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Opinion

This Massive Shutdown May Shed Some Light

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I see a similarity between the pandemic we are in the midst of and climate change. In both cases there has been scientific evidence indicating courses of action that would help us to best approach the given problems and minimize the tragic consequences of ...

State Should Either Open Court Or Show Precedings Online

In Our Opinion

The U.S. Supreme Court will livestream oral arguments in 10 cases in May. The high court’s decision is not permanent and will likely end when enough has been done to slow the spread of COVID-19 to return the court’s hearings to their prior untelevised status. Still, it is a jarring blow ...

Life Changing Encounters With True Heroes

Letters To The Editor

Life Changing Encounters With True Heroes To The Reader’s Forum: In The Post-Journal (April 8, 2020) an article about a life changing encounter by Kevin Davenport regarding Mike Walker was true. I know because he was my neighbor. However, Kevin himself was a true hero and also an ...

People Who Want To See Restrictions Lifted May Have A Reason

In Our Opinion

It is easy to dismiss those protesting stay in place policies related to COVID-19 as wingnuts, whackadoodles or right-wing conspiracy theorists who don’t understand the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, surely, there are some who fit that description among those who are flooding big ...

A Thank You To The Easter ‘Parade’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: On Saturday afternoon, April 4, a “parade” consisting of four pick-up trucks passed by our house on Newland Avenue. They were decorated with balloons, playing music, occupants waving and riding in the back of one truck was the Easter Bunny. Thank you! Thank you ...

State And Federal Officials Can’t Forget Child Care

In Our Opinion

Eleven Chautauqua County child care providers have closed and nearly one-third of available child care slots vacant in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. That makes some sense given that many more parents are home with their children as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic business closures ...

Check Your Child’s School Work, Help Them Stay On Track

In Our Opinion

When pubic schools reopen in August, or perhaps even later this spring, a significant number of students are going to be far behind their classmates. That may prompt some teachers to wonder if there is some way they can hand out a few F grades — to parents. Public schools in many areas ...

Trump Is Well Fit To Handle This Epidemic

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Our present President was born in New York City, (which immediately helps explain his personality). Anyone born in one of its boroughs has learned that you must speak louder, be pushier and be a bit of a braggar or, you will stand alone at the end of the line and ...

We Should Move Forward With A Phased Opening

In Our Opinion

In Chautauqua County, there have been 27 COVID-19 cases. Between 35,000 and 45,000 people are estimated to be out of work. While the health impact has been low, the virus has exacted quite a toll from Chautauqua County’s residents. With the apex of the virus’ first wave appearing to have ...

Thanks For Staying Home

Local Commentaries

Just over one month ago, I declared a state of emergency in the City of Jamestown over the public health pandemic known as COVID-19. At that time, my team and I, along with our public schools, recognized the tremendous impact this public health crisis was going to have on our community. ...

Is Voting By Mail Coming To NY?

Local Commentaries

We have been watching with great interest as a few states in the U.S.A. have been forced into absentee voting during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Conducting mostly low turnout and rushed implementation of vote by mail primaries, states have had to overcome more than a few pitfalls. But ...

The Queen’s Speech

Local Commentaries

Though we don’t have a monarchy in this country, I think we have, in a subconscious way, adopted the British Royal family. In that regard, I thought the Queen’s speech on April 5, 2020, was one of the most inspiring I have seen about the need to rally and support efforts to beat the ...

Citizens United Is Widely Misunderstood

Local Commentaries

Welcome to the first reader-inspired edition of this regular column. What was the inspiration? To explain briefly what the U.S. Supreme Court’s widely misunderstood decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission does and doesn’t do. Let’s back up. Political-speech law ...

What’s The Plan?

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: In Chautauqua County we have had very few cases of coronavirus thanks in part to our low population and doing our best at staying apart. That could all change as tourism season ramps up. Does Chautauqua Institution have a plan? Does Chautauqua health services ...

The Governor Should Consider Revisiting The Pay Freeze Decision

In Our Opinion

We agree with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s logic in freezing scheduled 2% pay raises for a majority of the state’s workforce. Cuomo knows the state’s revenues are going to be unreliable for the rest of the year, if not longer, as the state’s taxpayers dig their way out of the financial holes ...

USPS Stays Committed During Pandemic

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The United States Postal Service is committed to delivering your mail and packages throughout the current pandemic. We are proud of our role in providing an essential service to every community. The one constant throughout this crisis has been our commitment to ...

Devise Local Plans To Help Businesses When They Reopen

In Our Opinion

President Donald Trump and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have dueling timelines of when to begin ending COVID-19 isolations and business closures. The utmost care should be taken to protect public safety and prevent flare-ups or greater spread of the COVID-19 virus. That much is obvious. A plan being ...

UPMC Says Thank You For The Kindness

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: On behalf of everyone at UPMC Chautauqua, we thank you for your kindness to our employees. The amount of support shown to our facility by members of this community means the world to us! You are the reason we chose careers in health care, and your thanks and concern ...

Columnists Should Be Taken With ‘A Grain Of Salt’

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: In Margot Russell’s column, “A Game Changer for Coronavirus,” in the Weekend Life section, April 11, credit is given to President Trump’s touting of the use of Hydroxychloroquine in saving the life of Michigan State Rep. Karen Whittsett. Much has been ...