Opinion

Chairman Pleased With Election Day Results

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum; As the Westfield Republican Committee Chairman, it was so nice to see the municipal parking lot on Elm Street full of cars on Election Day Tuesday with people streaming into Eason Hall to vote. Turnout was high, beginning first thing in the morning and continuing ...

Area Residents Made A Statement On Election Day

In Our Opinion

Our country may be divided, but locally a statement was made: we sure did show up to participate in this year’s election. According to county election results, 41,270 ballots were cast on Tuesday as about 75,930 are registered here. “By the time we add the absentees and the affidavits, ...

Reader Appreciates Generosity Of Stranger

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Regarding the lady with three grandsons — your generosity is greatly appreciated by this writer. Following Sunday church service my usual stop at McDonald’s East Second Street location for a coffee and fish sandwich. What a pleasant, unexpected surprise to learn ...

We Can’t Over-Estimate The Debt We Owe To Our Veterans

In Our Opinion

Selection of Nov. 11 as the date each year on which we Americans honor veterans of military service is significant. It is a reminder that as devoutly as we may wish for peace, we must recognize it can never be a reality. For many years, Nov. 11 was celebrated as Armistice Day, in recognition ...

Frewsburg Legion Auxiliary Thanks Vets

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The members of American Legion Auxiliary Samuel L. Derby Post #556 would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for serving this great country. Thank you for protecting us. Thank you ...

Time To Deal With Lake’s Big Issues

Local Commentaries

Looking out over Chautauqua Lake at Burtis Bay, it is difficult to understand how it has been allowed to get this way. The Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA), the self-appointed “Stewards of Chautauqua Lake,” and county and state government have let us down. Thick, green, solidly-packed ...

The Rule Blocking Apprenticeships

Local Commentaries

By most measures, the economy is booming. Unemployment is at a 49-year low of 3.7 percent. The economy grew at an annualized rate of 3.5 percent last quarter. Recent data from the Department of Labor finds wages and salaries rose 3.1 percent in the third quarter, the largest increase in a ...

The Pipe Bomb Panic: Partisan Violence or Partisan Press?

Local Commentaries

To understand why American conservatives are uncomfortable with the conversation over rhetoric and political violence inspired by the recent pipe-bomb panic, consider the cases of John Hinkley and Jared Lee Loughner. If you think Hinkley shot President Ronald Reagan in the name of partisan ...

Why I Love Being A Veteran

Local Commentaries

If you had told me how I’d look back with fondness on the time I served as brigade commander during the worst of Diyala Province in 2006-2007, I would have smirked. Of course I’d love being a veteran, I can imagine my younger self thinking. It meant I would be anywhere but Iraq. Ten years ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Deputy Adam McAdoo for his quick thinking earlier this week at the Mayville Diner. McAdoo was having lunch with co-workers when a child at a neighboring table stopped breathing after choking on food. McAdoo, who’s also an emergency medical technician, rushed to the child and ...

Local Resident Recalls Friendship With Vivian Taylor

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, edition of The Post-Journal has laid on my desk this whole last week — I knew I needed to make a reply but was really not sure how to say it. The headline reads “City Officials Remember Longtime Councilman.” The article was about ...

The Goodness Of America Depends On Our Rights

Local Commentaries

Having just gone through election season, we have all had our fill of political dishonesty and general terribleness, and we have witnessed bias and lack of basic integrity in the news media. We know that big businesses, big labor unions, and big so-called-non-profits and foundations pay big ...

There Are Benefits To Moving The CARTS Hub

In Our Opinion

There are two benefits to moving the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System hub from Second Street, in front of the former Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station, to the former Ray Nelson Service Station on Third Street across from Jamestown’s City Hall. The biggest benefit is CARTS will be ...

Public Planning Projects Need To Educate The Public

In Our Opinion

On their face, the Jackson Springs housing project on Jamestown’s north side and the Gateway Lofts project in the Gateway Center on Water Street are similar projects. The Jackson Spring project was being planned to be constructed along North Main and Spring streets, which would have been ...

Latest Meeting Proof Unity Is Needed With Lakewood Village Board

In Our Opinion

On Friday, we wrote that the remaining members of the Lakewood Village Board had an opportunity to build unity among board members as they agreed upon a new acting mayor and consult with the remaining three board members to fill the then-vacated open trustee position. We should have known it ...

Voters Can Send Their Message Today At The Voting Booth

In Our Opinion

The candidates have made their speeches and the advertisements nearly concluded. Election Day is here. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. throughout Chautauqua County. Typically, voter turnout is higher for presidential elections than it is for so-called “off-year” elections. We ...

Trump Must Defend The Border Without Harming Migrants

In Our Opinion

Unless they find motorized transport, the at least 7,000 Central Americans trudging on foot through Mexico will not arrive at their destination, the U.S. border, for three to six weeks. Good. U.S. officials will need all the time they can get to prepare for the small army’s arrival. Use of ...

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 ...