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Opinion

Clearing Of Sidewalks Should Be Based On Their Use, Not Schools

In Our Opinion

Mayor Eddie Sundquist has a lot on his plate right now. This weekend’s snowstorm should add one more item to the mayor’s already full agenda — sidewalk plowing. Clearing sidewalks is the responsibility of homeowners or tenants, but anyone with a rudimentary knowledge of the city’s ...

A Statement In Support Of Choosing Life

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: How good it was to read Dr. James Faulk’s letter to the PJ (12-2) about his cousin who chose life for her unborn child. With every conceivable politically-correct justification to abort, her eventual decision through the timely and thoughtful intervention of her ...

Bills Should Be In Final Form Before Vote Is Taken

In Our Opinion

Typically, complaints about three-men-in-a-room government in Albany focuses on the state budget. Last week, the state Assembly provided another example of how three people deciding matters can lead to poorly written laws that state residents — both Democrat and Republican — have to deal ...

Senators Owe A Full And Formal Trial To The American People

In Our Opinion

With the ball in the U.S. Senate’s court regarding an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, a rather strange debate is occurring among some senators: Should there even be a trial? What are they thinking? After several days of sitting on articles of impeachment approved by ...

Noted Concerns Might Get Heastie Off The Fence

In Our Opinion

It’s been about two weeks since New York’s criminal justice reform laws took effect, and the Jamestown Police Department is already struggling to meet a comically short 15-day requirement to provide all of its evidence to prosecutors, who in turns provide it to defense attorneys. In ...

Republicans Struggle In Albany

Local Commentaries

I am a Democrat, so it might seem strange for me to be concerned about the future of the Republican Party in Albany — but such is the case. Though the Republican Party is dominant here and in many Upstate areas — as a statewide political force, it is in decline. Today, the Republican ...

Freedom, Opportunity Beat Bureaucracy

Local Commentaries

How lousy does public policy have to be for a state to lose population six years in a row? Illinois is finding out. Connecticut, too. More deaths, fewer births, fleets of fleeing moving vans, insufficient migrants from abroad and other states — the Lands of Lincoln and Steady Habits are ...

Help The Library That Serves

Local Commentaries

The James Prendergast is one of my top two favorite libraries in the county, alongside Westfield’s historic Patterson. As a child, I loved picking out books and reading them in a small orange chair in the tidy, bright children’s room. The Prendergast is where I fell in love with ...

EPA’s Science Blowout

Local Commentaries

A unique event in regulatory science just happened. One that could only have occurred in the rock ’em, sock ’em Trump era. An Environmental Protection Agency science advisory panel informed the EPA administrator that 25 years and $600 million worth of the science underpinning the ...

Maybe It’s Time To Bring Some Services Back To The District

In Our Opinion

The Jamestown Public Schools District has sent students to the Gustavus Adolphus Family Services Learning Center at a cost of $586,624 in 2019-20. Is it possible the district has actually been wasting money all these years? Earlier this week, the Jamestown school board voted to create ...

America Seems To Have Forgotten Its History

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced that Washington is not willing to bow to Iraqi demands to withdraw its troops and any future discussions with Baghdad will be purely confined to the future structure of our forces in their country. Earlier in the ...

A Decision About The Annexation Should Not Be Made In January

In Our Opinion

There are some who want to proceed this month with a City Council vote to move forward with annexation of the Jamestown BPU substation on Dow Street in Falconer. Anthony Dolce, R-Ward 2 and City Council president, is advocating that council members wait until at least February or March ...

Caucus Is Not Place To Look For Leadership

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Interested to see the two articles recently in “Area News” regarding the Problem Solvers Caucus, of which our Congressman, Tom Reed, is co-chairman. I learned that the Problem Solvers Caucus is “building bipartisan consensus on policies,” and Mr. Reed ...

State Officials Have Run Up An Expensive Tab With Medicaid

In Our Opinion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was full of baloney last week when he laid the blame for the state’s $4 billion Medicaid deficit at the feet of counties. The governor may have sprained a shoulder muscle patting himself on the back for the state’s decision to cap counties’ share of Medicaid spending, ...

What Actually Makes Up Property Taxes

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: It’s Property Tax time again, the bills are arriving in the mail. Grrrr. And just so we’ll know why those taxes are where they are, we get a little explanation of what makes up the tax levy. Sure enough, Medicaid, and county tax make up a whopping 92 percent of ...

Kudos To Chagnon For His Decision On Legislature Appointment

In Our Opinion

There are a lot of Republicans on the Chautauqua County Legislature. In our view, none of those Republicans are as well qualified to lead the Audit and Control Committee as Charles Nazzaro, D-Jamestown. Audit and Control is perhaps the most important committee on the legislature. All ...

Killing Soleimani Carried Risk, But Eliminated A Threat

In Our Opinion

At least three times while Bill Clinton was president, he rejected proposals to kill Osama bin Laden. That enabled bin Laden’s al-Qaida network to continue making terrorist attacks leading up to the Sept. 11, 2001 assault on America that killed nearly 3,000 people. Despite knowing bin ...

Cuomo Just May Sink This ‘Ship Of State’

In Our Opinion

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says New York’s “ship of state is stronger than it has been in decades.” It had better be, because it appears Cuomo is steering it toward an iceberg. The governor’s State of the State address, delivered Wednesday, measured 12 printed pages of platitudes, promises ...

They Could Be Less Hostile

Local Commentaries

I take a sort of perverse glee listening to New York State Republicans, especially notorious Trump lackey, Tom Reed, whining about “one-party rule” in New York State. Mr. Reed, if you are reading, please run for governor in 2022. I almost felt bad seeing Republican Legislators ...

Nothing Is Compelling About The Annexation

Local Commentaries

Having attended the recent public hearing on December 30, 2019, regarding the annexation of the Dow Street Substation that is in the Town of Ellicott, Village of Falconer, and Falconer Central School District into the City of Jamestown, I heard nothing compelling me to agree to the annexation ...