Opinion

To Rent A Home, Or Buy A Home?

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:To rent or buy a home tis the question. Both have pros and cons.Does it make sense to buy a home if your job requires you to be here short term? Maintenance costs can be a very scary picture to look at if you own - especially if they crop up out of nowhere. Homeownership ...

Weber Knapp Proves Importance Of Manufacturing

In Our Opinion

We won't call it a full comeback, but it has been nice to see some good news about the area's manufacturing sector recently.Shults Real Estate LLC is in the midst of buying the former Quality Markets building on Fluvanna Avenue to house a light manufacturer that would bring 30 or 40 jobs. Gary ...

Norwegians Learn, Speak English Better Than ‘Muricans

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:I recently returned from a trip to Norway, where I enjoyed the fantastic art, mountains, food and people of that beautiful nation.Of the many things I admire about Norway, the most significant is their mastery of the English language. Instruction in English starts early, ...

Regulations Should Not Protect Failing Companies

In Our Opinion

Uber, the app-based ride-hailing service, would like the New York State Legislature to approve statewide regulations that would allow it to operate throughout the state. The service already operates in the New York City area but its plan to expand into cities like Buffalo, Rochester and ...

Democracy Falls Apart At Busti Town Board Meeting

Letters To The Editor

To the Readers' Forum:Attending a recent Busti Town Board meeting and expecting to see democracy in action, I was sorely disappointed - the authoritative manner in which the town counselor conducts the meeting and the dismissive way he deflects criticism and suppresses discussion is sad to ...

A Brutal Reminder Interolerance Exists

In Our Opinion

We Americans debate matters such as whether people who believe biology is not really the determinant of gender should use certain restrooms. We argue over whether members of the clergy should be forced to marry same-sex couples.But in much of the world there is no argument about such matters. ...

Wounded IS May Retaliate

In Our Opinion

In their three major theaters of war, Islamic State terrorists appear to have been knocked back on their heels. That undoubtedly is good news, but it comes with a worrisome qualification.Iraqi government forces are making slow but steady progress in ousting IS troops from the important city of ...

I’ll Take My Chances With The Loose Cannon

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:While I admit it's a pretty scary scenario having Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for the President of the United States, can we really afford another four years of the Democratic business as usual attitude and Congressional gridlock? Not to mention a Hillary ...

Library Funding Initiative Was Too Much For Taxpayers

In Our Opinion

A $65,000 home in Jamestown with a 30-year mortgage at 5 percent interest is $295.25 a month, according to a mortgage calculator at bankrate.com. According to the city's property tax bills, a home with that $65,000 assessment on the north side of Jamestown would pay $3,389.51 a year in city, ...

Sometimes The Video Doesn’t Tell The Whole Truth

Local Commentaries

Sometime in the mid-1970s, the village of Westfield installed the Westside Pump Station to help get wastewater to the new waste treatment plant on Portage Street. The pump station was located on the side of Chautauqua Creek near the end of Oak Street. The purpose was to allow waste from the ...

Consider Your Options In Late-Stage Cancer

Local Commentaries

I was thrilled to see the article entitled, "When To Give Up: Treatment or Comfort For Late-Stage Cancer?" in The Post-Journal on June 7, 2016. Although less than half of the people served by Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care are diagnosed with cancer, the aggressive treatment issue ...

Examining Obamacare’s Enormous Year Four Premium Increases

Local Commentaries

Sticker shock is coming this fall for millions of people who shop for an Affordable Care Act individual market plan for 2017. Some of the price increases are dramatic. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (covering 600,000 enrollees) requested a 59 percent premium increase. Providence Health Plan in ...

New Sewer Plant Construction Underway At Chautauqua

Local Commentaries

This is the time of year for big news at Chautauqua Institution. A new season is beginning and the 2016 summer program will soon be in full swing.However, the biggest news at Chautauqua, at least as far as the lake is concerned, is the beginning of construction of a tertiary sewage treatment ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Frewsburg as it takes its yearly turn in the community spotlight. The 92nd annual Frewsburg Gala Days will be held Wednesday through Saturday throughout Frewsburg to raise money for its resident fire company. The event will kick off at 6 p.m. June 15-17 and 3 p.m. on June 18 and ...

Andrew Jackson: Don’t Forget The Good

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:Andrew Jackson is among one of my favorite Presidents. I have read everything I could get my hands on of Jackson. During the Revolution, he was slashed by a British officer for refusing to clean the mud that was on his boots. He was nine years old at the time and was a POW ...

The Human Basis Of Technology

Local Commentaries

Technology is progressing at an amazing pace. Robots and computerized automation are making processes much more efficient and less costly. The benefit is that, as goods and services become more available, prices tend to drop. As a case-in-point, computer prices keep declining even as the ...

Community Court Could Decrease Repeat Offenders

In Our Opinion

We often see many of the same names pop up in police reports sent to us by area police departments.We hope the creation of a Community Court within Jamestown City Court helps keep some of those names from showing up in the paper as often.The concept behind community courts is that every person ...

Dairy Portion Of US Farm Policy Misrepresented By Media

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:It seems as if media coverage of the news is often presented by sources that may or may not have their facts straight. The current political arena is a good example, but as a lifelong person involved in the dairy business, I find the reported facts of the most recent U.S. ...

Republicans Show Up Late To The Party

In Our Opinion

Members of the state Assembly's Republican minority are calling for more oversight of big spending packages like the Buffalo Billion.Republicans want to create a three-person board that includes the state comptroller, state attorney general and state Budget Division director to review ...