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Opinion

The Best Holiday Of The Year

Local Commentaries

As far as I am concerned, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. It is the one I look forward to most. Christmas is magical; the 4th of July, patriotic; Easter, a time of hope. But Thanksgiving stands by itself as primarily a family event. There are no obligations for gift-giving, ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to a change in the way the Jamestown Police Department deals with physical contact between officers and the public they serve. The department’s use of defensive tactics was something Harry Snellings, city police chief, wanted to change when he took the job, and it just so happened ...

Funding For Cancer Screenings Is Needed

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I learned I had colon cancer 27 years ago. Fortunately with screening and treatment, I have been given another chance to live life to its fullest. But my heart is still heavy. My son Michael wasn’t as fortunate. Colon cancer took his life in 2013. Nearly 8,500 New ...

State Needs To Take Bull By The Horns On School Merger Process

In Our Opinion

If ever there were a school merger that made sense, it was the proposed merger of the Clymer and Panama school districts. Both districts find themselves educating similar students demographically. Both find themselves in largely untenable financial situations with known expenses likely to ...

Lack Of Support To Climate Accord Helps No One

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader’s Forum: The United States is the only country on the planet that does not support the Paris Climate Accord. Syria, torn by civil war, just signed the agreement joining Lebanon Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. North and South Korea are both on board. Russia has signed the ...

Existing Gun Laws Should Have Prevented Texas Shooting

In Our Opinion

The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church on Nov. 5 might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick ...

Too Soon We Shift Blame After Tragedy

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Shocking is practically an understatement. A sacred “safe space” in mere seconds turned into a house of horror leaving 26 dead during a Sunday morning worship service. Thankfully, a humble God-fearing NRA-trained man being a good guy with a gun bravely confronted ...

One State Issue At A Time

In Our Opinion

We believe New York voters made the correct decision in rejecting a constitutional convention. That doesn’t mean voters don’t want things in New York to change. We note the second consecutive strong showing for a proposition to amend the state constitution that strips pensions from ...

Some Understand Benefits Of Shared Services

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua County has broached the topic of having district courts — eliminating those in municipalities — for a more efficient system. And, while some local leaders will fight to protect their turf — as is often the case, others are open to the idea. One of those entities includes ...

Merger Discussion Needs To Continue

In Our Opinion

A merger of the Panama and Clymer school districts can’t be finalized today, but it could end today. Residents of the two school districts will take part in a straw vote, or an advisory referendum today from noon-8 p.m. The advisory referendum is a required step in the centralization ...

City Should Make Most Of Its Extra Time On Downtown

In Our Opinion

As the photos in last Sunday’s Post-Journal show, work is progressing quite nicely on the Comedy Center. The experience described by Journey Gunderson, center executive director, and Tom Benson, center chairperson, feels as if it is possible as one sees the center coming together. The ...

Eliminating AMT Hurts, Not Helps The Middle Class

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader’s Forum: Topic Number 556 in the IRS code explains the purpose of the Alternative Minimum Tax: Under the tax law, certain tax benefits can significantly reduce a taxpayer’s regular tax amount. The alternative minimum tax (AMT) applies to taxpayers with high economic income ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to the Northwest Savings Ice Arena for securing two International Ice Hockey Association World Junior Championship exhibition games in December. Those games will feature Team USA against Belarus on Dec. 20, followed by Belarus taking on Slovakia on Dec. 21. It will also mark the ...

What Happened To The Zebra Mussels?

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: There was a time when the presence of Zebra Mussels were one of the indications of a lake in peril. Lake Erie was a prime example, especially when their presence plugged up the intake pipes of coolant or potable water. There was a time when those little rascals ...

Compromising Will Simply Gut Any Real Tax Reform Bill

In Our Opinion

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred this week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

Legion Thanks Those Who Served

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The members of American Legion Auxiliary Samuel L. Derby Post #556, Frewsburg, NY 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 ...

It’s Time For State Legislators In Albany To Cut Spending

In Our Opinion

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s latest cash report should send warning flags to anyone concerned about runaway New York spending. DiNapoli’s report, which comes at the halfway point of the state’s fiscal year, shows state tax collections to be $386.6 million less than the latest ...

Reader Thanks Those Who Helped Family

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: We want to thank those involved for the amazing benefit event held on October 14 for our family. Your encouragement as we journey through Dave’s battle with ALS means so much to us! Whether you helped organize the event, donated a prize for the auction, donated to ...

Foundation Aid Formula Discussion Needs To Happen

In Our Opinion

A state facing a $4.1 billion gap between existing spending and projected revenues got a bit of bad news last week. A New York appeals court ruled that the so-called Small Cities school funding lawsuit, which involves Jamestown and seven other cities, will go back to state Supreme Court with ...