Opinion

Reader Is Shocked To See City Tax Rate

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I was born and raised in Jamestown. I left in 1993 when I was laid off from MRC and moved to Lancaster, Pa. with BCA Bearings. I read The Post-Journal every day on my iPad. I was shocked to read that taxes on the average home in Jamestown exceeded $5,000! I know ...

Reader Worried Over Bumpy Ride In County

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I do not live in New York state but come to Mayville several times a year to visit elderly relatives. Part of our visit includes several trips to Jamestown from Mayville to stock up and shop for ‘stuff.’ Each time I visit, I have hope that the 394 roadway from ...

Working Across Party Lines Essential To County

In Our Opinion

Just because the state Legislature is out of session doesn’t mean politics takes a break. State Democrats have spent a good portion of this summer pressuring an eight-member group of Democrats called the Independent Democratic Conference to stop siding with Senate Republicans and to come ...

New Bill Should Help Farm Cideries

In Our Opinion

New York state takes a lot of flack over regulations and tax policies that hurt the business climate, but sometimes, the state takes steps in the right direction. Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to reduce red tape and expand opportunities for farm cideries. The bill expands ...

Courtrooms Need To Be Secure

In Our Opinion

We can think of no reasonable security measure that would have prevented the shooting Monday of Jefferson County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. The judge, who is expected to recover from his wounds, was ambushed as he was walking from his car to the county ...

Public Officials Need To Play By The Rules

In Our Opinion

One doesn’t have to serve in elected office to hold a position of power, particularly at the town and village level of government. For example, Myra Blasius, deputy chairperson of the Lakewood Zoning Board of Appeals, had a hand in deciding how the village of Lakewood would handle a ...

Technology Is A Double-Edged Sword

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: People are usually indifferent until they personally feel the heat. The Internet is reducing the need for brick and mortar stores because many have switched to online shopping. This migration, spurred by convenience and discount incentives, is eliminating thousands of ...

Our Workers Need More Than Band-Aids

Local Commentaries

The proposal by Congressman Tom Reed and the Problem Solvers Caucus to make permanent The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) sounds like a good idea. The WOTC is intended to induce employers to hire individuals from groups who have historically had a difficult time finding work; among these are ...

Memorials In American Life

Local Commentaries

I am a bit concerned about all of the recent news reports about moving or removing Memorials. I am also empathetic with what I view as a legitimate concern about recent outbreaks of violence caused by the KKK and other neo-Nazi groups. There may be Memorials supporting the old days of ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to a Jamestown resident Chelsea Gardner. The city resident had been looking for her South American biological family when she spoke with The Post-Journal earlier this summer. Now, she’s making plans to meet her siblings in person for the first time. An article the Aug. 8 edition of ...

Busti, Land Of Progress

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: We had a terrible stink here in Busti about the Amish and their sawmills. So we outlawed them and forced them out of town. Where they went or what they did, that’s not our concern. In Busti we are only concerned with better people. Now, very shortly later, their ...

A Stable Afghanistan Gov’t Is Needed For Aid

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: A few thoughts about the war in Afghanistan, starting with a quote from Robert McNamara, the defense secretary for President Johnson during the Vietnam War, from his book “In Retrospect.” “It became clear then and I believe it is clear today, that military ...

Arena Project Has Sustainability In Mind

In Our Opinion

The hardest thing to do sometimes is to admit when a community jewel needs a little work. That’s exactly what Northwest Arena board members have done by making public their plans to expand the arena. The $5 million plan is to construct a new addition to hold a Kids Zone play area; create a ...

Healthcare Debate Has Shown Us True Colors

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: A recent piece in this forum entitled “Obamacare Shows Us The True Colors Of Politicians” appeared recently. The author went to great lengths to support the failed attempts by the GOP to keep Trump’s promise to repeal and replace the ACA. Each disgraceful ...

Both Sides More Interested In Racial Division

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: In a southern church, a black man went forward to receive communion. As he knelt in reverence to the Lord, no one else stepped forward to partake with him. A distinguished older gentlemen got up from his seat, went to the communion rail, and knelt at his side and ...

Time To Reassess Nuclear War Plan

In Our Opinion

For decades, U.S. military strategy could be focused on the single nation capable of launching an attack on our mainland, the old Soviet Union. A secondary, though still important, consideration was China. There were no other major threats to Americans here in the United States. That has ...

We Need To Know Where You Stand, Mr. Reed

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The horrific events of a few days ago in Charlottesville, Va., opened many eyes about the mostly hidden violent people in our society. Many people, including leading republicans have rightly criticized Donald Trump for his ambivalent — and slow — response to ...