In Our Opinion

Your Voice On Home Vote Will Be Heard Tuesday

Never let it be said your vote doesn't matter.Look at Wednesday's 16-9 failed vote to sell the Chautauqua County Home as proof. It is the second time a deal to sell the home has fallen through because one more vote was needed to reach a supermajority of 17 legislators.We harken back to 2011, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the true unofficial start to the holiday season. The seventh annual Toys for Tots Charity Ball will be held tonight at the Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth St., Jamestown, to raise money for the county's Toys for Tots drive. Last year, about 2,340 children received toys from ...

Duckworth Will Take JCC In Right Direction

The community will formally welcome Cory Duckworth, Jamestown Community College's new president, today.Duckworth has said he looks forward to playing a significant role in the community as the college builds on its 63-year history of providing an education to area residents and doing its best ...

Five Propositions Should Be Approved

Compared to the casino gambling proposition, five other propositions up for consideration on Tuesday are garnering much less attention.Proposition 2 creates an additional civil service credit for veterans with disabilities certified post appointment. The amendment benefits those who through no ...

Casino Proposition A Clear Money Grab

There are six propositions on the ballot for Tuesday's election, but only one generating statewide debate.That, of course, is the proposition to expand casino gaming to possibly seven new sites in New York state.Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports expanding the gambling industry as a way to create jobs ...

No Way To Fairly Judge County Clerk Candidates

Whoever wins the race for Chautauqua County clerk has some big shoes to fill.After 20 years at the helm, Sandy Sopak is retiring from the position. Besides winning numerous awards through the years, which include the Wheeler B. Melius Award for excellence in records management in 2008, clerk of ...

The Post-Journal Endorses Horrigan

Chautuaqua County residents will vote for a new county executive on Nov. 5. The two running - Democrat Ron Johnson and Republican Vince Horrigan - are newcomers in this level of governing.Johnson, who for years has served as Pomfret town justice, is the owner and operator of Johnson Adult Homes ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

As the air turns much colder, thumbs up to area high school teams battling out on football fields, soccer fields, volleyball courts, cross country courses and pools throughout Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties. High school sports teach our student-athletes valuable life lessons regardless of ...

Legislators Make The Right Decision

Common sense reigned Wednesday in Mayville.County legislators approved a sensible budget that doesn't include IGT funding for the Chautauqua County Home and gives Mary Ann Spanos, county Office for the Aging director, some additional resources to help senior citizens stay in their homes and out ...

Learning From The Past To Change The Future

It is a piece of the past and the present.In the village of Westfield, current Mayor Michael VandeVelde called together five previous mayors to discuss the happenings and their experiences. It was a bipartisan event and is something a number of other municipal governments need to consider."All ...

Proper Facilities Are Part Of A Good Education

Voters in the Frewsburg Central School District will go to the polls Dec. 3 to vote on a $5,656,000 capital project.All of the work has been identified in the district's 2010 Building Conditions Survey and its Five Year Capital Facilities Plan. As it stands now, the project includes auditorium ...

Ending The Shutdown Was The Easy Vote

U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, admits Republicans' strategy of shutting down the government to defund the Affordable Care Act was unwise.He told reporters recently his vote against bills that reopened the government and end the government shut down wasn't a hissy fit about the national health ...

Computer Bugs Can Be Fixed, Obamacare Cannot

Don't give up on the Obamacare website, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urged Ohioans during a visit to the state on Wednesday. Glitches that have prevented many people from learning about the new health care law are being corrected, and there is plenty of time for people ...

Teresi’s Budget Suggests Another Small City In Crisis

What does $33.6 million buy these days?It's a good question for Jamestown residents who have spent the last week or so mulling Mayor Sam Teresi's $33.6 million 2014 budget proposal. The budget comes with a proposed 2.68 percent tax levy increase, small cuts in support for the James Prendergast ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to those who have spent October doing their part to raise awareness of breast cancer and money to defeat a disease that has touched many of us in one way or another. The Southwestern boys and girls soccer teams recently held their third annual Kickin' for a Cure at Southwestern ...

Changes To Moreland Commission Should Be Implemented

Just because Gov. Cuomo's Moreland Commission was doomed from the start doesn't mean the state can't take steps to end corruption.Cuomo armed the Moreland Commission with subpoena power to investigate misconduct among public officials and then, after the investigation, propose changes to state ...

State Taxes: They Can’t Get Any Worse

Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new tax-relief commission that will look at a host of taxes, including business taxes, and ways to simplify the state's tax code.One of the main priorities for the commission is address the property tax burden in New York."From a tax point of view, the No. ...

Common Core Meetings, Answers Are Needed

In case those in Washington, D.C., and Albany missed it, people have questions about the Common Core State Standards.They have a lot of questions.It should surprise no one, then, that there was a full complement of criticisms of Common Core at a recent town hall meeting at Spackenkill High ...

Natural Gas Inspection Is Worth The Effort

Luckily, no one was injured when a natural gas leak sparked an explosion that destroyed a Ripley home.Fire investigators ruled the cause was related to a gas line break the home's owner had repaired himself in December 2012. Over the course of the past several months the ground where the repair ...

State Can’t Handle Seemingly Simple Tasks

Gov. Andrew Cuomo went a little over the top in the wording of a referendum that asks New York voters for permission to expand casino gambling in New York state.The referendum's wording makes it sound as if casinos are the answer for all that ails New York's economy. The constitutional change ...