Viewpoints

The Latest Culprit

There’s always something new on the horizon when it comes to health-usually something that contradicts what we learned last month or even yesterday. I think most of us get confused about what to eat and how to live, so we get in the car and head to McDonalds and contemplate our plight ...

The Good Life: Better Writing Tools But Much Less Certainty

The mental process that I use in writing these columns has not changed a lot in 50 years. But what I write has changed a lot. So has the technology. A half-century ago, I pounded keys downward on a manual typewriter. They flipped levers upward, smashing shapes for each letter through an ...

A Fuller Heart: A New Year, A New You?

I feel like the days are just flying by at this point, dear readers. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind and hasn’t stopped since the holidays. Christmas was a beautiful time of family and friends, and we greeted the New Year with joy and thanksgiving for what is to come. I hope your ...

How Do We Save Rural America?

There was a recent article in the Times (December 15th) by Eduardo Porter addressing the “hard truths” of what is happening in rural America. It was compelling in the sense that it brought home the story of what I see happening here in Chautauqua County. Some of the facts it stated ...

Finding Places For Civil Discourse

As we close out another contentious year in our nation’s history, we face troubling divisions in our politics, increases in hate crimes and growing disdain for those with views different than our own. Civility is under attack and we need to create more opportunities and safe places for ...

Three Ideas To Advance In 2019

I disagree with the statement that our country has never been more divided. The United States has weathered serious divisions previously, the Civil War and the challenges of the 1960s being just two. President George Washington was actively undermined by his secretary of state, Thomas ...

Healthcare Spending And The National Debt

In a recent article titled “Spending More on Debt than Defense,” author Mark Hendrickson highlights the interest payments on our rapidly growing national debt in relation to defense spending. By 2023, Hendrickson points out, interest payments on the national debt will exceed the amount ...

The Person I Don’t Want to Be …

This is the time of year that is rife with resolutions, and in that spirit, the contrarian in me drew up a list for the person I don’t want to be. The list covers a wide range of silly and serious, with some of my picks being aspirational. I can honk with the best of them, I too often ...

View From Hickory Heights: Putting Things Away

Epiphany is now past. That is the day to celebrate the arrival of the Wise Men. We always left our tree up until after Jan. 6. Putting things away is not as pleasant as getting them out and putting them up. As I carefully put the fragile glass ornaments away, I remember when they decorated ...

Musings From The Hill: ‘Semiramide’

Because of the demands on the human voice, “Semiramide” was revived by the Metropolitan Opera only after a quarter of a century. Happily, the Met filled every role with an exceptional singer who could also act. Set in ancient Babylon, the scenery was as stupendous as one might hope. The ...

Voice From The Bullpen: Toys And Games Used To Fill The Time

“There’s nothing to do.” “I’m bored!” “There’s nothing good on television.” Have you ever heard kids utter any, or all, of these statements in their quest for entertainment on rainy, and even some sunny, days? Back in my day, five and six hours of watching television was ...

CONSENSUS & ACTION WILL DEFINE FUTURE OF CHAUTAUQUA LAKE

Chautauqua County is fortunate to have an abundance of natural resources including scenic tributaries and lakes. These are features that support an excellent quality of life for our residents. Importantly our tributaries and lakes have a profound economic impact on our community. It is for ...

View From Hickory Heights: It’s About The Simpler Things

Do you remember Y2K? That was the time when we went from the 20th Century to the 21st Century. My granddaughter was 1¢ at the time. To say she was not a sleeper was an understatement. She was still up until well after midnight. The other grandson was just a couple months old so he slept ...

Voice From The Bullpen: Another Year Goes By

“Tennessee” Ernie Ford was the original artist of a song that became a big hit for him when it came out in 1955. It was called “Sixteen Tons.” The chorus of the song included the lyrics: “You load 16 tons, what to you get? Another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter, ...

Musings From The Hill: Different Months

For a great many years I was a member of the Book-of-the-Month and other similar clubs. Oh, no, not the others which I, seeking erudition considered trash, those offering romance or mystery, which I might actually have read. The “good” books piled up, moving with me across Nebraska, ...

The Heck With Resolutions

One of my New Year’s resolutions should be not to ever write a column about New Year’s resolutions. The one’s I’ve read throughout my years have been as predictable as they’ve been boring. They start out telling you that most people don’t follow through on their resolutions, and ...

Insults Do Not Persuade People To Change Minds

“You, Dear Reader, are an idiot. You were wrong. “So in the next election, you ought to vote as I say.” Was that persuasive? Nope. But on Facebook, that is what some Tri-County Area residents proclaim. “Democrats favor drug abuse ... Republicans want to kill ...

Canine Companion: Look Beyond Fur Color When Adopting Dog

Hey, guys. This week we are going to talk about a topic we’ve already discussed. It’s been a while, but that doesn’t make it any less important. As I am looking at the adoptable dogs at the shelters I work with, I see many of the dogs who have been there the longest are the pure black ...

The Good Life: Of Christmas Trees, From Me To Thee

I think that I shall never see Another in-house Christmas tree. A tree whose dripping trunk is prest Into its stand but might not rest A tree when lit that stands so tall It tempts cats and kids to make it fall A tree whose needles stab my toes For months on end after it ...