In Our Opinion

In Busti, Good Ideas For Budget Abound

There are two distinct opinions regarding the town of Busti’s 2019 budget as proposed by Jesse Robbins, town supervisor. Robbins and three Busti Town Board members, Todd Hanson, Kenneth Lawton and James Andrews, prefer a budget with a one cent decrease in the town’s tax rate for the ...

Swanson Gave Hunter Jadlowski Fair Sentence

There are many county residents expressing disappointment with Patrick Swanson, county district attorney, for the plea agreement reached last week in the case of a Sherman man who shot and killed a neighbor while hunting after dark on Nov. 22, 2017. The complaints are largely the same — ...

It’s Time For Liuzzo To Make A Contribution

Mayor Sam Teresi will release his proposed 2019 budget proposal at 4 p.m. today in the mayor’s fourth floor conference room. One would think, given the state of Jamestown’s finances, the release date of the budget would be the least controversial thing the City Council has on its plate ...

Farm Subsidies Are Big Conflicts

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

Regional Economic Development Corp. Sets Sights On Strange Projects

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Corp. has released its 2018 priority projects. Four of those priority projects are in Chautauqua County and two make a lot of sense as priorities. AgriAmerica Fruit Products LLC is asking for $498,600 for the AgriAmerica Grape Juice Factory ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Dave Warren and the Dave Warren Auto Group for a donation that will help teach area children how to be safe when dealing with traffic. The Jamestown car dealer created a Jeep Cherokee front end specially designed and built by Tom Dayton, parts manager to be used as part of a ...

State Test Results Are Even Poorer Than Official Results Show

We have been critical in the past of New York state’s love affair with its tests. Our criticism started a few years ago when, under John King, former state education commissioner, drew a hard line in the sand by saying parents had no right to opt their children out of the tests. King’s ...

IDA Cutting VP Of Marketing Will Save Taxpayer Money

Last week, quietly, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Position eliminated the IDA’s vice president of marketing position. It was a good move, though we wonder why it took this long. The position was duplicative. There are organizations — the county Chamber of Commerce, ...

Homes In Poor Condition Should Not Be Sold Easily

Lawmakers serious about helping local municipalities clean up their neighborhoods should take heed of the situation surrounding 42 Eagle St. in Jamestown. The home has been condemned since July 2017 and been on the city’s demolition list since December 2017, when Jamestown City Court ...

Putting Foot In Mouth Twice, Cuomo Can Never Be President

Does Gov. Andrew Cuomo actually believe the words that are coming out of his mouth? Last week, the governor blamed upstate weather for New York’s continuing population decline, a day after his Republican challenger said Cuomo’s economic policies had failed to stanch the flow of migrants ...

The Electronic Trail Lasts Forever

Forget the paper trail once relied upon by investigators. As the near-continual parade of politicians, celebrities and athletes accused of misbehavior - often long ago - reminds us, it’s the electronic trail that matters these days. And, in contrast to paper documents that can be shredded ...

Don’t Be Fooled, County Taxes And Spending Are Going Up Next Year

Chautauqua County finds itself in an enviable position. New development, like the recently opened $38 million Celoron Harbor Hotel in Celoron, is driving an increase in the county’s taxable value and means county taxpayers will be paying the same rate for county taxes as they did last year ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Rev. Dayle Keefer’s 42 years in the ministry. Keefer and his wife, Judy, have spent the last 42 years at Fluvanna Community Church and have seen the congregation there grow over time; though Keefer said he’s proud the church has kept the feel of a smaller country church. ...

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 ...