Opinion

Reader Thankful For Community Support

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I am writing to express my thanks to the community of Westfield for their support of the 3rd annual Bereda Memorial Run/Walk. This event is held in memory of my two grandchildren, Brennen and Finley Bereda. Proceeds from the race are being used to create a ...

Lake Concert Series Shouldn’t Be Eligible For Bed Tax Money

In Our Opinion

There was apparently some confusion in May when the Chautauqua County Legislature over which pot of occupancy tax funding the county was giving the Chautauqua Lake Pops By The Shore concert series a $10,000 check. On Wednesday, the legislature will have another resolution on its agenda to ...

Doctrine Of Stare Decisis Should Not Apply

Local Commentaries

The following letter was sent to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. ı ı ı Separate statements made by you in your concurrence to Gamble v. United States are very encouraging to us-as they are to many Americans. It is our opinion that the doctrine of stare decisis should not ...

What Did The Clerk Think?

Local Commentaries

I wonder what the clerk of the court thought who came across the case of trespassing chickens and a Nazi flag in Hanover. This battle of wits has gone on for some time now. By all accounts the flags have been up for at least a year. Todd Schilling was quoted in WGRZ wondering “Has she (the ...

The Loss Of A Local Icon, Community Member

Local Commentaries

It was with profound sadness I read of the recent passing of Sadie Oag, (The Post-Journal, July 8.) Her quick sweet smile, bright eyes and excellent insights will be long remembered and sorely missed. Sadie and her husband Hugh were icons within Chautauqua County’s dairy farm community. ...

Reader Has Hypothesis About President Trump

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: My hypothesis is Donald Trump is probably a racist. Here’s my arguments. First, and foremost, I have yet to hear Trump tell a White, native born or naturalized American to go back to where they came from. There are numerous Whites, me included, who strongly ...

Our Local Roots

Local Commentaries

An old friend, now deceased, used to say somewhat in jest: “Every morning I read the obits in The Post-Journal. If my name isn’t there, I go to Moonbrook and play golf!” I must admit that I also read the obits every day in the same newspaper. It is more than seeing who has died. ...

Moon Landing Opened New Possibilities

In Our Opinion

For some Americans, the 1960s was a time when it was easy to worry about both our individual futures and that of our nation. A bloody war in Vietnam dominated headlines. The young president who inspired us to ask what we could do for our country had been assassinated. We watched in horror as ...

Something Could Be Done To Help City’s Financial Mess

In Our Opinion

It seems like no big deal for the state Legislature to pass laws that would break contracts between a private individual and their condominium association or a bank. So what would be the big deal in breaking union contracts to help the city of Jamestown get its costs under control and ...

Gerstel To Perform At Comedy Festival

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader’s Forum: We write this letter to the readers of The Post-Journal in order to make sure that locals know that our niece, Leah Gerstel, is part of this year’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Leah has been working as a professional singer and actress for close to twenty years ...

Agencies Need To Collaborate For The Criminal Justice System

In Our Opinion

Regardless of how one feels about New York state’s efforts at bail reform, the changes are coming. It’s good to see, then, that Community Justice Coordinating Council members are thinking about more than just bail reform’s impact on the Chautauqua County Jail. With as much as 80 percent ...

Controversies Are Differences On How To Pursue Goals

In Our Opinion

It has been pointed out that President Donald Trump’s attack on four Democratic congresswomen may have been calculated for political reasons. That is, Trump may have hoped outrage over his tweet would show his base that moderate Democrats have more in common with their party’s radicals ...

Epstein Should Have Been Sent Away Several Years Ago

In Our Opinion

Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein may yet spend an appropriate amount of time in a federal prison. He should have been sent away years ago. Why that did not happen needs to be explained. Epstein, 66, has been arrested by federal authorities in New York on charges of sex trafficking involving ...

Women Soccer Players Deserve The Same Level Playing Field

In Our Opinion

Equal pay for equal work has been one justification cited by those who believe the U.S. Soccer Federation’s World Cup-winning women’s team should be paid as much as those on the men’s team. But that is misleading: In an important way, the women are doing more valuable work. U.S. Sen. ...

What The Warner Dam Can, Can’t Do

Local Commentaries

In the late 1970s, I was a freshman legislator in Albany looking for a good project for my district. A friend and county planner at the time, John Luensman, suggested rebuilding Warner Dam, a water-control structure in the outlet of Chautauqua Lake. It was in bad shape and only one or ...

Another Side Of Border Argument

Local Commentaries

I read the article in the Sunday edition of The Post-Journal on June 30th entitled “Don’t Strip Migrants Of Their Humanity.” The writer accuses the government of holding refugees in squalid camps, intentional cruelty and neglect, stripping immigrants of their humanity, labeling them ...