Opinion

The Vatican Needs A Concrete Plan For Predators

In Our Opinion

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

It’s Time To Learn What Socialism Really Means

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: It is about time that the American people were educated and informed about what true “Socialism” is and is not. The fact is that in true socialism, “the means of production” are owned and controlled by all of the people. In other words, in true socialism all ...

EMS Shortage Encompasses More Than Alstar, Fly Cars

In Our Opinion

From its start, those paying attention to emergency response in Chautauqua County knew implementing a county-backed fly car response system was only the start of reshaping Chautauqua County’s response to medical emergencies. It’s been about 2¢ years since the county first saw a study ...

Now Is The Time To Help The Middle Class

Local Commentaries

In 1931, author James Truslow Adams conceived the phrase the “American Dream,” the idea that America is the land of upward mobility for the masses, instead of just the privileged few. As America’s housing markets boomed after World War II, the masses attained the American Dream, giving ...

We Are All Creatures Of Habit

Local Commentaries

I guess we are all “creatures of habit.” Once we find something that we like or that works, we tend to do it again. So it is, that for the fifth year in a row, we flew over the “wall” and went with another couple from home to Mexico for three weeks in the sun. Things are fairly ...

Breaking the Link Between Mental Health and Poverty

Local Commentaries

Mental health demands simple ingredients to flourish. Just like a plant needs sunlight, water and fertilizer, the brain needs sleep, nutrition, exercise, social connectedness and personal balance to protect against depression. A person might have a genetic predisposition for depression, but ...

Rep. Reed Should Support Energy Legislation

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: My Catholic faith compels me to work to protect this planet and the people who are already suffering due to climate change. One important step our country can take is to enact a carbon fee and dividend policy which would place a steadily increasing fee on fossil ...

‘Red Flag’ Law Should Be A Middle Ground

Local Commentaries

After spending several years in a legislative logjam, last week Governor Cuomo signed the so-called Red Flag Law. This was one of those bills that was passed in the Democratic Assembly but had no chance of being taken up by the Republican State Senate. The Democratic majority vowed to make ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Clymer Future Business Leader of America for its focus on helping area veterans. For the past three years, the Clymer Central School club has been placing flags on the graves of more than 300 resting veterans in preparation for Memorial Day. The students have also clipped more ...

Splitting The State Would Make No Financial Sense

In Our Opinion

The calls have begun again to consider splitting Upstate New York from the New York City area. The Upstate/Downstate divide is nothing new, but the divide seems particularly wide when the state Legislature begins passing a rash of progressive-backed legislation that tends to be particularly ...

American People Should See Mueller Report – Whatever It Says

In Our Opinion

After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller is nearly ready to release his report on whether some Americans cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It already is known that Moscow devoted resources to both a social media-based propaganda ...

Lawmaker’s Gun Legislation Should Not Move Forward

In Our Opinion

Legislation proposed in the state Assembly shows just how great a divide there is between places like Chautauqua County and urban areas like New York City. Of course, we’re talking about A.1413, legislation that would make gun raffles illegal. In her justification for the legislation, ...

We Deserve To Know What Mueller Knows

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Whatever one may think of the Mueller investigation, all Americans should agree it has gone too far to turn back. This investigation has spent nearly two years pursuing the truth, and everyone has the right to know all the facts behind Russian interference during ...

Counties Shouldn’t Pay For State AIM ‘Restoration’

In Our Opinion

Don’t believe Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s crocodile tears over towns and villages that would be hurt by his budget proposal to eliminate their state aid. After acknowledging their pain, he said he would reverse course and “keep them whole” — but what he didn’t say is that he would make ...

Emergency Declaration Violates Constitution

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: On the same day that the president approved Congress’s appropriations bill allocating $1.375 billion for border security, Donald Trump declared a “national emergency,” pursuant to the National Emergencies Act, to appropriate more money for his “wall” than ...

Lawmakers Should Be Concerned About Emergency

In Our Opinion

Give President Donald Trump credit for being transparent about his plan to exert executive authority in what many view as a challenge to Congress. At least Trump, unlike his predecessor, is not engaging in a covert operation. For months, the president has insisted at least $5.7 billion is ...

Coordinated Effort Needed To Restore Air Service

Local Commentaries

As fervent past supporters of our local airport and frequent passengers on prior Jamestown commuter flights, we respectfully disagree with parts of the analysis outlined in The Post-Journal on Feb. 17. Neither is this our first public or (the first) Post-Journal comment on Jamestown air ...

An Energy Squeeze In New York

Local Commentaries

One of my interests continues to be how, in the State of New York, we deal with energy issues. I have some background as former owner of a natural gas exploration company (an industry which has pretty much been put out of business in the State by regulations from Albany,) and as a former ...

Why Some Economies Struggle As Others Thrive

Local Commentaries

Americans continue to be on the move. According to North American Moving Services, California and New York were losing residents and had some of the highest rates of outbound moves (based on moving truck rental data) in 2018, while Texas and Florida were among the states with highest rates of ...