Viewpoints

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 ...

The Good Life: 3 Vehicles? Maybe 2? Back To 3?

I am guessing that President Trump has not driven a lot lately in winter. I base this on the President’s recent criticisms of General Motors and Ford Motor Company plans to close plants and lay off workers — who have been making two-wheel drive cars. Those of us who drive in winter are ...

Canine Companion: Scent Detection Activity Could Be Fun For Your Dog

Hey, guys. Today we’re going to talk about a topic we haven’t even mentioned in the past. Scent detection. There are many dog lovers who are searching for something new and fun to do with their dogs. Scent detection could be the perfect activity. I recently attended a seminar ...

A Fuller Heart: Holiday Lights: Shining Together

We are nearing Christmas in our household, and the kiddos are anxiously awaiting the visit of St. Nicholas. The baby who is nearly a toddler has recently taken to shouting “Santaaaaaa” whenever she sees a picture of a man with a white beard and red coat. This may be problematic in the ...

State Lawmakers Should Get A Raise

Members of the New York State Legislature are among the highest paid state lawmakers in the nation; third highest to be exact. And…they should get a raise. I know, I know, hear me out. With a pay raise on the table for the 2019 session, it is the best bargaining chip we have to begin ...

America’s Tax Collection Is Rigged

Charges of rigging fill the air in today’s America. Elections, the economy, college admissions, the list seems endless. Whatever the truth in other cases, our tax collection system is undeniably rigged. It’s been so from the beginning, rigged against the vast majority of workers. In ...

End Of An Era In The N.Y. State Legislature

When I was a member of the State Assembly (1975-’82,) I served with long-time State Senator from Bemus Point, Jess Present. What I quickly found out is that, in Albany, being in the majority party in the legislature makes a huge difference. Since Jess (a Republican) was in the majority ...

George H.W. Bush’s Final Words

The final words of President George H. W. Bush tell us a lot about the kind of man he was, and especially the kind of father he was. At 94 years old and ailing from Parkinson’s and the pains of old age, Bush said he was ready to go. He told his family he wanted to be with Barbara, his wife ...

Musings From The Hill: On The Seventh Day Of Christmas

Call me a cock-eyed optimist. That part hasn’t changed from when I wrote this at the very beginning of January, 2013. I figure I have to be for I doubt if many Bills’ fans found something good in having the final game of last year’s season blacked out. Unintended, but it worked for ...

View From Hickory Heights: I Remember … Part 2

Once my great-grandparents died our Christmas customs changed. We still decorated the tree at great-grandpa’s because my great aunt lived there. It was during this period that I was allowed to bring home the tramp art pieces I found in the attic. My grandfather refinished the two pieces. ...

The Pet Pen: Keep Christmas Safe For Your Pets

Tegan and I have just finished a six-week course in dog “manners.” We worked on sit, down, stay and come, as well as “leave it.” Technically, “leave it” is supposed to be used to keep your dog from picking up, or eating, something that is forbidden. “Drop it” is the command if ...

A Lakewood Lens: My Annual Christmas List

It’s that time of year again when I pretend to help you with your Christmas shopping by pointing out the best of local gifts, along with the coolest and the most bizarre of this year’s Christmas offerings. Locally, I’m still a big fan of Reverie Creamery for gifts-that out- ...

Voice From The Bullpen: ‘Tis The Season

The following is written taking liberties from, and giving thanks to, Clement Clark Moore in this tweaking of his “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” ı ı ı ‘Tis three weeks before Christmas, and all through our place, there is nothing a-stirring, not even a trace. The stockings are ...

The Good Life: Not Hunt? Well… I’ll Hunt

That really was me, in orange hat, coat and vest, on the first Tuesday of deer season. A year or so ago, I had sworn off deer hunting. I blamed the chronic wasting disease that is sickening many wild deer in Pennsylvania, including some in our area. The disease has not yet been found in ...

Canine Companion: No Bones About It; Some Are Dangerous For Dogs

Hello, everyone. We’re one week closer to Christmas. With that said, there are many pet parents who buy their dogs bones for Christmas, or who want to buy their dog a bone. You might be reading the beginning of this article thinking “I just give my dog a bone and that’s that.” Or ...

Suggestions To Reduce Holiday Stress Named

The hustle and bustle of the holidays does not just affect parents, but children are affected as well. Routines are often thrown to the wayside and extra demands are placed on time in the race to accomplish the many tasks required to make the holidays happen. These are hectic days for sure ...

Real Progress On Sewers

Recently, the county received notice that the state of New York had approved an additional $3 million toward the cost of extending sewers up the west side of Chautauqua Lake as far as Stow. This means that the South and Center Chautauqua Lake Sewer Districts (the “district”) can now begin, ...

My Generation’s Pre-School

The trend today for people with young children, and for school districts as well, is to expose those young children to education at a much earlier age than when we were three and four years old. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that is a bad idea, especially with there being so many homes ...

I Remember?

Let me begin this series of articles with a prayer I found in a book I just read titled “Fame” by Karen Kingsbury. “God, please now my future see, make it clear where I should be. Open windows, close doors, not my will, my God, but yours.” Amen. I pray that my memories of Christmas ...