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Opinion

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore. Recently, Barmore approached county legislators about a waiver for stores that have passed one scanner accuracy price inspections, which involve scanning a minimum of 100 items. Barmore said more advanced computer systems in stores made a ...

Just Because It’s Legal Doesn’t Mean It’s Right

In Our Opinion

James T. Hodgkinson wanted to know whether the members of Congress practicing baseball at a field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans or Democrats, according to multiple media reports. Told they were GOP lawmakers, Hodgkinson walked back to his car. He retrieved a rifle and opened ...

Assemblyman Not Happy With Albany

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: As the 2017 Legislative Session comes to an end, I wanted to express my disdain for the lack of transparency in Albany. On June 7, I participated in a press conference that announced legislation to require more transparency in how taxpayer money is spent. Every ...

Big Money Has No Place In Government

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: We need to fight to pass strong laws to get big money out of our government. Money should not be allowed to buy or persuade important decisions that have an effect on the people of this country. We need strong laws that will stop big money from being inserted into the ...

Conversations Still Required On Cell Tower Placement

In Our Opinion

Cell towers are the 21st century’s version of landfills and sewers treatment facilities — they’re vitally important to the way we live, but no one wants to live next to one. Lakewood has been embroiled in a legal battle over a proposed Blue Wireless cell phone tower inside the village. ...

Teacher Thankful For Act Of Kindness

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: On Friday, June 9th, I walked my class of 23 third graders from Lincoln Elementary to Farm Fresh Foods. I was going to purchase each student one donut. The students lined up, respectfully ordered their donut and stepped aside. The bakery department was overly ...

Shared Services Are On Right Track

In Our Opinion

We have written often in the past few weeks about the need to change the way public services are provided in Chautauqua County. Kudos to all those who are working to do just that. A public forum held recently in Mayville detailed 13 proposed projects the county is going to take to the ...

Library Board Should Explore Its Options

Letters To The Editor

The trustees of the James Prendergast Library Association’s Board (JPLA) face a very important decision, perhaps as soon as this Thursday’s 5:15 pm board meeting: Sell all or part of the 54 piece art collection, donated by the Prendergast and Packard families many years ago, or try to find ...

Library Can’t Delay Any Longer In Art Sale

Letters To The Editor

On behalf of the James Prendergast Library, I thank The Post-Journal for its editorial supporting the library this past Sunday. I think it is also necessary to further explain the library·s position and predicament. The library has experienced financial hardship for several years now. ...

Upgrading VA Records Is Just The First Step

In Our Opinion

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

Where The Rubber Hits The Road

Local Commentaries

Recently, a friend of mine invited me for lunch at St. Susan’s soup kitchen in Jamestown. After lunch, we then visited the offices of the Mental Health Association located in the same building. I met lots of people, including another friend and volunteer who was serving lunches to the ...

A Biologist’s Rationale For Supporting CLP Lake Efforts

Local Commentaries

¯ It is my long-held view that, while the use of chemicals should be a last resort in controlling various pests or unwanted “nuisance” organisms, e.g., insects, weeds and fungi, there are times when last-resort actions are warranted. ¯ At this point, I am in agreement with the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to Rachel Mole, a Jamestown native who graduated magna cum laude from The College of Wooster and who won the 2017 Ernest B. Yeager Award, an annual honor given to one undergraduate in the northeast Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania region by the Cleveland section of the American ...

Cuomo, Pelosi Ready To Take A Bite Out Of Bipartisanship

In Our Opinion

Earlier this week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo stood at a podium with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to announce the state Democratic Party’s intention to target Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, and seven other Republican members of Congress from New York state in the 2018 election. According to a Buffalo ...

Superintendents Put In Staggering Hours

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I would like to comment on Mr. Platz’s recent contribution to the Reader’s Forum. His basic premise is that our Superintendent of the Southwestern Central School System is overpaid. Having taught school for thirty-five years, I experienced quite a variety of ...

City Should Follow Dunkirk’s Lead With Rental Registrations

In Our Opinion

The Dunkirk Common Council recently reinvigorated discussions of a rental housing registration law. Such legislation gained traction in 2011 before fading from view. Dunkirk, which is in the early stages of discussions, has proposed making it a crime to rent property without registering. The ...

Trump Put America First By Not Signing Accord

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: With all the hysteria over Trump refusing to sign the Paris agreement, I hope there’s still time to get this letter published before the earth melts. Like mini-Kathy Griffins devoid of good taste, honked-off hotheads infuriated by his refusal went ballistic firing ...