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Some Things Do Matter After All

We thought it was a fixed feature of our new era. We thought that objective reality didn’t matter anymore, if it even existed at all. We thought we were so entrapped by our information silos that nothing could penetrate. “LOL. Nothing matters” ran the Twitter meme. What we’ve learned ...

Popular Projects: Frozen Figures Silently ‘Performing’

Last week, the Voice From The Bullpen delved into one of the more “popular with students” school projects, a wax museum which many students still talk about when they see, message or Facebook us. The “us” spoken of is Mrs. Bev Taylor, and myself, teaching partners early in both of our ...

Enjoy Summer In A COVID Kind Of World

Last week set the tone for early summer. My neighbor invited me over to sit under the shade with a friend of his and have a visit. If there were an award for social distancing, my neighbor would be a contender. He’s rightfully careful about maintaining the recommended six feet of ...

Looking Through The Bay Window, A Beautiful View

The view out of my bay window is particularly beautiful at this time of year. The rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom. That means a mix of magenta and orange blossoms. That also means that the hummingbirds, swallowtail butterflies, and bumble bees are out in full force. What fun it is ...

With The Warmer, Nicer Days Come The Trails Of Ants

Given not especially much time, I suspect I could number other “banes” that bother. Biting cat, broken ice maker, snow in latest April and too much of May, and the list does go on. Still, my bane-of-the-month (no “club” required) is ants. Being furloughed at home day after day, I ...

Race And Riots

“No justice, no peace!” they shout. Then they break windows. It makes me furious. But then I watch the video of the Minneapolis cop kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, while Floyd repeatedly says, “I can’t breathe,” and three other officers just watch. Then I see the video of ...

The Good Life: If You Pay Taxes, Why Can’t You Cast A Vote?

“I am sorry, sir, but you cannot buy a drink here. This is a private club. You must be a member to buy a drink.” That statement is sensible. I have heard it being spoken to people at the Brookville Firemen’s Club.” Ah, but what if the reply is, “I am a member!” Upon verifying ...

This Couple Could Be Your Neighbors

You wouldn’t think a two-hour movie that is largely an interview with a husband and wife would be this engaging. But it is. The movie, called “Created Equal,” is largely a biography of him. In his life, she has played no small role. Her upbringing was far different from his. She ...

Emotion Comes Alive

We met Bernie whose cursory description of a marriage in conflict. He was rigid both physically and emotionally as he sat in his initial session. Before I could customarily get some biographical items such as date of birth, wife’s name, address, place of work, medical information for ...

Athenex May Be Barometer For Rebound

How our local economies bounce back in the coming months as the reopening phases continue to ramp up remains an uncertainty. Judging from the recent summerlike days, there is a strong sentiment from residents who have been stuck indoors over the last three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic ...

Will Farming Survive A Vaccine?

Farm-to-table refers to freshly grown produce — that is, fruits and vegetables not transported from some distant time zone or even hemisphere but recently harvested on boutique acreage just outside town. The foodie media trumpet the virtues of local food sources, and their cosmopolitan ...

Are Dems Smart Enough To Take Yes For An Answer?

Here’s the fail-safe test for whether a political party is growing and strengthening or shrinking in size and prospects: Is that party spending its time, energy and effort seeking, recruiting and welcoming converts to its ranks, or is that party instead hunting down heretics within its ranks ...

$350K Prendergast Library Tax: Vote No

Here we go again. For a third time, the James Prendergast Library Board is attempting to raise property taxes by $350,000 by a 259 vote referendum being placed on the June 9 Jamestown School Districts School voting ballot. Now the library is forcing parts of outside towns (Ellicott, Busti and ...

Get Up Off Your Knees

Dear law-abiding Americans: You have done nothing wrong. Being white is not a crime. Being a Trump voter is not a crime. Being a police officer sworn to “protect and serve” every day is not a crime. Being a non-white police officer proud to uphold and enforce law and order is not a ...

Civil Rights — The Struggle Continues

Fifty-six years ago (1964) I became involved in the civil rights movement. I was in seminary in the Chicago area, and a group of seminarians and Methodist ministers were assisting students at Tougaloo College near Jackson, Mississippi in their attempts at worshipping at white-only churches. ...

Watch This Republican Primary

Across the country, primaries involving the Republican Party’s two main flanks are fairly common. Those involving such names as Taft and Eisenhower, Goldwater and Rockefeller, Reagan and Ford, Reagan and Bush 41, Huckabee and McCain - and many more - come to mind. Pick whichever labels ...

Straight-Line Mowing Vs. Scattershot Seeding

By Denny Bonavita Ah, spring. Revive the old saw: “Spring is sprung, the grass is riz; I wonder where the posies is.” “The flowers are right beneath the mower blade!” she shouts. Yes, my wife and I continue to amuse our dogs, cats and chickens with traditional sounds as we revert ...

Bernie, What Is Your Daily Life Like?

Meet Bernie, the beta-man. Bernie was a study of marital anxiety. He called and came reluctantly. The self-reproach, the shame he described emanated from an abusive marriage. His self-described alpha wife reportedly tormented Bernie for years. Though described as a “nice guy” by family, ...

Here We Are Again, This Time In Minneapolis

And so here we are again. Another black man, unarmed and defenseless, is dead at the hands of a white police officer. This time it was in Minneapolis, where excessive force complaints against its police officers are all-too-common, especially by black residents. This time, it was 46-year-old ...

Some Facts Worth Knowing

Imagine that you are an unborn spirit in heaven. God condemns you to a life of poverty but will permit you to choose the country in which you will spend your life. Which country would you choose? I would choose the United States of America. A recent study by Just Facts, an excellent source of ...