Viewpoints

Ten Years After

If there was any silver lining to be found amid the circus that was Monday night’s matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Seattle Seahawks, it’s that I got to pretend I was 19 again. For the past few years, a small and select group of friends and myself have converged at the Game Time ...

Election Reflections And What Really Matters

“But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.’ And they brought him a denarius. And Jesus said to them, ‘Whose likeness and inscription is this?’ They said, ‘Caesar’s.’ Then he said to them, ‘Therefore render to ...

Hillary’s High Crimes & Misdemeanors

If Hillary Clinton is elected president on Tuesday, and if what Bret Baier is reporting from FBI sources on Fox News is true, America is headed for a constitutional crisis. Indeed, it would seem imperative that FBI Director James Comey, even if it violates protocol and costs him his job, ...

Gerald Ford And The 2016 Election

On Sept. 8, 1974, one month after he became the nation’s only un-elected commander in chief, President Gerald R. Ford granted a ‘’full, free, and absolute pardon’’ to his predecessor, the resigned Richard M. Nixon, ‘’for all offenses against the United States which he ... has ...

Presidential Pardons Are Coming

Are you ready for a few presidential pardons?  Well, you are very likely to see some. Now some newspapers won’t publish this edition of the column until after the election. But that should not affect the message. Which is that Hillary will need to be pardoned. Her senior staff as well. ...

For Joint Pain, Give Your Meds Time To Work Effectively

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old woman, in generally good health, and am having trouble with my right hip. I have had both knees replaced (I spent 40-plus years as a floor nurse). I lost 40 pounds and have kept it off for the past three years by walking 10,000 steps per day. I have been ...

Teen Treated Like Dirt Should Dust Herself Off And Move On

DEAR ABBY: It has been two years, and I haven’t been able to get over my first love. I just graduated from high school and I’ll soon be 18, but I still can’t get used to the idea that he’s gone. When we broke up, he made me feel like dirt. We had been a couple since my freshman ...

Thanking Those In A Present Day Thankless Profession

This coming Friday, we take time again to honor and thank those who have served this country as members of one of the five branches of our military and defense, and who have sacrificed to protect the ideals of this country here and across the world. We may attend veteran services which are held ...

Reflecting On Loss

It is Oct. 24, 2016. I have experienced two very different types of loss in the past 20 hours and, is my wont, turn to pen and paper to try to understand. Bear with me, if you will, but please — oh, yes, please I beg you — do not judge (or condemn) me for comparing a football game to a ...

Traveling History

Since traveling was on my mind I thought back to the various suitcases that I have used. When I was young I had a small suitcase that I used to take to dance class. It was nothing fancy, but it was sturdy. There was a mirror inside of the cover so it was very handy. When I got rid of it my ...

Writer Gets Her Kicks On Route 66: Part 10

Editor’s Note: This is the 10th column in a series featuring the author’s travels along Route 66. This trip on Route 66 was my comeback to the numerous ocean cruises my husband has taken us on in the last few years. He loves cruising on water. I love cruising the back roads of America. It ...

The Forsbergs — Coming To America

My mother Barbara told me, “I came to America on waves of hope and not much else, 1928, September. My mother was ill the whole trip over the ocean from Gothenburg, never coming on deck or leaving the cabin much, the little porthole — not large enough to crawl through — her only ...

I Like ‘Eich’

I didn’t really want the dog. We were going to get a pool. Then it became a pool or a dog. And then it was just — the dog. Overruled by three kids who can’t swim all that well and we were off to get our puppy. I didn’t grow up around dogs nor many pets. I had a hamster I named ...

Times Like These

In following up from an article from a couple weeks ago, I have to once again reiterate how neat it is that our small city can play host to traveling musicians hailing from places near and far. This past Saturday, my band had an opportunity to open for The Claudettes — a Chicago-based ...

Oh! That Candy

We all know what candy corn is so what, beyond wanting to salute this Halloween treat, is there to say? OK - the 30th is National Candy Corn Day.Predictably, I turn to the internet and am immediately waylaid into a serious detour.Internet: do I cap it or not? The source itself tells me that ...

One Color Of Fall Is Orange

These days as you look around when you shop you are bombarded with the color orange. No, it is not in fashion this year, but there are pumpkins everywhere getting ready to be carved for Halloween and for those autumn decorations.When my grandson was young his father started him on a pumpkin ...

In And Out Of Season, Chautauqua

Off season, Chautauqua Institution takes on a new life. The streets are quiet. One can drive the lovely lanes and the lake road and see almost no one. The lucky annual residents must revel in their great good luck to live in a place so beautiful every turn looks like a movie scene. I love ...

Full Collapse Of Emotions

I remembered feeling silly last week standing there on East Second Street staring at that building that had partially collapsed. Half the building had simply fallen into itself. I guess that's what buildings do sometimes.Yet I was fascinated by it, like many others apparently were as evident by ...

The Nature Of Halloween

Halloween, as I recall, was a day for friends to scare each other with nature's creepy crawlies - spiders, snakes and bats. And often those fears lasted a lifetime. We all know people who recoil at the sight of these critters.Spiders are probably the most notorious of the three because we find ...