Opinion

Viewing The U.S. Elections From Scotland

Local Commentaries

Since we were going to Scotland to visit friends, we voted absentee this year on election day. That also meant that we viewed the U.S. elections from abroad which was interesting in itself. Our Scottish friends are Conservatives (Tories,) and so each day we would read The Daily Telegraph to ...

Why Not Use Mechanical Voting Machines?

Local Commentaries

The U.S.A has spent millions of dollars “upgrading” to electronic voting machines and the results are not good. Our elections these days are a mess. These new electronic machines have created a myriad of problems that frankly did not happen with the old mechanical voting machines. The ...

Consider Impact Of Holiday Purchases

Local Commentaries

New Yorkers of all political persuasions and geographic placement are finally united. Upstaters, downstaters, Liberals, and Conservatives joined in condemnation of Amazon’s decision to locate their new headquarters in Queens, NY with the help of a $3 billion subsidy from the state. Governor ...

Jackson Showed Value Of A Good Response

Local Commentaries

On the evening of Wednesday, November 24, 1937, United States Assistant Attorney General Robert H. Jackson, then heading the Antitrust Division in the U.S. Department of Justice, spoke in Washington at a private gathering of young, liberal Members of Congress. The group included Senator ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the long-awaited reopening of the bridge over South Main Street in Jamestown. Wet weather in October and early snow in November made the long bridge repair take even longer than anticipated. Because nothing with this project has come easily, drivers will have to be a little patient ...

Little Theatre Officials Appreciate Support

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The lights are off and the curtains are all down, but the memories remain. The recent production of “Mamma Mia” performed at the Lucille Ball Little Theatre was truly memorable. Attendance eclipsed all productions going back over 30 years. It was indeed “the ...

Cleaning Up Burtis Bay Mess Is A Welcome Sight For Residents

In Our Opinion

Kudos to the Chautauqua County Legislature, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the Sheldon Foundation for finding funding to clean up the weeds and dead fish that have littered Burtis Bay for the past two weeks. The county will allocate $25,870 from the county’s 2 percent ...

Reader: Halloween Isn’t All Evil

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I am writing in regard to a letter to the Reader’s Forum titled “You Should Reconsider Evil Halloween Decorations.” I feel certain that we all love the wonderful things about autumn. However, I take a very differnet view than the writer about Halloween. It ...

There Are Many Reasons To Be Thankful Today

In Our Opinion

It has been quite a year. Since we paused last to ponder our many blessings and enjoy the good food and better time with our families that is Thanksgiving, much of what we thought we knew about politics, government and our fellow Americans has been turned upside down. No doubt that will be a ...

Passing School Bus Camera Act Could Be Olive Branch By Dems

In Our Opinion

State Sen. Michael Gianaris, D-Queens, recently told The Buffalo News that Senate Democrats are “committed to breaking the Albany mold” and plan to be “sensitive to regional needs” when they take control of the state Senate in January. If that’s really true, then Democrats in the ...

Your Money And Time Are Precious For Salvation Army

In Our Opinion

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign. The local Salvation Army is hoping to raise $112,000 in Jamestown and $57,000 in Dunkirk in this year’s campaign. Locally, funds received from the Red Kettle campaign help the Salvation Army ...

Fish Kill In Burtis Bay Is, Indeed, ‘Disheartening’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: “It’s Disheartening.” This was a very appropriate title for a front-page photo by Eric Zavinski in the November 9, 2018, Post-Journal. The photo and subsequent article detailed the suffocation of Chautauqua Lake fish species by enormous masses of invasive ...

We’re Not Smiling Over Amazon Giveaway

In Our Opinion

Amazon selected Long Island City in Queens and National Landing in Arlington, Virginia, as the two locations for its new headquarters (HQ2). Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are touting it as the biggest economic development initiative in the history of New York state, with more than ...

Will There Be An Adult In The Room In Albany?

In Our Opinion

We have long placed great trust in the state Senate to be a necessary speed bump on the costly policies proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Assembly. The Nov. 6 election removed the speed bump and built a Democratic Party drag strip from Buffalo to Albany. The news is particularly ...

The Kiss Of Amazon Comes At A Very Dear Price

Local Commentaries

Having run around the country as a modern Prince Charming in search of Cinderella, Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s boss, has decided that two hopefuls fit the slipper: Crystal City, Va., and Queens, N.Y. But these Cinderellas aren’t to be carried off to live happily ever after in Amazon Castle. No, ...

Holidays And Politics: Rebuild Civility

Local Commentaries

With the chill in the air and the leaves already falling, the holidays are just around the corner. Whether you’re hosting or being hosted, the old rule of not discussing religion, money, or politics serves as a reminder of the issues which can divide even those who love each other the most. ...

Death, And Taxes, And Death Taxes

Local Commentaries

Governments use taxes to do two things: raise revenue and alter people’s behavior. Taxing to raise revenue is painful, but necessary if we want government to do anything at all. Taxing to alter people’s behavior is more controversial. Sin taxes are aimed at reducing alcohol and tobacco ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Mike Whitmire of Whitmire Outdoor Living for his donation of a concrete turtle that children can climb on when visiting the Audubon Community Nature Center. Sarah Hatfield, Audubon education coordinator, had contacted Whitmire to see how much such a piece would cost, but Whitmire ...

You Should Have A Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving

Local Commentaries

To The Reader’s Forum: While President Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercize that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance. And here are some other good reasons: ¯ You can brag about pardoning a turkey - like ...