Opinion

New Nonprofit Organization To Benefit Hispanic Community

In Our Opinion

Max Martin has a unique vision for a nonprofit organization that will help area Hispanic families realize the American dream.After his departure from the Eastside YMCA, Martin has led the creation of the Hispanic Community Council, a non-political, non-denominational and non-nationality ...

Common Ground Needed In Process

In Our Opinion

Process is important. But sometimes, common sense is much more important.Recently, Chautauqua County legislators had to decide if they would follow the county's foreclosure process or break with the process to allow someone to pay the taxes of an elderly man in Ellery who didn't know his home ...

More Reason Needed To Pull The Trigger

In Our Opinion

Charles Kinsey has told reporters the North Miami, Fla., police officer who shot him admitted he did not know why he pulled the trigger. Viewers of a video recorded by a bystander may be at a loss for an answer, too.Kinsey, 47, is a therapist who was trying to calm an autistic 27-year-old ...

New Airline Has Short Time To Prove Itself

In Our Opinion

Airlines have come and gone from the Jamestown airport over the past 10 years.Customers have, unfortunately, gone and not come back.Stan Little, Southern Airways' chairman and CEO, said all the right things last week about how important air service is in the Jamestown area and how hard airline ...

There Are Already Gun Laws On The Books; Enforce Them

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:I read the article from Samuel Alessi about "Federal Gun Control Law lneeded in Place of SAFE Act."It's a shame that those who are suppose to know about issues actually know nothing at all. These want to be sanctimonious pundits are far more frighting than the NRA could ...

A Middle Ground Needed In Landfill Dispute

Local Commentaries

I read with interest "Landfill Manager Defends Expansion in Supreme Court" in Wednesday's Post-Journal relative to the ongoing plans to expand the Chautauqua County Landfill. Both sides raise legitimate issues, but like most issues some measure of compromise may be in the best interest of all ...

Society Must Realize That All Lives Matter

Local Commentaries

Do black lives matter? Of course, don't all lives matter? If you believe the Bible and the Declaration of Independence, what other conclusion is there? Without them, all lives may matter but what adequately answers "why?"A front page P-J article (7-12) featured a timely discussion at Chautauqua ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, for her role securing a new traffic light near Falconer Central School where two students were injured in April. Not only did the state Transportation Department approve the light, but it did so early enough in the summer for the Falconer ...

The Good News Is That There Is Good News

Local Commentaries

We hear bad news on a almost endless basis. Wars, murders, gun violence, robberies, rapes, and on and on. The nightly news gives all the details. There is evil, hatred, injustice, and corruption. It can get pretty depressing. We hear of mass violence and everyone's heart gets inflamed. It seems ...

Construction Work Must Align With Affected Businesses

In Our Opinion

It's good to hear that the east side of Main Street will be fixed next year - though that means the heart of downtown will be under construction for three distinct projects in 2017.We hope city and Board of Public Utilities officials are able to heed the advice of city business owners. The ...

Big Thanks For The Helping Hand!

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:I want to thank the man who literally picked me up off the street where I started to cross with a sturdy walker.From the ground all I saw was his kind face and a big grey pick-up. I was at Fifth and N. Main. He helped me get two blocks to me residence. God bless my living ...

At Least GOP Voters Have Their Candidate

In Our Opinion

It turns out there may be something to that vast conspiracy then-first lady Hillary Clinton condemned in 1998. She got one thing wrong, however.There is a vast conspiracy in American politics, but it's of the left-wing variety.As a trove of leaked email messages among high-ranking Democrat ...

Tea Party Is Living In A Fantasy

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:It was interesting to see the "core principles" of the tea party listed in this morning's Post-Journal, headed by an item titled "decreased regulations." I started to wonder what regulations the group wanted to be rid of. Does the list include: Food and drug rules that ...

Storm Clouds Brewing Over State Budget

In Our Opinion

Storm clouds are brewing for New York state's budget.As we mentioned earlier this week, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently analyzed the state's financial plan and found potential budget gaps starting in 2018-19. DiNapoli reports school aid is projected to increase 4.8 percent in 2016-17 ...

Globalism Is Failing Us

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:I firmly believe that to whatever extent the United States leans toward globalism, the more its strength is diminished.I think that columnist Daniel McLaughlin correctly pointed out that the United Nations (globalism) has failed to be a just and successful organization. ...

Is State Biting Off More Than It Can Chew?

In Our Opinion

State legislators did the right thing when they approved the eventual shift of indigent defense costs from counties to the state.We wonder, however, if the state has bitten off more than it will be able to chew.Ned Barone, Chautauqua County public defender, recently told county legislators ...

Clinton Gives Voters Little Reason To Celebrate

In Our Opinion

Democrat Party leaders no doubt are gloating about last week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, where the party last week nominated Donald Trump for president. Democrats point to discord at the convention and protests outside. And, they note gleefully, there were missteps in the ...

Tax Analysis Shows Bold Decisions Pay Off

In Our Opinion

Residents in the village of Silver Creek and the town of Ripley pay among the highest property taxes in Chautauqua County.According to a recent Post-Journal analysis of total tax rates - a number that includes town, village, city, county and school taxes - on a home assessed at $100,000, Silver ...

Stranded Traveler Thanks One Of Area’s Guardian Angels

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:Please let the people of Jamestown know there is an angel among them. He doesn't look like an angel. He is big and strong, handsome, and very kind. His name is Ed Holtz.He picked us up in 90 degree weather on Route 86 with his tow truck and took us to the Ford dealer in ...