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Pitch-Dark Democracy: Perfect For Trump

Editor’s Note: Mark Shields is off. The following column is by Jamie Stiehm. Old and new Washington met under the Capitol dome as the hours counted down to midnight Friday, when the government lights might go out. It was only Wednesday, but what a long week already. President Trump’s ...

How To Prepare For Your 65th Birthday And Medicare

Question: I am turning 65 in August of 2018 and wondering about all this information about Medicare I see on TV. Should I be signing up now for Medicare and whatever other insurance I need? Answer: First, I want to say; “Happy early birthday!” I know that August sounds a long way off, ...

When Does The Risk Of Bleeding Overtake The Risk Of Stroke?

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you said that there is not yet an antidote for the rare case of a serious bleeding episode in people on some new oral anticoagulants, and if an antidote for apixaban (Eliquis) gets approved, it might end up being the safest choice. Has it been approved ...

The Parade Of The Deplorables

All hail the rise of the schlubs. Along with the fat biscuit-faced folks. And the hinters of our hinterland. And the frumps of Frumptown. That is my reaction to the recent nasty attacks by celebrities on Sarah Sanders. She is the White House Press Secretary. As such, she spends a lot of time ...

Marriage Is In Big Trouble Over Husband’s Little Lies

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my husband for 22 years. We’ve been together for 26. We’ve had our ups and downs, and separated for three months back in 2008, but we went to marriage counseling and got back together. I have recently realized that my husband is an accomplished liar ...

Meet Clint: Part I

Usually I take my lunch to work. Depending on the weather, I’ll either drive to a sunny spot or stay in the office. One memorable day I found the weather warm and inviting me to seek a break. My schedule allowed for an hour. Then, a call came in. My first reaction believed it was another robo ...

Grow Older But Don’t Grow Up

At our latest Jimmy Buffett experience, during our pre-concert warmup, we were standing in the Nashville Margaritaville, and with me dressed in my full Flamingo and Palm Tree suit, I met a woman from Ohio, who saw my Indians jacket I was forced to wear because of single-digit temperatures. As ...

Photo by Susan Crossett

My Favorite Redhead

Birds sightings remained at a minimum as last December moseyed along. There was no snow at the beginning and, for the most part, my lake remained open. Mallards, if here at all, came in flocks. The only geese I saw were overhead and, after a while, the trio of lady hooded mergansers also ...

Teamwork

As I watched a sporting event it made me think about teamwork. You cannot navigate through life without teamwork. You experience it within a family. You experience it in the workplace. You experience it in school. You experience it in almost anything you try to do. Webster’s defines ...

A City On The Rebound

Small cities are an important component of the fabric of our society. Cities present a sense of community, they are commercial hubs, they are cultural centers and for many they are a place to live. The City of Dunkirk has certainly had its share of challenges over the past several decades. ...

Resolutions

The New Year is typically a time for making resolutions, and many times, we keep them for a week or two at most, and then fall back into old habits. When it comes to our pets, though, we should make and keep resolutions that will keep them happy and healthy. The first resolution should be to ...

The Russians Are Coming!

Last week, I decided to rent out the Academy Award winning movie “The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!” which is the first movie I remember watching as a young girl. The movie debuted in the United States during the Cold War and put a decidedly human spin on our fear of ...

Democrats, You’ve Been Had!

Dear Democrats: That was no government shutdown. It was a long weekend. It was a snow day. Don’t get me wrong. I am no fan of shuttering the federal government as a tactic of political negotiation. In the first place, it inflicts hardship on the people you’re sworn to serve. In the second ...

Extreme Pain During Prostate Biopsy Is Unnecessary

DEAR DR. ROACH: My friend had a biopsy on his prostate three weeks ago. During the biopsy, he was crying and in excruciating pain. They took four samples, and the doctor said: “I need a total of eight samples. Do you want me to continue?” He replied “no,” and the doctor stormed ...

Just riding a camel  near the Giza Pyramids in Cairo, Egypt.

Life Is A Zoo

I love animals. Who doesn’t? Unfortunately, I’m beginning to think they might not love me. Throughout my travels, I have always tried to keep an open mind and embrace new experiences, but sometimes life has a funny way of showing you how unpredictable the adventure can be, especially when ...

The Limits Of The Resistance

Chuck Schumer started a government shutdown he couldn’t finish. The New York Democrat, among the shrewdest operators in national politics, stumbled badly because he succumbed to the siren song of the anti-Trump resistance. He believed that any charge could be made to stick to President ...

Friendship Marred By Man’s Harsh Treatment Of Wife

DEAR ABBY: I have a good male friend whose company I have enjoyed very much. He’s outgoing and likes many of the same activities I do. Should I ever need anything, I know he would be there for me. Unfortunately, this same person is very disrespectful to his wife. He’s severely critical ...

‘Have’ The Floor? My Folks ‘Take’ The Floor

I feel pity mixed with admiration for my wife’s tenacity. She still thinks that she can get me to change for “the better” — her definition, of course. My goodness. I am 75 years old. We have been married for 13 years as of this month. Yet she still tries to get me to stay silent ...

How Do You Feel About Mornings?

I don’t know how things work in your households, but mine functions similarly to a zoo that has been hit by a tornado, especially in the morning. I am not a morning person. However, my children most certainly are, but not in the sense that they are organized and easily able to get ready in ...

A US-Turkish Clash In Syria?

The war for dominance in the Middle East, following the crushing of ISIS, appears about to commence in Syria — with NATO allies America and Turkey on opposing sides. Turkey is moving armor and troops south to Syria’s border enclave of Afrin, occupied by Kurds, to drive them out, and then ...