Local Commentaries

Rain Makes For A Garden

As I drove in to work Tuesday, the sky was overcast, the rain spilled out over my windshield and the sun was nowhere to be found. But, somehow, my heart was filled with a quiet joy. Maybe it was because it wasn’t snowing, or because it was warm enough for one coat to suffice – I’m not ...

Equity Leads To Fairness, Fairness To Love

The news of our world is saturated with serious business. Wars, famine, climate change, politics. I can go on longer. I listen professionally to the seriousness of clients presenting problems. My silliness with family, friends and yes, sometimes strangers, enables me touch in on the lighter ...

I Write The Songs

It’s been seven years and a few odd months that I’ve been fortunate to be able to write this column. In that time, I have received face to face remarks, written cards and letters, Facebook comments and messages, online statements, and text and email communications, all ranging from ...

Finding Another Way

Have any of you made fruit soup?  I used to make it quite often as a side dish when I made rice pudding. This is nothing like the cold soups that they serve on cruises, but it is very good. I used to buy a pound package of mixed dried fruit for the base. That contained dried prunes, peaches, ...

What’s With The Thirteens?

We’re pretty much acquainted with the Ides — and, yes, they do occur other months besides March though that of course was an especially unlucky date for Julius Caesar. I stand corrected. (Thank you, Mr. Webster.) The ides are the 15th day of March, May, July or October or (get this: on) ...

JRC, Jamestown Up Close To Soon Release Exciting Video

Are you ready to feel better about our city? Then be sure to check out the newly released promotional video “Hello, Jamestown, NY” at www.jamestownupclose.com. The video is a compilation of stories and activities that likely will spark an interest in Jamestown and surroundings, but just ...

Uncharted Territory

Uncharted TerritoryOne of the exciting aspects of being alive in 2016/2017 is that we have witnessed a lot of “firsts” in American politics.  It is the first time that we have elected a person with no governmental experience to the highest office in the land.  It is also a “first” ...

Trolling The Intelligence Community Endangers US Security, Leadership

Time and again President-elect Donald J. Trump has disparaged the U.S. Intelligence Community for concluding Russia was responsible for the 2016 election “hack and leak” campaign. Trump has attacked the Intelligence Community’s investigation, competence and motivations. Even after full, ...

Revitalization Won’t Happen Overnight

Last week, The Post-Journal asked readers whether or not the National Comedy Center would become a catalyst for downtown revitalization. Sadly, by a margin of 68 to 32 percent, readers said that it would not. Is this not a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure? There is no greater assurance of ...

What Would Buddha Do?

If there’s one thing you learn on tours involving history, it’s that human nature doesn’t seem to change. The same inclinations beseeched the Roman conquerers that stirred the Spanish conquistadors and led Alexander east to India and Napoleon marauding the heart of Europe. Throughout ...

More Winter Survival Strategies

Carol Saseen of Wheeling, W.Va. writes, “I really enjoyed your column in the News-Register last week describing how birds survive cold weather. Could you do another article focusing on other vertebrates such as opossums, raccoons, squirrels, and deer? That’s a great suggestion, Carol.  I ...

Dog Show Anticipation

I’m getting Westminster fever. The big dog show is a month away but I’m already getting excited. I’ve booked my flight to New York City, and made my reservations at the Hotel Pennsylvania. The press office of the Westminster Kennel Club has approved my credentials and they’ll be waiting ...

Look To The Light

When I was a kid, I had to keep the light on in the hallway when I went to bed. I would keep my bedroom door open, and peer out at the light in the hallway which assured me that I was safe. I don’t really think having the light fixture turned on really kept the boogie man away at night (not ...

Kick-Starting Economy Starts With Look At Income Inequality

The call to kick-start the economy (Post-Journal, In Our Opinion, Dec 30, 2016) by lowering taxes is historically misinformed, and the call for tax relief without listing what services that “provide for the general welfare” are to be cut, is to purposely hide from the public what will be ...

Sherman Votes ‘No’ On Consolidation

A few weeks ago, residents in the village of Sherman (by two votes) voted to continue both their village and town government. Actually, it was a vote to abolish the Village and merge those governmental functions into the Township of Sherman which failed … but, in any case, the result is ...

Finding Messages In The Strangest Places

Messages that potentiate growth arrive sometimes in odd and peculiar places when least expected. A Wal-Mart store presented as the place. As I reached for a shopping cart, two grey-haired women approached and struggled to pull apart the linked carts. I offered them each a cart to quiet their ...

At Lucille Ball Park in Celoron, the January ice stretches across Chautauqua Lake, where it may not melt until March.
Photo by Jen Maguder

A Year In The Life Of A Lake

It’s a warm Saturday afternoon in early June, and I have been invited to go swimming off a neighbor’s dock. I walk out to the end of the dock and touch my hand to the water’s surface. The lake has been heated up by the sun and feels pleasant. Deciding that it’s warm enough to swim, I ...

If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me

Having attended and presented at many coaches clinics during my life, I always kept eyes and ears open for sayings, cliches, mottos, words of wisdom, anything I could pick up, share with players, other coaches, and parents, to help motivate, and better understand how the sport is/was a ...

I Miss Dave Barry

I’d fallen into a rut. Every year without fail I’d stock up (hoping to get back to the calendar store early in January when the prices fell) on my same old calendars: the inspiring (truly) Inner Bitch in the bedroom and Dave Barry in the kitchen (later relegated to the bathroom where I ...

Chamber Focused On Member Value In 2017

Chamber Focused On Member Value In 2017 By Todd J. Tranum President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce & Executive Director of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier Business Associations are called on by their membership to do a lot of things. ...