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Letters To The Editor

JCC Production Is A Delightful Journey

To The Reader’s Forum: I happen to be a big fan of the theater. I have been to many performances locally at the Lucille Ball Little Theater and the Scharmann Theater. Our community is very lucky to have such lovely theater venues but also some very impressive talent. I have just returned ...

Slowing Down The Herbicides May Help

To The Reader’s Forum: I’m trying to pay attention to what’s going on with the health of Chautauqua Lake. I’m not a biologist or a botanist or an ecologist — I’m just a citizen. What seems crystal clear to me as I try to look at all sides is that weeds in the lake are annoying. ...

Two-Faced Politics Make Everything Worse

To The Reader’s Forum: If politics aren’t bad enough already, two-faced politics make it even worse. You can see it as the House ran the process of impeachment without “due process,” but as the House sent impeachment over to the Senate, Speaker Pelosi demands “impartial ...

Trump Simply Must Be Convicted

To The Reader’s Forum: What is the crime that President Trump guilty of? Trump is guilty of the crime of extortion. He did so by trying to get the government of the Ukraine to make an official announcement that it was investigating Trump’s rival political candidate, Joe Biden, in ...

Congress And The Impeachment Process

To The Reader’s Forum: As I write, the House plans to send impeachment Articles to the Senate for a trial of Donald Trump. That action is, perhaps, next to going to war, the most significant thing our republic can do and should not be taken lightly. Whether Senators ultimately acquit or ...

A New Year Brings New Beginnings

To The Reader’s Forum: The New Year brings a new beginning to Chautauqua County in interesting ways. Jamestown and Dunkirk both have new mayors, as does Falconer and Lakewood. Our County Executive is new as well. It makes for an important time in our area’s history. The ...

A Statement In Support Of Choosing Life

To The Reader’s Forum: How good it was to read Dr. James Faulk’s letter to the PJ (12-2) about his cousin who chose life for her unborn child. With every conceivable politically-correct justification to abort, her eventual decision through the timely and thoughtful intervention of her ...

America Seems To Have Forgotten Its History

To The Reader’s Forum: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced that Washington is not willing to bow to Iraqi demands to withdraw its troops and any future discussions with Baghdad will be purely confined to the future structure of our forces in their country. Earlier in the ...

Caucus Is Not Place To Look For Leadership

To The Reader’s Forum: Interested to see the two articles recently in “Area News” regarding the Problem Solvers Caucus, of which our Congressman, Tom Reed, is co-chairman. I learned that the Problem Solvers Caucus is “building bipartisan consensus on policies,” and Mr. Reed ...

What Actually Makes Up Property Taxes

To The Reader’s Forum: It’s Property Tax time again, the bills are arriving in the mail. Grrrr. And just so we’ll know why those taxes are where they are, we get a little explanation of what makes up the tax levy. Sure enough, Medicaid, and county tax make up a whopping 92 percent of ...

Sending A Thank You To Public Servants

To The Reader’s Forum: TIME magazine, besides naming its “Person of the Year”, also named public servants, especially federal employees, as “Guardians of the Year”. TIME recognized the importance of the oath taken by federal employees to protect and preserve the US Constitution, ...

The Same Promise To ‘Root Out Corruption’

To The Reader’s Forum: On Christmas Eve the news media, all in the same words, carried the message. The Democratic Party or government (same thing now) in Albany, so the story led off, is going to “root out corruption.” I swoon. In the joy of the holiday season, I picture the ...

Read The Reports On The Health Of The Lake

To The Reader’s Forum: Two reports were sent out this month concerning the health of Lake Chautauqua, specifically referencing the use of herbicides last summer. Read them. The Shed Sheet should be renamed, Bull Shed is more fitting. What a hoax they spread claiming the use of ...

Impeachment Is A Tool In The Political Toolbox

To The Reader’s Forum: It appears, after reading “Reed Says Impeachment Circus on Full Display”, Mr. Reed does not understand the Constitution, the Impeachment process, nor the oath he took when he was sworn into office. He laments the Impeachment process is going to become “another ...

The President, The Man

To The Reader’s Forum: Wow! Deann Nelson comes out swinging in response to Derek Smith’s op-ed, “Realizing Trump Is America” (Nov. 16-17, 2019). Citing “mind-boggling stereotypical characterizations and platitudes, lack of critical thinking and statements made without any ...

Greed Preserves The Gas Prices

To The Reader’s Forum: Why haven’t gas prices changed? Greed! Our so called refining friends to the south fill a tanker truck up with about 8,000 gallons of that precious fuel and then pay a man to drive it 226 miles east to Binghamton and back, then sell it for a full 30 cents a ...

Layman’s Note On Incitement

To The Reader’s Forum: A number of months ago a vehicle with the bumper sticker stating “Shoot your local heroin dealer” running around in the Lakewood/Jamestown area caught my eye. Not being a great supporter of the whole heroin dealing business my emotional reaction has been ...

There Is No ‘Natural’

To The Reader’s Forum: Beth Payton’s “How Much Time ?” in the Nov. 23-24 edition of The Post-Journal is a beautiful example of the cult-like aspect of environmentalism and of the logical fallacy of naturalism. She paints all “broadly applied herbicides” with a broad brush, ...

Checks And Balances

Checks And Balances To The Reader’s Forum: This holiday, I suggest we give thanks for our mental capacity as humans. Compared to other animals we have been given extraordinary capacities of thought and reasoning. We are able to predict likely outcomes of events and plan accordingly. We can ...

Why Hasn’t The Gas Price Changed?

To The Reader’s Forum: After a trip up to the Buffalo area this past weekend, I can’t help but wonder why the gas prices remain so much higher here in the Jamestown area. In Dunkirk/Fredonia gas is $2.79/gallon. In Depew/Lancaster prices are $2.59; Cheektowaga is at $2.62/gallon. ...