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Opinion

They Just Fade Away

Local Commentaries

In 1951, General Douglas MacArthur, at the end of his Army career, made an address before a Joint Session of Congress which ended with the tearful reminder that “old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” I have often thought that the same is true of writers — once they stop ...

Deficit Day, COVID-19 Edition

Local Commentaries

Our COVID-19 panic attack has resulted in 30 million jobs lost, no clear answer for where to get good medical advice — and has pushed us closer to a looming fiscal cliff. Following the largest round of stimulus payments in history, the Congressional Budget Office predicts a nearly $4 ...

Chautauqua County Should Opt Out Of Firework Sales

In Our Opinion

Bombs bursting in air is supposed to be reserved for special occasions, like the Fourth of July or Labor Day. It certainly is an annoyance, then, to have fireworks booming in short bursts in Dunkirk and Jamestown in recent weeks. Many have complained to police that the fireworks are ...

Some Inspiration From Our Neighbors Across The State Line

In Our Opinion

There would be no United States of America if we Americans didn’t try to overcome setbacks. We note, then, an inspiring development in Warren County to our south as well as in our county seat as we near the celebration of our nation’s independence. Alicia Gatto and her husband, Bob, ...

VA Says Thank You

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: This is in reference to a letter recently published from Rolland Kidder on June 20, 2020 in the Jamestown Post-Journal regarding the Jamestown VA clinic. VA Western New York Healthcare System established community-based clinics beginning in March of 1995 with the ...

City Needs To Achieve Cost-Certainty With Labor Units, Soon

In Our Opinion

Jamestown entered the year with a $3.76 million surplus. It certainly won’t be ending the year with that much money in the bank. That was already true thanks to the financial wrecking ball known as COVID-19. The news late last week that the city’s Hail Mary pass to overturn an two ...

Time To Change JHS Athletic Team Names

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Rickey Armstrong Sr., President of the Seneca Nation of Indians, responded to a petition calling for a change from Jamestown High School’s athletic team names by saying that names like Jamestown’s “degrade, mock, and offend Native traditions, Native culture, and ...

Taxpayers Deserve To Know Where Our Money Is Being Spent

In Our Opinion

American taxpayers should not be handing out hundreds of billions of dollars in aid to businesses without having at least some idea of where our money is going. That seems obvious. However, demanding such transparency puts the U.S. Treasury Department — and some of the businesses being ...

A Mean Spirit Must Be Absent From Race Discussions

In Our Opinion

Public officials — and those running for public office — have a responsibility to speak carefully and clearly on matters of race and gun policy. They must exercise extreme caution when those two hot-button issues intersect. A minor controversy was sparked at a recent Jamestown City ...

Help Me Decide On Another Four Years

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I know this guy. He seems to have a lot of friends. Not sure why. This guy seems to lie about almost everything. Even when he doesn’t have to. I have to admit, this guy is very creative. He is good at making up stuff right off the top of his head. Stuff that often ...

Antifa, The Left-Wing Version Of Fascism

Local Commentaries

Antifa, the group that fancies itself as the face of modern anti-fascism, has a handbook. Really. It is named, appropriately enough, “Antifa: The Antifascist Handbook.” The author, Mark Bray, also wrote “Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street,” and co-edits ...

The Slippery Slope Of Heroism

Local Commentaries

Here we are again: Our focus has been turned to the killing of another black man at the hands of the police. I fully understanding the warranted rage of our black community facing another violent manifestation of probable racism and discrimination. Racism is prevalent throughout our society and ...

Downsizing At Jamestown VA Clinic

Local Commentaries

I try not to be personal in these articles, but, rather, discuss issues which affect the general public. I have made an exception here because this issue does affect an important segment of the general public — veterans. I am a Vietnam veteran and have benefitted from receiving medical ...

Let’s Meet On A Civil Street

Local Commentaries

Barely a week went by before the justified protest over the murder of George Floyd devolved into a frenzied demand for defunding the police coupled with crazy-talk over COVID-19. NYC councilman Mark Levine, tweeted, “If you see an increase in corornavirus cases, don’t blame the ...