Local Commentaries

Some Questions For You, Tom Reed

Congressman Tom Reed, I have a couple of questions for you but I need to preface them with a short story. A young man served his county for almost four years honorably then got a job after serving. He worked at this job for almost 40 years, paid his taxes (including FICA and Medicare) ...

Drug Deaths Skyrocket

Back when I was a kid, heroin addiction was something we read about happening in places like New York City. Now it has become a plague here in Chautauqua County. When the final numbers are in, it is expected that drug overdose deaths in the United States for 2016 will total over 59,000. ...

Pray For Sweden, The Swedish People, And Sverigedemokraterna

In her op-ed titled “What’s Up With Rape in Sweden?” from the February 27th issue of The Post-Journal, Mona Charen is to be commended for crediting President Trump for recently raising awareness about the ghastly problems native ethnic Swedes are experiencing in response to years of ...

Where The Rubber Hits The Road

Recently, a friend of mine invited me for lunch at St. Susan’s soup kitchen in Jamestown. After lunch, we then visited the offices of the Mental Health Association located in the same building. I met lots of people, including another friend and volunteer who was serving lunches to the ...

A Biologist’s Rationale For Supporting CLP Lake Efforts

¯ It is my long-held view that, while the use of chemicals should be a last resort in controlling various pests or unwanted “nuisance” organisms, e.g., insects, weeds and fungi, there are times when last-resort actions are warranted. ¯ At this point, I am in agreement with the ...

Catholic Charities In Danger Of Missing Its 2017 Goal

Often referred by name as the “Drive that Never Fails,” the 2017 appeal for Catholic Charities is close to $1.4 million short of its $11 million goal with a June 30 deadline approaching. Barring a significant increase in donations over the next few weeks, this year’s appeal is in ...

Reasons Town, Village, School Oppose Annexation

The Town of Ellicott, Village of Falconer and Falconer Central School adamantly oppose a plan by the City of Jamestown to annex the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities Dow Street Substation parcels, and have engaged a mutual law firm to oppose this annexation attempt by the City of Jamestown. ...

The Public Is Being Misled Regarding The AHCA

The general public and possibly the Senate are being misled into thinking that the revised American Health Care Act (AHCA) recently passed by the House of Representatives will cause many millions of people with pre-existing conditions to lose health insurance coverage. In reality, the number of ...

Jamestown Revitalization Studies Should Not Be Ignored By Officials

My wife and I choose to live in Jamestown. We happily raise our children here and enjoy being close to our family and friends. Jamestown has a rich history and many academic opportunities, cultural-diversity, good businesses and people. It perplexes me that data-driven studies performed by ...

Panama, Clymer Should Be Commended For Merger Dicussions

Panama and Clymer School Districts have been sharing the cost of a district superintendent, and this newspaper recently reported that focus groups are now meeting in these communities to discuss the possibility of merging the districts. As far as I am concerned this is heartening news. Most ...

There Needs To Be A Common Sense Approach

I have a vision for the future of Chautauqua County that emphasises common sense as we take aggressive and proactive steps to shape the future of our county. A large part of my vision is based on the reality that in 50 years there will not be 40 different municipal entities and school ...

Health Care Reform And The Nightmare Of Trump And His Administration

The American nation is facing new challenges in regards to health care reform. The vast majority of the population is confronting problems with health care and the system. What will happen to ACA, and how are services going to be delivered when people receive health care? The nation is under ...

No One Was Heard At Reed’s Town Hall Meeting

After reading the P-J article (5-18) about the Busti Town Board’s response to the obnoxious behavior of disruptive participants at the town hall with Congressman Tom Reed, it simply confirmed my experience. Before the town hall began, we were told to submit our questions on paper and ...

Sewers: What Comes First, The Chicken Or The Egg?

Nearly everyone, I assume, is for cleaning up lakes by constructing public sewers. The real question is: “What will it cost me?” Here, the matter gets tricky. It can be summed up in the old adage-”What comes first, the chicken or the egg?” Before Sewer Districts can be created or ...

A Small Village With A Big Heart

On the crisp, cold morning of March 22, 2017, the residents of Village of Falconer woke up to the sound of fire sirens racing down Main Street, scenes of flames raging through the air and smoke billowing from our historical downtown buildings. It was obvious to all very quickly that the ...

Equal Pay For Women Is Still Decades Away

Pay Equity Day this year falls on April 4th. In 2012 (5 years ago) the Day fell on April 17th — 2 weeks later. It seems some progress has been made. However, women, on average, still must work 15 months to earn what men, on average, earn in 12 months. The wage gap is true for all areas of ...

Keeping America’s Retirement Promise

Too many Americans are saving little to nothing for retirement. According to one study, 45 percent of working-age households “do not have any retirement account assets.” Congress could sharply improve those numbers by adopting dynamic scoring of retiree distributions. The move could lead to ...

A New Governing Coalition?

If you are my age, you probably remember the great old western movie “High Noon.” The Marshall (Gary Cooper) of a frontier town meets a gun-slinger and his outlaw gang at noon in a shoot-out. It is a tense, decisive moment. On a recent Friday, it was “high noon” in the halls of ...

Two Options For Public Service

Most people, I believe, support the idea that public service is a good thing. It may have fallen out of favor recently as we have started “draining the swamp” in Washington. Nevertheless, I am confident that most Americans still rally around the idea that public (government) service and ...

Transgender Rights Should Be Left For The States To Decide

Regarding Mr. Rabb’s article about the President’s despicable act of betraying our national commitment to equal rights for all, including transgenders. I admire his fortitude however I found his article a bit melodramatic and inaccurate. His reason for jumping on Trump seems a bit wanted ...