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Opinion

Extending Williams’ Contract Was The Correct Decision

In Our Opinion

Jamestown Public Schools officials have made the right decision in extending Dana Williams’ time as interim Jamestown High School principal through the end of the 2020-21 school year. The sudden closure of schools has created a difficult situation for children and for teachers. So it makes ...

In The Aftermath Of COVID-19, Americans Will Want Answers

In Our Opinion

Democratic Party leaders in the House of Representatives are preparing to launch a formal investigation into how President Donald Trump’s administration has handled the COVID-19 crisis, it has been reported. At some point, such an examination needs to be conducted — but not as an ...

This Easter Is A Celebration Like No Other

In Our Opinion

Easter 2020 will be a celebration like no other for pastors, parishioners and families across the country. Churches can’t host their traditional sunrise worship services followed by a hearty breakfast and the traditional morning service filled with the beautiful sounds of church choirs. ...

Hope For The Best, Plan For The Worst

Local Commentaries

This week Governor Cuomo announced that all schools in the state will remain closed through April 29. He also restated his decision to close schools every two weeks. Because the Governor has tied state aid to this order, schools are abiding by the two-week extensions and are not closing for ...

There Are No Words For This

Local Commentaries

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The guns fell silent on the War Between the States 155 years ago this month. But for some they never fell silent. America is among the world’s most beautiful countries and has many sites worth seeing. Cities and towns. Mountains, plains, and beaches. Rivers and ...

Giving The Governor His Due

Local Commentaries

As readers of this column know, I have from time-to-time been critical of Governor Cuomo, especially of his opposition to natural gas ... a critical energy source if we are going to protect the reliability of the electric grid and provide fuel for home heating needs. But, right now, such ...

Turning To God Amidst This Crisis

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: During this Covid crisis, someone posted on Facebook: “Satan: ‘I will cause anxiety, fear and panic. I will shut down business, schools, places of worship, and sports events. I will cause economic turmoil.’ Jesus: ‘I will bring together neighbors, ...

We Have Come Upon Tough Times

Local Commentaries

We’ve come upon tough times. America too, has come upon tough times. We are all in this together, and together we will get through this. We always have, and America always will. America, the worlds most powerful, productive, prosperous and peaceful nation on the face of this earth. A ...

It Would Be Good For Cuomo To Have His Legal Ducks In A Row

In Our Opinion

The COVID-19 pandemic is an extremely fluid one. Tensions are high, including, we’re sure, the stress on Gov. Andrew Cuomo himself. He has handled a difficult job well. If there is one quibble with Cuomo’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it is the lag between his ...

A Realistic Federal Stockpile Needs To Be Set Up, Maintained

In Our Opinion

Nearly 6,000 of the protective masks sent to Alabama from the federal stockpile of medical supplies were supposed to have been thrown away a decade ago. Materials in them had sustained dry rot and were unusable, according to The Associated Press. Meanwhile, more than 150 ventilators sent to ...

New Yorkers Were Promised Help And They Need It Now

In Our Opinion

New York needs to act quickly to buttress its unemployment filing system to handle the massive influx of applicants the state has seen in the last few weeks. The state rightly waived waiting periods and did what it could to increase benefits to help people through the unprecedented business ...

People With Vacation Properties Have A Right To Them

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: The people who own vacation properties in Chautauqua, or other places in Chautauqua County, have a right to stay in them whenever they want to. They paid for the property, pay taxes here, buy our goods and services when they are here, so even though we might fear ...

We Simply Can’t Afford To Be Spending Money We Don’t Have

In Our Opinion

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to ...

Adding A Few Pieces Of Information

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: I would like to add a few pieces of information to the article about the Chautauqua Institution that appeared in the March 23, 2020, edition of this publication. As stated in the article, most of the Institution gates as well as many of the offices and the ...

Local News Matters Now More Than Ever

In Our Opinion

Dear reader, The last few weeks have been full of uncertainty for many of you here in Chautauqua County when it comes to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and we wanted today to provide you with an update on how we’ve been covering the crisis here at The Post-Journal and the resources we have made ...

This Is No Ordinary Time We Are In

Local Commentaries

These words, spoken by Eleanor Roosevelt just before World War II, describe the time we are in right now. I see it in the eyes of the young clerks at our local convenience store, I see it in the empty shelves of toilet paper at the grocery, I hear it from owners of restaurants laying off ...

Standing In Support Of Employees

Local Commentaries

As the CEO of NFI Group, the parent company of New Flyer, my number one responsibility is to ensure the well-being of our employees and their families. So when The New York Post published an article that our employees were not abiding to our strict policies implemented during the COVID-19 ...

Students Can Still Acquire Needed Skills

Local Commentaries

Ever since the first humans walked this earth, it has been the family and community that have been at the core of educating children. In the beginning, education surely included the knowledge and skills required to survive and enjoy a certain quality of life. Today, while we do not have to ...

Using Apostrophes Is Simple

Local Commentaries

Mark Twain’s encounter with a particular foreign tongue inspired an essay called “The Awful German Language.” Welcome to a new feature of this column. We won’t call it “The Awful English Language.” Yet it will focus on challenges of English for all of us. Many aspects of ...