Viewpoints

On The Cusp Of A New Season

Sometimes, here in the far western corner of New York state, the sky and the water of Chautauqua Lake are the same color. The colors relate to the weather and the season. On a Friday, mid-April, Bemus Bay was gunmetal gray as was the sky. Now and then the sun peaked out and blues and greens ...

What Do I Think?

When did it happen? Can any of you who have been around as long as I have remember when it happened? When was that point in our lives when we wanted time to slow down a bit, and why did it start speeding up instead? Remember when we were kids and couldn’t wait to be older, so we could ...

Remember: The People Are The Government

Complaining about the government is our national blood sport. Decades of conditioning by cable “news” networks, where Jerry Springer style squabbling has replaced intelligent discourse, has turned millions of people from active citizens into passive spectators. But everyone loves a circus, ...

Meet Madison: Part II

Last article, we met a gentleman named Madison. At first glance, he appeared to be a striking, healthy man. Sometimes, yes, appearances can be deceiving. Madison used the first session to describe himself, though almost as a former self. He was obese and carried a host of serious associated ...

Kitten On The Keys

Unless I am struck with an amazing idea while waiting at a bus stop or for a concert to begin (I do always carry pad and pen in purse), I tend to write these Musings first in a lined notebook. I find all those red marks that hop onto the screen to be disconcerting. It’s harder to concentrate ...

With Chautauqua Lake, Some Still Talk Of Conquest

“We still talk in terms of conquest. We still haven’t become mature enough to think of ourselves as only a tiny part of a vast and incredible universe. Man’s attitude toward nature is today critically important simply because we have now acquired a fateful power to alter and destroy ...

Spring Has Sprung

I just read about a garden that had Bachelor Buttons growing. That reminded me of my great-grandfather. The garden beside his home had those and they were so pretty. I tried to grow some once, but they never took. Temperatures have been on the yoyo pattern during this early spring. Although ...

Cuomo Has Dug New York Into A Giant Tax Trap

The opening salvo of Cynthia Nixon’s challenge to Gov. Cuomo included a claim guaranteed to stir the passions of true-blue progressives: Cuomo, she said, “has given massive tax breaks to corporations and the super-rich.” But aside from extending $420 million a year in tax giveaways to ...

New York State Has Simply Become ‘Casinoed’ Out

I remember a few years back when the Governor decided (at about the same time that he stopped natural gas drilling in the state) that the new growth engine for Upstate New York would be casinos. They would employ a lot of people and would be the answer for the economic decline in places like ...

Join The Chamber To Help Grow Your Business

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and our six Community Chambers of Commerce work on behalf of businesses every day, and invite you to join in the progress we are making! The Chamber’s 2018 Spring Membership Drive will run April 29 – June 7, with some special events and ...

There’s No Accounting For People’s Passions

Here’s an unusual story about heritage and culture. When I was growing up, my father had an interest in the American Indian. In fact, we had a framed picture of Red Jacket hanging in our dusty basement. And I remember him reading us Red Jacket’s famous speech about religion that the chief ...

Is Amazon Hurting Or Helping?

In the last few weeks several significant local employers where I live announced that they will be closing shop. One of them is Bon Ton, a large retail chain which was sold to a liquidator under bankruptcy proceedings. It is but the latest story of large retailers experiencing severe financial ...

Steps On How To Avoid Making Those Common Puppy Training Mistakes

One of the most common questions I receive is “How do I train my puppy, and what mistakes should I avoid?” That’s what I want to talk to you about today. Even if you don’t have a puppy right now, hang on to this article if you decide to adopt one in the future. The arrival of a new ...

Religious Abuses: Anger, Then … Redemption?

First, sadness. Then, anger. Only afterward does rational assessment occur over the Erie-based news story that named a deceased bishop, numerous priests and some non-ordained Catholics in the Diocese of Erie who have been “credibly accused” of improper conduct with respect to sexual ...

Journey To The Centre Of The Eye

This past weekend I seized a well-timed opportunity to take a break from “adulting” for an evening, and the results far exceeded my expectations. As I lounged around my apartment Sunday afternoon, recovering from a full weekend of gigging in Buffalo and Olean the two nights prior, I ...

Happy Coachella!

I have been seeing a lot of updates on social media regarding the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that takes place this time of year in Indio, California. A few years back, I succumbed to the Coachella peer pressure along with my friends and booked the overly priced tickets to the ...

Is Trump Standing Down In Syria?

Wednesday morning, President Trump jolted the nation with a tweet that contained both threat and taunt: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing ...

Complex Male Anatomy Can Lead To Urinary Infection In Some Men

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 79 years old and have had three separate incidences of epididymitis — not the same side, but all responding to Cipro. Why do old guys get these infections? — D.M. ANSWER: Male genitourinary anatomy is complex. Here’s an overview: Sperm are made in the testes. The ...

The Meaning Of Ryan’s Departure

I’ve always felt a kinship with Paul Ryan. Maybe it’s the fact that we are both Jack Kemp acolytes. Maybe I have a soft spot for upright family men who are attracted to public policy by the desire to do good. Maybe I love conservative wonks. But Paul Ryan’s fate over the past several ...

Bride Accuses Mom Of Using Wedding To Spotlight Herself

DEAR ABBY: Once I announced my engagement, my already thin, fit mother went on a diet and lost 20 pounds. My weight has always been an issue with her, and I can’t believe she would draw attention to it in this way. She called me a bridezilla because I told her I think she’s trying to ...