Opinion

U.S. Government Needs A Crash Diet To Balance Its Budget

Local Commentaries

When the next president settles into the Oval Office, the federal debt will be just shy of $20 trillion. No government in history has ever owed so much, yet neither major party candidate is addressing the fact that our government is unsustainable. The debt is already making it impossible for ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the region's first compressed natural gas fuel filling station. Recently, John Dietrick III, Clean and Green CNG Technologies Corp. president, opened the Southern Tier's first such filling station north of Exit 12 on Interstate 86. In 2015, Dietrick received support from state ...

We Need To Keep Our Streets Clean

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:When I look around Jamestown, I cannot help but become disheartened and angry at the way so many people have treated our beautiful city as nothing more than a municipal garbage dump. While some streets are worse than others, you can look around virtually any neighborhood ...

Miser Madison Gets No Respect

Local Commentaries

"The Music Man" was a hit Broadway musical, first opening in 1957, but it has been a favorite for generations since. One of the subtle undertones of the play was Marion the librarian's suspected inappropriate relationship with Old Miser Madison. He was the despised rich guy who, with his ...

Nobody Should Profit From The Art Of Killers

In Our Opinion

It is unconscionable that anyone would profit from an inmate's conviction to a gruesome murder.That is the unfortunate situation happening with Davide Coggins, the man convicted of being the ringleader in the death of Gordon and Joyce Skinner. Jeffrey Miller of the Elmira Star Gazette shared ...

Chautauqua County Loses 100 Jobs To Buffalo

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:Chautauqua County (and the town of Ellicott) lost another manufacturer in 2016, Power Drives, and its 100 jobs. We did not lose these jobs to China or Mexico or even the non-union South. Chautauqua County lost 100 jobs to Buffalo! How pathetic.Not even a week after the ...

Politicians Need To Call It What It Is

In Our Opinion

Less than a week after the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, residents of New York, New Jersey and Minnesota were under attack again over the weekend.A man wielding a knife asked potential victims if they were Muslims and talked about Allah before injuring eight people at the Mall of ...

Jobs: Clinton Is Not What The Doc Ordered

In Our Opinion

Applications for unemployment benefits were up during the first week of September. Retail sales slumped in August. Manufacturing was down in many areas of the country.Despite the White House's touting of statistics chosen very selectively in an attempt to show the U.S. economy is recovering ...

This Year’s Most Consequential Senate

Local Commentaries

GLENOLDEN, Pa. - From Erie in the west to Scranton in the east, Pennsylvania is flecked with casualties the stubborn economic sluggishness and relentless globalization have inflicted on industrial communities. But in this middle-class Philadelphia suburb, Tom Danzi knows that the economy is ...

Donald Trump’s ‘Alleged Christian Faith’

Local Commentaries

In recent presidential years, Catholics and white evangelical Christians joined in favoring the Republican candidate. A key reason was a shared opposition to abortion.This time, Catholics appear to be deserting the candidacy of Donald Trump, and one can understand why. Trump is the most vulgar, ...

Capturing Crime On Video Should Be Evidence, Not Entertainment

In Our Opinion

So much of our lives these days are captured and documented on video, whether we like it or not.That was clearly the case recently when two crimes committed locally were captured on cellphone video and apparently posted as entertainment on social media.What's ironic in all of this is that the ...

Zika Is A Serious Public Health Threat

In Our Opinion

Public health officials say more than 670 pregnant women in the United States have been diagnosed with the Zika virus. At least 17 babies already have been born with microcephaly linked to the disease.And the federal government, specifically the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is ...

Neighborhoods Need A Culture Change

In Our Opinion

No neighborhood in Jamestown - no matter how high the incomes of its residents or valuable the homes it contains - is immune from drugs and crime.An op-ed last week from Marijka Lampard, president of the Lakeview Avenue Community Action Group, is just more proof of that fact. Lakeview Avenue ...

Hillary Clinton Exposes True Hypocrisy Of Liberals

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:Four years ago, Mitt Romney said that the 47 percent people were going to vote against him since they paid no federal income tax and/or received welfare from the government. A short time ago, Hillary Clinton said that millions of Trump supporters are nothing but a "basket ...

Why I Support Sheldon House Sale

Local Commentaries

Paul Leone provided his view of the Sheldon House controversy in The Post-Journal opinion page on Aug. 28, 2016.There are many neighbors, including myself, who are thrilled with the decision of Supreme Court Justice Frank Sedita III upholding the variance issued by the Jamestown Zoning Board of ...

How Sewering The Lake Affects Septic System Investment

Local Commentaries

Homeowners around the lake who have no sewer service but operate a septic system are in a quandary. Most would prefer to connect to a public sewer but, until that happens, may be faced with having to invest in upgrading their septic system.At the recent Chautauqua Lake Rally at the Casino in ...

Empire Specialty Cheese Collapse Should Be No Surprise

Local Commentaries

The current bankruptcy of Empire Specialty Cheese LLC should be no surprise - its financial collapse was the predictable outcome of serial ineptitude and mismanagement. The greater wonder is that Chautauqua County government and the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) became ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Brea Tota, a Southwestern Central School student who created the winning design the Step Up for Autism logo contest. Brea's design, which incorporates a finding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that one in 68 children has autism spectrum disorder, was chosen the ...

Air Museum Thanks The Post-Journal

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:I read with interest the articles published on Aug. 26 and Sept. 2 featuring "A Lesson In Aviation" and "The Secret Plane in Jamestown."Thank you for publishing a special part of local history and our contribution to World War II.As the curator of the Lucile M. Wright Air ...

Consumerism, Capitalism And Laissez-Faire

Local Commentaries

People who support capitalism as a social system usually mean markets, economic freedom, and property rights. Those who oppose it think of "unbridled Laissez Faire," meaning people hurting others while doing whatever they want. Laissez Faire literally means "Let them act," so, in a practical ...