Opinion

Town Boards Need To Oversee Their Courts More Closely

In Our Opinion

One of the arguments for town and village courts is that they are better able to administer justice efficiently and effectively than a larger, consolidated court system. Is that really the case in Chautauqua County? The latest chink in the armor of our current court system comes from the ...

State Aid Is Dictating Potential Merger Talks Between Schools

In Our Opinion

Gowanda schools are looking for a partner in a potential merger, but neighboring small schools will never consider it. North Collins, Pine Valley and Forestville districts are always open to sharing services, but why merge? New York state and Albany provide the answer. As noted in this corner ...

Press Briefings Should Continue At The White House

In Our Opinion

Presidents of the United States are big news, whether they want to be or not. President Donald Trump is a more riveting story than many of his predecessors. Yet Trump has broken with the tradition, established in recent years, of regular press briefings at the White House. Reportedly, he told ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to those who braved the cold performing vital community services during the polar vortex earlier this week. While most people could stay inside during the worst of the bitterly cold weather, police officers, firefighters, EMTs, mail carriers, newspaper carriers and a whole host of ...

Rural America And The Role of Government

Local Commentaries

When people run for office, we often hear that their goal is to promote “jobs, jobs and more jobs!” In my own experience of having held public office, there is a limited impact that a single individual can make in government in terms of job creation no matter how good their ...

Devil Of The Green New Deal Is In The Details

Local Commentaries

The Green New Deal calls for replacing fossil fuel power production with renewable energy — excluding hydroelectric and nuclear — by 2030. While ideals are fine, the advocates of this agenda should have taken the time to calculate its practicality. According to the Edison Electric ...

Catholic Charities Counting On Our Generosity

Local Commentaries

We are honored and excited to serve as chairs for the 2019 Appeal in support of Catholic Charities. We have been involved with Catholic Charities for years as parishioners at St. Mark’s Parish in Buffalo and as donors and Appeal volunteers. We have learned and experienced firsthand how the ...

Holding Back Arrest Information Can Lead To Bad Precedent

In Our Opinion

Gov. Andrew’s Cuomo is proposing to ban police from releasing arrest information or mugshots — except when police decide it is in their interest to do so. In the short term, keeping things secret can keep the peace, alleviate stress and be more efficient for those in charge, but there is ...

We Should Recognize Every Individual

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Last Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, I went with my husband to pick up a few things at Walmart. As we entered the store a few people passed us on their way out. They were speaking in the Spanish language. All of a sudden, from a little further down the entryway, a man ...

Pennsylvania Taking Right Approach In Marijuana Discussions

In Our Opinion

Why can’t New York be more like Pennsylvania? It’s something we hear a lot here in Chautauqua County, particularly in areas like ours where the Pennsylvania border is just a stone’s throw away. It crossed the minds of editorial board members last week when news reports surfaced from ...

Reader Is ‘Deeply Disturbed’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I am deeply disturbed by a few major events from this past week. I am saddened that teenage boys who were trying to do good and stand for life, were portrayed as doing evil. Watch the you-tube videos to see their reactions to those who were harassing them. They ...

Is The State Legislature Being Too Active?

In Our Opinion

The state Legislature has been prodigiously busy since the state legislative session began. Some of the legislation that was passed makes sense. As we wrote recently in this space, election reform and making it easier for people to vote is something we can all get behind. It was no surprise ...

Reduction In AIM Funding Should Bring Merger Talks To Table

In Our Opinion

There is one final reason why Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s reduction in AIM funding to towns and villages makes little logical sense — he is treating schools and municipalities completely differently despite the immense differences in the amounts of money being spent. Schools can count on a state ...

Any Form Of Bigotry Is Unacceptable In America Today

In Our Opinion

U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, insists his recent remarks to a New York Times reporter have been mis-characterized. Whether that is true or not can be judged best by King’s constituents, who know him better than anyone in the national media or, for that matter, in Congress. But regardless of ...

A Letter To President Donald Trump

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Dear “President” Trump, I have watched you over the past two years plus. I think you either did not read your “job description” or you have made up your own. Here are a few points you missed: ¯ The President is the leader of the United States of ...

Town, Village Aid Cut Is Being Handled Poorly By Cuomo

In Our Opinion

If this was a year of financial hardship all around, when it was obvious every level of government has to tighten its belt, then Gov. Andrew Cuomo might be justified in cutting unrestricted state aid to most towns and villages in his 2019-2020 budget proposal. He might also be justified if he ...

Saving The Family Farm

Local Commentaries

I grew up on a dairy farm in Chautauqua County. Our family is still in the business. My dad was progressive when it came to modernization. We were one of the first farms in the county to chop hay instead of bale it. We contoured our fields to prevent erosion. We installed a milking ...

Unwanted Noise Is More Than A Nuisance

Local Commentaries

I am writing in response to the front-page story on noise in The Post-Journal on January 19. Having written or co-authored several op-eds during the past two years about the management of Chautauqua Lake, I see a similarity between lake weeds and noise. If weeds can be defined as ...