Viewpoints

Declawing Is Amputation

There's been quite a bit of publicity over the proposed legislation to ban the declawing of cats.Growing up, many people I knew declawed their house cats. It seemed to be the norm. It wasn't until I was much older that I learned what declawing entailed. Simply put, it's amputation. It's not ...

Songs From The South(ern Tier)

Few things in life have given me the kind of satisfaction I feel after a giving a solid, well-attended performance.What makes these moments even better is knowing how tight-knit a music community we harbor in our area. Infinity Visual and Performing Arts' annual Local Music Showcase is a prime ...

How Do You Say ‘Woman’?

I love the way my pastor says the word, "Woman." Instead of the typical pronunciation, he says, "Whoa-man." As in, "Whoa, man ... she is amazing. She is loved. She is special."It's not directed to anyone in particular, but rather every woman.It is as if he is saying, "Every woman is amazing. ...

When You Come To A Fork In The Road

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."With acknowledgement and appreciation to Yogi Berra for use of the title of one of his books, which was also one of his most famous quotes, and applying it to my own life, I see myself coming to a personal fork in my road, and I'm seriously ...

The Benefits Of Getting Away For A While

I just returned from a road trip to North Carolina. I had been through the area before, but had never spent an extended time there. My cousin, Marcia, went to visit family and I went along for the ride. En route, she mentioned that it had been 51 years since we took a trip together. Years ago ...

There’s More To Life Than Cheddar

He was born in Jakarta, Indonesia - a huge sprawling metropolis, home to 9 million people and unimaginable traffic, a daunting yet dynamic place built on a wide, flat delta that is intersected by 13 rivers on the coast of Java.And here he is now in the budding spring of Chautauqua, living the ...

Editor’s Note

I made a trip out of town with my family for Memorial Day weekend, traveling seven hours west for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.There, we met up with my sister and her husband who drove up from North Carolina, and two of my parents' friends whose faces I haven't seen since 2007. It ...

The One And Only Billy Shears

From industrial Liverpool, England, to rural Salamanca, and all points in between, Ringo Starr's illustrious music career is a very welcome addition to the list of grade A performers to visit our area.Anybody who knows me knows that I make no secret of my love for all things Beatles. They were ...

Buffalo Rising

I've spent some time in Buffalo over the past month and wow. Just wow.No longer a dead industrial dinosaur, or a place to catch a plane, or the place you go to grab a second opinion on your knee replacement, it's suddenly awake and alive and you can really see the ways in which that billion ...

Editor’s Note

A Vietnam War veteran came into the office on Thursday morning to talk about parade events on Memorial Day.We spoke for roughly 30 minutes as he read his hand-written press release to me and I typed.There was a poignant moment during the conversation when he spoke of reaching out to other ...

Cemetery Dogs

Another highlight of our trip to Richmond (mentioned in my last "Pet Pen") was a visit to the city's Hollywood Cemetery. It's a huge place and contains the graves of presidents James Monroe and John Tyler, as well as that of Jefferson Davis. One entire section is devoted to soldiers who fell ...

Raiders Of A Lost Art

One of my all-time favorite movies is returning to the big screen in downtown Jamestown almost exactly 35 years after it was first released.Thanks to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts' nifty "Movies @ the Reg" series, I'll have the opportunity to join my childhood hero Indiana Jones on a quest ...

‘Wonderful Tonight’

"I feel wonderful because I seeThe love light in your eyes.And the wonder of it allIs that you just don't realize how much I love you,"- "Wonderful Tonight" by Eric ClaptonDear Steve,Ever since last week, one memory has been playing over and over again in my head.I was brought back to my ...

Sick Of Lies? Why Hire Another Liar?

American voters, myself included, are sick and tired of having been lied to by generations of politicians.Those hacks tell us the same things, over and over, to get elected or re-elected: More Jobs. Cut spending. Reduce deficits. Control immigration. Reject the special interests. Curb ...

Romping With Angels Unaware

On a brisk but sunny spring day you might find me walking at Bergman Park with my canine bff Rosie - a red-haired mix of golden retriever and cattle dog. If we're lucky, it will be with other dog friends we have encountered and befriended during the past months, most notably a German shepherd ...

Toys And Fun In My Generation

What did you play with when you were a kid? What did you and your friends do for fun? Didn't it seem like, in earlier times, fun was made with more ingenuity and imagination, and not waited for to be delivered to us? Toys/fun today seem to lack the creativity and imagination as the toys/fun of ...

Getting a Glimpse Of Summer Weather

Every now and then, we get a glimpse of what is to come. This week, we had one day in the the high 70s, but then we had snow on Sunday morning. While it did not stick because the ground is warm, nevertheless, it was in the air.I traveled through the Allegheny National Forest this week to arrive ...

A Cup Of Joe

The Jamestown salesman who sold Standard Brands coffee starting in 1935 had 20-pound sacks of the stuff stashed in the back of his car, which often doubled as booster seats for the kids. I bet our salesman never would have guessed that one day a coffee shop would bear his name at an old house ...

Editor’s Note

Some days, I feel so stressed out that the hair on my head starts to hurt. Maybe that's why it's so curly.I don't have headaches, just a consistently anxious feeling that physically remains on the inside of my scalp - like an itch I can't scratch.I would assume working two jobs combined with ...

The Return Of Third Thursday

For me, summer officially kicks off at the sound of live music projecting for several blocks of Jamestown's downtown area.Today marks the return of the Third Thursday concert series to Winter Green Plaza; and, though I will be unable to attend the first of five concerts to be held this year, I ...