Opinion

Hard To Argue Against Need For Fly Cars

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua County taxpayers got some good news last week regarding the county’s fly car program. Losses in the program have slowed to $68,435 through Aug. 31, a far cry from the $255,000 the program lost in its first year. Slowing the losses is important because the fly car program itself ...

Hope In Sight, Opioid Epidemic Hasn’t Ended Yet

In Our Opinion

Last week, The Post-Journal reported perhaps the first bit of good news regarding the county’s drug epidemic that we’ve heard in quite a while. Drug overdose deaths have decreased by at least 12 percent compared to 2017, and the decline could be as much as 68 percent depending on the ...

For Kavanaugh, Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: What the Democrats and the media are doing to a decent and honorable man, Brett Kavanagh, is as despicable and vile as anything I’ve ever seen. Now I guess we can just throw an accusation against someone and they are automatically guilty (well, only if they are ...

Cuomo Wins Decisively

Local Commentaries

You have to give the Governor credit, he won the Democratic Primary in a big way. I thought that with the “Me-Too” movement and the “Progressives” dominating the news that Cynthia Nixon would have run a closer race. It helped that the Governor outspent her by about 8-1 but, that being ...

Gillibrand’ Bill Will Help Farmers

Local Commentaries

Agriculture forms the bedrock of our regional economy. Our farmers, brewers and vintners produce more fruits and vegetables, as well as dairy, spirit and grape products than any other New York state congressional district. The Southern Tier, the Finger Lakes and Western New York are critical ...

The ‘Chautauqua Lake Three-Step’

Local Commentaries

We have made great progress. The Chautauqua Lake Association, the Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy, the Chautauqua Lake and Watershed Management Alliance, the Chautauqua Fishing Association, the Chautauqua Fishing Alliance, Chautauqua County, numerous others, and, yes, even the Chautauqua ...

Democrats Pervert The Bible

Local Commentaries

Grotesque misinterpretations of the Bible by individuals who ought to know better often lead to inexcusable distortions elsewhere. A preacher who divisively perverts the Biblical definition of marriage likely skewers interpretations of the Constitution as well. Such was the case in the PJ ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Jesse Robbins, Busti town supervisor, and the Busti Town Board for removing the $120,000 from its budget that had been spent in previous years supporting the Hazeltine Public Library in Busti and the Lakewood Memorial Library in Lakewood. The libraries will now receive funding as ...

Whoever Ordered Lake Testing Must Pay For It

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Maybe it was the Tooth Fairy who ordered the water tested in Lakewood after the herbicide-spraying boat passed in transit? Perhaps Jordan Patterson was mistaken when he wrote that Lakewood’s mayor contacted the New York state DEC following the complaints by ...

Science Is Great When It’s Actually Science

Local Commentaries

I recently had cataract surgery and the difference is amazing. Having one eye done at a time, I could compare the old eye with the “new” one, and, though after just a few hours the vision was still a bit cloudy and fuzzy, I was surprised at how blue the sky was and how white the clouds. ...

Driving Home A Needed Message

In Our Opinion

Too bad an important presentation this week was just heard by high school students. It was something all drivers, including many adults, needed to hear. On Tuesday and Wednesday, “Hang Up and Drive” was presented to all county school districts highlighting the dangers of cell phone use ...

Stop Animal Cruelty By Neutering Your Pets

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Today I spayed and neutered your kittens, dumped like garbage on the streets of Jamestown as if their lives didn’t matter. I do not get donations to trap these homeless kittens. I have to use my disability. It’s a plague that needs to end. If you have an animal, ...

Jamestown Needs Decreased Reliance On State Funding

In Our Opinion

For the second consecutive year, the city of Jamestown has booked a surplus. The city’s recently completed independent audit for 2017 showed a surplus of $1,337,245, bringing the city’s unassigned fund balance to about $1,849,000. The city managed to spend about $500,000 less than it ...

Thank You Cockaigne For ‘Brewgrass’ Festival

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Cockainge, by definition, is an imaginary land of luxury and ease. On Sept. 14 and 15, the new owners of the Cockaigne brought us from the imaginary to reality. Cockaigne hosted it’s first annual ‘Brewgrass Festival’ and those in attendance were treated to some ...

State Education Department Makes The Right Move

In Our Opinion

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote in this space that the state Education Department should, under no circumstances, financially penalize school districts with less than a 95 percent participation rate on state English language arts and math tests. We weren’t the only ones who took issue with ...

Healing Begins As Drug Overdose Fatalities Decline

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Our community has waited for the good news reported in the headline in Sunday’s paper. It’s not over, but the healing of our community has begun and is on the rise. A mother who lost her son to an overdose made it her mission to try to heal her community. A ...

Resolve Federal Grant Status Before Moving CARTS

In Our Opinion

It has always seemed inevitable that CARTS would need a new downtown service hub once the National Comedy Center opened its doors. County Executive George Borrello has asked the city to extend using Pine Street between Third and Fourth streets as a hub for CARTS buses through Oct. 19, though ...

Vietnam Veteran Plates Should Be For Actual Vets

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: My name is Dan Colwell. I am a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. Yes, I said war! I served in the Army in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division as a grunt (infantryman) from November 1968 to November 1969. For a long time now I make a special effort to reach out ...

More Money Is Not Always The Solution

In Our Opinion

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Reader Asks Who Wins As Weeds Reign Lake

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I am a summer resident of the Jamestown area and have a cottage on Chautauqua Lake. This summer the lake is its worst; the weeds reign the water way and shore line. Hence, it was with great interest in reading the Sunday, Aug. 26, editorial, “For The Lake, It’s ...