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In Our Opinion

The Council Did The Right Thing With This Budget

In January, The Post-Journal opined that Sundquist and Dolce were joined at the hip, that teamwork was necessary for the city to move forward. Those words were prescient for this year’s budget, when the experience of council members Anthony Dolce, R-Ward 2 and council president, Kim ...

An Important Lesson From 2021 City Budget Talks

The real lesson from this budget process — and this entire year, really — is that the longtime dynamic in the city of a strong mayor and a quieter City Council doesn’t work right now. Mayor Edward Sundquist is full of ideas, but this budget is a lesson in walking before one tries to ...

FDA Must Make Sure A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Safe

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials and scientists are in a race against death. It is one they must undertake in a cautious sprint. Two COVID-19 vaccines appear nearly ready to go. Before doses already on the production line can be distributed, the FDA has to approve ...

Today We Give Thanks For Our Many Blessings

There has been so much debate over recently proposed limits regarding gatherings for today’s holiday that we may have forgotten the true spirit of Thanksgiving. And this year, if any, we really do need to be thankful for all that we have. In a year that no one would ever want to relive, ...

In This Case, Two Wrongs Endanger Peoples’ Lives

Talk about two wrongs not making a right. For weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said the state would conduct its own review of possible COVID-19 vaccines because he, and by extension the state, didn’t trust the federal Food and Drug Administration to approve a safe vaccine. “Fifty-four ...

New York Should Learn From This Year’s Election

It’s amazing that New York state still has races that are undecided some three weeks after the Nov. 3 election. It’s no wonder state Sen. Michael Gianaris has introduced legislation to speed up the counting of absentee ballots so that elections can be called more quickly. This is a ...

We Hope Council Members Tread Lightly On Downtown Businesses Right Now

It’s too early to tell right now if Mayor Eddie Sundquist’s compromise plan to increase parking fees and elimination of two-hour free parking spaces while giving people 20 minutes of free parking will be approved by the City Council. As part of his 2021 budget proposal Sundquist proposed ...

City Officials Have To Achieve Needed Insurance Goal

School children have always been asked to show their work before a teacher gives them credit for solving a problem. So we agree with Kim Ecklund, R-At large, and Marie Carrubba, D-Ward 4, who both want to know how a proposed $1.1 million savings in retiree health care built into the city’s ...

There Should Be No Lag In Oval Office Readiness

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. That is ...

Saturday Marks Jackson’s Opening Tribunal Statement

Saturday marks the 75th anniversary of Robert H. Jackson’s opening statement before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. Jackson, a native of Warren County, Pa., and Chautauqua County who by 1945 had already made his mark on the national stage as U.S. Attorney General and a ...

Camera System Questions Need Answers Before Contract Is OK’d

Jamestown City Council members are being asked to approve a new speed camera system for school zones in Jamestown. Council members had on their agenda for Monday’s work session a contract with Sensys Gatso for a speed camera system that would result in a $50 fine for anyone in a school ...

Legislation Should Not Be Necessary For Situation That Cuomo Created

It’s one thing for New York state to withhold or cut aid to schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every school should have been expecting the state to take action — and, to their credit, most schools in our readership area took pre-emptive action. But it is another thing ...

Usually A Tax Decrease Is Easy To Approve, That Isn’t The Case Here

The Jamestown City Council meets tonight to hold its final departmental budget reviews. After that review, the real work starts. As it stands today, the budget includes a tax rate decrease of 17 cents per 1,000 of assessed valuation and a tax levy decrease of $70,000. As nice as a tax cut ...

Cuomo Is On A Slippery Slope With Enforcing His New Restrictions

Should people take part in large gatherings without taking proper COVID-19 precautions? No, not unless some measure of social distancing takes place. Should Gov. Andrew Cuomo have the power to dictate local police departments, code officers or health department workers go into homes to ...

If Census Count Is Unreliable, Do It Again Next Year

Census Bureau officials’ claim the agency was able to collect information from 99.9% of the households in America strains credibility. It would during normal times, not to mention the middle of a deadly epidemic. If officials in several states, cities and organizations are right, the bureau ...

If We Went A Year Without The Regents Tests, Do We Really Need Them Back?

Have the state Board of Regents just admitted that hybrid learning isn’t working? It’s worth considering in the wake of the Regents decision to cancel Regents exams scheduled for January. Many high school students in the state are either learning entirely at home or in a mix of ...

We Honor, Thank Those Who Serve And Have Served

How fortuitous it is that this week, while the attention of millions of Americans seems focused on controversy, we take time out to honor those about whom we are in complete agreement: veterans of military service. No matter how we view politics, we are united in revering the men and women ...

Let’s Figure Out How To Live With Virus, Not Worry About Shutdown

To his credit, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has resisted the notion of additional, broad shutdowns of New York's economy. Local shutdowns as part of his micro-cluster approach are bad enough for regions struggling to pick up the pieces from the COVID-19 economic collapse. Hopefully, Cuomo doesn't think ...

If Cuomo Is Serious, He Should Help Health Departments Meet His Demands

It’s difficult to see how county health departments statewide are going to administer Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s newest travel quarantine plan without additional help from the state. Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced New York is ending its two-week travel quarantines for those coming to ...

We Are Americans, So Let’s Heal Our Deep Divisions

“Hearken not to the unnatural voice which tells you that the people of America, knit together as they are by so many cords of affection, can no longer live together as members of the same family; can no longer continue the mutual guardians of their mutual happiness. ... No, my countrymen, ...