In Our Opinion

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Thumbs up to focusing on those with interesting stories to tell. Edgewood Communities Presents, a series of discussions hosted by Greg Peterson and sponsored by Lutheran and the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, will focus on Maria Welker at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Welker will share her life ...

City Vision Can Become A Reality

If there is one takeaway from Mayor Sam Teresi's annual State of the City address, it is this - Jamestown isn't where it needs to be, but it is making progress.The address delivered to the City Council on Monday trumpeted some of the city's more notable achievements this year, as all such ...

Schools Should Get More Bang For The?Buck

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed $137.2 billion state budget for 2014-15 should be popular among area school superintendents.It isn't.Projections show a $5,305,004 total increase in state aid for Chautauqua County schools and a $3,102,635 total increase for Cattaraugus County schools. ...

You Are Not Bo Duke, Obey The Law

Who knows why people lead police on high-speed chases?Perhaps people saw "Smokey and the Bandit" or "The Dukes of Hazzard" a few too many times and think they can actually outrun the law. Perhaps it's not comprehending the law and thinking that making it to another police department's ...

Stay Warm, Stay Safe

Another wave of arctic-cold weather has hit the area. With it will come an increase in the number of house fires - and possibly, deaths in them.Many of the primary heating systems in local homes struggle to keep residents comfortable when outside temperatures dip below zero. That prompts many ...

Extremism Is A Problem In N.Y.

Liberal Democrats are fond of condemning so-called extremist conservatives. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo did it the other day, slamming "these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault weapon, anti-gay ... They have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New ...

Economy Is A Problem For Both Sides Of The Aisle

We had hoped discussions of the degree to which Chautauqua County's economy is struggling would have ended in November.Apparently, we were wrong.To recap, both Ron Johnson and Vince Horrigan pointed to different figures to show that fewer people are employed in Chautauqua County than there used ...

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Thumbs up to the local appearance of the snowy owl, a beautiful white owl that has been seen perched on elevated points like fenceposts, roofs or utility poles in the northeastern United States, including throughout Chautauqua County. Our area is typically far from the normal range for these ...

State’s Approach To DWIs Needs To Expand

Even one innocent person hurt by someone driving while intoxicated is too many.It has taken decades, but New York has created some of the toughest DWI laws in the nation - laws that surely have helped decrease the number of drunk drivers on New York's roads. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to take ...

Knappenberger Breaks The Mold

Music educators in Chautauqua County knew about Kent Knappenberger's dedication to his students long before news broke Tuesday that Knappenberger had won the inaugural Music Educator Award from The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation.Knappenberger spent his 25-year career at Westfield ...

Environmental Issues Key To Chadakoin Plan

Jamestown's Urban Design Plan contains grand visions for the Chadakoin River.The river, which was once Jamestown's lifeblood, is now largely a shell of its former self. Except for areas where the city has begun work on the Riverwalk, brush is overgrown to cover the remnants of decaying ...

Eads Fits The Bill For Reg, Arts District

The opening of the renovated Reg Lenna Civic Center in 1990 was the start of the brick-and-mortar renovations in Jamestown.Much has changed around the civic center in the 24 years since it reopened after its facelift in 1990. The arts district in Jamestown has never looked better and the Reg ...

A Few Minutes Could Save A Life

For those with certain illnesses and suffering from serious injuries, blood transfusions can be the difference between life and death.Blood needed for such treatment often is in short supply, however. That is why the Community Blood Bank, the supplier of blood to area hospitals, and the ...

Mental Health Is Issue For Mass Murderers

Prosecuting attorneys in Connecticut have concluded that 20-year-old Adam Lanza "displayed no aggressive or threatening tendencies" before he massacred 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown about a year ago.Thousands of pages of documents involved in an ...

Community Must Join Drug Abuse Battle

"Jason" is a heroin addict.He started abusing prescription drugs Vicodin and Oxycontin before moving to heroin, a drug on which he told The Post-Journal he has overdosed three times. He is still using despite three attempts at treatment."As we speak, my brain is just circling on how I'm going ...

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Thumbs up to all the young people who will take part in today's Studio Dance Showcase at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel at Lutheran Social Services, 715 Falconer St., Jamestown. The show has been presented for the last eight years by the Studio Dance Conservatory and will include ballet, contemporary, ...

Rent Increase Too Dramatic For A Nonprofit

The Chautauqua County Legislature's Public Facilities Committee did the right thing Monday in tabling discussion of a roughly $32,000-a-year rent increase for Cornell Cooperative Extension in the Frank W. Bratt Agriculture Center, 3542 Turner Road, Jamestown.County officials had proposed ...

National Debt: Enough Already

Both liberals in Congress and President Barack Obama insist they will not tolerate conservative initiatives to get government spending under control. No doubt in mid-February, when Congress is asked to approve a new national debt ceiling, lawmakers will go along meekly.But look at what has ...

Cuomo Takes Cautious Approach With Pot

New York state is not going to pot, despite the recent medical marijuana proposal discussed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State speech Wednesday.Rather, Cuomo's initiative represents a cautious, common-sense approach to a drug that could help people who need it.Cuomo outlined a ...

State Continues To Balk At Idea Of Forcing School Mergers

True leadership from the state would clear up issues like those related to two recently released state Comptroller's Office audits of schools in Cassadaga Valley and West Valley.The audits criticize the districts for using inaccurate spending projections when preparing budgets and thus ...