Viewpoints

Why Prices Go Up Instead Of Down

Economists seem to be deathly afraid of deflation, but what gives rise to their fears? The scenario they evoke is that, when prices decline, people expect that prices will decline further. They will hold off on purchases, because tomorrow or next week or next year they will be cheaper. ...

I Could Not Vote; Why Must We Pay For Primaries?

They would not let me vote last Tuesday. The four ladies at the Sigel Community Center in Eldred Township, Jefferson County, all smiled sweetly, albeit a bit forced when I announced, “I am a Libertarian.” Hereabouts, most election workers are also fervent Democrats or ...

Treat Your Dog To One Of These Healthy, Homemade Snacks

Hello again, everyone! Happy Friday! I have had numerous e-mails come in asking me to publish an article containing more recipes for your dog. This week, I am doing just that. I have compiled a few of my favorite recipes just for you. If you haven’t seen my prior article about commercial ...

A Memory Of Light

Well, readers, this concludes a very lengthy and important chapter in my professional career. I’m writing this column from my desk in The Post-Journal newsroom for the final time, while eagerly anticipating what my journey has in store for me next. Last week’s column was dedicated to ...

Shelter Adoptions: Animals, Not People

I used to love animal shelters. I loved to look at the animals even back in the 1950s when some shelters were called “the dog pound.” There, local police kept strays for a week or two, then killed the unclaimed or unwanted ones either by shooting or with the carbon dioxide from their car ...

Meet Bill: Part III

The second session included Bill and his wife, Margaret. She offered her take on the concerns expressed by Bill. Much of her description of Bo, their son, matched Bill’s interpretation heard at the first session. One startling difference was her straightforward, professional air. Unlike Bill, ...

Behind Closed Doors

Many of you may remember radio personality Paul Harvey and the signature ending of one of his programs, “… and now you know, the rest of the story.” Well, we’ve all been in situations where things happen that don’t always tell the whole story prompting guessing, speculation, ...

SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE: BUNDLING BENEFITS, WORKERS’ COMP, BANKING AND PAYROLL

It’s no secret that one of the keys to improving workplace performance is to find ways to be more efficient, and that includes managing all types of human resource programs. The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier are working with a number ...

Snow Birds

I know “April surprises” are hardly unusual. This year one wondered only when that surprise would end. Ten inches I measured in April, adding that to the earlier 204-plus of the season. The snowmobile trails were empty and I imagine the ski resorts were preparing for summer. And yet the ...

The Child Victims Act Is A Big Step In The Right Direction

Assembly Member Goodell is one of only 10 who voted against the Child Victims Act. He voted as an attorney who wants to be able to argue a good case. He wants fresh evidence. The Child Victims Act doesn’t prevent a child or adult from coming forward within current time limitations. It ...

There’s Nothing Better Than Baseball In The Spring

There were two outs in the final inning. He was five years old. He was so short that it was hard to throw strikes to him. He was so small that my father would have described him as “knee-high to a grasshopper.” It was a moment of high drama. He had struck out on his previous at ...

Cooking Is A Pleasure

Some people who were visiting this area stopped at my desk to ask for directions. While they waited they began talking. The idea of cast iron for cooking came up in the conversation. At that point I began to listen. One man noted that his wife had no idea what cast iron cookware was. He told ...

Same Bad Idea: Subsidized Flood And Lava Insurance

The island of Hawaii is the newest one in the state of Hawaii, and is still growing. It is the only one with active volcanoes and regular lava flows. The others were formed the same way millions of years ago, but have shifted away from the volcanic hot spot long ago. There is presently no risk ...

What Will We Do Without The Bemus Bay Pops?

If you talk to Bemus Point Mayor Bryan Dahlberg, he’ll remind you there’s plenty to love about his village. After all, people were visiting Bemus Point long before the Bemus Bay Pops came around and he says businesses and community organizers and visitors are looking forward to another ...

Why Is That Man Vacuuming His Grass?

People in cars do a double-take. “Why is that man vacuuming his grass?” they ask, not quite sure they saw what they did see as they zoomed around the big curve framing our rural farmhouse. There I stand, an orange extension cord trailing from the outlet in the barn to the driveway, ...

My Dog’s Adventures: Let’s Go Hiking

Hello, everyone! It’s finally here ... Spring! The birds are chirping. The flowers are starting to bloom. And, I don’t know about you, but I am an avid hiker. There’s nothing more soothing to me than a long walk through the woods. And, of course I bring my Saint Bernard, Molly. Over ...

Journey Into Night

Friends and followers of this column, I have an announcement to make. After almost exactly four years writing this column, and five years and seven months as a reporter, I am officially moving on from The Post-Journal. It’s a big, somewhat scary move for me, but I feel the time has come for ...

Helping Your Child When They’re Angry

Children oftentimes have difficulties identifying and controlling their emotions. Things that seem trivial to adults may seem catastrophic to a child. Younger children do not always possess the ability to regulate their emotions. They need help to identify what emotion it is they are ...

Are Personal Sanitary Habits The Key To Good Health?

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband and I are both 74 and in general good health. He never washes his hands when he comes in from working as a public accountant. He doesn’t wash his hands when he sneezes, or after touching meat and poultry when he cooks. He smokes and is a functioning alcoholic. He ...

Teen With Older Boyfriend Keeps Dangerously Late Hours

DEAR ABBY: My daughter is 19 and lives with me. She is seeing a 26-year-old man who has a child with another woman he didn’t marry. When my daughter goes out with him, he keeps her out until 3:30 a.m. or later. He has done this twice that I know of. I had a conversation with him, and he ...