In Our Opinion

Guantanamo Bay Should Not Be Closed

Most of the 166 prisoners being held at the U.S. prison at the Guantanamo Bay military base are more than "terrorist suspects," the term used often to describe them. They are hardened Islamic militants whose primary goal in life is to kill Americans.Once again, President Barack Obama has said ...

Hispanic Navigator Position Still Needed

Four years ago, The Post-Journal wrote about a man named Ruben Santos.Santos was a Puerto Rican native who moved to America for a fresh start. He found an apartment and a job but, through no fault of his own, lost the job. With no money, he was then evicted from his apartment. Agencies that ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to completion of a lengthy project. Restoration of the Busti Grist Mill began in 1971 - and the finished product will be dedicated to the Busti community Sunday. A grand opening and community dedication ceremony will be held starting at 1 p.m. at the mill, 3443 Lawson Road, Busti. The ...

No Easy Solutions For Hockey In City

Hockey fans in Jamestown have seen this play before.Three times prior to the Ironmen, junior hockey has taken up residence at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, and all three times the teams failed to stay.In the beginning, it seemed the Jamestown Titans were done in by poor leaguewide ...

Taxpayer’s Bill Of Rights Raises Questions

Twenty one years ago, Colorado voters approved a state constitutional amendment creating a Taxpayer's Bill of Rights that limits the annual growth in state and local revenues to the total of the inflation rate and the percentage change in the state's population.For example, if inflation is 3 ...

Help Keep Our Watersheds Clean

It's disturbing enough that water chestnuts and hydrilla are a threat to Chautauqua Lake.Hydrilla was found in Tonawanda Creek, less than 80 miles from Chautauqua County, last summer. The water chestnut invaded Chautauqua Lake last summer and has now been found on the Jamestown Audubon ...

Individuals, Corporations Ought To Pay Their Fair Share

Some champions of the free market insist Congress - usually its liberal wing - simply can't abide with success. That is why so many lawmakers, often led by President Barack Obama, want to increase taxes, say defenders of initiative that results in profits.Well, it is not quite that simple. For ...

Class-Action Suits Cost Us All

Many of us have received the class-action settlement notices in the mail. They inform us that because we bought a certain product or service, we are entitled to share in the proceeds of a lawsuit settlement on behalf of our class.But we didn't ask to be included in the lawsuit. We don't recall ...

Keeping NRG?Will Help Taxpayers

The war of words over the proposed $500 million repowering project at the NRG Energy plant in Dunkirk is heating up.National Grid says the repowering project isn't needed because National Grid can upgrade transmission lines at less cost to its ratepayers. Its filing with the Public Service ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all the area high school athletes whose seasons are still ongoing. The Fredonia and Pine Valley baseball teams have won Section 6 championships while Frewsburg and Cassadaga will face off for the Section 6, Class C softball championship at 3 p.m. today at the Martin Road Sports ...

Air Museum Showcases?County’s History In The Air

Countless area residents have seen John Owens hot air balloon floating in the skies over Chautauqua County for nearly a quarter of a century.Even more people will have the chance to see Owens' balloon now that the Panama man has retired from skies of Chautauqua County. Owens recently donated ...

Tax Band-Aids Don’t Last

We are sure there are some who will benefit from Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed Tax Free New York program.The program offers new businesses the opportunity to operate with no state income tax for employees, no sales, property or business tax if they locate close to a State University of New York ...

Senate Needs To Continue To Defeat Farmworker Act

For farmers, a farm worker labor bill is as much a rite of spring as plowing their fields.Sure enough, the state Assembly recently approved the Farmworkers Fair Labor Act. The bill would provide agricultural workers with collective bargaining rights, disability and unemployment benefits, an ...

Sale Of Home Should Remain No. 1 Option

Tim Hellwig, Chautauqua County Home administrator, has done all he can to wring savings from the Chautauqua County Home.Hellwig recently told Chautauqua County legislators that cost-saving measures are working. The home is expected to save more than $200,000 this year through layoffs and ...

Pause To Remember America’s Heroes

Day is done, gone the sunFrom the lakes, from the hills, from the sky ...You know the melody. It is "Taps," the bugle or trumpet call arranged by a Civil War general as a "lights out" signal to the troops. Later, its mournful tones were adopted for use at military funerals.All is well, safely ...

School Budgets?Lead To Tough Decisions

In an age of tax caps and increasing state standards for education, the failure of Bemus Point's 2013-14 budget proposal is interesting.Most area districts' budgets flew under the radar this year by proposing either no or small tax increases, due in no small part to previous cuts and increases ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all the volunteers who spend the weeks leading up to Memorial Day cleaning cemeteries, placing flags on veterans graves and organizing remembrance ceremonies. Their hard work means there will be stirring services in cities, towns, villages and hamlets throughout Chautauqua County. ...

All Involved In Gosnell Case Need To Be Brought To Justice

It is difficult to read about what went on for years in Dr. Kermit Gosnell's abortion clinic in Philadelphia without being horrified, sickened and outraged. Gosnell is about to be made to pay for his crimes - but what about those who enabled him?Gosnell has been convicted of murdering three ...

Early Voting Adds Unneeded Costs

Allowing early voting in New York state is an intriguing idea on its face.Voter turnout in the state is typically abysmal, and states that have early voting have seen some increase in turnout. Early voting would seem, at first blush, to be a more effective way to increase participation in our ...

Seneca Nation Should Take Note Of Agreements

As binding arbitration between New York state and the Seneca Nation of Indians drags on, we see a glimmer of hope on the horizon.Last week, the Oneida Nation of Indians reached an agreement with the state granting the Oneidas exclusive gaming rights at the Turning Stone Casino and its ...