Viewpoints

Motherhood: More Than It Seems

Mother is defined in the dictionary as “a female parent.” While this is indeed the correct technical definition, I don’t believe it is the complete definition. There is so much you can’t see in between those three words. There’s the day when a woman finds out she is pregnant — ...

The Deep State Targets Trump

When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national security adviser, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, “If it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.” To Kristol, the permanent regime, not the elected president and his government, is the real defender and rightful ...

Patriotism, Not Nationalism

National Review has sparked an important debate about nationalism. As someone who has been accused throughout her life of excessive love of country (can’t count the number of times I’ve been reproached for arguing that despite slavery, Jim Crow and the internment of Japanese-Americans, our ...

Reader Thanks Couple Who Stopped During Emergency

To The Reader’s Forum: How blessed we are to live in a caring community. Last Saturday on my way home my car spun out and I went in and out of the right hand ditch and landed part way in the left hand ditch, blocking part of the road. Just then a caring lady and her son stopped and ...

Doing Good Things? Pay Taxes Anyway

President Trump: “I will get rid of and totally destroy the Johnson Amendment and allow our representatives of faith to speak freely and without fear of retribution.” Well, OK, but ... Gee. “Totally destroy?” What’s he gonna do? Fire nuclear weapons at the Internal Revenue ...

There Are Treatment Options For Adults Diagnosed With ADHD

DEAR DR. ROACH: There is an extensive history of ADHD in my family. My son, who was formally diagnosed at 8 and is now 14, has just started taking meds. His transition to high school was difficult to manage. In looking at my own history, I can see the same patterns in my behavior (poor grades ...

Wife Whose Husband Fights Dirty May Need Clean Break

DEAR ABBY: Because I had a promiscuous past prior to getting married, it was understandable that my husband and I have gone through some rough patches. It’s been three years since our wedding, and he still can’t let it go sometimes. A recent argument just escalated into his calling me a ...

Late To Bed And Late To Rise Makes Mom And Kids Tardy

DEAR ABBY: I will be spending a couple of months visiting my daughter, who is a single mom. She has asked me to help her wake her 8- and 11-year-old kids in the morning and have them ready for school. Unfortunately, she works some distance away from her home. The kids attend private school ...

Counting On Fingers Is Beneficial

Question: Our children have just naturally used their fingers to count and solve simple math problems. Now our child’s first-grade teacher wants her to stop doing this, saying it is babyish. I strongly disagree. Do you have any evidence about the benefits of young children using their ...

Where Was That?

I see, beginning this season, there will be pitch counts imposed in High School Baseball and changed designated rest period requirements depending on how many pitches pitchers throw in a game. It’s a long time coming in my mind, but then, as a coach, I’ve always counted pitches. In one ...

And The Beep Goes

Tinkerbell lives! Only please ... could this not wait until I’ve at least had a cup of coffee? “Beep. Beep. Beep,” it replies. Gently. Quite quietly and, annoyingly, only about once every five minutes which makes locating the source a real puzzle. Breakfast first, though, my ...

If My Table Could Talk

By Ann R. Swanson What if my table could talk? I am certain that it could tell many stories. I am speaking about my kitchen table. I acquired my kitchen table just after I moved to Hickory Heights. It came from my grandfather’s homestead. I remembered when that table set in the kitchen ...

The End Of The Cold War And 2017 American Politics

In 1988, a full year before the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet empire broke up, Georgy Arbatov, a Soviet expert on the United States, offered this prophetic prediction about how the end of the Cold War would change the United States: ‘’We are going to do a terrible thing to you. We ...

The Media Is Engaged In Fraud

Let’s look at a bit of fraud this week. Most of the info comes courtesy of Bill O’Reilly. ?Recently immigration officers – ICE – collared about 680 undocumented aliens. In one big sweep nationwide. These were mostly crooks. Or sidekicks of crooks. Crooks who had committed crimes in ...

Seniors Should Be Considered For Work

To The Reader’s Forum: For several years I have been looking for employment. I am a senior citizen and would like to join the workplace as a valued employee. I have taken many civil service examinations and, with one exception, I have scored in the top three successful scores resulting from ...

In Thyroiditis, Should Treatment Go Beyond Hormone Levels?

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife, age 67, has been under treatment for Hashimoto’s thyroiditis for 18 years now. The diagnosis was confirmed by antibody tests, and she has been taking some form of thyroid medication ever since. She has been treated by four different doctors, including two ...

Angry Daughter-In-Law May Want More Free Baby Sitting

DEAR ABBY: My daughter-in-law is extremely jealous of the close relationship I have with my daughter. If I spend time with my daughter and grandson, she gets mad at me and keeps my grandchildren from me. I need advice on how to handle her. I get her children almost every weekend. I work a ...

Palliative Care And Managing Your Well-Being

Question: My doctor has told me my medical condition may qualify me for Palliative Care. I don’t know what that is. Then I got information from Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care. Am I on Hospice? What should I do? Answer: I am sorry to hear that you are dealing with some pretty serious ...

In Search Of An Old Rooster

On a sunny day in early fall, I drove deep into the countryside to find an old rooster to make chicken coq au vin. I was looking for ingredients that would bring authenticity to my Burgundian casserole, and driving out to the green places of Western New York where pigs squeal and cows graze ...

A collection of images from the Florida Keys.
Photos by Katie Atkins

Planting Roots In A ‘Foreign’ Land

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of columns from former Post-Journal City/Region Editor Katie Atkins, who now resides and works in the Florida Keys. Hello again. It’s been a little over six months since my last column and there aren’t words for how nice it feels to be ...