Opinion

How Long Should The Investigation Continue?

In Our Opinion

For more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, as has occurred previously in special counsel probes, Mueller and his staff have branched out. Wrongdoing not connected directly to the election has been ...

Before Pot Legalization, Some Questions Need To Be Answered

In Our Opinion

Recently, very quietly, New York took an incremental step toward legalizing marijuana. A study commissioned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo recommended the state allow adults to consume marijuana legally. Howard Zucker, state health commissioner, told The New York Times, “We looked at the pros, we ...

Wind Turbine Companies Shoot For Dubious History

Local Commentaries

As Villenova and Hanover decide whether to allow 600-foot wind turbines in the rustic scenic hills of Chautauqua County, the question is: Will they become the first to be the worst? So far, there are no 600-foot wind turbines on land in the U.S. RES, Invenergy, Apex, NextEra, etc. — are all ...

Could Cuomo Lose This Election?

Local Commentaries

In normal times, the upcoming election for governor might be a “ho-hum” event. After all, Governor Andrew Cuomo has $30 million in the bank for the race and his Republican opponent only a million dollars or so. But, this is not a normal year. The governor has been pummeled by criminal ...

It’s Time To Train The Workforce

Local Commentaries

The latest Department of Labor jobs report released Friday for the month of July once again has great news for workers, but bad news for employers: America has more open jobs (approximately 6.7 million) than it has unemployed workers to fill them (6.3 million). This type of labor market can ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Cummins Inc. Jamestown Engine Plant for reaching a major milestone recently by manufacturing the two millionth engine in the plant’s history. The Jamestown Engine Plant employs 1,700 area residents and is one of the largest private employers in Chautauqua County. Jamestown, ...

What Happens To Monopolies?

Local Commentaries

A corporation does not have to control 100 percent of a market to be considered a monopolist. The Federal Trade Commission says that a company is not likely to be sued if its market share is 50 percent or less. Only those that have market power, can raise prices at will, can reduce quality, or ...

School Buses Need Speed Cameras Statewide

In Our Opinion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Assembly leadership have spent the past week making political hay over the expiration of a law allowing speed cameras to be mounted on school buses in New York City. The governor spent roughly two weeks trying to cajole the state Senate into returning for a ...

In Politics, ‘What Goes Around Comes Around’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: In today’s political environment, life is stressful. Politics, after all, is war. If you can’t lose your business, your wealth, your health and your freedom, you probably should not get involved. This is the price you pay for the life you have chosen. Behind ...

Open FOIL NY Will Speed Up Transparency

In Our Opinion

New York state is creating a new website to make it easier for the public to get to state records. Open FOIL NY is a centralized online location to file Freedom of Information Law requests with 59 New York state agencies and public authorities by giving the public a uniform method to submit ...

Thank You For Supporting Terry Ames

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: My husband and I are touched by the overwhelming support of continuing concerns and contributions given in support of our late son Terry’s memorial golf tournament at Pinehurst Golf Course. Proceeds went to Terry’s M&T Bank trust fund set up to assist his ...

Opening Of National Comedy Center Eagerly Anticipated

In Our Opinion

Today, the National Comedy Center, one of the crown jewels of Jamestown’s continued redevelopment, opens. We’re not sure there has been a premiere this eagerly anticipated since Lucille Ball herself returned home to Jamestown for the premiere of “Forever, Darling,” in 1956. Jamestown ...

Welfare Fraudsters Need To Pay Us Back

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The Post-Journal recently published two separate articles involving four individuals involved with welfare fraud. The individuals involved evidently submitted false information and lied to receive more benefits. These individuals should be made to pay back any monies ...

There Is No Need For Congressional Race To Be Nasty

In Our Opinion

Both Tracy Mitrano, Democratic Party candidate for the 23rd Congressional District, and incumbent Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, bemoan the nastiness they are seeing during this campaign season. Democrats have attacked the “extreme Ithaca liberal” label they say has been thrown around ...

U.S. Aid To Mexico Could Curb Illegal Immigration

In Our Opinion

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...

Prosecutor Caseload Must Be Discussed By Legislators

In Our Opinion

Felony and drug arrests both reached a 10-year high in Chautauqua County as did other felonies, while violent felonies are at their highest levels since 2010 and 2012. It stands to reason if police agencies are arresting more people, then county prosecutors are handling more cases. Chautauqua ...

Chautauqua Lake Belongs To Everyone

Local Commentaries

We have lived on Chautauqua Lake for nearly 25 years. It is amazing how the lake comes alive on a good weather day. This particular day started with a spectacular sunrise and glass-like water. A couple of fishing boats were already on the bay when the sun came up. The walleye fishing has been ...

Pay Increase For City Officials Raises Questions

Local Commentaries

I read the article in The Post Journal about City Officials looking into granting themselves raises. Usually when raises are recommended, there are three criteria that many entities uses for decision-making: Are the increases justifiable?; Are the increases affordable?; and, is the process for ...

Failed Zoning Vote For The Anew Center

Local Commentaries

I believe that the recent vote by the Town of Ellery to vote against the proposal by the Salvation Army to establish a New York state-certified domestic violence support center is a missed opportunity to reach out to those in need of a helping hand. The Anew Center offers not only a temporary ...