In Our Opinion

The Success Of The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

It's safe to say the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, an organization founded in 1978 with $300,000 in seed money from the Gebbie Foundation and the vision of eight community pillars, is a resounding success.The foundation is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. From that initial ...

Binding Arbitration Panel Is Good First Step For State

One paragraph of a 2001 arbitration settlement between Jamestown and the Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association sums up the entire debate over binding arbitration."Regarding the city's ability to pay, this panel is cognizant of city's declining tax base and decreases in population," wrote ...

Fink’s Attitude Does Not Compute

If taxpayers needed proof many in the U.S. government bureaucracy do not see themselves as public servants, Faris Fink provided it.Fink is the Internal Revenue Service official the agency chose to testify before Congress concerning IRS waste of taxpayers' money. Presumably, the idea was for ...

Shared Superintendent Worth A?Try Locally

Two schools in Niagara County will share school superintendents in the coming school year.Royalton-Hartland, a school with about 1,400 students, and Barker, a school with about 900 students, already share several services and sports teams and are sharing superintendents on a one-year trial ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a Jamestown woman for pursuing her business. Jill Laemmerhirt had planned to open Endless Love, a retail business, in a Fairmount Avenue plaza in Lakewood. The Lakewood Planning Board approved a permit for Laemmerhirt's business, but the deal fell apart when the plaza owner decided ...

Latinos And Tea Party Have Similar Objectives

Latinos and the Tea Party are two groups that just can't seem to coexist.Further proof came Wednesday as House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, met with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus only to have hundreds of Tea Party supporters protest the meeting. Locally, The Post-Journal recently ran a ...

Elected Officials’ Salary Should Not Be Increased

On Sunday, we asked whether elected officials should receive pay raises.Today, we answer our own question with a resounding no.Legislators at Monday's Administrative Services Committee meeting deserve credit for voting against pay increases for county legislators. The committee also voted ...

A New Model Needed To Pay Elected Officials

On Jan. 1, Chautauqua County will have a new county executive and a new clerk.The new county executive will have eight years less experience than his predecessor. The new clerk will have 20 fewer years on the job than their predecessor. And yet, it seems to make perfect sense that the new ...

Bootey Bay Too Valuable Not To Be On Tax Rolls

North Harmony officials have eyed a potential development on the Bootey Bay property in Stow for years.A massive hotel proposed a few years ago was the wrong project at the wrong time, but town officials haven't given up on some sort of development that could provide a much-needed shot in the ...

Nothing Wrong With Exploring Options

Voting "yes" Tuesday in a straw vote for the consolidation of Brocton and Westfield schools will not change a thing. All residents in both districts will be doing - with that "yes" vote - is approving to continue a process of exploring how neighboring districts with similar characteristics can ...

Salary Suggestions Are Ludicrous

Should elected officials in Chautauqua County receive pay raises?It's an interesting question that receives no consideration in a series of recommendations handed up from the county's Salary Review Commission to the Chautauqua County Legislature. The recommendations will be discussed this week ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Jamestown Harmony Express for spreading their beautiful music to the nation's capital. The group recently returned from a four-day performance tour in Washington, D.C., with performances including a show in the Retired Military Officers Retirement Home, a Sunday church service, ...

Rick Perry Challenges Andrew Cuomo

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is challenging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a duel over which state is more business friendly.Unfortunately for Cuomo and New Yorkers, he's coming to this gunfight unarmed.Perry will begin a five-day visit to New York and Connecticut on Sunday to tell businesses why they should ...

Dog Park A Worthy Addition To Lakewood

Lakewood would be a good home for a dog park.In fact, it's surprising there aren't more dog parks locally, especially for an area that fancies itself a tourist destination.Andrea Windoft, Lakewood treasurer, recently approached David Wordelmann, Lakewood mayor, for permission to explore the ...

Reasons To Be Excited About JPS Superintendent

Tim Mains, the Jamestown Public School District's new superintendent, makes quite a first impression.Members of the community panels who interviewed Mains over the past six weeks told board members they unanimously back Mains' hiring."During the interview, it became apparent to us that, despite ...

There Should Be No Secrets

Lots of people use more than one email address, for very good reasons. People who use email at work usually maintain separate personal accounts, for example.And some people use more than one email address in their jobs. It can be helpful, even critical, to be able to differentiate between very ...

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 ...