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Language Learning Begins At Birth

CHAUTAUQUA – When this columnist was a newspaper reporter, he did a 22-part series letting teachers of all sorts share their thoughts on, and approaches to, the profession. It was fun just to let teachers open up. In their own ways, they all did. A local reading teacher advised reading to ...

There Was Something Very Special About July Fourth

There was something “special” about the Fourth of July this year. It is hard to explain, but there was an “electricity” to it that was more than normal. There were more boats on the lake than I have ever seen. The bay at Long Point State Park was solid with them. Boats were ...

Borrello’s COVID Bills Appear To Pander

I am writing in response to the article “Sen. Borrello Introduces COVID Bills” that appeared in the July 2 issue. I am appalled that these bills, which seem to ignore everything that we have learned about public health over more than a century, have been introduced and I strongly encourage ...

Take Time To Try To Reimagine Your Town

Communities all across America have faced serious challenges during the pandemic. Unfortunately, many communities all around the world are still struggling. Some will come out of this thriving while others will continue to flounder or will fail altogether. This isn’t anything new. ...

Emerging From A Lockdown

I’ve just emerged from a lockdown that lasted several years. Not the kind we all discovered when the pandemic hit in 2020, but a far more extended one caused by my wife’s terminal illness. We were able to keep Sue at home where she could be, and was, in the care of angels: Hospice of ...

Chautauqua County Is Home To A Highway With A View

The other day, early in the morning, as I drove east on I-86, a spectacular vista appeared as I neared Exit 12. The clouds were low, in the distance fog had settled over the Conewango Valley, and yet I could still see the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains off in the distance down past ...