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Opinion

Trump Should Be Held Accountable For Harassing Women

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Some people say that we are at a “watershed” moment as it relates to mistreatment of women, primarily, through sexual harassment on the job and/or physical sexual abuse of one kind or another. There have been men fired from private employment and a few have lost ...

Fiscal Responsibility To Should Be Top Priority

In Our Opinion

There were a lot of interesting ideas in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address on Wednesday. The governor outlined more than a dozen policy initiatives in the address — and a lot of those initiatives come with price tags. A new airport in the Hudson Valley will cost $34 million. ...

Tax Reform Shouldn’t Affect Charity

In Our Opinion

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

Outside Group Makes More Sense In Ripley Mediation Talks

In Our Opinion

Given the allegations leveled by a former union president, we wonder if the latest action taken by the Ripley Central School District will actually remedy the problems between the district and its teachers. The union representing Ripley’s teachers recently announced a vote of no confidence ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to all of the volunteers who have spent countless hours working to groom snowmobile trails throughout the area. The work has been particularly difficult this year, with bitter cold temperatures and snowfalls that have made the grooming a difficult process. Snowmobile clubs have also ...

SUNY Fredonia Made The Right Move To Stop Leadership Program

In Our Opinion

The State University at Fredonia has done the right thing in putting its educational leadership program on hiatus as the program is revamped. SUNY Fredonia’s existing program was struggling to attract enough students to continue the program in its current incarnation. Students currently ...

Legion Auxiliary To Honor MLK Jan. 15

In Our Opinion

To The Reader’s Forum: On Jan. 15, local American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) members join hundreds of thousands of Americans in making the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday “a day on, not a day off,” by serving in his honor. King used his influence as a civil rights leader to leave a great ...

New York State: Give And Take

In Our Opinion

New York state giveth. New York state taketh away. Yesterday, we lauded the state’s efforts to fight harmful algal blooms on 12 lakes statewide including Chautauqua Lake. The state’s resources and expertise can only help with a problem that there likely aren’t enough local resources to ...

Lake Groups Shouldn’t Bite The Hand That’s Helping Them

In Our Opinion

Chautauqua County residents should be overjoyed that Chautauqua Lake has been included as one of 12 lakes statewide that will see the the state’s attention as part of a four-point, $65 million initiative to combat harmful algal blooms. Chautauqua Lake is such a large driver of property ...

There Are Plenty Of Positives Heading Into The New Year

In Our Opinion

Old habits are hard to break. That’s usually the opposite case with resolutions, which are tough to keep. So, in changing are sometimes negative attitudes about good things not happening in Western New York, let’s attempt to be more positive as we move into a new year this 2018. There are ...

Give Firefighters, EMS All The Room They Need

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: Emergencies have happened to everyone at some point in their lives. In order to assist in those emergencies, first responders need to get to those involved in a timely fashion. Recently local volunteer firefighters and EMTs have had difficulties responding to these ...

Current Poverty Caused, In Part, By Our Past Decisions

In Our Opinion

Seven local organizations have been awarded money from a $1 million state grant to pay for programs to help decrease poverty in the Jamestown area for the 8,000 families described as asset limited, income constrained and employed (ALICE). The United Way uses the ALICE measurement to show the ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

In Our Opinion

Thumbs up to all those who have spent the past week working in heavy snows and bitter cold to provide the services upon which the rest of us depend. Police officers, sanitation workers, water crews, plow drivers, EMS crews and a host of other occupations don’t have the option of calling in to ...

Nobody Can Figure Out What Went Wrong

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: For decades the unions contributed to Democratic candidates. The Democratic candidates got elected and conceded generous wages and pensions to the union members. One hand washes the other. The wages were paid out of borrowing to be paid back, along with the pensions, ...

New York State Has Responsibility To Reduce Health Care Costs

In Our Opinion

The most expensive cost per month to most working New Yorkers isn’t their home or even their groceries — it’s ever-escalating health care premiums. A recent WalletHub study ranked New York 46th in the country for cost of health care, though the state ranked ninth in access to care and ...

Reader Questions Data On Tax-Exempt Status

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: This letter is in response to the articles appearing in The Post-Journal pertaining to the issue of the sewer treatment plant in the town of Poland. Each time the article ran, Mayor Teresi stated 40 percent of the property in the city of Jamestown is tax-exempt. ...

Celoron Park Serial Bond Not In Best Interest For Residents

In Our Opinion

The recent decision by the village of Celoron to approve a possible $900,000 of borrowing to pay for improvements to Lucille Ball Memorial Park seems irrational to those on the outside of village government. Contrast the recently approved serial bond issue with the village’s years of ...

Reader Thankful For Elephant Protection Act

Letters To The Editor

To The Reader’s Forum: As 2017 draws to a close and time is taken to reflect upon the year’s challenges and accomplishments, successes and letdowns, there is something for which I and I am sure fellow animal advocates are extremely grateful. In fact, a part of me still has difficulty ...