Viewpoints

Editor’s Note

I have expressed my love of food in this column several times.Inches of ink have consisted of prose about pizza or my favorite local restaurants.Whether dining in or ordering to go, grabbing a bite to eat is one of my favorite pastimes.I'm not alone either, because whether I write about current ...

A Closer Look At Murphy’s Law

There is a switch in the universe that can be turned to one of two positions: "difficult" or "not difficult."And the thing about this switch is that somewhere in history it got stuck halfway between the two positions so things are always a little difficult. Even though everything that happens ...

Don’t Listen To The Lies

Have you ever had something happen where you thought, "Oh, no! How is this ever going to be OK?"I'm a little dramatic and a bit of a worry wart, so these things tend to happen more often than not by my own silly actions. It could be a misstep in a situation, I've made a mistake or I've said ...

Diagnosing ‘The Promised Land Complex’ — The Itch To Hitch

It is around this time of the year - when temperatures plunge below zero, the wind bites at your face, and snow piles around the roads in towering muddy ramparts - when I consider my choice to remain in Chautauqua County, the land where I was born and raised.In the Book of Exodus, Yahweh vows ...

Giving Words Of Wisdom

As a preface to this week's piece, last week I added an R.I.P. after the name of a former instructor of mine, Dr. Pat Damore, as I thought I read a few years ago that he passed away. I was mistaken and apologize for that error. Dr. Damore is still with us and residing in Fredonia. Thanks, Randy ...

Yoyo Weather Is Not Good For Anyone

Think back one month ago today. Our idyllic snow covered trees were nowhere to be found. Currier and Ives was the only thing that reminded us of the white Christmas that we usually have. The weather was in the 60s and very near 70 degrees in some areas. The family and I recalled another green ...

Here’s To Planet X

A famous physicist proclaimed recently that we are reaching the limits of what we can know and understand about the world through science. And when asked why, he said, "Because the laws of physics forbid it."It's a fascinating topic worth researching, but it's the reason I was happy to hear ...

Editor’s Note

I had a childish fit after putting my coat on before work one day this week, right before I put on one pair of boots in place of another which were soaked from trudging through slush earlier in the day.Luckily, no one was around to witness my temper tantrum except for the dog, who gave me a ...

Video Games: Sometimes A Needed Escape

My husband and I have created a monster - or at least, a video game nerd.We recently went to the local video game store to peruse some nostalgic video gaming options for our household. We were originally hoping to purchase an original Nintendo Entertainment System. However, we settled on a ...

You Can Drop Your Medicare Advantage Plan Before Feb. 14

Question: I read your article last time about the difference between a Medicare Advantage Plan and a Medicare + Medicare Supplement Plan. I am thinking I would like to change my insurance. Can I do that? When can I do that?Answer: The article about the differences between these two types of ...

Are You Tired Of The Opinion War? Why The Heart Rules The Head

You may have noticed that this column took a hiatus; it wasn't just because of the hectic holidays. I was overwhelmed by the bulk of fan mail piling on my desk and filling up my email inbox, and my schedule was booked answering phone calls from enthusiastic readers. I even considered retiring - ...

Songs Of Joy

This article is inspired by the current state of worldly events. I'm especially driven to shed light on the rampant violence, destruction, oppression and negativity that prevails. As a young man, I listened with rapt attention to folk musical artists who particularly parodied the political ...

As Easy As Ordering Pizza? Not

Over the past few months, I have been receiving what I consider the greatest example of spam email as there can be - notices of how I can earn a degree in teaching (obviously they don't know my age) from the comfort of my own home. I get very angry and offended that there are online colleges ...

Home-Cooked Meals Are The Best Way To Eat

Yesterday I made myself a chef salad to go with some pasta. I used homemade vinaigrette that I happened to have in the refrigerator and the salad tasted delicious. That started me thinking about the things that I could make quickly and inexpensively at home. Earlier in the week I had stopped ...

Looking For A Free College Education? Head To Germany

Our kids are $1.3 trillion in debt to student loans and society is just now starting to feel that number's crippling effects.It's the second-highest form of consumer debt behind mortgages and as a consequence, our young people are delaying marriage, buying houses and cars and starting new ...

Editor’s Note

While I was a little late to hop on the "Making A Murderer" bandwagon, it didn't take long to fly through the documentary's 10 episodes on Netflix.I kept seeing the title in headlines around Christmastime, or tweets about people binge watching the show in their remaining days off until the new ...

Legislation Favors Dogs

There's been some interesting legislation passed recently and it's good news, no matter what your political leanings. In several areas, dogs are getting their due.The first bit of legislation is that New York state now has an official dog. Of course, as with almost anything handled by ...

The Faith Of A Child

The most beautiful thing I heard today was my daughter's little voice singing "Here's My Heart" by I Am They.I was finishing up getting ready for the day and the song came on as she was waiting. All of a sudden, she softly sings "Here's my heart, Lord, speak what is true."Her voice is like a ...

It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

Stealing a quote from the late great Lawrence Peter Berra (also known as "Yogi") it's like Sally and I have gone back in time and are getting out a bit more and returning to the fields and arenas of high school and travel sports as we follow our grandson, Kolby, from the gridirons taken by the ...

Looking Back On The Education System

I always loved history. In fact, I began college with a history major hoping to teach middle school history. That all ended when I ran into a couple professors that I just could not crack. My ideology was different from theirs and I could do nothing to please them, so I opted to major in ...