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Opinion

Let’s Make More Of Democracy Than We Have Been

In Our Opinion

“I toast democracy not alone for what it is, but chiefly for what it may become; not merely for what it has done, but also for what it makes possible for us and our children to do. Its road to the future leads through discussion, reasoning, persuasion, experiment, trial and error. Progressive ...

Looking Towards 2021

Local Commentaries

We are entering a new year with new possibilities and enormous challenges. 2020 brought not only a worldwide pandemic, but also unprecedented financial hardships for the City of Jamestown and while there is temptation to say “Good Riddance” to 2020, 2021 may bear out to be just as ...

Let’s Move New Year’s Day To Springtime

Local Commentaries

Why do we choose Jan. 1 as a “Happy New Year” day? Jan. 1 is in winter, for Pete’s sake! This past Thursday, we had gloomy gray skies for New Year’s Eve. On Friday, we had freezing rain. Some “happy new year.” Gloomy skies and freezing rain are nothing to be joyous about. We ...

Begin Identifying Your Strengths Of Character

Local Commentaries

We met Kayla and Kent at the first of three installments. A couple nearing retirement ages face a dual blow of respective job layoffs. The Coronavirus had forced them to survive financially on Social Security, plus some savings. Residents of Pennsylvania, they had not yet received ...

In-Person Buffalo Bills Attendance Leads To Testing

In Our Opinion

There is a lot of excitement among Bills fans — and with good reason. The nucleus Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott have built appears primed for a deep playoff run this year and the type of sustained success that hasn’t been seen in Buffalo since the heyday of Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, ...

Why Are So Many Republicans Silent

Local Commentaries

Just for purposes of understanding or considering today’s column, let’s set aside what isn’t relevant to understanding or considering it. Please set aside your political-party enrollment, how you usually vote, and your preference regarding the 2020 presidential election. In addition, ...

School Zone Camera Proposal Needs More Work

In Our Opinion

Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, are being asked by Jamestown to shepherd a bill through the state Legislature allowing the city to install speed cameras in school zones. Borrello and Goodell should not introduce the bill as proposed by Mayor ...

State Makes Right Decision The Wrong Way

In Our Opinion

The news that the state plans to close prisons in Gowanda, Watertown and Dannemora is another shot in the gut to our region economically. It is absolutely understandable that employees at the facilities are upset. State officials have said staff at the three prison facilities will receive ...

Is 2021 When State’s Population Drain Crisis Ends?

In Our Opinion

Unless something surprising happens, New York stands poised to lose even more of its national clout when the U.S. Census results are announced next year. According to the Census Bureau’s latest estimates, New York’s July 1, 2020, population of 19,336,776 was down 126,355, or .65%, from ...

This Is Not The Time For Rep. Tom Reed, GOP To Be Polite

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: It is time for Tom Reed (and other lawmakers) to understand that there are times to be “polite” and times to do what is right. Mr. Reed appears to have thus far preferred being “polite” to the Washington establishment who prefer a purportedly “peaceful” ...

The BPU Should Not Get Rid Of Glass Recycling

Local Commentaries

According to the Dec. 29, 2020, issue of The Post-Journal, the BPU will be eliminating glass from its curbside recycling program. The article also states the company has received zero complaints from the public regarding this. I am writing to express my formal complaint. With the ...

In 2021, America Needs More ‘We’ And Less ‘I’

Local Commentaries

It is an understatement to say that 2020 was a very bad year. Even if and when the COVID-19 pandemic is brought under control, the effect it has had on our social fabric will be long-lasting. Far from bringing us all together, we have divided into two camps: those who respect the ...

Pets Can Be A Help During Pandemic

Local Commentaries

I was raised on a dairy farm and so living with animals was a part of my growing up. Back in those days, we had a relatively small number of milking cows—30 to 40—and so each one had its own name. My favorite cow of all time was Doris. She was a large, mostly white Holstein who was ...

Let’s Endeavor To Make 2021 A Better Year

In Our Opinion

We have entered a brand new year. It can be a fresh start for all of us ... but there is a lot on the horizon. Choices to be made in 2021 will be monumental - not just for individuals who might be hoping to lose a few pounds or save a little money, but for our nation as a whole. Resolve to ...

Let’s Make 2021 A Better Year Than 2020

In Our Opinion

There won’t be huge crowds and big parties to send 2020 on its way. Few will be sad to see this year come to an end, with its daily pandemic updates, the struggles to see loved ones, particularly those in nursing homes; the effect of COVID-related shutdowns on our economies and the ...

Recent Charges Shine Light On Human Trafficking

In Our Opinion

Social services and law enforcement officials have been sounding alarm bells for years about human trafficking in Chautauqua County. Recent federal charges against a Jamestown woman, however, should do more than raise alarm bells to parents. According to a federal complaint, the woman is ...

Community Shows Generosity, Support

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I am overwhelmed by the unconditional generosity and support of our community. Like many organizations on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Susan Center is encouraged by the outpouring of concern, messages of gratitude, words of encouragement and acts ...

Educate People About Vaccine, Don’t Require It

In Our Opinion

There is little support amongst Democrats or Republicans in New York state for legislation that would make a COVID-19 vaccination mandatory. That’s the right call — though everyone should be worried about the percentage of New Yorkers who say they have no interest in taking a vaccine. A ...