Viewpoints

Bathroom Habit Has Husband Calling Wife A ‘Germaphobe’

DEAR DR. ROACH: My spouse believes that I am being “germophobic” over his bathroom habits. Among other things: He uses a hand towel to wipe the inside of his sink and countertop, and then uses the same towel to wipe his mouth, face and hands. He says he won’t die from this, but his lack ...

Couple’s Long, Joyful Marriage Is Based On Three Principals

DEAR ABBY: Many of your published letters come from unhappy married women. Some of them seem unable to get objective advice that would make themselves and their marriages happier. I’m fortunate to be happily married (33 years) to a wonderful woman who has a clear perspective. Three pearls ...

The Shameful War On Betsy DeVos

The controversy over the nomination of Betsy DeVos as secretary of education has been, if nothing else, clarifying. We now know that working to give poor kids more educational opportunities is considered a disqualifying offense for the left. For decades, DeVos has devoted herself to creating ...

What Happened To The Honeymoon?

WASHINGTON — The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and ...

City Is Fortunate To Have Musical Outlets

To The Reader’s Forum: Jamestown is blessed with tremendous musical talent. Just go around to the area churches and outstanding musicianship rises up from within the ranks. Whether contemporary or traditional, informal or formal, classically trained or self-taught, the superb voices in song ...

Everyone Benefits By Following New BPU Guidelines

Last summer, those driving down Forest Avenue may have seen a large pile of garbage and discarded household items sitting curbside waiting for pickup. Much of the garbage was not eligible for curbside pickup and needed to be taken care of separately. Who knows what was in the garbage bags at ...

Trump’s Enemies See An Opening

“Fake news!” roared Donald Trump, the work of “sick people.” The president-elect was referring to a 35-page dossier of lurid details of his alleged sexual misconduct in Russia, worked up by a former British spy. A two-page summary of the 35 pages had been added to Trump’s briefing ...

Goodbye To One Selfie President, Hello To Another?

On Feb. 12, 2015, President Obama made a selfie-stick video for BuzzFeed. You may remember it — or perhaps not — because if there’s one thing Barack Obama delivered during his eight years in office, it was plenty of celebration of himself. The country was treated to Obama slow-jamming the ...

Is It Worth Printing At Home?

Welcome to another edition of Let’s Talk Photography! Many photographers or photo enthusiasts are happy to have their photos finished and share them on social media or through emails. Others will go the extra distance to invest in a portable device such as an iPad to carry with them and ...

Be Cautious About Long-Term Proton Pump Inhibitor Use

DEAR DR. ROACH: Like thousands of people, I have experienced heartburn for years. Chewable antacid tablets provide temporary relief. Extended use of ranitidine and famotidine gave me partial relief, but I still required regular use of antacid tablets. But starting omeprazole gave me immediate ...

Mom And Ex At Loggerheads Over Daughter’s Cellphone

DEAR ABBY: I bought my 11-year-old daughter a cellphone. My ex does not approve. We have been divorced for six years, and he still can’t get over it. He despises me. He refuses to listen to why I want her to have a cellphone. While I want her to be responsible with it, I realize she will ...

Challenge Us; Don’t Coddle Us

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...

Dems Aren’t Winning Back Any Voters

Suppose you live next door to a car dealer.  And suppose you shop for a new car.  You check out what he has to offer. You check out others. You buy a new car from one of his competitors. He is disappointed you did not buy a car from him. More, he thinks you are stooopid for buying the car ...

State Funding Should Be Used To Address Flooding

To The Reader’s Forum: Seeing Southern Auto Exchange underwater, my heart went out to Brian Adelgren and other businesses in this low-lying area off of Rt. 60 south of Jamestown. It is not uncommon for Rt. 60 and 62 to flood creating an inconvenience for drivers, but for Brian, his business ...

Pyoderma Gangrenosum Begins With Blisters, Turns To Ulcer

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 74-year-old woman in good health. I was diagnosed with pyoderma gangrenosum on my left leg. I was in a lot of pain. Can you tell me the cause of this rare disease? Also, is there a special diet I should be on? — H. ANSWER: Pyoderma gangrenosum is an inflammatory ...

Photo Of Mom In Body Bag Infuriates Grieving Daughter

DEAR ABBY: I am a 58-year-old female. My mother passed away in my home almost exactly a year ago. I took care of her for the last three years of her life. After she died, my brother and his wife came to my home at 1:30 p.m. The funeral home didn’t arrive to pick her up until 8:30 that ...

The Reset Failure

President Barack Obama has finally had it with Russia. It only took eight years of cold reality — topped off by the Russian interference in the November election — to make the outgoing president almost cleareyed about the Kremlin. Not that Obama is ready to admit error. Asked by George ...

Cold War Relic, Present Day Threat

WASHINGTON — You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” you are reaching the end of that road. Since the early 1990s, we have ...

Don’t Blame CO2: It is Not A Pollutant

To The Reader’s Forum:, Re: “BPU Electric Rate Increase To Subsidize Nuclear Plants,” Jan. 7, by Dennis Phillips “Gov. Cuomo’s Clean Energy Standard calls on New York to acquire 50 percent of its energy from low-carbon resources by 2030.” This will come at a great cost to New ...

Are Symptoms Due To Leak In Silicone Breast Implants?

DEAR DR.  ROACH: I received silicone-gel breast implants a few years ago. After six months or so, I began to have strange symptoms, including joint pain, fatigue and terrible hives. The condition got worse over time, and neither an allergist nor a dermatologist could conclusively diagnose a ...