Opinion

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 ...

IDA Cutting VP Of Marketing Will Save Taxpayer Money

In Our Opinion

Last week, quietly, the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Position eliminated the IDA’s vice president of marketing position. It was a good move, though we wonder why it took this long. The position was duplicative. There are organizations — the county Chamber of Commerce, ...

Homes In Poor Condition Should Not Be Sold Easily

In Our Opinion

Lawmakers serious about helping local municipalities clean up their neighborhoods should take heed of the situation surrounding 42 Eagle St. in Jamestown. The home has been condemned since July 2017 and been on the city’s demolition list since December 2017, when Jamestown City Court ...

Our Local Cummins Engine Plant Saves The Planet

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Within many cities and communities all over the country, the rather nebulous topic of good corporate/business citizenship, has been central to any serious community planning. This should have long been so for decades. Essential new business growth and expansion is ...

Putting Foot In Mouth Twice, Cuomo Can Never Be President

In Our Opinion

Does Gov. Andrew Cuomo actually believe the words that are coming out of his mouth? Last week, the governor blamed upstate weather for New York’s continuing population decline, a day after his Republican challenger said Cuomo’s economic policies had failed to stanch the flow of migrants ...

Music Drive Collects 70 Instruments, $1K

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The Jamestown Schools PROMISE Fund and the JPS’s Music Department cannot thank the Community enough for the wonderful response to the first ever Music Instrument Drive which was held on Saturday, Sept. 8. Seventy instruments and over $1,000 in donations were ...

The Electronic Trail Lasts Forever

In Our Opinion

Forget the paper trail once relied upon by investigators. As the near-continual parade of politicians, celebrities and athletes accused of misbehavior - often long ago - reminds us, it’s the electronic trail that matters these days. And, in contrast to paper documents that can be shredded ...

Generosity On Full Display At Reception

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Last week, the generosity and support of the entire village of Bemus Point’s restaurant community was on full display during the United Way’s Annual Leadership Circle reception. The reception’s “Taste of Bemus” theme was a celebration to recognize ...

Ellicott Town Board Needs To Take Action

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I own property along Chautauqua Lake in Fluvanna and after reading the article entitled “Ellicott Sets Meeting on Lake Issues” dated Sept. 22, 2018, I felt that I needed to reply. First, I want to thank the Ellicott Town Board for scheduling a meeting to ...

The Down Side Of Social Media

Local Commentaries

I must first acknowledge that I don’t participate in “social media” (internet sites like Twitter and Facebook.) When asked “why?” I generally respond that my life is complicated enough with answering emails and looking at a few websites. I just don’t want to be connected to more ...