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Opinion

Administrators Should Be Held Accountable

In Our Opinion

The more than 150 people who took time out of their Tuesday evening to attend this week’s Jamestown Public Schools Board of Education meeting learned that 45 Jamestown High School students with high absentee and discipline rates have been identified for placement in a personalized learning ...

Another Round Of Energy Pork

Local Commentaries

Christmas is upon us, and the elves are busy in the North Pole suburb of Capitol Hill. The House has produced a draft piece of “green energy” legislation that would yield massive costs, massive economic distortions and massive environmental damage. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-California, ...

How Big Is ‘Too Big?’

Local Commentaries

Ever since the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890, there has always been this question of how big corporations should become and what constitutes a “monopoly.” It has become part of our American experience that too much power aggregated in the hands of too few is not good for our economy or ...

A Notice Of Consent To Accept Refugees

Local Commentaries

President Trump signed Executive Order 13888 in September which requires states and localities to notify the State Department, in writing, of their consent to accept refugees. Governor Cuomo deserves credit for asserting New York State’s commitment to continuing America’s (and especially ...

The IRS Deserves Cheers, Not Jeers

Local Commentaries

America’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) struggles every day with an infernal problem. It’s expected to separate taxpayers from their hard-earned money and leave them feeling well-treated at the same time. They don’t feel well-treated, far from it. According to the 2019 report to ...

ESPRI Partners Need To Think Of New Solutions In NYS

In Our Opinion

This week’s Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative task force meeting paints a sobering picture of Jamestown, when you think about it. Consider that there are an average of 12,788 households in Jamestown over the past five years, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics. ESPRI task ...

Checks And Balances

Letters To The Editor

Checks And Balances To The Reader’s Forum: This holiday, I suggest we give thanks for our mental capacity as humans. Compared to other animals we have been given extraordinary capacities of thought and reasoning. We are able to predict likely outcomes of events and plan accordingly. We can ...

PSC Needs To Be Independent Of Cuomo, Not A Pawn

In Our Opinion

If he hasn’t done so already, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is stepping dangerously close to the line that separates elected officials from independent agencies. At issue, this time, is the controversy over National Grid’s desire to build a new natural gas pipeline downstate and an ensuing refusal ...

Why Hasn’t The Gas Price Changed?

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: After a trip up to the Buffalo area this past weekend, I can’t help but wonder why the gas prices remain so much higher here in the Jamestown area. In Dunkirk/Fredonia gas is $2.79/gallon. In Depew/Lancaster prices are $2.59; Cheektowaga is at $2.62/gallon. ...

Bitter Medicine May Be On Way For Prendergast Library

In Our Opinion

Mary Poppins once famously sang that a spoonful of sugar can help the medicine go down. The vote last week to approve Jamestown’s budget that included an additional $40,000 for the James Prendergast Library is likely to be the last spoonful of sugar before both the city and the library ...

‘Immoral’ Doesn’t Figure Into Some Nations’ Policies

In Our Opinion

During visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, on Sunday, Pope Francis pronounced that, “The use of atomic energy for purposes of war is immoral.” He added, “As is the possession of atomic weapons.” For many years, the Roman Catholic Church seemed to sanction policies by the United ...

There Is Hope That The Darkness Is Temporary

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: One candidate for the Democratic nomination for President this past Wednesday was asked whether there was room in the Democratic Party for a Pro-life candidate since John Bel Edwards, the newly elected Democratic governor of Louisiana is pro-life and has recently ...

If The City, BPU Want To Gain, They Need To Give

In Our Opinion

It comes as little surprise that the debate over annexing substation property the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities owns in the village of Falconer has reared its head again. We hope Jamestown doesn’t make the same mistakes it did the last time, though the process is starting out in much ...

‘Trump Is America’ Shows A Lack Of Critical Thinking

Local Commentaries

The superficiality of Smith’s writing (”Realizing Trump Is America,” P-J, Nov. 16, 2019) is mind-boggling: stereotypical characterizations and platitudes, one upon another; lack of critical thinking about America, Americans, and President Trump in particular; and statements made without ...

A Quid Pro Quo To Be Worried About

Local Commentaries

There are quid pro quos and then there are quid pro quos. There is nothing inherently wrong or illegal about a quid pro quo. We engage in one every time we do a business transaction or agree to any other exchange. Some quid pro quos involve illegal quids or quos, but in those cases the ...

Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

Local Commentaries

In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed into law the $15 minimum wage, saying, “Economically, minimum wages may not make sense” but, “morally and socially and politically, they (minimum wages) make every sense.” It’s been three years since then, and despite the American ...

Fuel Adjustment Charge Slaps Ratepayers In Faces

In Our Opinion

A piece of legislation introduced this week in the state Senate should become law quickly during the next state legislative session. State Sen. Chris Jacobs, R-Buffalo, wants to bring some transparency to the costs born by local utility ratepayers for state clean energy programs like the ...

Let Us Be Grateful For The Many Blessings We Have

In Our Opinion

Most of us have good reason to pause and give thanks today. Our families top the list of blessings bestowed upon us, of course. Consider, though, the new Americans taking the oath of citizenship every day around our country. Having learned what it means to be an American — gaining in the ...