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In Our Opinion

Democrats Should Prove They Can Run The Medicaid Program We Already Pay For

New York Democrats continue to bang the drum for the New York Health Act, a health care plan that would place all New Yorkers on a state-provided health care plan. Typically, the first argument against the plan, also known as Medicaid for All, is the cost. The Rand Corporation wrote in 2018 ...

Nazzaro Is Right – Sales Tax Likely To Come Up Short

We have learned over the years not to doubt Charles Nazzaro, D-Jamestown, when it comes to Chautauqua County’s budget. So we took it to heart last week when Nazzaro told Jason Sample of WRFA-LP that the Jamestown legislator has concerns over the amount of sales tax County Executive PJ ...

The City Should Program Its CDBG Funding Into Something Beneficial

Why is Jamestown proposing to spend $50,000 of its CDBG funding on a civic engagement fund? The money, according to the city’s 2020 CDBG draft plan, would pay for technical assistance, training and events or promotions to engage residents in the community development and leadership ...

Legislature Has Little Choice But To Act On Budget

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has spent months waiting for the federal government — the same federal government the state has sued more times than we can remember, by the way — to come to New York’s rescue with a COVID stimulus package. Starting back in April, when the state passed a $177 billion ...

Spending Bill Needs To Be OK’d To Avoid Some Gov’t Activities

Despite an effort by a bipartisan coalition of dozens of members of Congress in the Problem Solvers Caucus, of which U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, is co-chair, agreement on a new COVID-19 relief bill seems no closer than a month ago. More disturbing than the failure of negotiators is what ...

Needs Have Only Grown During The Pandemic, We Must Do What We Can To Help

Families in Chautauqua County have been tested in 2020 in ways they have never been tested before. COVID-19 and its associated school closures, general isolation and impact on people’s jobs and livelihoods have made this year one that many people will love to forget. But before we turn ...

If DivideNY Wants To Be Taken Seriously, They Have Some Questions To Answer

Republicans are a dying breed in New York state politics, as rural areas lose population and influence at the expense of bigger cities and their suburbs. The statewide response to COVID-19, which came with policies tailored toward dense cities and not more spread out rural areas, only ...

Great Justice ‘Inspired’ Many

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to Americans with certain political positions — a scourge to others. Already, the battle over a successor has become heated, with ideology ...

Our Plea To Local Supervisors, Mayors: Let Kids Have Halloween

There is absolutely, positively no reason why there should not be trick-or-treating in towns, villages and cities throughout Chautauqua County this year. Children and their parents who are comfortable trick-or-treating should do so. Those who are not should stay home. It really is that ...

Sheriff’s Office, City Police Should Restart Merger Talks

Last year, Sheriff Jim Quattrone told The Post-Journal he would only reopen discussions to consolidate the Jamestown Police Department with the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office if the city approached the Sheriff’s Office to restart talks. City officials should do so. Hundreds of ...

Don’t Be A Part Of The Mess, If You Vote By Mail, Just Follow The Rules

Concern over use of mail-in ballots for the November general election is building. Critics of the process fall into two categories: those who worry about voter fraud and those who insist many Americans may be “disenfranchised” by the system. Indeed, fraud is something of a concern — ...

Time For Cuomo To Approve A Plan To Reopen Theaters

Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to make a decision soon on how to reopen movie theaters. Last week, the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts hosted a walk-through of the facility with Mayor Eddie Sundquist, County Executive PJ Wendel, and state Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, to show measures the ...

Cuomo Could Use Executive Orders To Stop Checks On Non-Emergency Items

City Hall in Jamestown looks beautiful at night with decorative uplighting. No matter how pretty the building looks, however, one can’t argue that the timing of the work is far from a work of art. At a time when unemployment in Chautauqua County is in double digits and when thousands of ...

County Should Follow State’s Lead, Disclose COVID Information

We have disagreed early and often with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of COVID-19 in New York state, but we have to give the governor credit for making the State University of New York system participate in the SUNY COVID-19 Tracker. SUNY campuses are required to submit data every 24 hours, ...

Surely, A Bare-Bones Bill To Provide Help For Those In Need Could Be Agreed On

Partisan politics continues to delay enactment of a new coronavirus relief measure in Congress. Regardless of your political leanings, that is hurting millions of Americans. Even emergency action taken by the White House has been affected. After negotiators in Congress deadlocked over a new ...

It Is Wrong To Place Fighting The Virus Over Other Health Needs

It’s important to deal aggressively with COVID-19 both to tamp down outbreaks of the virus and to restore some semblence of normalcy to society. For those who point to the wonderful utopia that could be created by a “new normal” we point to a story we ran last week. After a few years of ...

Be Safe, Now That Children Are – Finally – Back In School

It seems every year we write reminding readers of the importance of being aware and driving carefully as school starts up again. Though there is nothing normal about this year’s return to school, one thing remains the same: It is, as ever, important to remember there are kids headed back to ...

It Is Working People Who Will Help Our Economy Rebound

Too many of our family members, friends, neighbors and in some cases, former co-workers are in trouble this Labor Day for the holiday to be a time of carefree celebration. Plenty of room remains for pride in what working men and women accomplish, however. Reflecting upon it gives us reason ...