In Our Opinion

Adding Taxable Property In Jamestown Is A Good Thing

Chautauqua County legislators will consider a resolution to sell three county-owned buildings to a private business this month. They should do so. The South County Office Building on East Fourth Street in Jamestown, the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center on Turner Road in Ellicott and the ...

North Korea: Diplomacy Is A Dead End

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. On Tuesday, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations. Trump reiterated the philosophy that helped get him elected president. While embracing ...

Arbitration Talks With City Police, Firefighters Should Be Open To The Public

City contracts with the unions representing police officers and firefighters are headed to binding arbitration through the Public Employee Relations Board. In past years the binding arbitration hearings have been closed to the public. That should not be the case this year. The biggest driver ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Summer’s late renaissance this year is nothing but a cruel facade. We received our first reminder of that fact earlier this week with the official kickoff of the Salvation Army’s Bundle Them Up Campaign. In 2016, the Salvation Army provided 255 children with jackets, mittens, scarves and ...

Help Someone’s Search By Becoming A Bone Marrow Donor Today

Michael Seeley of Ashville received good news recently. Seeley’s sister, Jennifer Scolton, is a match for the bone marrow transplant Seeley needs to treat the acute myeloid leukemia he was diagnosed with earlier this year during a routine physical. The transplant could help Seeley live a ...

Census Data A Reminder There Is Still Work To Do Locally

The most recent U.S. Census Bureau estimates for Chautauqua County are a reminder that there is still a lot of work to be done. Estimates from the most recent American Community Survey indicate the county is still hemorrhaging population while seeing an increase in the wages of residents ...

Statewide Effort Needed To Tackle Emerald Ash Borer Problem With Trees

The fight to protect Chautauqua Lake from invasive species has gotten a lot of attention over the past several years. New York’s trees need similar attention. Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal attack ...

Equifax Data Breach An Example Of What Not To Do

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has ...

Many People In Need Following Hurricanes

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse that what is ...

No Excuse For Rookie Mistake That Caused Haffa Mistrial

Anyone who has watched Law and Order more than once likely knows of the Brady rule, which stipulates that a prosecutor must turn over all evidence that may exonerate a defendant to the defendant’s attorney. That’s why it was so surprising earlier this week when a Brady rule violation ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to a chance to learn more about women’s suffrage and Chautauqua County’s role in the movement that gave women the right to vote. The Chautauqua County Historical Society, in partnership with the Bemus Point Historical Society, will present a special lecture on the 100th ...

Kind Gesture Keeps Rally To Recovery Event On Schedule

We doubt there is one member of the Jamestown City Council who disagrees with the purpose of the Rally to Recover proposed by Chanda Germain and Adrian Smith-Madden. The Rally, as was reported last weekend by The Post-Journal, is designed to attract people who need help ending their battle ...

Educators Need To Make Constitution, Bill Of Rights A Priority

Most reasonable people — be they liberal or conservative — would agree the Constitution provides a basic guide to government and outlines the rights given to American citizens. That may be all they agree on. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are bandied about with regular frequency ...

Jamestown Meets Criteria For New Arbitration Process

It should come as no surprise that Jamestown will be one of the first cities in the state to test the state’s reconfigured binding arbitration process. In 2013, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders came to an agreement that created the Financial Restructuring Board, which ...

Chautauqua Lake Could Use Additional Funding

The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has been used for several projects in Chautauqua County over the past few years. Several projects totaling about $382,000 have been used to implement Farm Bill programs for habitat and wildlife protection; reducing ag nonpoint source loading; and ...

World Needs To Stop Kim Yong Un

Diplomats sometimes engage in hyperbole to make their points. But what Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday may be the literal truth. Haley spoke during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. It was called after it was confirmed that North Korea has ...

Celoron Residents Have Waited Long Enough For Clean Drinking Water

It has been six weeks since state Sen. Catharine Young, R-Olean, announced she had secured a $75,000 grant to install a water main in the only portion of Celoron that doesn’t have municipal water access or fire hydrants. The water main will serve 10 households on Butler Avenue and Seventh ...

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to all those who have helped rehabilitate the home of a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputy as the deputy battles acute myeloid leukemia. What started out as a Facebook request turned into an all-out house re-building campaign, according to Sashene Bargar, a corrections officer with ...

Doubling Down On Casinos May Not Have Been Smartest Bet

A few years ago, New York took a gamble on casinos to provide an economic boost. In 2013, state voters approved a constitutional ballot referendum that allowed the state Legislature to authorize as many as seven new casinos in the state. The proposition was couched as an economic development ...

Volunteering Can Bring Out The Best In Us

Michael Bull’s story is tragic on many levels. Bull was the victim of a homicide Aug. 19 outside his apartment building on East Sixth Street. It wasn’t until Bull reached middle age that he and his sister, Jeanne Johnson, forged a relationship following a medical scare that brought the ...