Viewpoints

The Opposition’s Very Wrong First Step

In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan instructed Haley Barbour — his White House political director and a future Republican Party chairman and governor — on building a winning coalition: ‘’The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent ...

Respect The Office Of The President

Thoughts on the circus.  Not the Ringling Bros Circus that is folding its tents. Rather the Inauguration. Which is erecting the big top of a new administration. Rep. John Lewis and a few dozen other congress people boycotted the inauguration of President Trump.  Lewis said “I don’t see ...

Soon-To-Be Treatment Center Will Help Combat Overdoses

To The Reader’s Forum: Kudos to UPMC Chautauqua WCA for recently being awarded the funding necessary to begin a 20 bed residential treatment program for chronic alcohol and substance use. The announcement about this funding came during the same week that the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Early Months Of The New Year Might Mean Higher Payments To Meet Your Deductible

Question: I just went to the pharmacy to pick up my medications with my new insurance coverage. My cost was over $300!! Last year I only paid $47 per month. What happened?!? I thought this plan was better?? Answer: For those of us that help individuals try to understand Medicare Prescription ...

Of Reclusiveness And Agoraphobia, Only One Is Diagnosis

DEAR DR. ROACH: How does one differentiate between reclusiveness and agoraphobia? I realize both are medical terms/diagnoses. — T.H. ANSWER: Of the two, only agoraphobia is a medical diagnosis. Reclusiveness is a personality trait with a broad definition, meaning someone who is withdrawn ...

Longtime Family Friend Feels Hurt By Sulky Teen’s Attitude

DEAR ABBY: I have had a best friend for more than 20 years. We met when we were 18 and have been inseparable ever since. I was best man in his wedding, and when his first child was born, I traveled six hours to be at the hospital when “Sara” was born. I have never missed a birthday or ...

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 ...