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Opinion

Public Forums May Be The Start To Building Trust

In Our Opinion

Jamestown Public Schools District officials find themselves walking a very fine line these days. In a city with high poverty, district officials are often trying to educate students for whom education is a low priority. That’s somewhat understandable. Families struggling to put meals on ...

Realizing Trump Is America

Local Commentaries

I have struggled for some time to understand Donald Trump’s appeal, even before he ran for president. His wealthy businessman shtick always seemed so transparent to me. People cited his wealth as evidence he might manage a strong economy even back when he was rumored to run for Governor of ...

West Lake Sewer Extension

Local Commentaries

As with most public works, building sewers takes time. Time right now is being spent in preparing for construction bids for the sewer extension from the Ashville BOCES school up to Stow. The money (close to $17 million) is committed and now the exact route and location of pipes, pumping ...

What Young People Need To Thrive

Local Commentaries

The United States was founded by people seeking relief from an oppressive political and economic system. Three stunningly prescient documents — the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights — made it clear that newly minted Americans valued the pursuit of ...

Rural Towns Should Be Watching Court Mergers

In Our Opinion

One can quibble with the way the Sherman Town Board handled the elimination of one of its town justice positions. Board members voted Sept. 5 to eliminate one of the two positions. James Van Volkenburg, who has served as one of the town’s justices for the past 32 years, circulated a ...

The City Needs To Make The Treatment Program A Reality

In Our Opinion

The wheels of government move slowly — but in the case of a new 100-slot opioid treatment program in Jamestown, thank goodness they moved at all. Too many Jamestown-area families have been locked in a battle with drug addiction that often could only be won with a trip to treatment ...

The Work Has Just Begun For Everyone

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: According to an editorial last week by this paper, the Mayor-elect and the new Council should “heed the call” of the results of the last election. “Residents have done their job” (by voting) the PJ writes in another recent editorial. While both statements ...

Re-Examine Use Of Lake Funding Before Considering Tax District

In Our Opinion

Online Post-Journal reader Robert MacCallum makes two good points regarding a possible taxing district around Chautauqua Lake. First, one of the arguments for spending any county money on Chautauqua Lake is that the lake includes 26% of the county’s taxable property assessment. For years, ...

When Citizens Are Victims, Reprisal Will Be Swift

In Our Opinion

Americans who leave our country to reside in another are outside the protection of our government in most ways. But the sheer horror of what happened in Mexico last week — nine women and children massacred, apparently by drug cartel terrorists — cries out for some meaningful reaction by ...

Clearing Driver’s License Rumors

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I would like to clear up rumors and misinformation that has been circulating about Real ID compliant driver’s licenses. I have received many inquiries from county residents about information that they heard on news broadcasts and from TSA agents at the ...

It’s A Time To Remember Veterans Of All Wars

In Our Opinion

With the passing of time, new generations of Americans have to be reminded of the personal sacrifices their forefathers made in the armed services, whether those soldiers served stateside or abroad, and whether they survived or made the ultimate sacrifice — dying for their country. That’s ...

Celebrating Veterans And America

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: This in not my first Veterans Day, however, my emotions seem to be running extra high this year. It could be my age, but I am more apt to think it is the state of our country. Our family has been blessed with many veterans covering several wars. They have all ...

The Council And Mayor-Elect Need To Heed The Call

In Our Opinion

It comes as a surprise to no one that most of the candidates running for office in Jamestown this year want to take a new approach in the city’s neighborhoods. Thoughts on neighborhoods were a common topic during this election season. Mayoral candidates suggested everything from tax ...

Reform Necessitates An Amendment

Local Commentaries

For nearly 30 years, the more rural counties of the Eighth Judicial District have been denied a sitting state Supreme Court Justice because of the logistics, expenses and political realities of being part of a sprawling district. Although the district, where I serve as Administrative ...

A Case For The Union

Letters To The Editor

Recently, I have been reading the Memoirs of General William Tecumseh Sherman. His time and era, defined by the Civil War, have relevance today. The President, Abraham Lincoln, had been elected in 1860. The South rebelled in 1861 and, as Lincoln described it, “the War came.” What ...

Trump’s Success With Small Businesses Questioned

Local Commentaries

With his administration engulfed in legal and political crisis, President Donald Trump is almost certainly going to have to rely more and more on the relatively strong state of the economy – from relatively low unemployment to a robust stock market — to make his case for a second term in ...