Viewpoints

‘All Men Are Created Equal’

There are several documents in the archives of our country, which use the words penned by Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence, “…that all men are created equal.” These are strong words and form the foundation for every person to be granted equal rights, opportunities, and ...

Exploring Animism

I welcome back any who were here for last week’s introduction to animism which is, basically, a belief that inanimate objects can have life. That is, they can feel or sense, or know. One of the experiments I devised and did while a student at the University of Colorado in 1959 asked my ...

Lost, Buried, Burned: Oklahoma’s Scandal

If you are puzzled by the nationwide rape kit testing backlog, Oklahoma provides maddening insight on the bureaucratic forces that create intolerable inertia — and injustice. An estimated 225,000 rape kits have gone unprocessed across the country; more than 7,200 have been neglected in ...

The Art Of Communication

I wrote down a quote that I liked from a television broadcast. The quote was, “Talking is still the best form of communication.” How will today’s youth engage in the art of communication? They are constantly on their cell phones and other devices. They communicate with texts that often ...

Trump Takes Yes For An Answer On Border Wall

President Trump may not be happy over the bipartisan deal Congress has reached to avoid another horrible government shutdown. But he recognizes it’s an exit ramp from the political nightmare that has deepened his presidential despair. He veils the second policy defeat administered to him ...

Anna’s Story: The Next Step

We met Anna and Pedro in the first of three articles. Anna has called for an appointment. She said that they had relationship problems, specifically communication. She doubted — or more likely believed — Pedro may not join her. He, in fact, did come. Anna reiterated her sentiments shared in ...

Problems May Arise When Changing Insurance Products

Question: I changed my insurance for the first of the month. I got a ‘welcome to the plan’ letter, but nothing more. I needed new medications but the pharmacy said my ID information doesn’t work. What should I do? Answer: This is a problem that can happen anytime you change insurance ...

Getting Easier To Be ‘Green’

Kermit the Frog was wrong. It is now easy to be “green.” The evidence is the “Green New Deal,” which CNN describes as a “...10-year ‘economic mobilization’ that would phase out fossil fuel use and overhaul the nation’s infrastructure while building whole new layers into the ...

Employment Is A Market

I have heard numerous times how terrible Walmart is for paying its employees a low wage when Walton family members are billionaires. Surely they are paying dishonest wages and can afford to pay more. The further charge is that taxpayers, you and me, subsidize Walmart because many of their ...

Five More Miles To Magnolia Market

If you want a white water pitcher or a pretty wood cake stand, you don’t have to drive all the way to Texas to buy one. But if you want to buy the cake stand and the pitcher from Joanna Gaines of “Fixer-Upper” fame, well, then you’re going to have to drive all the way to ...

Ridicule, The Last Great Death Of A Culture

A few words about the Trail of Tears and other jokes. Granted, the Trail of Tears would hardly seem a laughing matter. To the contrary, as recounted by History.com, it was an ordeal of robbery, mass relocation and death growing out of what white Americans of the 19th century saw as their ...

Travesty Happens In New York

There were two victims in the horrific attack earlier this month on Jennifer Irigoyen in New York City. But the state’s law recognizes only one of them. Anthony Hobson allegedly dragged his pregnant former girlfriend into the stairwell of her Queens apartment building and stabbed her in the ...

The Good Life: She Steps, So I Step, So Time Flies

My wife uses her computer and her smartphone, but usually pays little attention to the software and apps that make them function. Every so often, however, my wife makes one of those intuitive leaps that propels her into the lead in a given area of technology. That happened just after ...

Looking Back: Articles Help Trace How Harris Family Came To City

Instead of repeating some of the stories about Catherine Harris for Black History Month, we will look at the family of her brother-in-law, Anthony Harris. Anthony was a son of William and Rachel Harris, who came to Chautauqua County by 1815 from Rhode Island through Albany. Anthony was a ...

Canine Companion: Doggy Questions Answered

Hey, guys. Happy Friday. It’s been a rough week this week and it’s time to have some fun. This week I am going to answer all those silly doggy questions that most people are afraid to ask. Ready? Why Do Dogs Eat Poop? This is an awkward question most people don’t like to ask. Some dogs ...

Betrayed In Virginia

First, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he wasn’t sure which of the two people in the 1984 “clearly racist and offensive” photo on his yearbook page was he. Was he the grinning white guy wearing blackface? Or was he the guy wearing the Ku Klux Klan robe and hood? “I am deeply sorry ...

Marijuana, Mental Illness And Violence

Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Twenty-two other states, along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam, allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Let’s examine some hidden issues about marijuana use. Before we start, permit me to ...

A Public Servant, Not A Perfect Servant

Politics is not brain surgery; it’s not that complicated. Politics is about addition, not subtraction. Show me a political party that is openly seeking and welcoming “converts” to its side and is finding common ground and I’ll show you a growing, healthy and, yes, winning political ...

Do We Really Need So Many Foreign Tech Workers?

Americans don’t usually think of technical professionals as “guest workers,” yet at any one time, there are more than a half-million foreigners holding tech jobs in the U.S. They are here thanks to the H-1B visa program. H-1B, so the official spiel goes, addresses an alleged shortage of ...

Flying Solo: It’s Not You, It’s Me

With Valentine’s Day taking place tomorrow, I know plenty of you will be bombarded with the usual flowers and candy and romantic dinner dates. But for those of you flying solo like myself, fear not. You can be just as happy being single on this “Day for Lovers” as the next guy. Resist ...