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Opinion

Annexation Plan Should Be Set Aside For Now

In Our Opinion

After two years, Jamestown, Falconer and Ellicott are no closer to a resolution on a proposed annexation of the Jamestown Board of Public Utilities’ Dow Street substation in Falconer. The Fourth Department Appellate Division ruled last week that the city was too late in filing its original ...

Legislators Need To Hold Abusers Accountable For Their Actions

In Our Opinion

The state Assembly missed a golden opportunity to pass legislation that could give people pause during incidents where children are present. Legislators unanimously passed a bill earlier this year to expand the definition of a child victim for the purposes of eligibility for funding through ...

Let’s Work Together And Keep The Water Chesnut At Bay

In Our Opinion

Much of the focus on Chautauqua Lake tends to focus on invasive weeds and harmful algal blooms. That’s a testament to the work that has been done in the past several years since the water chestnut was first reported in the Chautauqua Lake watershed. The recent discovery of water chestnuts ...

Change Out Old State License Plates In Phases

In Our Opinion

There are 75 million reasons for New York to make the state’s drivers get new license plates. That’s the amount of money the state expects to make from this cockamamie scheme released last week in the guise of a fun new contest to choose the state’s new license plate design. Gov. ...

When It Comes To The Taliban, Talk Is Cheap

In Our Opinion

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election — one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...

Bicyclist Thankful For Paving Of Lake Road

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: A big thank you to the county for paving the shoulders on the lake road between Lakewod Rod and Gun Club and Burtis Bay Park/Jackson Avenue. We as cyclists have been rising our lives riding on that narrow road for years. This road is used extensively for access to ...

Hearings Were Mueller Being Mueller

Local Commentaries

A couple of years ago, I wrote an article comparing the backgrounds of the President and the then newly appointed Special Prosecutor. Both came from wealthy families and went to private schools and universities. But their post-college lives were quite different. The President went into the ...

How Congress May Increase Seniors’ Health Care Costs

Local Commentaries

Currently, there’s a piece of legislation working its way through the halls of Congress that has the potential to alter the entire American health care system. The bill is guided by the best of intentions — the desire to save unwitting victims from the crushing devastation of unexpected ...

Is It Really Time For Fall?

Local Commentaries

It’s only mid-August and the NFL season is already underway, alas. There will now be televised football every single week until the Super Bowl in February. Summer is still here. If Roger Goodell and the NFL owners are reading this, as I know they do: Please no football before Labor Day! ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to a proposal to change the name of Chadakoin Park to honor the late Isabelle Jackson and Lula and Vivian Taylor. Wanda Cooper recently spoke to the City Council about renaming the park Jackson Taylor Park. Jackson was a longtime Jamestown Community College professor who directed the ...

Opioid Tax Adds To New York State’s Budgeting Mess

In Our Opinion

In December 2018, a federal judge ruled that New York’s opioid excise tax was unconstitutional because it expressly said it would pass the cost of the tax from the manufacturer on to the supplier, who would then pass the tax on to those purchasing pain medication. As part of this year’s ...

Tom Reed Not Working For The District

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Regarding a recent P-J article on Tom Reed, I’ll borrow a phrase from Ronald Reagan: “Well, there you (don’t) go again.” The article highlights Reed’s comments on issues raised at a Dayton “town hall.” It reveals Reed’s lack of understanding of both ...

The Worst Of These Civil Lawsuits May Be Behind Us Yet

In Our Opinion

It’s still too early to know the full breadth of sexual abuse of innocent children that happened in our midst. Hundreds of civil cases have been filed in the eight days since the Child Victims Act opened a one-year legal window for any civil claims against those who are alleged to have ...

Town Board Pulls A Fast One For Big Wind

Letters To The Editor

To the Reader’s Forum: New rules, new rules: At its August 14 meeting, the Villenova Town Board came up with a new law called “Abolishment of the Planning Board of the Town of Villenova.” Acting board chairwoman Yvonne Park refused to hear public comment before or after the decision. ...

City Should Look At Alternatives To Marking Tires

In Our Opinion

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling stating that a police department’s chalking of tires during parking enforcement is unconstitutional doesn’t have the force of law in New York state. Jamestown officials may want to start coming up with alternatives to chalking tires anyway. ...

Trump Has Gone Too Far Regarding Monarchs

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: After raising monarch butterflies for several years, finding the eggs, waiting for the caterpillar to become a beautiful creature capable of flying all the way to Mexico, I think the Trump administration has gone too far in limiting the protection of this endangered ...