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Dear America: Please Stop Policing The World

President Obama has, as usual, fallen short on one of the seminal promises of his candidacy - the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan and an end to the 14-year war - when he announced his order to leave 9,800 troops stationed through 2016. The president whose campaign vowed to ...

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During a recent free HBO and Cinemax preview through Direct TV, they were showing a number of fairly popular, and good movies, some Sally and I hadn't seen on the big screen. Many of the featured films received Academy Awards in one or more categories and others received numerous nominations ...

Holidays Mean Different Things To Different People

Years ago someone had the bright idea to change as many of the holidays as practical to occur on a Monday, thus creating numerous long weekends. Memorial Day is now the last Monday in May, Martin Luther King Day is the third Monday in January, Presidents Day is the third Monday in February and ...

Finding Your Way Home

A study was released last week that found that the death rate for white middle-class Americans was rising and not falling-just the opposite of what's happening in every other ethnic and racial group in our country.And perhaps even more startling is the finding that these deaths are being driven ...

Editor’s Note

I've been picking up extra serving shifts lately in order to save money for Christmas.I prefer to spend the cash instead of swiping a card and facing the dreaded bill later on.So, no plastic means more work.It's pretty easy to pick up a shift almost any day of the week, thanks to a smartphone ...

Dealing With Skunk Stink

When I let the dogs out the other night for the final time, I smelled the faint odor of a skunk. Since our yard is well-fenced, I wasn't too worried about the skunk being able to spray Rhiannon and Gael, but it did remind me of a time when our first dog, Ginger, encountered a skunk.We didn't ...

Woodward And Bernstein Are My Heroes

I have an unhealthy obsession with the movie "All the President's Men."I've watched it a thousand times or more. I'm surprised my husband and child can't quote the lines yet. I just watched it last night, and I'm sure I'll watch it again soon.How can you help but watch such a classic movie, ...

Veterans, Thank You For Your Service

As much as it should be every day, there are a few designated days which ask us to stop and say "Thank you" to those who have made a commitment in their lives to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States" and all that it stands for, by serving our country as members ...

It’s Time To Enjoy The Bounty Of Fall

When I think of fall I think of football, soccer, marching band, and harvest time. My children each marched with the band and participated in competitions. One of the grandchildren is following in his father's footsteps and plays the trombone in the marching band. The other grandchildren play ...

Feed Us Bread And Circuses

"The people are only anxious for two things: bread and circuses."- Juvenal, Roman poetAs the Roman Empire collapsed from military over-expansion, economic troubles and barbarian invasions, elaborate public spectacles in the Colosseum became an overwhelming part of the citizen's life. The Plebs ...

Let Your Dog Walk You

Now that the kids are grown and gone, our poor dog has become the reluctant heir of our codependency.He is now part of the reason the sun rises and sets because we're new empty nesters and sometimes we don't know what to do with ourselves except fawn all over our dog.Dog relationships seem to ...

Editor’s Note

I find language and communication fascinating.The way we use words verbally and in written form is scientific.Each person is equipped with their own unique style of handwriting and no two voices in the world sound the same.I like to imagine how far the English language has traveled and morphed ...

Protecting The Shire

I can't take anymore, dear readers.I can't take one more shooting, one more story about cruelty and hate or one more news alert depicting the atrocities we commit against one another. I can't look at one more photo of weeping young people standing outside a school building they once thought of ...

Is There A Different MSA To Enroll In?

Question; I have the MSA from BlueCross & BlueShield. I got a letter saying that plan is ending on Jan. 1, 2016. I know I have to make a new choice, is there a different MSA I can enroll in?Answer: The Medicare Savings Account (MSA) is a type of Medicare Advantage Plan available to ...

We Make Martyrs

Breaking news: the super-patriotic party of Benevolent Carnivores won the election. Now, every American citizen is required by law to eat a big, juicy slab of steak every night for dinner, subsidized by the government. Don't the polls clearly show that 96.8 percent of Americans consume and ...

Times Sure Are Changing

A recent Dunkirk Observer newspaper article introduced the reader to a Silver Creek High School guidance counselor who was recognized by her peers and Michelle Obama in Washington, D.C. She, along with hundreds of others around the country, were recognized for their work. Congratulations to ...

To Smell A Beautiful Flower, You Have To Smell A Little Fertilizer

As a citizen of this country, the country my father wore a uniform to help defend, I make sure I vote in the November elections each year. In my lifetime, I have been proud to have voted in 11 presidential elections (Lord willing, soon to be 12), and have voted in countless numbers of other ...

End Of October Thoughts

Last Sunday we woke up to snow. It was in the forecast so it was not a complete surprise. Up on my hill there was about an inch of snow. The ground was covered except under the trees that still had leaves where it was still green.As I drove down the hill I noticed the mix of fall and winter as ...

The Library Angels: A Story Of Pride And Protest

When the board of trustees for the Lakewood Library sent out a plea for donations last month to keep the village library operating, the response was fairly dismal.So, here's the truth of the matter: Our libraries need your $5. Today your community is asking you to skip the line at Starbucks and ...

Editor’s Note

The spookiest (and sweetest) day of the year has arrived.I've always liked Halloween because of the opportunity to use my imagination and, of course, the candy. There are no limits.What surprises me is how expensive costumes are these days. I've seen cheap, unoriginal and inappropriate costumes ...