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Fire Bell In The Night For The Ayatollah

As tens of thousands marched in the streets of Tehran on Wednesday in support of the regime, the head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps assured Iranians the “sedition” had been defeated. Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari is whistling past the graveyard. The protests that broke out a week ...

Don’t Dance On Bannon’s Grave Yet

President Donald Trump’s official statement about Steve Bannon — the lack of exclamation points made it seem as if it might not be 100 percent his own words - is welcome. The president distanced himself from his former aide and included this dig: “We have many great Republican members of ...

Mother Laments That Her Kids Lack Accomplishment And Drive

DEAR ABBY: I have grown children. All of them are underachievers. When contemporaries talk about their children getting jobs, getting married, having kids, going on vacation, buying a house/car, adopting a pet, I have nothing to contribute. My children do not have lives; they work ...

Our Sore President

During his winning campaign to capture the White House, Democrat Barack Obama was harshly critical of the White House record of his predecessor George W. Bush. But once in office, Obama — like nearly all presidents before him — heeded the sage advice of a great chief executive also from ...

PAC Without Symptoms Need’t Raise An Alarm

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 72-year-old man in excellent health and physical condition. I ride a bicycle 60 miles a week, and I generally feel good. I have an irregular heartbeat in the form of a premature atrial contraction, which showed up years ago for the first time on a routine EKG. I have ...

Justice Is A Joke — At The Top

Are we treated equally under the law? Absolutely not. Are the elite treated better than you and me? You’re damned right they are. You may have seen the recent FoxNews story on a sailor who snapped six photos inside his nuclear submarine. He wanted to show his family where he lived and ...

Eighth-Grader Issues Warning After Friend Shares Nude Photo

DEAR ABBY: I’m writing to you about an experience I had that might be useful to girls my age and older. I’m in eighth grade and I’m friends with more boys than girls. Because I’m a tomboy, fitting in with them is easier. Today in manufacturing class, I was hanging out with my ...

Sunrise, Sunset

To make this first part a bit more understandable, You Tube the video of the title above and watch the scene from the movie/play from where it came as you read. Debbie: “Is this the little girl I carried?” Paul: “Is this the little boy at play?” Debbie, Elliot, Sally, Paul: ...

State Rapid Response Team A Welcome Partner To The Table

Today’s January 3, 2018, editorial about the governor’s proposed State Water Quality Rapid Response Team (SWQRRT) formation to address Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) via regional venues caught my eye. Please be assured that the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) has no interest in involving ...

Positive Signs In Chautauqua Lake Sewer Project

There were some encouraging developments recently relative to building sewers around Chautauqua Lake, the first being that no opposing petitions were filed to the expansion of the sewer district up the west side of the lake to Stow. That means that the South/Center Sewer District (South ...

Welcome Back, Dave Barry

December fourth. I’m planning my Christmas list. Last January sixth I wrote of my decision to give Dave Barry the deep six. His calendar, that is. At the same time I had decided to do away with all the daily calendars to which I’d become so accustomed. Out went my Inner Bitch with its ...

A Puzzle

I think of life as a puzzle. Each step in your life is one piece. We do not know how many pieces there will be when our life is complete, but we add pieces daily. Years ago, we had a minister who came to church with a box of puzzle pieces. We were instructed to each take one. When it came ...

Cuomo Fails To Provide Broadband For All Residents Of New York State

With great fan fair and good intensions in January 2016 Gov. Cuomo announced “Broadband for All” by 2018. The governor had a windfall of money from one-time fines levied against financial firms and brokerages, for their hand in the 2008-09 financial collapse. The “Broadband for All” ...

Consider The Swans When Discussing Chautauqua Lake

Christmas week was an astonishing week in Maple Springs. Because the lake was mostly frozen, the tundra swans gathered in open water here, along with Canada geese and a variety of ducks and other water birds, to feed on plants and mussels. Their squawking, honking, whistling and chatter ...

State Of The State A Mixed Bag For Business

Governor Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State message offers some encouraging moves for the business community, and a few concerns as well. One of our key concerns is around the proposal to move from an income tax system to a statewide payroll tax system. It’s designed, obviously to reduce ...

Guns And Beer In Good Old Texas

Let’s go on an adventure this first week of January— to Texas. Western Texas, to be exact, with its desert valleys and wooded mountain slopes, a place where old Texas (with its guns drawn) meets sophisticated Texas (holding a glass of wine) in an area called The Hill Towns. What I loved ...

Sorry, Busybodies Won’t Leave You Alone

In spite of the seemingly-overwhelming flood of political activism, a high proportion of people don’t want to be involved in politics, don’t want to discuss it, don’t want to deal with it. The typical person gets up in the morning, goes to work, and then spends the evening at home, at a ...

Esmeralda: Part III

The last article, we learned more about Esmeralda’s busy life. The function and responsibilities of managing a family vineyard was an arduous task. I understand that she has performed proficiently. Until recently her sleep was reportedly good. Now, onset from five or six months ago, her sleep ...

Measuring The Significance Of Cardiac Calcium

DEAR DR. ROACH: I would like to know about the interpretation of the cardiac calcium test. My husband and I (both 74 years old) had this test and got scores of 74th and 77th percentiles, respectively. Our cardiologist did not seem very impressed with the test or our scores, and said the ...

The Ground Is Shifting Under Obamacare

President Trump has perfected the art of antagonizing his opponents with provocative tweets. He demonstrated this skill recently in declaring that the tax reform act, by repealing the Obamacare mandate, had effectively repealed Obamacare. This generated a number of stories from left-leaning ...