Opinion

DMV Needs To Be Modernized

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:I stood in line at the DMV, patiently waiting for my turn at the counter, and observed. I wondered what the tables, chairs and pencils were for, having never seen them at a DMV in Ohio. And why all those forms? Moving from another state, I never had to fill out a form, the ...

The Supreme Court’s Faulty Logic

In Our Opinion

Has the U.S. Supreme Court ever heard of bribery?We aren't sure the eight remaining justices on the court know much about how government works after reading the court's decision in McDonnell v. United States. The decision overturned the conviction of Bob McDonnell, the former Virginia governor ...

Police Required To Do Too Much

In Our Opinion

"We're asking cops to do too much in this country," Dallas, Texas, Police Chief David Brown worried aloud last week. "Every societal failure, we put it off on the cops to solve."Brown, whose department lost five officers to a racially motivated killer last week, is right to an extent. Law ...

Renters Should Have A Voice

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:I respectfully disagree with the letter writer who asked why renters were allowed to vote on the library issue.While it's true we aren't homeowners, we renters pay a share into the property taxes. Imagine a city with nothing but rental properties, and imagine none of them ...

Lax Attitude Toward Security Not Acceptable

In Our Opinion

It turns out Hillary Clinton had an option she did not use, probably wisely, in defending her use of personal email servers for official business while she was secretary of state: Everyone else is doing it.As many a parent has had to explain to a teenager, the fact other people are engaging in ...

Reader’s Forum

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:Upon leaving office, George Washington, in his farewell address to the American people, warns the nation about the dangers of forming political parties, which at that time were just developing.Our political parties are today long established and it seems Washington knew ...

August Is Time For Lake Answers

Local Commentaries

The county, again this summer, will be holding a Chautauqua Lake Rally which is really a "summit" meeting to discuss all issues facing the lake, including where we are with constructing sewers around the lake. It will be held from 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 20, at the Casino in Bemus ...

It’s Time To Work Together

Local Commentaries

Our kids deserve a world in which they can thrive they deserve a fair chance to live the American Dream. Although we live in divisive times, I know we can achieve this by working together to end the opioid epidemic, alleviate poverty, and create job opportunities for all.The Republican ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

It's hard to believe it's been eight years since Manley Anderson, a longtime fixture in The Post-Journal's newsroom, passed away. Thumbs up, however, to Manley's grandson Tyler. Those of us who had the privilege of working with Manley heard many stories about Tyler's exploits in Nevada when ...

How Far We’ve Come?

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:Every so often there comes a reminder of how far we have come, or, in this case, perhaps, how far we have regressed. Recent headlines of tumultuous demonstrations around our country remind each of us of our constitutional right to free expression of our beliefs. That ...

The Politics Of Dangerism

Local Commentaries

Dangerism is a term introduced by Gever Tulley in his insightful book called Beware Dangerism! It is primarily about parents being overly protective of their children. By shielding their kids from all danger, they are protecting them from the simple and effective lessons of life. A normal kid, ...

Forbes And Moyer Agree On Working Class

In Our Opinion

Steve Forbes has run twice for the Republican Party's nomination to be President of the United States. Bill Moyers spent his younger years influencing policy and the presidential message working for President Lyndon Johnson.Over the course of two days and two separate lectures last week at ...

Social Security System Is Broken

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:I would like to thank Congressman Tom Reed, his office manager Leigh James and Ann Carlson from the Social Security Office, in Olean, for helping me obtain my "Widows Benefit" from my husband who passed away Sept. 3, 2015.The process of receiving this benefit was a long ...

Bank Auctions Indicate Growth In Jamestown

In Our Opinion

Perhaps the biggest challenge facing area development officials is how best to move Jamestown into the future while dealing with the vestiges of its past.Some areas of the city mean dealing with long-vacant industrial sites that, long ago, built Jamestown's wealth and provided jobs for its ...

Politics Has Gone From Dirty To Criminal

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers' Forum:There have always been dirty tricks in politics. One expects that. Spreading rumors about an opponent's impending divorce, or mistress, has been going on since the founding fathers started running for office.Moving to today though, with modern technology, the social media ...

Start-Up NY Has Started Very Little In Our Area

In Our Opinion

We didn't need a state agency's report to be able to judge Start-Up NY's impact on Chautauqua County.The much-ballyhooed and talked about economic development program has had as much impact on Chautauqua County as NASA's probe of Jupiter. That is to say, of course, there has been no local ...

Drug Dealers Need To Be Punished

In Our Opinion

For decades, drug dealers in New York state were sentenced under guidelines devised in 1973 under former Gov. Nelson Rockefeller.The sentences established mandatory prison sentences for unlawful possession and sale of controlled substances based on the weight of the drug involved while calling ...

Zika Bill Veto Would Be Absurd

In Our Opinion

A bill to help battle the Zika virus and some of its victims has been passed by the House of Representatives. President Barack Obama says he will veto it if it reaches his desk.Why? Because the bill appropriates $1.1 billion - and Obama had demanded $1.9 billion. And, apparently, because ...

Stolen Guns In City Proves SAFE Act Flaws

In Our Opinion

It takes about an hour to drive from Jamestown to Tionesta, Pa.; between 2 and three hours to drive from Jamestown to Mansfield, Pa.; and between three and 3 hours to travel from Jamestown to Wysox, Pa.Those trips are one way, by the way. By our calculations, two Jamestown men spent roughly 14 ...

GOP Decision To Cut Embassy Security Worth Investigating

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:The title "Committee Cites Security" references the final report from the Benghazi Select Committee investigation, citing a lack of proper security as the primary cause,leading to the terrorist attack that killed four brave Americans.A number of important findings were ...