In Our Opinion

Opening Of National Comedy Center Eagerly Anticipated

Today, the National Comedy Center, one of the crown jewels of Jamestown’s continued redevelopment, opens. We’re not sure there has been a premiere this eagerly anticipated since Lucille Ball herself returned home to Jamestown for the premiere of “Forever, Darling,” in 1956. Jamestown ...

There Is No Need For Congressional Race To Be Nasty

Both Tracy Mitrano, Democratic Party candidate for the 23rd Congressional District, and incumbent Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, bemoan the nastiness they are seeing during this campaign season. Democrats have attacked the “extreme Ithaca liberal” label they say has been thrown around ...

U.S. Aid To Mexico Could Curb Illegal Immigration

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...

Prosecutor Caseload Must Be Discussed By Legislators

Felony and drug arrests both reached a 10-year high in Chautauqua County as did other felonies, while violent felonies are at their highest levels since 2010 and 2012. It stands to reason if police agencies are arresting more people, then county prosecutors are handling more cases. Chautauqua ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and Jonathan Weston, owner of Panama Rocks Scenic Park, for this weekend’s Roger Tory Peterson’s Wild America and Nature Festival. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday and include live music, opportunities to ...

Despite Differences, Cuomo Has Not Forgotten Our County

It is interesting that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s re-election campaign finance reports barely mention Chautauqua County at all. It shows the governor doesn’t need Chautauqua County to get re-elected, a fact we already knew from past elections. It also shows at least one positive about the ...

Good Intentions Can Lead To Misguided Policy

Chautauqua County has seen two drowning deaths in the past two weeks. Both are tragedies that left families and friends heartbroken and searching for answers. Such is the case with every accidental death. Sometimes, our search for answers leads us into misguided policy like the one proposed ...

Busti Town Board Makes Smart Move Approving Swale Project

The Busti Town Board has approved spending $5,000 on stormwater swales throughout the town. Erin Brickley, executive director of the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance, told board members strategically placed stormwater swales will act as channels that will store and convey ...

City Landlords, Homeowners Should Opt In To Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

We hope that something a county Health Department officials relayed to City Council members by City Councilwoman Vickye James, D-Ward 3, isn’t true. During the council’s work session last week, members of the council’s Housing Committee heard from Natalia Whiteman of the county Health ...

Till Case Information Should Be Brought Out

What happened to Emmett Till helped focus many Americans’ attention on the civil rights struggle during the 1950s. Till was just 14 years old when white men in Mississippi tortured and murdered him in 1955. He died because a white woman claimed the African-American lad had whistled at ...

‘Buffalo Billion’ Proves We Need Protection From Corruption

Two things are abundantly clear in the aftermath of the “Buffalo Billion” corruption trial in New York City — it’s time for a new governor and it’s time for the state Legislature to pass legislation to make sure public money is better protected. Last week, Alain Kaloyeros, former ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York and Senate minority leader, for adding a last-minute attraction to the National Comedy Center. On Monday, Schumer tweeted that he had helped secure a motorcycle ridden by Dan Akroyd from his home in Brooklyn to 30 Rock in New York City while ...

State Spending Outside Budget Is Recipe For Corruption

New York officials love to pay for programs without adding it to the state budget. Sometimes, it’s by using state agencies and authorities to carry out state programs. This is the way the Buffalo Billion was paid for — an avenue that invites fraud, waste and corruption because the ...

Miracles Sometimes Part Of The News

Newspapers have to report so much bad, upsetting news that the occasional heart-warmer comes as a welcome pleasure. The good news this week was not all from Thailand, where rescuers were in the process of pulling off the rescue of members of a boys’ soccer team who had been trapped in a ...

Failed Vote On Zoning Change Was Due To Fear

To The Reader’s Forum: The Post-Journal should be commended for its objective reporting of the Salvation Army’s application for a zoning change in the Town of Ellery. It is indeed unfortunate that fear appeared to be the driving force behind the Ellery Town Board’s decision to vote ...

Lack Of Local Voice At City Council Voting Sessions Speaks Volumes

The voting booth isn’t the only place where apathy about local government can be seen. Through June 25, 18 people had spoken during voting sessions of the Jamestown City Council. Several of those speakers came from out of the area in March to discuss drug forfeiture. In a city of roughly ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to 20 years of honoring the boating heritage of Chautauqua Lake. Today, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the 20th annual Chautauqua Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show will be held at the Village Park and Village Casino docks in Bemus Point. The event includes water displays on the Village ...

Lack Of Rainy Day Fund Leaves State In A Spotty Situation

It’s been 10 years since the 2008 recession — and we wonder if New York’s elected officials are forgetting the hard lessons they should have learned. According to a January 2012 analysis by Liberty Street Economics, a blog by the New York Federal Reserve, New York saw a 13.5 percent ...

Have A Camera? Join The Community CrimeCam Program

We have already seen what can happen when the video caught on a private citizen’s surveillance camera is shared with police. A couple of weeks ago, a pit bull/mastiff charged toward two Jamestown police officers who were approaching a home to serve an arrest warrant. Almost immediately ...