Opinion

City Should Not Increase Employee Union Salaries

In Our Opinion

There is something concerning with the recent arbitration ruling between Jamestown and the Kendall Club Police Benevolent Association — and it isn’t the 2 percent retroactive raises for 2016 and 2017 the arbitrator granted to the city’s police officers. It’s difficult to say the city ...

Don’t Sit This One Out — You Must Go Vote

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: If you believe that what makes America great is self evident in the Declaration of Independence, “...that all men are created equal...” that those born of different religious beliefs or of another race, sex, color or creed are no less human than anyone else, you ...

Families Need To Talk About Drug Abuse

Local Commentaries

I am writing in regard to an article in the Oct. 18, 2018, Post-Journal. It reports of the parents of students at Brocton elementary school questioning the state-mandated education curriculum on drug awareness. The school has partnered with CASAC, our local United way organization that ...

Danger To America Is Already Among Us

Local Commentaries

How many times have we heard in the last two years some form of, “America is divided” “we are more politically polarized than ever”? It is true. Listen to cable news pundits yell over each other on television, read the comments section below a Post-Journal article online, watch one of ...

Tax Reform: Down With ‘Stepped-Up Basis’

Local Commentaries

The term “stepped-up basis” is shorthand for a tax loophole that lines the pockets of the haves while it picks the pockets of the Treasury. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the cost over ten years could reach $644 billion. Let’s see how the well-off get handed hundreds of ...

What It Means To Be A Patriot

Local Commentaries

David Brooks, a conservative columnist in the William Buckley tradition who writes in the New York Times, recently wrote an article where he compared his loyalty to his community and State to that he has for the Nation. He concluded: “ I have to say my strongest attachment is to the nation, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Community Music Project for trying to make its concerts more accessible to the public with its Music For All program. This season, the organization has eliminated tickets and fees for concerts and will instead rely on free-will offerings rely on free will offerings. It is one ...

Free Stuff Isn’t Free

Local Commentaries

We have, these days, gotten used to receiving a lot of things for free, as in no charge. Nothing, however, is really free whenever real resources, including time and energy, are used. You might not be charged for an item, but someone gave up something. If you go to a restaurant and your ...

Mayor McCague Can Bring Village Unity With Board Appointment

In Our Opinion

Now that Ted McCague has been appointed as Lakewood’s acting mayor, again, one of his first orders of business will be appointing a new Lakewood Village Board member. We hope that process is transparent. The Lakewood Village Board has been fractured on major items in the past. Votes on ...

Quick Thinking May Have Saved Jammers

In Our Opinion

Thanks to some quick thinking by Mayor Sam Teresi, there is a chance the sounds of baseball will fill Russell E. Diethrick Stadium in 2020. ROC Ventures, which owned the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League team, would have been well within its rights to maximize its investment by selling ...

You Should Reconsider ‘Evil’ Halloween Decorations

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I love many things about autumn. I love the fresh scent in the cool air; the colorful leaves; the delicious, fresh produce; and the fun, inexpensive, natural decorations such as corn husks, pumpkins, and hay bales. However, the evil and grotesque decorations often ...

Re-Elect DiNapoli As State Comptroller

In Our Opinion

Since taking office in 2007, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has served New York state and Chautauqua County residents very well. We back him for another four-year term in his race against Jonathan Trichter. DiNapoli, through numerous audits, has proven the importance of the office. Consider ...

Farley Has A Voice We Would Like To Hear In The US Senate

In Our Opinion

We don’t expect Chele Farley to stand much chance of unseating incumbent U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York, on Nov. 6. That’s unfortunate, because Farley would bring a pragmatic approach to the Senate that could be helpful to New Yorkers. Farley told The Post-Journal during a ...

JCC Will Do More To Prepare Workforce

Local Commentaries

From Sept. 1, 2017, through Oct. 31, 2018, Jamestown Community College (JCC) trained 2,719 individuals who were employees of 76 public and private sector organizations. In partnership with Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, JCC delivered all mandated New York State professional ...

Fracking: Cleaning Up A Dirty Word

Local Commentaries

Yesterday’s article in The Post-Journal about the Library’s entry into a Medina Sandstone Society made my head spin with recalled memories of my days in the oil and gas production business. The reason was because I saw this entry process as a chance to explain a few things I learned in that ...

New York Voters Face A Maze Of Party Choices

Local Commentaries

Though most voters think the statewide election this year is between the two major parties, Republican and Democratic, there are actually ten lines to choose from on the ballot. Why is that? The quick answer is that there is an accepted political calculus that through cross-endorsements more ...