County’s fly car system has been a winner in all areas but one — its budget. County legislators learned recently revenues in the program are significantly less than budgeted. Even with lower expenses than budgeted, the program ran at a $255,000 deficit in ...

Help Reshape Downtown Falconer

Kudos to Brian Nelson, owner of 15 W. Main St., Falconer, for quickly removing the debris from a building destroyed by fire in January and eliminating any safety and health risks on the site. And, village officials have secured financial help from the Chautauqua County Land Bank and agreements ...

SRO Plan Needs Direction

School resource officers can play a vital role in a school district in addition to providing an additional layer of safety for school children and staff. Knowing this, it’s difficult to dismiss a suggestion by the New York State Sheriffs’ Association to provide at least one state-funded ...

Warnings Must Factor Into Gun Purchase

We doubt any reasonable person, regardless of beliefs on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, would argue about the significance of a single number involving Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old who massacred 17 people at a Florida high school. The number is 39. It is the number of times Broward ...

Opioids: Talk Is Cheap

To The Reader’s Forum: “Ending the [opioid] epidemic will require mobilization of government, local communities, and private organizations. It will require the resolve of our entire country,” Trump said in a speech from the White House on Oct. 26, 2017. Yet Trump’s plans to repeal ...

Ripley School Board Invites Further Misgivings With Zero-Notice Hiring

The Ripley Central School board left us speechless last week. In the course of one meeting, the district accepted the resignation of its superintendent, hired a new interim superintendent, heard a consultant’s report that suggested creating a separate position of school principal and then ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a roughly $350,000 shoreline stabilization project on the south side of the Chadakoin River near the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk. Concept drawings are almost finished, according to Twan Leenders, Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History president, for a project that will ...

Let Your Voice Be Heard On Herbicides In Chautauqua Lake

Everyone who cares about Chautauqua Lake should take time in the next week to familiarize themselves with the draft of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to use herbicides in targeted areas of Chautauqua Lake. Copies of the plan are available online at ...

Law Enforcement Must Adopt A Zero-Tolerance Policy For School Threats

Three area youths were taken for mental health evaluations after making threats toward their respective high schools last week that caused lockouts at Chautauqua Lake Central School, Randolph Academy and the Erie-2-Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES Hewes Center. It doesn’t appear there will be ...

Seeley: Celebrate A Life Well Lived

Last week was a difficult one for the family of Michael Seeley and for Seeley’s extended family in the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department. Many county residents knew of Seeley, even if only through stories that appeared in The Post-Journal over the past few years. His death Feb. 9 ...

Speaking Out For Unborn Children

It is good to see community organizations stepping up to help fight the scourge of neonatal abstinence syndrome. Neonatal abstinence syndrome is a sterile term for something truly terrible. NAS babies are born with opioid withdrawal symptoms, because their mothers used heroin and similar ...

SpaceX Runs Circles Around NASA

Inadvertently, former President Barack Obama has provided Americans with a reminder that the “you didn’t do that” private sector often does things much better than big government. Obama presided over severe cutbacks in the nation’s space exploration program. The meltdown was so severe ...

Apthorpe’s Approach Independent From State Funding Is Promising

Bret Apthorpe was quick to admit last week that the Jamestown Public Schools District’s graduation rate needs to improve. Like most districts throughout the state, Jamestown’s graduation rate for students from economically stable backgrounds was good. The 2017 graduating class had 265 ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Jamestown Zoning Board of Appeals’ decision to deny a variance request to turn a single family residence into a two-family residence on Wilton Avenue. A Post-Journal analysis of 2014 Jamestown Police Department responses showed the city’s 6,799 owner-occupied properties ...

State Needs To Find Ways To Lessen Tax Burden

It’s ironic that Democrats have for years wanted to tax those with higher earnings to pay for programs to help others. Now, as a reaction to the federal tax reform bill, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a major overhaul to the state’s tax system to protect those with higher earnings. ...

State Can Find Money For Voting Reform

Roughly 38 percent of Chautauqua County’s registered voters participated in the 2017 election — and that number was higher than usual. So, it is hard to argue that voting reforms suggested by Gov. Andrew Cuomo aren’t good ideas worthy of discussion. Among items in the governor’s ...

Lack Of Experience Shows For Swanson

Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson is struggling, to say the least. During the last 13 months, in major county cases, his office has offered plea deals in two homicide cases while also losing a murder case involving Barbara J. Redeye, who was found innocent in the death of ...

Questioning Position Responsibilities Is The Right Call

Kudos to Legislator Christine Starks, D-Fredonia, for seizing on a key question regarding tourism in Chautauqua County. Members of the Chautauqua County Legislature’s Planning and Economic Development Committee were discussing a $50,000 agreement with the county IDA for attraction and ...

FBI: Questions From Congress Seem Warranted

When both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act last month, many lawmakers had their reservations. The House vote was 256-164. In the Senate, the tally was 65-34. Perhaps members of both houses should demand a “redo.” A ...