Letters To The Editor

Laws Only Work If They Are Enforced

To The Reader’s Forum: Today’s paper tells us of Gov. Como’s proposal to place a ban on plastic bags. I own land with a large roadside ditch that has been the receptacle of all kinds of trash every year. I have picked up everything imaginable over the years. Many years ago ...

Put It In The Hands Of The People

I realize that Democrats are scarcer (and I guess scarier) than T-Rexs in this area, but we are just as concerned over the president’s shutdown as are Republicans. I received an eblast from our Congressman (Tom Reed)’s office with regard to the shutdown, and I’d like to share my response ...

Reader Discouraged By Young’s Remarks

To The Reader’s Forum: As a constituent of New York Senate District 57, I’ve seen Senator Cathy Young in action many times over the years. Her dedication towards veterans is unparalleled and commendable. As a member of a public employees’ union, I’ve watched her vote many times to ...

Reader Would Settle For Classic Voting Machines

To The Reader’s Forum: In response to Norman Green’s article (Dec. 30) on potential changes to the voting process, I’d settle for a ballot I can read and a tabulating system you can be fairly sure is accurate. As my vision declines, it’s becoming more and more difficult to fill in ...

American Politics After 2016

To The Reader’s Forum: 2019 is a time to look backward and forward. 2017 brought Donald Trump, Twitter, the DOJ/Mueller investigation, fractures in alliances, and “national division” front and center. 2018 brought massive tax cuts to corporations and the wealthy combined with a roller ...

Money Is The Answer To The Lake’s Problems

To The Reader’s Forum: We don’t need any more studies by “scientists.” We need to listen to the scientists that have spoken. We know what is causing the lake’s problems. Now we need to unite in solving the problems. We need herbicide treatment, weed cutting and skimming and reduced ...

Mayor Thanks Village Residents

To The Reader’s Forum: As the year comes to a conclusion so does my term as your Mayor, I wanted to say thank you to each and every person in our village. My 25 years serving our community have been very rewarding and it was all done for the good of the community. But it was the support ...

Taking Exception With Views On The Press

To The Reader’s Forum: I grew up in Lakewood, as did my father before me. I must take exception to some of the points made by Margot Russell in her “Lakewood Lens” column in this paper on Saturday, December 22. I do not agree that the “mainstream press...has lost its way”; indeed, ...

Sherman Should Look Into Merging Schools

To The Reader’s Forum: My name is Cassandra Henning. I live in Sherman, N.Y., and I believe that there is a different proposition that should be brought to a vote in Sherman school district. It’s not that I don’t believe or want to put money into improvements at my children’s school. ...

Who Makes Christmas, According To Linus

To The Reader’s Forum: People are connected to Christmas. You see it all over the place in the stores, on the web, over the radio. It’s all around you. That’s stats prove it. According to Pew Research, 90% of Americans celebrate Christmas. That’s encouraging, but is it? While that ...

‘Voluntary’ Does Not Mean What You Thought It Did

To The Reader’s Forum; That’s an interesting idea that Vermont has and The Post-Journal supports (editorial December 9) for school district consolidation. Consolidate “voluntarily” or the state will consolidate the schools anyhow. Sort of like our current school budget options: vote ...

CLP  Believes Lake Issues Need To Be Aired

To The Reader’s Forum: The Board of Directors of the Chautauqua Lake Partnership (Partnership) appreciates The Post-Journal coverage of our public program presented at the James Prendergast Library on December 5, 2018. However, we do take exception to two very important aspects of the ...

Mother Of Victim Agrees With Judge Martoche

To The Reader’s Forum: I read your article discussing how retired state Supreme Court Justice Salvatore R. Martoche lost his daughter due to an overdose; also about how he opposes the legalization of marijuana. First of all, he and his family have my deepest, yet unified, sympathy. I also ...

Doctor Thanks Loyal Patients In Retirement

To The Reader’s Forum: I will be formally retiring, effective Dec. 20, 2018. It has been my extreme honor and privilege to serve you, your children and your children’s children as your chiropractor. While Lori and I move toward new adventures, the office will continue to provide ...

A Shining City To Servicemen And Servicewomen

To The Reader’s Forum: I was mystified to read Mr. Norman P. Carlson’s Reader’s Forum contribution on Dec. 1, 2018 regarding the designation of “The Pearl City” often associated with Jamestown. In my own Reader’s Forum submission of Nov.27, 2018, I had quoted a website that ...

Reader Asks For Whom The President Works

To the Reader’s Forum: These are the words of Mr. Trump explaining, when he was the presumptive nominee for president, why he was dealing with Russian officials while lying about it to the American people: “I was campaigning. There was a good chance that I wouldn’t have won, in which ...

In Support Of The Lake And Gary Peters Sr.

To The Reader’s Forum: I have lived in Chautauqua County for almost 70 years. In the 1960s and 1970s we sprayed the lake for weeds and have never seen fish killed by the herbicide. Now that we only spray small areas of the lake weeds prosper in those that don’t. Some suggestions: ...

Local History Can Be Filled With Nonsense

To The Reader’s Forum: Jamestown was first called The Pearl City in the 1880’s, decades after the ash trade was over. I’ve asked the city to take that accursed error off their web site. Chautauqua does not mean bag tied in the middle. George Washington never came closer than 15 miles ...

Consider The Benefits Of Capitalism

To The Reader’s Forum: There are very few heroes in economics but for me the best of the best was Nikolai Kondratieff, who was shot by firing squad on the orders of Stalin in 1938. His execution was ordered because his academic work propounded that the capitalist system would survive the ...

Reader Thankful For ‘Guardian Angels’

To The Reader’s Forum: I think this is the appropriate time of year to offer my thanks to a group of unsung heroes who live here in our community, but all too often are taken for granted. The group I refer to are the first responders here in Jamestown; EMT’s, Starflight pilots and flight ...