Viewpoints

CONSENSUS & ACTION WILL DEFINE FUTURE OF CHAUTAUQUA LAKE

Chautauqua County is fortunate to have an abundance of natural resources including scenic tributaries and lakes. These are features that support an excellent quality of life for our residents. Importantly our tributaries and lakes have a profound economic impact on our community. It is for ...

View From Hickory Heights: It’s About The Simpler Things

Do you remember Y2K? That was the time when we went from the 20th Century to the 21st Century. My granddaughter was 1¢ at the time. To say she was not a sleeper was an understatement. She was still up until well after midnight. The other grandson was just a couple months old so he slept ...

Voice From The Bullpen: Another Year Goes By

“Tennessee” Ernie Ford was the original artist of a song that became a big hit for him when it came out in 1955. It was called “Sixteen Tons.” The chorus of the song included the lyrics: “You load 16 tons, what to you get? Another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter, ...

Musings From The Hill: Different Months

For a great many years I was a member of the Book-of-the-Month and other similar clubs. Oh, no, not the others which I, seeking erudition considered trash, those offering romance or mystery, which I might actually have read. The “good” books piled up, moving with me across Nebraska, ...

The Heck With Resolutions

One of my New Year’s resolutions should be not to ever write a column about New Year’s resolutions. The one’s I’ve read throughout my years have been as predictable as they’ve been boring. They start out telling you that most people don’t follow through on their resolutions, and ...

Insults Do Not Persuade People To Change Minds

“You, Dear Reader, are an idiot. You were wrong. “So in the next election, you ought to vote as I say.” Was that persuasive? Nope. But on Facebook, that is what some Tri-County Area residents proclaim. “Democrats favor drug abuse ... Republicans want to kill ...

Canine Companion: Look Beyond Fur Color When Adopting Dog

Hey, guys. This week we are going to talk about a topic we’ve already discussed. It’s been a while, but that doesn’t make it any less important. As I am looking at the adoptable dogs at the shelters I work with, I see many of the dogs who have been there the longest are the pure black ...

The Good Life: Of Christmas Trees, From Me To Thee

I think that I shall never see Another in-house Christmas tree. A tree whose dripping trunk is prest Into its stand but might not rest A tree when lit that stands so tall It tempts cats and kids to make it fall A tree whose needles stab my toes For months on end after it ...

Canine Companion: Recipes Your Dog Is Sure To Love During The Holidays

Hey, guys. I am thrilled for this week’s article; thrilled to be able to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. This Christmas is the first year my youngest son understands Santa — needless to say my oldest son is extremely excited about this. It is our first year in a new home, and our ...

Flying Solo: ‘The Hills Are Alive …’

Lately, if it isn’t snowing, it’s raining and the gloomy weather tends to get a lot of people down. When I start to face the winter blues, I find myself reminiscing on past adventures and looking into new ones to embark upon. I close my eyes, shut off the world around me, and disappear to ...

View From Hickory Heights: I Remember, Part 3

This period involves the early years of my marriage. We lived in a trailer for the first five years. People used to tell me it was cozy, but I thought it was crowded. Before we moved out we had two children. I bought some old day beds that my husband made new side rails for and we put the ...

It’s Not All Bad Here In Western New York

There was recently sad business news when the New Era Hat Company announced that it was closing its manufacturing plant in Derby. Yet, the very next day, there were comments from other manufacturers in the Buffalo area indicating that they had potential job openings for those workers who were ...

Controlling An Elephant With A Fly Swatter

I have followed the Chautauqua Lake attached plant issue with interest, particularity the chemical treatment of the lake argument. About 20 years ago I was the water resources engineer on a $350 million hydroelectric project on the Susquehanna River. One of the major issues was a ...

Voice From The Bullpen: Children’s Specials Under Fire

After the recent November televising of “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” which first aired in 1973, reports surfaced questioning the possibility of that children’s special being racist. It sighted the fact that Franklin was sitting alone on one side of the table, while the other kids were ...

Musings From The Hill: Green Ham And Eggs

A loving companion splurged on a superb spiral ham we could share for our Christmas dinner. (Thoughts of split pea soup quickly followed.) Christmas Eve saw us together at church, followed by a delicious restaurant dinner. By then the snow was getting serious and he quickly headed for home. ...

Climate Change Absent From Lake Talks

Scientists for years, decades even, have warned of the dangers posed by Climate Change. NASA, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, The Environmental Protection Agency, the NYS DEC and various other highfalutin organizations have concluded that if humans do not act in a big way to ...

Looking At The Holiday Giving Season Through Partisan Eyes

Every year around Christmas time, the offended and indignant among us break into rival camps: one holding firm to the inclusive “Happy Holidays,” and the other clinging to the original, “Merry Christmas.” Charges of a “War Against Christmas” and calls for boycotts will fill the ...

‘You’re Just Perfect The Way You Are’

“You are just perfect the way you are!” In the first of three articles we meet Shirl and Brian. Shirl and Brian are a mixed race couple who called me about their adolescent son, Austin. I requested the initial session to only include Austin’s parents.Austin, age 14, was left at home ...

WORKING TOGETHER AND MAKING PROGRESS

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is unique compared to peer organizations across the United States. Over the past three decades there has been a trend across the country to merge small chamber organizations to form large regional business associations. We too have integrated ...

This Was Christmas

When I was a kid, after we opened gifts on Dec. 25, we’d pile into the paneled station wagon and then later the Buick or the Delta 88, and we’d head south from Buffalo to Jamestown to visit family, the car full of gifts and three mittened kids, and usually a dog stuck somewhere in the ...