Viewpoints

Journey To The Centre Of The Eye

This past weekend I seized a well-timed opportunity to take a break from “adulting” for an evening, and the results far exceeded my expectations. As I lounged around my apartment Sunday afternoon, recovering from a full weekend of gigging in Buffalo and Olean the two nights prior, I ...

Happy Coachella!

I have been seeing a lot of updates on social media regarding the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that takes place this time of year in Indio, California. A few years back, I succumbed to the Coachella peer pressure along with my friends and booked the overly priced tickets to the ...

Is Trump Standing Down In Syria?

Wednesday morning, President Trump jolted the nation with a tweet that contained both threat and taunt: “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’ You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing ...

Complex Male Anatomy Can Lead To Urinary Infection In Some Men

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 79 years old and have had three separate incidences of epididymitis — not the same side, but all responding to Cipro. Why do old guys get these infections? — D.M. ANSWER: Male genitourinary anatomy is complex. Here’s an overview: Sperm are made in the testes. The ...

The Meaning Of Ryan’s Departure

I’ve always felt a kinship with Paul Ryan. Maybe it’s the fact that we are both Jack Kemp acolytes. Maybe I have a soft spot for upright family men who are attracted to public policy by the desire to do good. Maybe I love conservative wonks. But Paul Ryan’s fate over the past several ...

Bride Accuses Mom Of Using Wedding To Spotlight Herself

DEAR ABBY: Once I announced my engagement, my already thin, fit mother went on a diet and lost 20 pounds. My weight has always been an issue with her, and I can’t believe she would draw attention to it in this way. She called me a bridezilla because I told her I think she’s trying to ...

Republicans And Patriotism

The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: “I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest and you will know a happiness far more sublime ...

What Is The Real Message From Epstein-Barr Antibodies?

DEAR DR. ROACH: After decades of feeling fatigued, I started working with a naturopathic doctor. She ordered a saliva test for my total cortisol output, which was normal at 27. She also ordered a full thyroid panel (also normal) and a test for Epstein-Barr virus antibodies. My levels are: EBV ...

Adios California?

Many Californians dream their state will secede from the U.S. That dream could easily become reality. And it might not be a bad idea. The state already behaves as another country. It passes laws that spite the U.S. government. It encourages more and more illegal immigrants to come. It goes ...

With Dad Out Of The Country, Boyfriend Takes On Parenting

DEAR ABBY: My husband’s brother split from his wife, “Charlotte,” five years ago and now works and lives in another country. The brothers are still quite close. His school-age daughters live nearby and are close to their cousins, our daughters. Charlotte’s latest boyfriend (they ...

Grandmothering — Holding On, Letting Go

My two grandchildren visited me over Easter and stayed for the following week. Cassidy, 4, and Brennan, 8, are smart and good children. Our days filled with games and songs, grilled cheese sandwiches and chocolate sundaes. We made trips to Walmart and bought balls, rubix cubes and nerf ...

The Politics Of Chautauqua Lake

For every organization and wherever people gather — there are politics. It doesn’t matter if it is in government, at the country club or even in your local church. “Politics” is the story of people working together to accomplish a common goal. Sometimes they disagree but usually ...

2018 Business Builder Source Book: A Valuable Member Resource

Written by Todd J. Tranum, President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the distribution of its 2018 Business Builder Source Book. ...

Meet Madison: Part I

Years ago I met an unforgettable gentleman named Madison. His initial reason for seeking therapy was depression. He had set a late afternoon appointment to satisfy his schedule due to sleep disturbance. He arrived promptly for his appointment at 4 p.m. Physically, he was an imposing specimen of ...

High School Fashion

Yesterday I received an update for a reunion that will be held for my high school class this fall. Memories flowed as I read what was planned. Although I have seen my classmates since graduation, I still picture them just as they used to be. I grew up in the 60s so the fashion from that ...

The Lou Gehrigs And Cal Ripkens Of Television

In June of 1925, a backup first baseman for the New York Yankees filled in for the then starter, Wally Pipp, and for the next 14 years, never gave up that spot, earning him the moniker “The Iron Horse,” as he put together a Hall of Fame career with the Bronx Bombers of the 1920s and 30s. ...

A Mission To The South

In April of 1865 a young man from Pennsylvania was sent south. I am grateful to my grandson for sharing his report of those historic days. My excerpts follow. “Warren, Warren County, Pa. April 7th 1865. I write you hastily now as it is already past ten o’clock, and I expect to leave for ...

Brocton Residents Should Have Say In Plan For Sobriety House

We, the concerned people of the Village of Brocton and of the Town of Portland, believe no individual nor organization, however well intentioned, has the either the moral prerogative or legal right to impose their arbitrary will upon an unwilling community; rather, it is the right and consent ...

Taxpaying Public Needs To Hear Proposals That Are Research, Evidence-Based

Jamestown’s superintendent of schools released his three-part plan addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE): aligning high school courses with business needs; utilizing the now vacant Rogers School, relabeled as Success Academy, for traumatized students; and operating a K-5 summer ...

Health Report Alarming, But Not Surprising

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin, two prominent health research institutions, released a recent report on the Health of New York State. This report outlined 62 counties and ranked them based on health outcomes. This is a measure of how long people live and ...