Viewpoints

Climate-Change Denier Visits California

WASHINGTON — Leaving his own political wildfires at home, President Trump flew to California last weekend to examine the worst wildfire disaster in the state’s history. For once, he had little to say about his head-in-the-sand denial of climate change as a major contributor to it. With ...

Voice From The Bullpen: Jamestown, My Hometown

Back in 1948, local radio station WJOC first hit the airwaves in The Pearl City, and ran under those letters until the 60s what it became WXYJ, preceding the present letters for AM 1340, WKSN. During the middle history of AM 1340, WXYJ and Quality Markets, two memories of Jamestown that no ...

Pro-Cop, Pro-Borders, Pro-Reform

The package of criminal justice reform proposals endorsed by President Donald Trump is not “soft” on crime. It’s tough on injustice. And it’s about time. Known as the “First Step Act,” the legislation confronts the Titanic failure of the federal government’s trillion-dollar war ...

View From Hickory Heights: Thrill Of The Hunt

These days you might say I am an armchair hunter. Actually, I never had a hunting license. I ate my breakfast with three deer watching. They watched me move about the kitchen preparing my breakfast, taking my vitamins, then eating. They stood grazing in the yard and did not move except to ...

Musings From The Hill: My King For A Day

It was a dark and stormy day. Then again, late October 2017 tended to be like that. I’m not sure I’d have been responsible for my actions had the sun ever shone. Not to worry. “Day” of course because, had it been nighttime, obviously I’d have never seen it. Taking the fruit leavings ...

Parents: Don’t Throttle Your Sons’ Competitive Spirit

Q: I’m a mom to 3 energetic young boys. I grew up with two sisters myself — in other words, “just us girls” — so the constant competition between my little guys has been a real shock to me. Should I encourage or discourage my sons’ competitive nature? Jim: Here’s what I think. ...

Wayne Stayskal: Cartoonist Extraordinaire

Google “Great American Political Cartoonists” and you will undoubtedly find the late Herbert Block (aka “Herblock”) of The Washington Post, (Paul) Conrad of the Los Angeles Times, Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and several other cartoonists whose work, if not their ...

A Lakewood Lens: Holiday Musings

Somebody dropped something made of glass at TJ Maxx the other day and it was like the shot heard around the world. The whole store gasped in unison. To me, it signaled the opening bell for the holidays. I was out there early with the other brave shoppers last week, making sure I wasn’t ...

The New Normal Isn’t

WASHINGTON — Across much of media lately, the phrase “new normal” keeps cropping up to describe what is, in fact, not normal, as most sane adults have understood its meaning. This is to say, the everyday machinations and human behaviors typical within a healthy, robust society have ...

The Good Life: What A Difference An iPad Can Make

The smartphones in our family have been hiccupping with rings and hang-up calls for weeks, and Greg is grinning. My son Greg, now age 41, has Down syndrome. He now lives in a group home in Warren, preceded by 10 years in DuBois. I live outside Brookville. Greg’s brothers and sisters are ...

Canine Companion: Those Thanksgiving Leftovers Can Be Harmful

Hey, guys. Hello, hello, hello. I am aware by the time you’re reading this, Thanksgiving will be over. But, here’s why I still want to talk about this. First, my family is all about the leftovers the day after we have thanksgiving dinner. So, there will still be some thanksgiving feast ...

Trump Should Fear Uncle Joe Biden

Joe Biden is a gaffe-prone 75-year-old Washington veteran — who is exactly what Democrats need. The suburbs have turned against Republicans, but Donald Trump’s working-class base is still with him in a geographic and demographic stand-off that will — absent a game-changer — define the ...

The GOP Cannot Win Without Cheating

So Georgia voters decided against Stacey Abrams as their governor. Maybe. With all the shenanigans perpetrated by Republicans in that state, we’ll never know for sure. Had they not passed a restrictive “exact match” law that put 53,000 voters (most of them reportedly African American) ...

Not All Puritan Examples Should Be Followed

Many people feel sorry for prisoners during the holidays because they’re separated from their families in relatively joyless spaces, comforted only by cold regret and crappy food. As someone who spent six Thanksgivings in prison, I know it’s not some Pollyannaish cliche to tell you that ...

Blessings And Bright Ideas In Sin City

I think it is safe to say that if you have read any of my columns in the past, you know that I have always been a bit of a “gypsy” so to speak. Years ago, I had an incredible road trip from the west coast to the east. After leaving the California vibes in my rear view and continuing the ...

Demorats, Listen To Bustos And Keep Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi will probably return as speaker of the House and should. A proven master at running the legislature, she’s plug-and-play ready and able to steer Democrats through these chaotic times. That Pelosi is a woman is not why she should be speaker. That she is relatively old, at 78, is ...

Thanksgiving Seems To Be The Forgotten Holiday

Holidays come and go and with regularity. We work hard to keep up with the decorating and un-decorating for one, and quickly moving to the same practice for the next one. There seems to be some that motivate a bit more energy and creativity, maybe a bit more pomp and circumstance, but ...

Facing Fears Of The Past

My grandmother always cooked and served the Thanksgiving feast. I have clear memories of the relative-lined table stretching from the window end of the room to the far end by the fireplace — once, that it, I was “graduated” from the kitchen table where my brother and younger cousins ...

Looking At The History Of Turkey Day

What do you suppose the first thanksgiving was actually like? I am sure it was nothing like the pictures that have surfaced through drawings and paintings. Remember probably everything was cooked over on open fire. That meant there would be no pies and the turkey and venison were most likely ...

Don’t Mess With Thanksgiving

I can’t think of many Thanksgiving holidays that have carried this kind of collective angst to every table across America. Perhaps that makes it one of the most poignant turkey dinners you’ll ever have in your life. These difficult times in our country are a signal to us to give this ...