Opinion

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 ...

Somebody Notices Dairy Farmers’ Plight

Local Commentaries

On Friday, July 15, 2016, U.S. Senator for New York Kirsten Gillibrand released a letter drafted to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack. Therein, Sen. Gillibrand strongly advocated that USDA refund the unused portion of the approximately $73 million collected from the U.S. dairy ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Two submissions to the Reader's Forum and a story that ran on Page A1 in Tuesday's edition are good reminders of the good neighbors in our midst. Ed Holtz, an area tow truck operator, drove Louise Boltz and her husband back to Rocky River, Ohio, after their car broke down on Interstate 86while ...

Federal Gun Control Law Needed In Place Of SAFE Act

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:The Post-Journal editorial on the flaws of the Safe Act points out graphically what many of us have been crying in the wilderness for years about, in increasing anguish. And that is that we need a federal gun control law - reasonable and effective.Unless all of the states ...

American Greatness On The Auction Block

Local Commentaries

Politicians are hawking their own majestic visions of what will make this nation great (again), even while they obviously don't understand what it means or what causes it. Greatness, in the highest sense, doesn't come from fiscal policy, monetary policy, or macroeconomics. It has nothing to do ...

More People Mean Good Than Evil

In Our Opinion

Adopting the Old Testament eye-for-an-eye reaction to violence accomplishes nothing except, perhaps, to leave everyone involved blind. When it is directed at the peacemakers, it harms us all in a very direct way.It has been said of the men and women in law enforcement that they "have targets on ...

Jamestown Babe Ruth League Thanks Parks Department

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader's Forum:Jamestown Babe Ruth League would like to thank the Parks Department employees, especially the crew at Bergman Park under Brad Proctor, for their excellent care of the fields last week for our state tournaments.In the last two weeks we hosted the 12U, 15U and 9U State ...

Pokemon Go Brings Good To Jamestown

In Our Opinion

Pokemon Go has brought a nice change to the Jamestown area.People are out and about, discovering areas of the county they may not have visited before as they hunt down Pokemon. The game has brought a physical personal-interaction to the typically insular world of social media that is refreshing ...