In Our Opinion

Obama Is Being Dishonest Again

A substantial number of members of Congress, along with several other countries that have been longstanding allies of the U.S., are worried about the so-called "deal" President Barack Obama's administration has announced with Iran.Far from providing an opening that could prevent Iran from ...

How Not To Roll Out New Programs

The Affordable Care Act and the Common Core State Standards are a lesson in how not to roll out new programs.The Common Core websites work, which is nearly the single item New York got right in its implementation of Common Core. Anna Geronimo, regional staff director of New York State United ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a pair of local residents who are stepping up to expand horse programs for Chautauqua County 4-H. Julie Covert of Busti will lead classes for youth to work with miniature horses after watching her daughter Corinne participate in miniature horse competitions at the New York State ...

Much Work To Be Done Downtown

Over the past few weeks, The Post-Journal has chronicled some of the upper floor development projects happening in downtown Jamestown.Such activity is a stark contrast with downtown as it was seen by Goody Clancy official when they wrote the Urban Design Plan in 2006. The plan's architects saw ...

Give Thanks During These Challenging Times

These are challenging times in which we live.The job market is unsettled. The Affordable Care Act was supposed to open up health insurance to those who had no health insurance and has ended up costing many Americans their existing health care plans. Many people have to work too hard to simply ...

Randolph Shows True Holiday Spirit

We shouldn't have been surprised by the response of Randolph residents in the wake of a fire that destroyed the parish hall at Grace Episcopal Church.It was only three years ago when we saw how village residents came together after a tornado ripped through the Cattaraugus County village. There ...

Lincoln’s Words Hold True To This Day

A century and a half ago last week, one of the most profound, beautifully written speeches in the English language was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln. It was the Gettysburg Address, presented during ceremonies to dedicate a cemetery holding the remains of many of those who fell in the ...

Blame The Computer Just Won’t Do

Sit down for this one. You're not going to like it:On Tuesday, members of Congress questioned Robert Litt, the top lawyer for the Director of National Intelligence, about the National Security Agency's program of collecting communications records involving millions of Americans.Litt said this: ...

City Should Take State’s Helping Hand

It was only 15 short years ago Jamestown was facing significant deficits, huge tax increases and staff layoffs. While a state control board was never publicly mentioned, the situation in 1998 surely could have resulted had the city not taken corrective action.The recent recognition of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to another family who will receive a new home thanks to Habitat for Humanity. The Mid-County Habitat for Humanity group is hosting a public welcoming event for Thomas and Rosemarie Bottomley and their three daughters, Caitlyn, 12; Haley, 10; Emma, 5; and Lilian, 1 years old; today at ...

Big Shoes To Fill This Thanksgiving

For 17 years, Steve and Kay Ribbing opened their restaurant to any and all who needed a place to go on Thanksgiving.The need was so great that T.K. Ribbings served more than 1,500 dinners in some years. The community's desire to pitch in meant the Ribbings never had to want for donated food to ...

John F. Kennedy’s Enduring Legacy

"For I can assure you that we love our country, not for what it was, though it has always been great - not for what it is, though of this we are deeply proud - but for what it someday can, and, through the efforts of us all, someday will be."President John F. KennedyAddress at a Luncheon ...

Sports Mergers Really Only Affect The Kids

By all accounts, the combination of the Chautauqua Lake and Maple Grove football teams went well this year.On the other end of the sports merger spectrum is the situation in such places as Pine Valley and Frewsburg, where district residents have been left with a sour taste in their mouths ...

Public Assistance Must Be Limited To County Residents

Legislators Jay Gould, R-Ashville, and John Runkle, R-Stockton, have a not-so-unique idea when it comes to welfare benefits for potential recipients: make sure those who are doing the taking have established a residency in Chautauqua County.Why would that be not so unique? First, because ...

Obama’s Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Settle

Barack Obama is not the first U.S. president to be taken in by con games pursued by other world leaders. Many times in the past, both Democrat and Republican chief executives have allowed themselves to be manipulated.But Obama's egotism regarding foreign affairs is enormous. He seems to believe ...

Jackson’s Comments On Religion Ring True

How neutral is neutral enough when it comes to religion?That question will be decided when the U.S. Supreme Court issues its decision in Greece v. Galloway, a case which challenges the practice of the Greece, N.Y., town council to have a volunteer "chaplain of the month" open its meeting each ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the cream of the crop of the fall sports season as they advance to regional and state competitions. On the gridiron, Randolph and Jamestown advanced to Far West Regional competition. The Randolph girls volleyball team will play in the state championships in Glens Falls. Meanwhile, ...

Time Is Running Out To Reapply

Area homeowners who want a break on their property taxes are running out of time.Dec. 31 is the deadline to apply for the STAR tax relief program. Even if you had been a part of the program in the past, reapplying is the only way to guarantee you will still get a break."The STAR tax exemption ...

Pull Out All The Stops To Help

Whenever anyone in the world is suffering from a massive natural disaster, Americans are among the first to send aid. That is as it should be.But people with stronger links than most to us are in agony now, because of what may have been the strongest typhoon on record.For more than a century, ...

New Memorial A Good Idea

A faded photograph shows hundreds of Civil War veterans and their families dedicating the Museum and Historic Building in Little Valley.Above a door in the soon-to-be-demolished building hangs a plaque that reads, "To the Memory of the Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Rebellion, This ...