In Our Opinion

Level The Field Without Use Of Taxpayer Dollars

While supporters of public funding for political campaigns in this state may have noble goals, New York realistically does not have the money to enact such a plan.Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democrats who control the Assembly and share control of the state Senate have worked for two years to create a ...

Public Assistance Integrity Act Is A No-Brainer

Would you donate to a charity that supports people's outings to strip clubs and casinos? How about a charity that pays for people's tobacco and alcohol purchases?Those types of expenses currently are allowed through the state's Electronic Benefit Transfer - more commonly known as EBT - debit ...

U.S. Aid Should Continue, For Now

The so-called "Arab spring" has turned into a long, hot summer in Egypt - but for now, the hottest seat is in the Oval Office at the White House. There, President Barack Obama and his advisers are wrestling, ineptly as usual, with an issue that need not be difficult to solve.Earlier this year, ...

Obamacare Jumps The Tracks

"Obamacare," the White House version of socialized medicine for Americans, always was a train wreck about to happen. Already the law has jumped the tracks.President Barack Obama's administration announced it will delay, for one year, a requirement that businesses provide health care insurance. ...

Anything But A Supermajority

When will some Chautauqua County legislators learn you don't have to change the legislature's rules in order to make good decisions?Jamestown Democrats Bob Whitney and Lori Cornell were in favor of a resolution debated at June's legislature meeting that would have increased the number of votes ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a sweet-sounding rite of summer beginning again. Whether it's Chautauqua Lake Voices, presented by Media One Group and co-sponsored by The Post-Journal, or summer concert series in places like Mayville, Busti, Cherry Creek, Jamestown, Falconer, Dunkirk and all points in between, ...

Always Remember Basic Pool Safety

Summer is in full swing and with it comes the inevitable reminders that we must take precautions to keep the summer fun and enjoyable.Chautauqua County has dozens of options for outdoor recreation that can be enjoyed safely. But, it doesn't take much for accidents to happen, something we were ...

Zoning Study Will Benefit Business Growth In Ellicott

It's been seven years since Ellicott Town Board officials faced the tough decision of whether or not to rezone the Fairmount Avenue Plaza to allow a big box store to locate on the site.Ellicott residents on both sides of the issue flooded the Town Board's meetings to make their voices heard. ...

NRG’s Future Is Important To All

There are times it can seem as if Jamestown and Dunkirk exist in different hemispheres, not a small county.Because of the physical distance between the two cities, there will occasionally be differences of opinions about how our county's limited resources should be spent.We can see how ...

Congress Should Proceed With Student Loan Plan

The average U.S. college student walks off campus with about $26,500 in student loan debt, much of it in government-subsidized low-interest loans. Typically, students have 10 years to pay off the debt.Members of Congress now are under fire because interest rates on new Stafford loans are ...

NSA Officials: No Cause For Worry

Government officials' reactions to revelations the privacy of millions of Americans has been invaded would be laughable were the situation not so serious.Among questionable activities engaged in by the National Security Agency has been secretly seizing telephone records of millions of Americans ...

Infrastructure Is Key To County

As it turns out, area residents didn't have to worry about the state making a good enough offer to entice saturn petcare to locate in Ashville.The German company was ready to begin hiring workers when it discovered a fatal flaw in its plan to locate in the former AFA Foods building near ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to five women honored recently with the 16th annual Women of Achievement awards. Honorees in the five award categories are Business - Brenda Ireland, Civic -Kristy Zabrodski, Education - Ann Aversa, Government - Lori Cornell, and Leader of the Future - Journey Gunderson. Beth Oakes, ...

War Declared On Coal Industry

President Barack Obama is intelligent enough to understand what his declaration of war on the coal industry will mean to tens of millions of Americans. For them, climate change will be among the least of their worries.Obama actually has been waging war on coal for much of his term in office. ...

Be More Graceful In Our Disagreements

Today is Independence Day, a day when we Americans celebrate the day the Founding Fathers shook off the shackles of English rule and declared our independence.The Declaration of Independence is a beautiful document that argues the colonialist cause in beautiful prose. Beautiful words aside, the ...

Planning And Zoning Committee Is A Necessary Step

Lakewood is in a unique position.There is such a diversity of constituencies within the village of Lakewood that zoning is difficult. The village has a busy commercial corridor with areas ripe for development or, in some cases, redevelopment. It also has the quaint downtown area on Chautauqua ...

What Do You Want To Share?

Chautauqua County legislators say they want shared services.Their actions regarding a contract between Silver Creek and the county Sheriff's Department say otherwise.Silver Creek has been having trouble keeping enough officers in uniform to provide 24 hour, 7 day a week coverage in the 2,700 ...

Half A Loaf Is Better Than None

Liberals insist President Barack Obama's "stimulus" program has worked to pull the nation out of the economic doldrums. Yet when it is suggested social programs expanded - allegedly temporarily - to help victims of the recession can be pared back, they resist.An attempt was made this week to ...

Fiscal Stress Rankings: Good Idea In Theory

In theory, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's fiscal stress rankings are a great idea.DiNapoli's office reviewed 2012 financial information for the state's 1,607 municipalities and then ranked them in four categories - no designation, which means the municipality is facing no fiscal stress; ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to some much-deserved time in the limelight for the Lawson Boating Heritage Center in Bemus Point. WoodenBoat Magazine will include two pieces on Chautauqua Lake in its July/August issue - two pages on the Lawson Boating Heritage Center and a second story on Chautauqua Lake's Great ...