Letters To The Editor

Reader Enjoys Picnic From Foster Grandparents

To The Reader’s Forum: Lutheran Foster Grandparents gathered at the close of summer to enjoy a picnic lunch, fellowship, and the new assignments before heading back to their duties guiding children at local schools, Head Start programs, and Pre-Elementary sites as the 2017-2018 school year ...

Many Americans Rose To The Occasion After Storms

To The Reader’s Forum: A pastor felt overwhelmed by the load of responsibility on his shoulders for a ministry that has expanded beyond his expectations. His candor was followed up by a prayer offered by an empathetic pastor giving thanks to the Lord for his colleague’s “hard ...

Lack Of Information Can Lead To Assumptions

To The Reader’s Forum: I am writing in response to Jeffrey Victor’s letter regarding the increase in “hate” groups in our country. Since I belong to one of these groups as designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center, I felt I should respond to his lack of information. The group I ...

Area Leaders Need To Read Mark Shafer’s Article

To The Reader’s Forum: All hats off to Mark Shafer, from the Southern Tier Manufacturers Association, for his excellent article on the critical importance of manufacturing production and employment within our region. This appeared in The Post-Journal’s Supplement Section for our ...

Development Must Focus On Community Foundations

To The Reader’s Forum: Recently, attention is being paid to Jamestown and the goal is development and advancement. The city is the recipient of funding during the first year of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative program. This focus on Jamestown which targets development and tourism has ...

Reader Feels State’s Gun Law Does The Job

To The Reader’s Forum: I am responding to a recent article in the P-J related to Congressman Reed and proposed federal gun legislation. The P-J reported Reed’s support of a bill that would prevent states from enacting firearms regulations if the state rules are stronger than federal ...

A Ban On Plastic Bags May One Day Be Necessary

To The Reader’s Forum: The P-J recently editorialized in support of “recycling” in response to how New York should deal with the growing, and already enormous problem of plastic bag pollution. Absent an outright ban on the production and use of plastic bags, which I would support and ...

Photographer Appreciative Of Support

To The Reader’s Forum: I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all who came to my exhibit at Webb’s this past Friday! It was wonderful meeting you and hearing your stories of what feelings and memories my photographs evoked in you. It was quite humbling to meet the people ...

Reader Is Thankful For Grants To Her Parish

To the Readers Forum: Our Lady of Loreto Church in Falconer would like to thank the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Falconer Region Grant for obtaining grants, including the lighting project grant, to our parish. These grants helped run the Vacation Bible School, helped with ...

Reed, Collins Should Explain Their Reasoning

To The Reader’s Forum: So messers Reed and Collins don’t like New York Safe Act? I would suggest that they read it first, or at least the explanation that can be easily found on the internet. Does the act prohibit or even inhibit hunters from enjoying their sport? No. Does it prohibit ...

Reader Enjoys Musings Of Sandy Robison

To The Reader’s Forum: I just finished another beautifully written and moving piece by Sandy Robison and felt compelled to finally write to say how much I appreciate her musings on life here in Chautauqua County, and life generally. Though I often wipe a tear from my face after an evocative ...

Reader Worries About Long-Term Influence

To The Reader’s Forum: Donald Trump has awakened the sleeping monster of racial, ethnic and religious hatred by appealing to the prejudices of ignorant people. Research done by the Southern Poverty Law Center found that over the last year the number of organized hate groups in our country ...

Trump’s Tax Plan Helps The Wealthy Elite

To the Reader’s Forum: Trump unveiled some sketchy tax plan details this week and to no one’s surprise the bulk of the benefits go to the wealthy, the corporations, and the Wall Street banks. The idea is to reduce taxes for the rich first and after they make their profits they will then ...

Strengths, Weaknesses Should Be Recognized

To The Reader’s Forum: Following the controversy over the removal of a statue of General Lee, there has been a call by some New York City politicians to remove a statute of Christopher Columbus because of his involvement in the slave trade. What monument will be next? If we remove all ...

Verizon Phone Tower Should Be Denied

To The Reader’s Forum: Today, the Zoning Board of Appeals will consider Verizon Wireless’s request to erect a cell phone tower on Hallock Street. This request is in direct violation of our zoning laws. It is my understanding that other legally zoned sites have been proposed to Verizon as ...

Where Did The Pride In Maintained Homes Go?

To The Reader’s Forum: Houses in Jamestown, even those owned or rented by people with modest means, always used to be well-maintained: fresh paint, mown lawns and swept sidewalks. This isn’t the case in a lot of neighborhoods anymore. When did that pride disappear? Why are so many ...

Trump’s Response To Storm Is Not Presidential

To The Reader’s Forum: Is Donald Trump really our President, or are we all in a dream together? Things seem to go from bad to worse and no matter how I try I can’t seem to wake from what I perceive to be a bad dream. It has been a struggle to call him “President” and recent events ...

Reader Is Thankful For Return Of Valued Items

To The Reader’s Forum: I want to thank whomever found the small black and white bag in the parking lot outside of the Robin’s Nest Saturday morning and left it on our friend’s van. It contained jewelry given to me by one of my sons and daughters-in-law and also a 50th anniversary gift ...

Reader Questions Deal To Bring Jobs To State

To the Reader’s Forum: A new analysis by the state of Wisconsin reveals that the highly touted deal for the Foxconn manufacturing facility, that was so eagerly sought by Oneida County, would create fewer jobs than announced. One government analysis showed the state might not break even ...

Reader Is Shocked To See City Tax Rate

To The Reader’s Forum: I was born and raised in Jamestown. I left in 1993 when I was laid off from MRC and moved to Lancaster, Pa. with BCA Bearings. I read The Post-Journal every day on my iPad. I was shocked to read that taxes on the average home in Jamestown exceeded $5,000! I know ...