In Our Opinion

AG’s Office Is In Good Hands For Now

When Eric Schneiderman resigned as New York attorney general, his deputy, Barbara Underwood, stepped into the position on an interim basis. She may not keep it for long, though. Members of New York’s Assembly and Senate have the power to appoint someone else to fill the job until the ...

Removing Guns From Domestic Abusers Is The Right Decision

Our state Legislature did the right thing earlier this month when it passed a law taking away gun rights from domestic abusers. Some gun-control laws work better than others. With some, it’s hard to see how much good they actually do — for instance, the New York SAFE Act’s reduction of ...

VA Care: Change Is Needed

Opponents of a measure to make it easier for military veterans to see private-sector health care providers instead of relying on the Department of Veterans Affairs have one big complaint: Doing that could lead to privatizing the VA, they complain. Horrors! Take control of veterans’ health ...

This Isn’t The Last Discussion On Pay Raises

No one questions the daily work put in by Jamestown police officers. They work in a high-poverty city that has been hit hard by drug addiction and domestic violence. It is not a pretty combination. There is a question about the city’s ability to increase its pay to those officers — and ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Peter Carlo, a Jamestown resident and Korean War veteran who has been inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame following his nomination by state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean. The annual recognition established in 2005 is bestowed upon a veteran from each ...

Plenty Of Help Is Needed To Keep Stow Ferry Going

It’s hard to imagine life on Chautauqua Lake without the Bemus Point-Stow Ferry. Perhaps that’s why it was so jarring when the volunteers who run the ferry announced the historic vessel is out of service for the foreseeable future. Years of neglect before the current group of volunteers ...

Can The Duke Save Two Vacant Buildings?

Some people walk by abandoned bank buildings and see the past. Apparently, Arnold Duke walks past them and sees opportunity. Duke purchased the former Key Bank Building on the corner of Second and Main streets a couple of years ago. That building is in the midst of a facelift for its new ...

Donating To St. Susan During Annual Drive Makes Plenty Of Cents

The St. Susan Center and Jamestown Board of Public Utilities have a good use for your loose change and your pop bottles. The BPU and its partners — including The Post-Journal — recently kicked off the 19th annual Cents for St. Susan campaign. There are literally dozens of ways to donate. ...

Schneiderman’s Funds Should Be Disbursed

State Sen. Catharine Young and six fellow members of the Senate Republican Women’s Caucus raise an interesting point — what should happen to the campaign bank accounts of disgraced politicians? It is one thing for politicians to return donations from people like Harvey Weinstein, as Gov. ...

First Lady’s Message Overshadowed By Scandal

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it Monday, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. It is true. Approximately ...

Are Small Libraries Something We Want, Or Something We Need?

Are small libraries something we want or something we need? The answer to that question likely shows a lot about how someone feels about a proposal to add a property tax levy to residents of the Southwestern Central School District to support the Lakewood Memorial Library and the Hazeltine ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Hannah Finson, the top-ranked senior at Southwestern High School, who recently advanced to finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Finson is one of 15,000 finalists nationwide vying for 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million. About half of the finalists ...

In Support Of The JPS 2018-19 Budget

The Jamestown Public Schools budget for 2018-19 doesn’t increase taxes or eliminate any programs. Those are two big reasons to support the budget. Dr. Bret Apthorpe’s first budget as superintendent is noteworthy for another reason, however, that could bring a measure of long-term health ...

Criminal Justice Bills Worthy, Not Likely

There is some merit to pieces of legislation approved recently in both the state Senate and the state Assembly. Unfortunately, because the state budget is finished and campaign mode has begun, one-house bills are all the public is likely to see this year. The Assembly approved legislation ...

Military Should Feel Safe At Home

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

State Legislature Could Use More Like Felder

We wonder if it has ever occurred to Gov. Andrew Cuomo that not everyone in New York state agrees with him? His arm-twisting of Sen. Simcha Felder, a Brooklyn Democrat who has chosen to caucus with Senate Republicans, makes us wonder. The governor thought he would have a clear path to ...

Our Shared Past May Help Our Shared Future

Ten years ago, almost to the day, The Sunday Post-Journal on the first Sunday in May featured three stories on the state Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness. There was hope then that the report would be a roadmap that moved New York’s system of government from the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to Nicholas W. Hlifka, a Ripley native who hasn’t let his visual impairment hold him back while attending the State University at Fredonia. Hlifka will receive the 2018 Lanford Presidential Prize from the Oscar and Esther Lanford Endowment of the Fredonia College Foundation. The ...

Convicting Cosby: ‘No One Is Above The Law’

Last week’s conviction of entertainer Bill Cosby on a charge of sexually assaulting a woman was a milestone, in a way. Some people consider Cosby the funniest man they ever heard deliver a monologue. For years, millions of Americans viewed him as a model for fatherhood. And many black ...

Vivitrol Could Become Important Tool For Jail

Chautauqua County has added a new tool in its battle to help residents overcome drug addiction and to keep people from re-offending once they are released from the Chautauqua County Jail. Last week, Sheriff Joe Gerace said the jail had successfully implemented the first of a multi-step ...