Opinion

CLA Needs To Do Better

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I recently had occasion to attend the special town of Ellicott meeting held on Sept. 24. My purpose in being there was to lend support to our fellow lake advocates in the Fluvanna, Burtis Bay and Celoron areas. That meeting’s discussion dealt with the serious, ...

In Busti, Good Ideas For Budget Abound

In Our Opinion

There are two distinct opinions regarding the town of Busti’s 2019 budget as proposed by Jesse Robbins, town supervisor. Robbins and three Busti Town Board members, Todd Hanson, Kenneth Lawton and James Andrews, prefer a budget with a one cent decrease in the town’s tax rate for the ...

Tom Reed Needs To Go

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I believe it’s time for a change in representation for Congress in District 23. Tom Reed has practically done nothing to improve the district. His political strategy has been a barrage of photo-ops and messaging that reveal nothing of substance. For example, he ...

Swanson Gave Hunter Jadlowski Fair Sentence

In Our Opinion

There are many county residents expressing disappointment with Patrick Swanson, county district attorney, for the plea agreement reached last week in the case of a Sherman man who shot and killed a neighbor while hunting after dark on Nov. 22, 2017. The complaints are largely the same — ...

It’s Time For Liuzzo To Make A Contribution

In Our Opinion

Mayor Sam Teresi will release his proposed 2019 budget proposal at 4 p.m. today in the mayor’s fourth floor conference room. One would think, given the state of Jamestown’s finances, the release date of the budget would be the least controversial thing the City Council has on its plate ...

Salvation Army Thankful For Community Help

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: On behalf of The Salvation Army of Jamestown. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the area organizations that continue to assist us with The Bundle-Them-Up project. The Bundle-Them-Up program provides infant through school aged children with new or ...

Farm Subsidies Are Big Conflicts

In Our Opinion

Occasionally, members of Congress become ensnared in technicalities in ethics rules. Some have been criticized officially for potential conflicts of interest involving personal businesses that might be affected by bills upon which the lawmakers vote. What about measures providing billions of ...

‘A Veteran Is A Veteran Is A Veteran’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: My name is Joe Siparek, and like a previous writer to this column, I am also a U.S. Army Combat Veteran, Vietnam, 1967-1968, having served, proudly, as a cannoneer in a 105 Howitzer battery, 2/13th, 23rd Artillery Group. Although I have been a longstanding ...

Homelessness Rising In Chautauqua County

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Several recent Post-Journal articles have drawn attention to the rise in homelessness in Jamestown. I’m here to tell you that homelessness is indeed on the rise — and it may be much more common than you realize. In the past year, the Chautauqua County Homeless ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Dave Warren and the Dave Warren Auto Group for a donation that will help teach area children how to be safe when dealing with traffic. The Jamestown car dealer created a Jeep Cherokee front end specially designed and built by Tom Dayton, parts manager to be used as part of a ...

The Left Is Turning Justice Upside Down

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Telling everyone not to pre-judge Dr. Ford, the left pre-judged guilt on Judge Kavanaugh. Like Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University in the Washington Times wrote, “If a man is accused of being a witch, then he’s a witch. Salem (otherwise known as the ...

Discussing Antenatal Infanticide

Local Commentaries

Whenever someone calls himself or herself an ethicist, the warning bells go off in my head, recognizing that what I am about to hear might be twisted logic to justify something that is unethical. So it is with a recent article published in the Journal of Medical Ethics that proposes that it is ...

What’s Happening With Recycling?

Local Commentaries

Every Saturday morning, I trek down to the Town transfer station with my garbage and recyclables. We are required to separate glass, plastics, paper, metal and cardboard and put them in separately marked containers. The garbage goes directly into the garbage truck and to the landfill. But what ...

Town Council Addressing Lake Problems

Local Commentaries

As town supervisor for the town of Ellicott I wish to respond to a letter from Patrick Appleby that appeared in the Reader’s Forum on Sept. 30. The letter concerned a meeting with residents conducted by the Ellicott Town Council on Sept. 24 to discuss the weed problem in the Burtis Bay and ...

We’re Better Off Keeping Illegal Aliens

Local Commentaries

Recently, The Post-Journal reported that Gerino Barrera- Tapia, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, was arrested during a traffic stop in Cattaraugus County. It would not be a stretch to assume that upon reading that story, many of the PJ’s readers muttered something to the effect of ...

State Test Results Are Even Poorer Than Official Results Show

In Our Opinion

We have been critical in the past of New York state’s love affair with its tests. Our criticism started a few years ago when, under John King, former state education commissioner, drew a hard line in the sand by saying parents had no right to opt their children out of the tests. King’s ...

Proud Of Local Gov’t Emergency Services

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The most important role of local government is to provide public safety services for its residents. These services are generally administered by each individual city’s police and fire departments. I was pleased to read in this week’s papers that Chautauqua County ...