Viewpoints

America’s Pre-Existing Health Condition: Trump

President Trump in a recent conversion now wants to make his Republicans “the party of health care.” But first, he says, it must try again to kill Obamacare, a task the Republican Party has attempted repeatedly with no success. Before attempting that effort, it would seem wise to come up ...

Joe Biden Suffers A Political Hit

Why does it seems like the political equivalent of a Mafia hit job on Joe Biden, who is being whacked before a much-anticipated announcement of his presidential plans? Most people who pay attention to such things have seen Biden’s hands-on approach when it comes to women. Not until the ...

The Comparative Advantage Of Not Having Economics

Comparative advantage is the economic principle that an individual, firm, or nation faces a unique set of advantages and disadvantages relative to others in its production of particular goods and services. They can be more prosperous by focusing on activities for which they have the greatest ...

Back At The Homestead

I love looking at houses. I’m the kind of person who can spend a whole day researching a couch or designing a pantry that I’ll never have. Looking at houses online all over the country, it’s interesting to note that we’ve just turned a corner as far as what taste now dictates. If ...

‘We Are Americans First’

It felt, with apologies to Yogi Berra, like “deja vu all over again.” In July, after all, it will be 15 years since a skinny guy with an odd name sang a hymn to American union. “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America,” then-Illinois state Sen. Barack Obama told the ...

Pelosi, Not AMLO, Is Driving The Border Crisis

When historians look back to this era, they will wonder why we insisted on outsourcing our border control to a foreign country. President Donald Trump’s threat to close down the southern border with Mexico isn’t a sign of strength, but of frustration fading into desperation. He is ...

Canine Companion: Pros, Cons Of Using Potty Pads

Hey, guys. I’m sure, over the years, we have talked about the topic of the day before. Today I want to talk to you about potty pads. As I’m sure you know, research is continuously being conducted regarding canine behavior. Puppy pads are generally recommended during training to help ...

Keeping A Journal Has Mental Health Benefits

The idea of journaling; recording your experiences, ideas, or reflections; has been around since the beginning of time. If you think about it, all historical records started out as journals kept to document what was occurring from day to day. In the 1960s people began to realize the benefits ...

The Good Life: How Do I Pray For Thee And We?

How do we as individuals pray to God? That should be left up to each of us. But what about when we pray in groups while outside churches? Someone is asked to lead a group in prayer. That can get awkward. A clear example occurred on March 25 in the Pennsylvania House of ...

Now, More Than Ever, You Need A Rescue Pet

We’ve got some good news here in the battleground state of Ohio, and it’s from the state legislature, even. This is the same Republican majority who wants to set the cutoff date for an abortion to that moment when a guy looks at you and thinks you should have his baby. We’ve learned to ...

‘We Have Met The Enemy And He Is Us’

Sometimes, during my drive to work, I listen to Clarence Maurice Mitchell IV, host of the Baltimore’s WBAL C4 radio show. Mitchell was formerly a member of Maryland’s House of Delegates and its Senate. In recent weeks, Mitchell has been talking about the terrible crime situation in ...

The Powell Doctrine Has Been Repealed

Long before he would become America’s 65th secretary of state, Colin Powell was a young Army officer who served two combat tours in Vietnam. There, Lt. Powell held in his arms a young American soldier whose body had been blown apart — and whose life would, in a few hours, be ended — by a ...

The War Against Warming: Why We Must Fight

Even after Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia and Poland, a strong pacifist movement in Britain opposed a military buildup to confront Nazi Germany. It vilified Winston Churchill as a warmonger for pushing one. “What is it that Britain and France are fighting for?” Churchill asked ...

You Don’t Have To Clean It Up

My house looks like a preschool and a laundry joined forces and threw up in it. No joke — everywhere I look, there is either some kind of toys or a pair of socks. It’s been driving me nuts, so I’ve been staying up far too late each night to try to combat the mess that comes with kids. The ...

Gloria Unglorified

Now in her fourth year, Gloria may be mellowing. Well, one can have hope for the cat . . . as I do. The scabs from her most recent bite remind me “mellowing” is a subjective judgment, one that I realize could change at any moment. Her tendency to attack persists but so too does a ...

Spring Traditions Continue

During our church’s 75th anniversary it was my job to go around and interview members and former members about things they remembered about the Akeley United Methodist Church. My husband and I called for appointments then went to visit. We even went out to Smethport to see one family. We ...

Inside Chicago’s Crony State

How did hate crime huckster Jussie Smollett get away with it? All crooked roads in Chicago lead back to the Obamas. On Tuesday, as part of a sealed deal, the Illinois state attorney’s office dismissed 16 felony charges brought by a grand jury against the Trump-hating actor, who blamed ...

Trump Wins Waiting Game, For Now

WASHINGTON — A key to President Trump’s apparent escape from the clutches of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was his simple refusal to testify under oath. He thereby dodged the “perjury trap” his lawyers warned about. Consequently, although Trump lied daily like a ...

MAST TO WELCOME BOB ROITBLAT

TED Talks speaker and consultant Bob Roitblat will be the keynote speaker for the Annual Meeting of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier, to be held Thursday, May 2, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Jamestown. Mr. Roitblat is the CEO of Mainsail Consulting Group, where he has ...

Life Of Game: Nintendo and Microsoft: Friendlier Than Ever

If you follow the modern age of video games, you likely know there’s three major players in the console industry: Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. As the hardware creators are few in number, you’d imagine that, as competitors, these companies must be fighting each other tooth-and-nail for the ...