Viewpoints

No Man Is An Island

Have you ever heard the song “No Man Is an Island”? The words remind us that no matter where we live, where we work, where we go to school we are never alone. Recently I heard a story on the radio that made me sit up and take notice. The story went like this. A pastor was seated at a ...

Can Special Elections To The U.S. House Predict Our Political Future

Is there an emerging national pattern to be found in special House elections, such as the one that just happened in Georgia to fill the reliably Republican House seat once held by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, most recently held by the current secretary of health and human services, Tom ...

The President’s Taxes Are None Of Our Business

So…you want to run for the school board, eh? First you will have to show us your tax returns. For the last five years. What? It’s not the school board you want to join? Instead, you want to run for the county board? Okay, hand over your tax returns. Why? Because we are nosy. If you ...

How To Not Pass Out While Getting A Tattoo

DEAR DR. ROACH: I went to get a tattoo on the outer area of my hand, but upon doing it, I got dizzy and fainted. I am someone who has low blood pressure. I still want to finish the tattoo, so what can I take or do so that I don’t pass out? — M.Y. ANSWER: I certainly would recommend that ...

Man Comes Clean Too Late With The Truth About STD

DEAR ABBY: I recently had sex. Afterward the man told me he had an STD. He then proceeded to explain why he told me after instead of being upfront with me. I’m paranoid about that kind of thing, and he knew it before we became intimate. Now I’m worried I have it too, and I’m breaking up ...

Goodbye To John

The world is a small place. When my husband went to Syracuse University, one of his apartment roommates was a great guy from Jamestown. He talked about him many times — the good old days — and what a great cook this roommate was and what a unique and special person he was. My husband ...

Graceful Ballerina

As a 32-year-old woman, it doesn’t come as a big shock that I’ve taken the next step in life. I have decided to become a ballerina…a real one. I looked up the oldest performing ballerina ... 44 years old. Challenge accepted, I have 12 years to perfect my form, my technique; I am headed to ...

The Great Reversal

WASHINGTON — The world is agog at Donald Trump’s head-snapping foreign policy reversal. He runs on a platform of America First. He renounces the role of world policeman. He excoriates parasitic foreigners that (I paraphrase) suck dry our precious bodily fluids — and these are allies! On ...

Rhythm And Light And Sound

I might as well be paying for room and board with all the time I’ve spent and will spend in our local arts district this week. Today will begin a three-day stretch in which I can be found burning the midnight oil at Mojo’s Music Bar. The fun kicks off tonight at 8, when Cold Lazarus ...

Worth The Fight

By Katrina Fuller kfuller@post-journal.com In the past few weeks, a friend of mine passed away due to an overdose. Heroin took another life that I happened to be somewhat entertwined in. So many of our people are dying because of this horrible addiction, and I’m at a loss once again as to ...

Family Nanny Is Conflicted About Exposing Dad’s Bias

DEAR ABBY: I am a full-time nanny for a family with two children, ages 7 and 9. The mother is wonderful, and so are the kids. But the father, who is absent due to work travel most of the time, teaches his children attitudes I strongly disagree with. It is not often I must interact with him, ...

Riding ‘Old Blue’ Down South Again

By Denny Bonavita “Old Blue” is back in the pasture, which is actually a gravel-covered siding alongside our driveway. Her mileage is now 126,953. Again this year, she came through. “Old Blue” is actually gray, a few degrees lighter than gunmetal. “Old Blue” is not a hound, not a ...

Eagles At Lake Wilhelm

Welcome to another edition of Let’s Talk Photography! A few weeks ago, I wrote about travelling to nature and wildlife reserves for an opportunity to get some nice exotic portraits of animals. This week, I want to share with you my recent trip to Lake Wilhelm in the Maurice Goddard State ...

Will Christianity Perish In Its Birthplace?

Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)” Those are among Jesus’ last words on the Cross that first Good Friday. It was a cry of agony, but not despair. The dying Christ, to rise again in three days, was repeating the first words of the 22nd Psalm. And ...

Why Doesn’t College Work For Blacks?

The headline was numbingly familiar: “For Blacks, College Is Not An Equalizer.” The op-ed in The Washington Post by Ray Boshara explored what he called a “troubling paradox,” namely that so many well-educated black Americans “feel so economically insecure.” It’s a startling ...

When I’m 64

“When I get older losing my hair (Already lost) Seven days from now Will you still be sending me a valentine Birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I stay out ‘til quarter to three Will you lock the door? Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I’m ...

The Comfort Of Old

“As comfortable as an old shoe.” My toes will attest to the veracity of that adage. I imagine we all have our favorites. I’d always heard about the fellow who had a sweater — or maybe it was a jacket — he positively refused to let go. Perhaps even a dramatic rescue from the ...

The Old Rugged Cross

“The Old Rugged Cross” was my grandfather’s favorite hymn so every time we sing it I am reminded of him. I remember something funny about my Aunt Mae singing it. She did not understand all of the words and made up her own words. When I was young our church had hymnals with words but ...

Are You Hurting Output?

By Elizabeth P. Cipolla Do you have a new employee who walked through your doors full of enthusiastic ideas six months ago, but now remains silent at meetings? Is your previously optimistic and upbeat employee now avoiding you like the plague? Before you brush it off as their bad day or poor ...

Chamber Spring Membership Drive To Feature Special Events And More

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce will kick off its annual spring membership drive with some special events focused on small businesses countywide. The membership drive will run from May 1 to June 15 and will include social media training for small businesses, a series of Mornings on ...