In Our Opinion

‘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 ...

Fredonia’s Experience With Village Manager Hasn’t Been Entirely Positive

Lakewood officials considering adopting a village manager or administrator would be wise to consider the experience of Fredonia. Fredonia, a larger village than Lakewood, has six part-time elected officials — a mayor and five board members — and it has a village administrator who is paid ...

The Growing National Debt Must Be Tackled

The $21.2 trillion national debt today is worrisome enough. But it is going to get worse, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. You may want to sit down for this: Within 30 years, the national debt will top $100 trillion, if nothing changes, the CBO is predicting. That ...

Imperative To Find New Home For Anew Center

One potential site for the Salvation Army Anew Center was scuttled last year amidst a raft of rumors. It would be a shame if a new site in the town of Ellery is scuttled in the same fashion. The case for moving the Anew Center from its current location hasn’t changed. The former Agnes Home ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a Chautauqua Region Community Foundation grant that will help the Salvation Army better help people coming to the agency’s food pantry. The $5,000 grant will help the Salvation Army to buy items like enough chicken, beef, fish, beans, peanut butter, and juice that aren’t always ...

City Should Pull In Reigns On Leash Law

One interesting question in the wake of last week’s shooting of a dog by two Jamestown police officers involves the city’s leash law. The code states, “No dog shall be permitted to be at large or allowed to run at large within the city, except that a dog may be upon the private property ...

Cuomo Campaign Has Reason To Fight Ruling

The wisdom of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME will be born out in just a few short months here in New York state. The decision held that nonunion workers cannot be forced to pay fees to public sector unions. Unions hard argued that it is unfair not to collect fees from ...

America’s Mistakes Will Never Diminish Our Spirit

As most Americans observe Independence Day, a few among us insist July 4 is nothing to celebrate. The United States of America is flawed deeply, they insist. We should forget the Declaration of Independence, repeal the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and start anew, some cynics ...

Free Press Can’t Be Silenced

Like probably every newspaper staff around the country — and millions of other Americans — we were horrified Thursday at a mass murder at a daily newspaper office in Annapolis, Maryland. Police said it was a pre-planned solo attack, in which a 38-year-old man walked into the offices of ...

Concession By Kim Would Be A Breakthrough

If — and this may be the most critical “if” to occur in diplomacy for many years — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is serious about a proposal being discussed now, it could represent a true breakthrough. While most attention during recent months has focused on North Korea’s ...

The Need For A Village Manager In Lakewood Hasn’t Been Proven

When she was running to be Lakewood’s mayor, Cara Birrittieri made no qualms about the fact that Lakewood residents were getting a full-time mayor for a part-time price. “There are a lot of reasons, but first and foremost I have the time to work every day and be available basically ...