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In Our Opinion

COVID-19 Raises Educational Gap Learning Concerns

Tidbits from two separate area school district’s board meetings should be cause for concern as we move through a school year impacted by COVID-19. Ann Morrison, Sherman Central School principal, recently told board members that many ninth-grade students who are in need of academic ...

A Salute To Those Working The Polls For This Election

How about a nice salute to some unsung heroes who made Tuesday just a bit easier for everyone else: the poll workers. Across America, there were some real concerns due to the coronavirus that there would be a shortage of these people we rely on each Election Day. That was not the case here. ...

It’s The Final Day To Have Your Say

Chautauqua County — and much of America — has responded like never before when it comes to voting this year. Thousands of absentee and mail-in ballots have been sent out by the Board of Elections while Early Voting has been a downright hit. Since Oct. 24, more than 25% of the normal ...

Fee Increases Help The Budget, But We Need A Solution That Works For Everyone

Kudos to Jamestown City Council members — notably Kim Ecklund, R-At Large, and Marie Carrubba, D-Ward 4 — for their push to remove increased parking fees and fines from the council’s Monday meeting agenda. Three downtown business owners who spoke with The Post-Journal last week were ...

If Budget Is A Mess, Then Officials Can Blame Themselves

The median Chautauqua County household income is $42,720 a year — and a lot of the people who work hard every day to earn every penny of that $42,720 aren’t getting big raises this year. Why, then, is the Chautauqua County Legislature approving raises for management-level employees. ...

We Have Failed To Heed Good Advice

If last week’s announcement that Russian and Iranian operatives are using technology once again to influence U.S. politics came as a surprise, you clearly have not been paying attention. That makes you preferred prey, by the way. We were warned in advance of the 2016 election of how the ...

Getting Out The Vote Vital

Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...

We Believe Reed Has The Best Chance To Represent Our Congressional District

No one should be happy with the ongoing stalemate in Congress over the latest round of COVID-19 relief funding or a host of important issues ranging from immigration reform to health care. The office of President of the United States is powerful, but not omnipotent. Members of the Senate and ...

Leadership Key Issue In County Executive Race

Before running for a seat vacated by highly popular state Sen. Catharine Young in 2019, Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello was making things happen. In his first 100 days after earning the office, he visited more than 100 businesses to learn about their needs and concerns. He brought ...

Goodell Has Earned Two More Years As Representative

Incumbent state Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Jamestown, faces a spirited and feisty challenge from Christina Cardinale, a Jamestown resident endorsed by the Democratic Party. Cardinale’s has made several proposals since announcing her campaign earlier this year. The challenger has said she ...

In Tight DA Race, All Votes Are Important

From the beginning, Jason Schmidt has been a thorn in the side of District Attorney Patrick Swanson. Schmidt stepped up in 2016 to challenge Swanson, who was named to head the office after David Foley was elected Chautauqua County judge. It was a bitter, emotional campaign then and it has ...

County Connection Favors Martoche For Supreme Court

There are two candidates for New York state Supreme Court Justice on the Nov. 3 election ballot — Amy Martoche and Gerald Greenan III. Greenan is endorsed by the Republican, Conservative and Independence parties after narrowly losing a seat on the bench in 2019 to Diane Devlin. Greenan has ...

We’re On A Slippery Slope Just Following The ‘Science’

We’ve been urged to “follow the science” so many times during the past six months that we suspect many people are growing sick of the advice. Besides, what if the scientists aren’t following the science? Some of them are not. Americans became justifiably suspicious of the World ...

Parking Fee, Ticket Hikes Eat Up Small Tax Reduction

Mayor Eddie Sundquist proposes to save the owner of a $70,000 house about $12 a year on city taxes in 2021. That’s a laudable step, until you realize that if that homeowner works downtown, the savings are going to be quickly eaten up in the form of new parking fees in about six weeks. ...

The COVID-19 Game Is To Limit Positivity Rate

This has been a bad week for Chautauqua County when it comes to COVID-19. The county reported 118 cases from Oct. 11 through Oct. 18 — more than half of them tied to an outbreak of COVID-19 at Tanglewood Manor. Of course, that means that half the cases are from community spread; which ...

We Need To Be Careful Not To Put Too Many Eggs In The Tourism Basket

Andrew Nixon, Chautauqua County Visitor’s Bureay president and CEO, thinks the local tourism economy will recover from COVID-19. That good news is followed by sobering news — it may take more than three years for that recovery to be complete. Coming off of two strong tourism seasons ...

Every Day City’s Move Is Delayed, It Puts City Right Back At Square 1

Mayor Eddie Sundquist’s 2021 budget proposal is making one big bet — that the city can unilaterally save $1.1 million by moving Medicare-eligible retirees to a Medicare supplement or advantage plan. The city will then pay for the full premium of the members switched to those plans and ...

Those Who Cross Lines Drawn By Our Laws Should Be Punished

If the authorities are correct in their allegations against a group accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the 13 men ought to be viewed with a mixture of horror, disgust — Real Americans do not attempt to change either society or government by force. Those who do ...

State’s Best laid Plans Are Not At All Foolproof

It’s hard to understand how COVID-19 spread so quickly inside Tanglewood Manor if all of the state’s nursing home and assisted living guidelines for testing were being followed. After all, one of the reasons families haven’t been allowed to visit with loved ones inside the facility ...

Local Officials Let People Decide What They Wanted

Kudos to Jamestown and surrounding towns and villages that are allowing trick-or-treating to move forward on Halloween this year. It’s been a rough year for a lot of children. Activities they enjoy participating in were abruptly canceled, school time with friends was taken away suddenly ...