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In Our Opinion

Re-Examine Use Of Lake Funding Before Considering Tax District

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

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 ...

It’s A Time To Remember Veterans Of All Wars

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 ...

The Council And Mayor-Elect Need To Heed The Call

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 ...

The Maternal, Infant And Child Program Is A Good Use Of Resources

The havoc drugs and poverty can wreak on a child’s life are well documented. It’s refreshing to see, then, the effectiveness of the Nurse Family Partnership, a Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services program that works with expectant mothers. The Nurse Family ...

County Residents Have Done Their Job, Now The Work Begins

Wow, that was some election night. Control of the Jamestown City Council is still undecided after Brent Sheldon, R-Ward 1, eked out a seven-vote lead over challenger Tim Smeal with 70 absentee ballots still to be counted. Newcomer Grant Olson defeated incumbent Maria Jones in Ward 5 while ...

Past Presidents Are Teachers, Elder Statesmen

It has been said that the art of politics is compromise. Mention that these days and it is entirely likely you will be accused of being a traitor by those on one of the polls to which political discourse seems to have been relegated. Perhaps both sides will flail away at you. Former President ...

Quick Response By Health Dept. Helps Control Rat Woes

We’re glad to see the Chautauqua County Health Department moving quickly to control a rat infestation in Sherman. The Chautauqua County Board of Health held a special meeting last week to discuss the situation, issuing a 24-hour order to the owners of the Farmers Mill property to see if the ...

Trump Isn’t Abusing Executive Orders The Way Obama Did

Former President Barack Obama’s abuse of executive orders to get his way when Congress refused to go along with him — or when he simply did not want the American people to know what he was doing — was wrong. President Donald Trump’s critics now point to the fact that his use of ...

Local Restaurant Closing May Be A Warning Sign

The closing earlier this week of Jimmy’s Restaurant after a short 11 weeks in business should be a warning sign about the state of the local economy. The business made mistakes and should have acted upon complaints from customers earlier than it did. In hindsight, more money up front was ...

The New Leader For ISIS Will Have No Place To Hide

It is doubtful that ISIS — the Islamic State terrorist organization — was without a leader for more than a few hours after its former head, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, died by his own hand rather than be captured in a raid by U.S. forces in Syria. ISIS already had a succession plan in place ...

Lakewood Residents Have An Easy Choice When Voting On Nov. 5

Lakewood residents have an easy choice on Nov. 5 as they vote for a new mayor and two positions on the Village Board. Randall Holcomb is the endorsed Republican candidate, opposed by Ted McCague. Republicans chose to endorse Holcomb earlier this year, leading to a situation in which McCague, ...

Town Residents Will Find Themselves In Good Hands Either Way

One cannot find two more diametrically opposed candidates for office this year than in the race for Busti town supervisor. Incumbent Republican Jesse Robbins is seeking a third term in office and faces a stiff challenge from Dr. Rudy Mueller, the endorsed Democrat. The differences between ...

Interesting Decision Faces Voters In Three Towns

Voters in the Chautauqua, Sherman and Mina areas face an interesting decision when choosing their representative on the Chautauqua County Legislature. Bill Ward is endorsed by both the Democratic, Republican, Independence, Working Families and Libertarian parties. Martin Proctor, Ward’s ...

Legislature’s Race Features Two Good, Worthy Candidates

There aren’t many contested races for the Chautauqua County Legislature in the southern part of the county, but the two that are contested are quite interesting. In District 16, incumbent John Davis, R-Frewsburg, is running against Gerrit Cain, L-Poland. Davis is ending his first term in ...

Ability To Partner Influences Mayor Choice

The three candidates for Jamestown mayor find themselves in a difficult campaign. We’re not referring to the three-way race between Republican David Wilfong, Democrat Eddie Sundquist or Libertarian Andrew Liuzzo. Rather, we refer to a campaign where candidates have to differentiate ...

Three Deserve Your Vote To Sit On The State Supreme Court

Area voters will be deciding on three state Supreme Court justices when going to the polls starting Saturday for early voting. Truly, however, there is only one race. Both the Hon. Gerald J. Whalen and the Hon. Deborah Haendiges received the endorsement of the Democratic and Republican ...

Borrello Has More Than Earned The 57th Senate Seat

Since winning election to the top post in 2018, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello has been a strong voice and hard worker for his constituents. Starting at day one, he set a strong agenda while taking the time to learn along the way. An aggressive 100 businesses in 100 days goal was ...

Activity Important For At-Large Candidates

Political control of Jamestown’s City Council likely comes down to the choices voters make for the three at-large positions on the council. Candidates still on the ballot are Democrats Tamu Graham-Reinhardt, Greg Rabb and Taylor Scott, Republicans Kim Ecklund and Jeff Russell and ...

City Council Endorsements

Jamestown will see a change in the mayor’s office on Jan. 1. We hope it sees a change in the City Council as well — both in the names of some office holders and in the attitude with which council members approach their jobs. Today, we endorse in the three contested races in Wards 1, 4 ...