Opinion

Stop Using DACA As A Political Tool

In Our Opinion

Perhaps some liberal voters will be fooled by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s “coup” on Monday. Thoughtful Americans will not. After a weekend “government shutdown” provoked by Schumer, D-N.Y., and fellow Democrat hardliners, the Senate voted Monday to approve a spending bill ...

Govt. Shutdown Put Bureaucracy’s Dysfunction On Display

In Our Opinion

Some in the media were blaming the current government “shutdown” on “dysfunction” in the U.S. Senate. That really is not the case. The Senate was functioning just fine — but many of its Democrats had decided to use the shutdown for political purposes. On the other hand, the ...

Hollywood Outrage For Some Is All An Act

In Our Opinion

Let us be crystal clear about the stampede of entertainers distancing themselves from stars who are accused of sexual misdeeds: For at least some of those expressing outrage, it’s all an act. Many of them have known for years that the sexual harassment was rampant in their industry. Many ...

Reader Dismayed By Reed’s Loyalty To Trump

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Representative Reed, how can you honestly continue to support Donald Trump after his description of Africa? Man up! Mr. Trump is an ignorant bigot. And, if you continue to hitch your star to his wagon it will lose any light it has in it. You know in your heart that ...

Handling Of Sam’s Club Closing Not Right

Local Commentaries

The first I heard Sam’s Club was closing was from a press report that a small notice had been put on the Sam’s Club door just saying: “We are closed for the day.” I said to myself: “This couldn’t be. A major international firm like Walmart wouldn’t do that. They would make a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Ellicott Town Board for streamlining the development process in the town by eliminating the town Planning Board. Planning boards aren’t required in state law, so town officials have decided to create a new board that will serve as both a planning and zoning board. The new ...

Tax Cuts, Jobs Act Won’t Jive With County Farmers

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I thought the Republican Tax Cut and Jobs Act was supposed to help small farmers. A new analysis by two economists at the Department of Agriculture suggests that the 2017 TCJA could actually lower farm output in the coming years, that most of the tax cuts will go to ...

Washington: Do The Right Thing

In Our Opinion

That rattling sound you hear, coming from Washington, D.C., is the noise of politicians busy kicking cans down the road. Seemingly unable to do the right, smart thing on scores of issues, they compromise frequently by merely postponing action. Part of the complex battle over avoiding a ...

Robbins’ Take On Gun Laws Was Right On Point

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I very much appreciated Craig Robbins’ “Outdoors” column in the January 7 P-J on gun laws, however, I’m not sure who gave it the title “Gun Control Nuts Are At It Again” since the comments by Mr. Robbins did not label the substance of new laws issue in ...

Local Businesses, Shoppers Can Do More For Community

In Our Opinion

We all have ideas as to what should fill the soon-to-be-vacant Sam’s Club location on Fairmount Avenue in West Ellicott. Commenters on Post-Journal.com and on our Facebook page have tossed out BJ’s, Target and Costco as tenants they would like to see. Unless shoppers and retailers ...

Energy Infrastructure A Major Issue For NY State

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Deepening snow, bitter winds and biting cold this week remind us that winter can be harsh. Thankfully, what makes it bearable in New York is the heat and electricity provided by the nuclear power and natural gas that comprise nearly 75 percent of our state’s energy ...

‘Do As I Say, Not As I Do’ Approach Must End

In Our Opinion

In Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address last week, one thing he banged the drum about was reducing New York’s high local property taxes. That’s good. Local governments must continue to do more, he said, so he wants to extend his Countywide Shared Services Initiative. Last year ...

Community Comes Together Once Again

In Our Opinion

Our community has come together once again when faced with adversity. We shouldn’t be surprised — it’s just what we do. Sunday’s fire in Falconer was a scene no one wanted to see repeating itself. When the fire sirens rang, first responders from throughout southern Chautauqua ...

2020 Talk Shifts From Heart Of Oprah’s Speech

In Our Opinion

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony the other night. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? But if Winfrey is smart — and she is — she will wonder whether the message she ...

Better Than The Tax Code We Have

In Our Opinion

To The Reader’s Forum: The opposition to cutting taxes has been strong setting off some to go into freak-out mode. Rosie O’ Donnell tweeted that the tax cut package will “kill people.” Nancy Pelosi calls it “grand theft.” Isn’t it ironic that progressive politicians who ...

Time For County Flight Services To Call It Quits

In Our Opinion

Sluggish passenger numbers have put the latest airline to occupy the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown on the chopping block. No one should be surprised that Southern Airways Express isn’t meeting the federal government’s 10 passenger a day minimum to receive Essential Air Service ...

An Open Letter To Those Running Education In New York State

Local Commentaries

An open letter to New York’s THE FOUR: governor, legislature, Board of Regents and commissioner of education: “Mary,” a Jamestown kindergarten child, receives tutoring in reading and traditional math —not the ridiculous Common Core — so that she can have some hope of mastering these ...

Bail System Needs To Be Reworked, With Care

In Our Opinion

As a matter of fairness, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to reform the use of bail in New York state and to improve access to a speedy trial are good ideas. Cuomo proposed new legislation that will eliminate monetary bail for people facing misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges and expand ...