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O.J. And Us

The cover image on iTunes for the Academy Award-winning documentary series “O.J. Simpson: Made in America” is a dripping glove in the design of the stars and stripes. It perfectly captures the message of the series — the “trial of the century” was really a reflection of America’s ...

Shooting Birds, Waterfowl

Welcome to another edition of Let’s Talk Photography! Last week I shared some tips from my own experiences that could help you get some shots of birds and waterfowl as they are starting to arrive back in our area for spring. I had some great feedback and a few questions that I wanted to ...

Freeze/Thaw Brings Out The Bad Bugs

Bugs bug me. I have been anxiously enduring the February/March battles between springtime weather and winter-like freezes. Yes, I am concerned that the freeze-thaw cycle will turn our roads into washboards. Yes, I share my wife’s concern that premature budding will be frosted into nothing ...

Raynaud’s Phenomenon Is A True Winter Woe

DEAR DR. ROACH: My daughter, in her middle 50s, is plagued with Raynaud’s. The winter here in Illinois is hard on her. She wears heavy gloves, but still her hands are very cold. It affects her feet, too. — P.S.M. ANSWER: Raynaud’s phenomenon is an exaggeration of the body’s normal ...

Daughter’s Efforts Are Never Good Enough For Her Family

By Abigail Van Buren DEAR ABBY: I’m a 15-year-old girl, and I’m struggling with abuse. I’m mentally and physically abused by my family constantly, yet they make me out to be the abusive one. I could do amazing on a test, and they yell at me for something that happened on the last one. ...

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

We hold officials in decision-making positions to a high standard. Consciously we honor their wisdom and entrust that they have no collective best interest at heart. Those of us who’ve not been in a position of influence can only appreciate from afar the full scale of the demands they face ...

Program Encourages Students To Eat Together At Lunch

DEAR ABBY: Schoolchildren, especially middle school or high school students who may not be socially adept, often eat lunch alone because they don’t know what to do when it comes to joining other kids at the lunch table. My grandson, who is on the autism spectrum, is one of them. Classmates ...

Determining A Child’s Readiness For Kindergarten

Question: My son is a summer baby who will be 5 this July. I've been told to meet with a kindergarten teacher to find out if he's ready to start school. But I'm also looking down the line to middle and high school, when he may face another set of maturity issues -- something no one can predict, ...

Governor Has It Right On Consolidation, Merger And Shared Services

Governor Andrew Cuomo has recognized the enormous burden that property taxes place on upstate businesses and homeowners. Since taking office he has proposed, and the Senate and Assembly have approved, a series of initiatives to address our property tax bills. The most significant and at times ...

You Don’t Put Out A Fire With Gasoline

There are times when using water on a fire will help put it out or at least contain it. There are other times a fire can be put out with dirt, sand, or some other dry material, or by use of a fire extinguisher, or by smothering it with a blanket or something similar. Of course the worst thing ...

Paying For It

I hope many of you remember the magnificent weather we were blessed with for much of mid-January. I know it wasn’t a complete anomaly for I recall last year at about the same time hearing a bunch of locals say how grateful they were to have passed up their usual winter trek south. They had ...

Reminiscing About Writing

I began writing as most of you did with paper and pencil. Although I do not really remember the process I do remember when I learned cursive writing. That was not an easy process for me. I remember getting a poor grade and that hurt my feelings. When I got into the upper grades we were told ...

Why The Cuban Missle Crisis Matters Today

Gen. Charles de Gaulle, a French hero and statesman who did not lack for self-esteem, once stated, “When I want to know what France thinks, I ask myself.’’ In October 1962, after U.S. charges that the Soviets had installed offensive nuclear missiles in Cuba — just 90 miles from the ...

More Than Big Brother Is Watching

Watch what you put in your microwave. The folks down at the CIA may be watching. Wikileaks just revealed the spooks have deployed over 1000 electronic spy tools. To check your bra size. And my choice in shaving cream. Over 1000 snoop tools! Just at the CIA. They can know what you read. What ...

ACA Replacement Does Not Lower Health Costs

To The Reader’s Forum: The replacement plan for Obamacare is out and it is nothing more than Obamacare with less government subsidies for low-income earners and tax breaks for the rich. It still gives help to some people to buy health coverage and does absolutely nothing to lower health ...

After 15 Years, It’s Time To Drop The Nicotine Gum Habit

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have chewed nicotine gum for 15 years with tea or coffee. What are the dangers? — V.B. ANSWER: Nicotine gum contains nicotine, obviously, and excess nicotine can cause multiple symptoms, including nausea and vomiting, dizziness and headache. It also can be irritating to ...

Grieving Mom Has Just Cause To Ignore Dead Baby’s Father

DEAR ABBY: My son "Jake" was born last June. His father was a good friend who I thought I loved and that he loved me. The day I told him I was pregnant, he disappeared. Our baby boy just passed away from SIDS. I'm struggling with Jake's loss and planning his funeral while taking care of my ...

Part D EPIC Payments Should Happen Soon

Question: I have a Part D plan and EPIC. In past years EPIC has paid my Part D premium. I am not sure EPIC has done that yet. What should I do? Answer: For many Seniors in New York State, EPIC has been a wonderful way to save extra money on your Prescription Drugs. For those who don’t know ...

Missing Jamestown

My mother is moving back to Jamestown after being away for more than five decades. She’ll have come full circle — having been born here and having spent her childhood here, and then driving away from here one day long ago in a white dress as rice was being thrown at the back of a ...

Anything Is Possible

Anything is possible if you put your mind to it. Using one, small, pitiful example, I believe this. If I had to list my vices in order, I’d undoubtedly place the warm, silky smooth, sometimes robust, dark and pleasing sips from my daily cup of coffee at the top of my list. If coffee were ...