Viewpoints

View From Hickory Heights: I Remember, Part 3

This period involves the early years of my marriage. We lived in a trailer for the first five years. People used to tell me it was cozy, but I thought it was crowded. Before we moved out we had two children. I bought some old day beds that my husband made new side rails for and we put the ...

It’s Not All Bad Here In Western New York

There was recently sad business news when the New Era Hat Company announced that it was closing its manufacturing plant in Derby. Yet, the very next day, there were comments from other manufacturers in the Buffalo area indicating that they had potential job openings for those workers who were ...

Controlling An Elephant With A Fly Swatter

I have followed the Chautauqua Lake attached plant issue with interest, particularity the chemical treatment of the lake argument. About 20 years ago I was the water resources engineer on a $350 million hydroelectric project on the Susquehanna River. One of the major issues was a ...

Voice From The Bullpen: Children’s Specials Under Fire

After the recent November televising of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” which first aired in 1973, reports surfaced questioning the possibility of that children’s special being racist. It sighted the fact that Franklin was sitting alone on one side of the table, while the other kids were ...

Musings From The Hill: Green Ham And Eggs

A loving companion splurged on a superb spiral ham we could share for our Christmas dinner. (Thoughts of split pea soup quickly followed.) Christmas Eve saw us together at church, followed by a delicious restaurant dinner. By then the snow was getting serious and he quickly headed for home. ...

Climate Change Absent From Lake Talks

Scientists for years, decades even, have warned of the dangers posed by Climate Change. NASA, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, The Environmental Protection Agency, the NYS DEC and various other highfalutin organizations have concluded that if humans do not act in a big way to ...

Looking At The Holiday Giving Season Through Partisan Eyes

Every year around Christmas time, the offended and indignant among us break into rival camps: one holding firm to the inclusive “Happy Holidays,” and the other clinging to the original, “Merry Christmas.” Charges of a “War Against Christmas” and calls for boycotts will fill the ...

‘You’re Just Perfect The Way You Are’

“You are just perfect the way you are!” In the first of three articles we meet Shirl and Brian. Shirl and Brian are a mixed race couple who called me about their adolescent son, Austin. I requested the initial session to only include Austin’s parents.Austin, age 14, was left at home ...

WORKING TOGETHER AND MAKING PROGRESS

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is unique compared to peer organizations across the United States. Over the past three decades there has been a trend across the country to merge small chamber organizations to form large regional business associations. We too have integrated ...

This Was Christmas

When I was a kid, after we opened gifts on Dec. 25, we’d pile into the paneled station wagon and then later the Buick or the Delta 88, and we’d head south from Buffalo to Jamestown to visit family, the car full of gifts and three mittened kids, and usually a dog stuck somewhere in the ...

The Good Life: 3 Vehicles? Maybe 2? Back To 3?

I am guessing that President Trump has not driven a lot lately in winter. I base this on the President’s recent criticisms of General Motors and Ford Motor Company plans to close plants and lay off workers — who have been making two-wheel drive cars. Those of us who drive in winter are ...

Canine Companion: Scent Detection Activity Could Be Fun For Your Dog

Hey, guys. Today we’re going to talk about a topic we haven’t even mentioned in the past. Scent detection. There are many dog lovers who are searching for something new and fun to do with their dogs. Scent detection could be the perfect activity. I recently attended a seminar ...

A Fuller Heart: Holiday Lights: Shining Together

We are nearing Christmas in our household, and the kiddos are anxiously awaiting the visit of St. Nicholas. The baby who is nearly a toddler has recently taken to shouting “Santaaaaaa” whenever she sees a picture of a man with a white beard and red coat. This may be problematic in the ...

State Lawmakers Should Get A Raise

Members of the New York State Legislature are among the highest paid state lawmakers in the nation; third highest to be exact. And…they should get a raise. I know, I know, hear me out. With a pay raise on the table for the 2019 session, it is the best bargaining chip we have to begin ...

America’s Tax Collection Is Rigged

Charges of rigging fill the air in today’s America. Elections, the economy, college admissions, the list seems endless. Whatever the truth in other cases, our tax collection system is undeniably rigged. It’s been so from the beginning, rigged against the vast majority of workers. In ...

End Of An Era In The N.Y. State Legislature

When I was a member of the State Assembly (1975-’82,) I served with long-time State Senator from Bemus Point, Jess Present. What I quickly found out is that, in Albany, being in the majority party in the legislature makes a huge difference. Since Jess (a Republican) was in the majority ...

George H.W. Bush’s Final Words

The final words of President George H. W. Bush tell us a lot about the kind of man he was, and especially the kind of father he was. At 94 years old and ailing from Parkinson’s and the pains of old age, Bush said he was ready to go. He told his family he wanted to be with Barbara, his wife ...

Musings From The Hill: On The Seventh Day Of Christmas

Call me a cock-eyed optimist. That part hasn’t changed from when I wrote this at the very beginning of January, 2013. I figure I have to be for I doubt if many Bills’ fans found something good in having the final game of last year’s season blacked out. Unintended, but it worked for ...

View From Hickory Heights: I Remember … Part 2

Once my great-grandparents died our Christmas customs changed. We still decorated the tree at great-grandpa’s because my great aunt lived there. It was during this period that I was allowed to bring home the tramp art pieces I found in the attic. My grandfather refinished the two pieces. ...

The Pet Pen: Keep Christmas Safe For Your Pets

Tegan and I have just finished a six-week course in dog “manners.” We worked on sit, down, stay and come, as well as “leave it.” Technically, “leave it” is supposed to be used to keep your dog from picking up, or eating, something that is forbidden. “Drop it” is the command if ...