Viewpoints

Adapting An Amish Approach To ‘News’

I am not Amish, in terms of lifestyle or religion. But these days, I am adapting an Amish tactic in order to keep a sunny outlook on life. I am shunning. I get scream-at-him mad at President Donald Trump. No, he has not done an awful job in office, substantively. But I cannot stomach ...

#MeToo

Over the past few days, a particular hashtag trend caught my eye. It wasn’t because it was particularly cute or funny. Rather, it was an eye-opening hashtag that was all over my newsfeed. Just two simple words, coming from so many men and women on social media that I know and so many that ...

When Starting A New Medication, Watch For New Symptoms

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 47-year-old male taking the following prescriptions: venlafaxine, buspirone and gemfibrozil. I am in excellent health with no other issues. I started all the meds at the same time, approximately six years ago. My concern is that my short-term memory is horrible. It ...

Is Trump The Heir To Reagan?

Three decades ago, as communications director in the White House, I set up an interview for Bill Rusher of National Review. Among his first questions to President Reagan was to ask him to assess the political importance of Barry Goldwater. Said Reagan, “I guess you could call him the John ...

Afternoon Delight Ends When Wife Stops To Take A Call

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married for many years, work long schedules, and actually sleep when we go to bed at night. Saturday afternoon, we had “nothin’ to do,” so I suggested some hanky-panky. We were just getting into it when the phone rang. I told her to let it go to ...

Scalia’s Legacy

I knew the late Justice Antonin Scalia a little, and like millions of others, I was an avid fan of his jurisprudence, the great bulk of which he produced after I was no longer a law student, so much the worse for me. What do I have to do with it? Nothing, except that reading opinions as a ...

The Great Regulatory Rollback

One by one, the artifacts of President Barack Obama’s rule by administrative fiat are tumbling. The latest is his signature Clean Power Plan that Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt says he will begin the arduous process of unwinding. The first year of Donald ...

Marijuana Itself Not An Ideal Anxiety Treatment Option

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am hoping you can weigh in on the use of cannibidiol (hemp-derived) for managing anxiety. My son has diagnoses of major depression and ADD. He has done a lot of online research and is interested in using CBD to manage periods where his anxiety is elevated, as he does not like ...

New Marine’s Mom Wonders How Often She Should Write

DEAR ABBY: My son and I are very close. He joined the Marine Corps (a decision I fully support) and shipped out recently. I had read on a Marine family site that frequent letters from home are encouraged, so I had letters written even before I got his mailing address. I sent off three ...

County Needs One More Year Of Tax Cuts

County Executive Vince Horrigan recently presented the proposed 2018 county budget. While both he and County Department heads did an admirable job, this proposed budget calls for raising the tax rate from $8.48 to $8.58 per thousand dollars of full valuation. For this reason the budget concerns ...

Voting ‘Yes’ On A Constitutional Convention

From all of the press reports and lawn signs I have been seeing, I may be the only person in Chautauqua County voting in favor of having a Constitutional Convention. The leaders of both the Democratic and Republican majorities in the state legislature are against it. The Governor is quietly ...

No Room For False Identity

The state of current political news and the division our nation has encountered reminds me of a high-school government class. The teacher spoke then of a concept called Nationalism. He defined Nationalism as “my country right or wrong.” We specifically studied Adolf Hitler’s rise to ...

You’re Welcome

There are times when simple amenities and just plain good manners seem to have been forgotten, or some may have decided that they don’t matter anymore, or some may have decided that rudeness is now the accepted norm. Well, if that’s the norm, I’d rather be abnormal. I am sure most of ...

Photos by Susan Crossett

The Very Sociable Cedar Waxwing

It might seem strange to pick October to highlight a bird usually spotted around here (if at all) in July and August and, sometimes, September. And spot it you should for it’s certainly one of our most stunningly colored birds. The first Cedar Waxwing I recall seeing was, sadly, on the ...

A Fall Treat

According to the National Board of Popcorn Growers fall is the season when popcorn is enjoyed the most. In spite of the fact that the National Day of Popcorn is in January, the fall is the season for making popcorn. The National Board has a website that is based in Chicago. On that site there ...

Define ‘Good Dog’

I read an interesting book last week, “Listening to Dogs: How to Be Your Own Training Guru,” by Jon Katz. Even though I didn’t agree with everything he said, one point in particular stuck with me. While he doesn’t expect his dogs to be perfect, there were certain behaviors that he ...

Without Pancreas, Fat Passes Through The Body

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 57 and generally in good health. My doctor diagnosed me with chronic pancreatitis, after I had weight loss with diarrhea, and was found to have fat in my stool. The CT scan showed that I have a 12-mm stone blocking my pancreatic duct. He said I have chronic pancreatitis. ...

We Become Our Parents, Again And Again

If we live long enough, and if our parents live/lived long enough ... we become them. I recall the glee with which I heard my just-grown children, one after the other, say, in effect, “Omigosh! I have become my father!” This often occurs during parenting, specifically during the first ...

Clerk Gets Lesson In Privacy From Owner Of Service Dog

DEAR ABBY: Yesterday I was in a retail store with my service dog. The clerk asked me what kind of service dog she was and I replied, “She’s my service dog.” She kept pressing me as to exactly why I have one, so I asked her if she was inquiring about my disability. When she said, ...

Washington Square Park (1)

I Heart NYC

What is there not to love about the bustling metropolis of New York City? You’re surrounded by the vastness of diverse cultures, incredible history and rich architecture of these massive skyscrapers at every turn, all while experiencing sensory overload as you fight your way through the ...