Letters To The Editor

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 ...

Niebel Opposes DA’s Plan To Hire Outside County

To The Reader’s Forum: District Attorney Patrick Swanson recently appeared before the Public Safety committee, and requested support for a Resolution which would allow him to hire up to 4 assistant district attorneys from outside Chautauqua County. The reasons Mr. Swanson cited for ...

Local Blue Star Mothers Collecting Items

To The Reader’s Forum: I was recently reminiscing about a childhood memory of a name given to Jamestown — The Pearl City. I have often wondered about this name. A quick search on the internet revealed this about Jamestown’s history in the early 1800s: “During the clearing of the ...

Readers Notes The Importance Of Armistice

To The Reader’s Forum: The year was 1918. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the armistice to end World War I was signed. Ten million military personnel had died. In Germany, one in three men who had been aged 19 to 22 when the war started was dead by November 1918. In ...

Volunteer Thanks Sheriff Gerace For Service

To The Reader’s Forum: Several weeks have passed since the voters of Chautauqua County cast their ballots in the 2018 mid-term election which included who our next sheriff would be in this county. I was a volunteer for Sheriff Joe’s campaign and came to know Joe not only as a dedicated ...

Little Theatre Officials Appreciate Support

To The Reader’s Forum: The lights are off and the curtains are all down, but the memories remain. The recent production of “Mamma Mia” performed at the Lucille Ball Little Theatre was truly memorable. Attendance eclipsed all productions going back over 30 years. It was indeed “the ...

Reader: Halloween Isn’t All Evil

To The Reader’s Forum: I am writing in regard to a letter to the Reader’s Forum titled “You Should Reconsider Evil Halloween Decorations.” I feel certain that we all love the wonderful things about autumn. However, I take a very differnet view than the writer about Halloween. It ...

Fish Kill In Burtis Bay Is, Indeed, ‘Disheartening’

To The Reader’s Forum: “It’s Disheartening.” This was a very appropriate title for a front-page photo by Eric Zavinski in the November 9, 2018, Post-Journal. The photo and subsequent article detailed the suffocation of Chautauqua Lake fish species by enormous masses of invasive ...

Chairman Pleased With Election Day Results

To The Reader’s Forum; As the Westfield Republican Committee Chairman, it was so nice to see the municipal parking lot on Elm Street full of cars on Election Day Tuesday with people streaming into Eason Hall to vote. Turnout was high, beginning first thing in the morning and continuing ...

Reader Appreciates Generosity Of Stranger

To The Reader’s Forum: Regarding the lady with three grandsons — your generosity is greatly appreciated by this writer. Following Sunday church service my usual stop at McDonald’s East Second Street location for a coffee and fish sandwich. What a pleasant, unexpected surprise to learn ...

Frewsburg Legion Auxiliary Thanks Vets

To The Reader’s Forum: The members of American Legion Auxiliary Samuel L. Derby Post #556 would like to express our sincere appreciation for the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for serving this great country. Thank you for protecting us. Thank you ...

Local Resident Recalls Friendship With Vivian Taylor

To The Reader’s Forum: The Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, edition of The Post-Journal has laid on my desk this whole last week — I knew I needed to make a reply but was really not sure how to say it. The headline reads “City Officials Remember Longtime Councilman.” The article was about ...

Don’t Sit This One Out — You Must Go Vote

To The Reader’s Forum: If you believe that what makes America great is self evident in the Declaration of Independence, “...that all men are created equal...” that those born of different religious beliefs or of another race, sex, color or creed are no less human than anyone else, you ...

Study Every Political Candidate Before You Cast Your Ballot

To The Reader’s Forum: I’m writing this letter to communicate a few life lessons learned that now impact my voting in the upcoming election. When I was in school, I remember witnessing the inauguration of President-elect Dwight Eisenhower in January 1953. The adults in my family did not ...

You Should Reconsider ‘Evil’ Halloween Decorations

To The Reader’s Forum: I love many things about autumn. I love the fresh scent in the cool air; the colorful leaves; the delicious, fresh produce; and the fun, inexpensive, natural decorations such as corn husks, pumpkins, and hay bales. However, the evil and grotesque decorations often ...

Reader Questions Committee Appointment

To The Reader’s Forum: I have a serious question to ask. How did Sen. Richard Blumenthal from the great state of Connecticut get picked to be seated on a committee which demands integrity and honesty? Not too long ago Senator Blumenthal was caught flat-footed in a whopping lie. He ran ...

Donald Trump’s Presidency Has Divided Many Friends

To The Reader’s Forum: It seems fitting that I should write this on unity day. It is very sad to note that the current politics are threatening to split our country apart. People with opposing views can’t talk to each other any more. I have friends who have distanced themselves from me, ...

There Are No Differences Among Veterans, All Served Our Country

To The Reader’s Forum: I am writing this article in response to the article written by Joe Siparek, a U.S. Army Veteran, Combat Veteran, Vietnam, 1967-1968. My name is Daniel Kell. I served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 23 years and belong to many veteran organizations in my area and am very ...