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In Our Opinion

Legislators Need To Hold Abusers Accountable For Their Actions

The state Assembly missed a golden opportunity to pass legislation that could give people pause during incidents where children are present. Legislators unanimously passed a bill earlier this year to expand the definition of a child victim for the purposes of eligibility for funding through ...

Let’s Work Together And Keep The Water Chesnut At Bay

Much of the focus on Chautauqua Lake tends to focus on invasive weeds and harmful algal blooms. That’s a testament to the work that has been done in the past several years since the water chestnut was first reported in the Chautauqua Lake watershed. The recent discovery of water chestnuts ...

Groups Deserve Credit For Making A Splash At Underused City Parks

Kudos to two organizations for starting work to possibly bring a splash pad to one of Jamestown’s parks. Mayor Sam Teresi deserves credit for making the groundwork for a splash pad a priority before the end of his mayoral term this December. The pad would be a welcome addition to whichever ...

Change Out Old State License Plates In Phases

There are 75 million reasons for New York to make the state’s drivers get new license plates. That’s the amount of money the state expects to make from this cockamamie scheme released last week in the guise of a fun new contest to choose the state’s new license plate design. Gov. ...

When It Comes To The Taliban, Talk Is Cheap

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election — one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a proposal to change the name of Chadakoin Park to honor the late Isabelle Jackson and Lula and Vivian Taylor. Wanda Cooper recently spoke to the City Council about renaming the park Jackson Taylor Park. Jackson was a longtime Jamestown Community College professor who directed the ...

Opioid Tax Adds To New York State’s Budgeting Mess

In December 2018, a federal judge ruled that New York’s opioid excise tax was unconstitutional because it expressly said it would pass the cost of the tax from the manufacturer on to the supplier, who would then pass the tax on to those purchasing pain medication. As part of this year’s ...

The Worst Of These Civil Lawsuits May Be Behind Us Yet

It’s still too early to know the full breadth of sexual abuse of innocent children that happened in our midst. Hundreds of civil cases have been filed in the eight days since the Child Victims Act opened a one-year legal window for any civil claims against those who are alleged to have ...

City Should Look At Alternatives To Marking Tires

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling stating that a police department’s chalking of tires during parking enforcement is unconstitutional doesn’t have the force of law in New York state. Jamestown officials may want to start coming up with alternatives to chalking tires anyway. ...

Responsible Gun Ownership Is No Laughing Matter

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man, in Ohio, may be about to learn amassing an arsenal, then talking about mass shootings, isn’t funny at all. What on Earth is wrong with these people and, sad to say, what appears to be ...

State Should Not Penalize County For Refusing To Waste Money

One reason given to spend more than a million dollars on a hangar at the Chautauqua County Airport in Jamestown is, basically, if you don’t take the state’s money, you won’t get the state’s money in the future. We have no reason to doubt the county official who said it because ...

Zombie Neighborhoods Are A Problem Too

I have been reading several articles in The Post-Journal lately about zombie properties. As I understand it, an appropriate definition of that term would be “a home that is condemned, or uninhabitable, and should be torn down” I am writing this letter from the home I grew up in in ...

Middle-Class Optimism Is Waning

July marked our 121st month of economic expansion — the longest ever recorded in U.S. history, and an impressive milestone that we should be proud of 11 years after the Great Recession. But if there’s one thing Main Street, Wall Street and Robert Frost can always agree on, it’s that ...

Bad Bipartisan Ideas On Drug Prices

Both sides of the aisle in American politics see lower drug prices in Canada and Europe and implore federal officials to force U.S. prices downward. STAT news says a month’s worth of cholesterol medication Crestor costs $40 in Canada, versus $300 in America. President Trump sees “global ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Rev. Wayne Eppeheimer of the Jamestown Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, who is retiring at the end of September after 39 years in ministry. Eppeheimer has spent 30 of those years pastoring in Jamestown. While the Third Street church will carry several large projects ...

The County Should Be Doing What Benefits The Most Residents Possible

It was no surprise that the Chautauqua County Legislature approved a $20,000 allocation from the county’s 3% occupancy tax fund to support the Chautauqua Lake Pops by the Shore series in Mayville. The proposal had been approved a month earlier, with only Legislator Jay Gould of the opinion ...

The Board Of Regents Should Take Its Time On This Decision

The discussion over whether or not New York state should continue requiring its students to pass five Regents examinations before graduating from high school misses a larger point. For too many students, the work they do from kindergarten through 12th grade isn’t preparing them for life ...

Constant Fighting Between State, Seneca Nation Needs To End

It’s time for a compromise between New York state and the Seneca Nation of Indians in the ongoing impasse over needed work to the state Thruway between Exit 57A in Eden/Angola and Exit 58 in Silver Creek. Both the state and the Seneca Nation say they are open to discussions or working on ...