×

Opinion

A Letter To Our Community

Local Commentaries

To our neighbors, colleagues, and friends: We are living in an unprecedented time where our world, our nation, and our community, is faced with the threat of an international pandemic known as COVID-19. This novel virus is unlike any flu or disease we have seen in modern times, and has the ...

What We Achieved This Week

Local Commentaries

Each day, COVID-19 appears in more counties, more communities across New York. It is inevitable that the virus will appear in Chautauqua County, although at this point, there are no confirmed cases. We are monitoring several individuals and waiting for test results. Because of community ...

How We Proceed Is Our Choice

Local Commentaries

When I lived in Potsdam as a student in 1998 we endured a spectacular ice storm that brought life in the North Country to a standstill for weeks. For seven days I lived with about 1500 others in the college’s fieldhouse, waiting for news from the state about when our power would return. On ...

Coping With Quarantine

Local Commentaries

When I was a kid, there was a TB (Tuberculosis) hospital on a hill near the Cassadaga Lakes. It was meant to be in a rather isolated, rural area because TB was known to be very contagious…it could spread easily. I remember being sad that people with this disease had to be “quarantined ...

Freeze Non-Essential Programs So Emergency Needs Can Be Met

In Our Opinion

Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, R-Jamestown, told The Post-Journal that he expects a state budget extender to be discussed rather than trying to piece together a full state budget in the next 11 days. Goodell’s thought is a good one. There is no way, right now, for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the ...

Just Ask Yourself This One Question

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Forget about being a conservative or liberal. Forget specific issues or events. Try not to insult each other (at least this one time). Just help me with this one question — do you think Donald Trump, the person, is fit to be our President? Michael Looker, Lakewood

Stay Informed, Stay Well, In This Pandemic Knowledge Is Power

In Our Opinion

It is likely our awareness of how widespread COVID-19 is in the United States represents only the tip of the iceberg. Until widespread testing kicks in, many among us made by carrying the virus unknowingly, both to themselves and the rest of us. Still, paying attention to what information ...

Science Classroom Explores Realities Of Climate Change

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I was delighted to read about the climate-change projects completed by Thomas Jefferson Middle School 7th graders. Congratulations to them and to their teacher in the AT science class. They combined art, communication, and interdisciplinary research and created a ...

We Need To Be Prepared To Face More Pandemics

In Our Opinion

The U.S. health care system — and thus, public policy regarding it — is coming under fire because of COVID-19. Among complaints are that there are not enough COVID-19 test kits, not enough ventilator machines to help sufferers breath, no vaccine to be available quickly and not enough ...

Don’t Buy So Much And Fall Victim To The Panic

In Our Opinion

Prudence, not panic, needs to be the order of the day among Americans. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to have gotten the memo. During a press conference Sunday, President Donald Trump noted that heads of major retail companies had told him something he never expected to hear: Don’t ...

E-Cigarette Company Executives Should Be Held Accountable

In Our Opinion

Big tobacco lied for many years about the adverse health effects associated with its product. We know that. It has been proven in court through billions of dollars in settlements by some companies. The same goes for some in the drug industry, who knew even as they were reaping windfall ...

Opioid Treatment Discussions Are Still Needed

In Our Opinion

It would have been easy in the midst of the onslaught of news regarding COVID-19 both locally and nationally to miss a concerning news release from Chautauqua County Health and Human Services officials late Wednesday. Through March 1 and March 11, there were 12 overdoses in Chautauqua ...

Coming Together In Chaos

Local Commentaries

Wash your hands. Avoid large gatherings. Stay home if you’re sick. Cough into your elbow. We’ve heard these instructions constantly the last few weeks and will continue to as the COVID-19 pandemic response is still in the early stages. Our federal government was disastrously unprepared. ...

We Were Fortunate For 18 Years With Houghton

Local Commentaries

I first got to know Amo Houghton in the mid 1970s when I represented Chautauqua County in the New York State Assembly. He was chairman of Corning Inc. and would periodically call together all of the state elected officials representing the Southern Tier to discuss common problems and issues ...

Godspeed Jack, You Will Be Missed

Local Commentaries

On the evening of January 15, the Sinclairville area sustained a tragic loss with the passing of Jack Abbey, the result of a highway mishap. Mr. Abbey, 64, was a well known local character, greatly respected and well loved by most of those fortunate enough to have made his ...

Take Note, Be Cautious Not To Underestimate Bernie Sanders

Local Commentaries

What has been striking about the 2020 presidential election is the extent to which journalists’ opinions have driven press coverage. It has been especially noticeable on network-television news programs, both broadcast and cable. And it’s not just how they cover the campaign but what ...

State Should Step Up Efforts To Provide Reusable Bags

In Our Opinion

On a nice spring day earlier this week, one shouldn’t have been surprised to see a woman pushing a stroller up a sidewalk on Baker Street. What was surprising was that there was no child in the stroller. The stroller was filled to the brim with paper grocery bags. There are many reasons ...

Let’s Hope COVID-19 Stays Far Away From Our Schools, Children

In Our Opinion

COVID-19 — the coronavirus — has brought everyday life in large areas of China to a near standstill. Schools and factories are closed. The same goes for many other businesses, including retail outlets. As the virus has spread, other areas have been affected similarly, though not to the ...

Why Doesn’t The City Repair The Streets?

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: After 100 years of use, the brick streets in Jamestown need repairs. After five years, most paved streets in Jamestown need repairs. Why doesn’t the city repair the brick streets? I was talking to an engineer and he told me it’s not the brick but the ground ...