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The Unseen Casualties Of EPA’s Climate Agenda

Local Commentaries

Since the Environmental Protection Agency, unilaterally and without congressional authorization, conferred on itself the power to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant, many changes have taken place in America, with few of them related to the climate.As a prime example, one study shows that ...

Your Life Expectancy And Your Social Security Are Intertwined

Local Commentaries

According to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, life expectancy in the United States is the longest ever, approaching 79 years. This was highlighted in the recent Time cover story, "This Baby Could Live to Be 142 Years Old." With very few exceptions - such as the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

A long overdue thumbs up to the Busti and Lakewood fire departments for coming together over the last several months to make sure the departments are able to handle rescue calls. The departments had a lack of manpower from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Michael Volpe, Busti fire chief, and Jack ...

Why Bans Always Fail

Local Commentaries

The rules for cooperation in society have developed over thousands of years. They include what may, in a very loose sense, be called a ban on murder, theft, coercion, fraud, and so on. People widely accept them because they protect each individual from aggression of various types. They form a ...

State Must Ease Off On Teachers

In Our Opinion

We're not sure school districts ever really had a problem identifying bad teachers.Building principals typically had a good handle on the teachers who were absent too much, who didn't collaborate with others or who just didn't do a good job of imparting knowledge to their students. School ...

Battle Against Drug Addiction Moves Forward

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua County has made progress in battling drug addiction.Despite a painstakingly slow process for providing adequate treatment for users of heroin and other drugs, officials continue to take the county in a positive direction.Consider an incoming supportive housing center at WCA ...

Trust Iran — You Must Be Kidding

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:Before I was discharged from World World II my bomb group gave me the chance to volunteer for a mission in the South Pacific, an upgrade in rank and pay - I refused. Afterwards I was told they wanted photographers to take pictures of the atomic bomb tests in Eniwetok!! A ...

Prendergast Library Makes A Tough Choice

In Our Opinion

In a perfect world, the James Prendergast Library Association wouldn't be selling art purchased with money from Mary Prendergast's will.The world is flawed, however, and the Association finds itself doing just that as board members scramble to raise money to provide the programs and services ...

Humbling Lessons Learned

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:I was hopeful when I tried to run as a candidate for the office of Mayor of Jamestown, but it did not take too long to realize how futile such an effort is. The only way I could compete is to form an independent political party and submit nomination petitions with three ...

Healing State Divide Won’t Be Easy Task

In Our Opinion

Earlier this year, Mayor Sam Teresi called the movement for parts of New York state to secede distracting.He's right, of course.The nearly year-old discussions thus far center on two avenues, joining Pennsylvania or starting a new state known as New Amsterdam. The likelihood of New York state ...

Immigration Woes Abroad A Disturbing Reminder

In Our Opinion

Reports of tens of thousands of people from Syria, Libya and other countries flooding into Europe as they attempt to escape strife at home have been all over the news for several days. Their stories tug at Americans' heartstrings. Especially wrenching were pictures of the body of a 3-year-old ...

Uncontested Races, Poor Voter Turnout Complicate Elections

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua County has a problem at the polls.Local communities have many offices up for grabs in November, but only a few people willing to fill them.As per usual, the elections will lack competition in numerous races - from Chautauqua County Legislature seats to Jamestown City Council and town ...

Landfills Need To Give Residents A Break

Letters To The Editor

To The Readers' Forum:A lot has been discussed lately about the need for out-of-county waste at the landfill, at a cost of less than $40 a ton, to generate revenue.Let's talk about a group of county residents I happen to fall into that use the transfer stations on a regular basis. My bags fall ...

Plastic Microbeads Polluting Lakes, Waterways

Local Commentaries

Our lakes and waterways are a critical foundation of our environment and economy in Chautauqua County and Western New York. Especially Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake. They provide us with drinking water, water for use in the agricultural and manufacturing industries, the fish that are sold in ...

Why Not Be A Drug Dealer In Jamestown?

Local Commentaries

Recently, The Post-Journal published the release of convicted drug dealers. The efforts of 120 law enforcement officers and the cooperation of various agencies resulted in the convictions and disrupted drug trafficking from outside our city. The question is for what? These individuals did a ...

Sewers Around The Lake

Local Commentaries

When people talk about building public infrastructure, I begin looking for maps and locations. The recent engineering study titled "Sewer Extension West Side of Chautauqua Lake" by the firm O'Brien and Gere, through the use of color-coded maps, does a good job of helping visualize where the ...

Let’s Hear Our Next President’s Views On Poverty

Local Commentaries

In September of each year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases data from the Annual Social and Economic Supplement of the Current Population Survey. The CPS ASEC is a nationally representative survey of more than 60,000 American households, and among other things, it is used to calculate the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Fletcher Ward, a student of local history who is taking on an exciting new project, has written several books on local history, including: "Chautauqua's Largest Fish," "Saving Chautauqua's Muskies" and "Chautauqua Lake's Great Race." At one time, Chautauqua Lake was a primary ...

Who Is Qualified To Run The Country?

Local Commentaries

With the (far, far too long) presidential election season upon us, we have already heard endless discussions about who is the right person to run the country. Should it be a billionaire businessman who obviously knows a thing or two about running successful for-profit companies, or should it be ...