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Truth Has Two Faces

Truth comes in two flavors. One is the measurable, touchable, physically-manipulable world outside of me, as an individual. It is the world of physics, biology, gravity, and rocket science. Even those who say they live their own truth expect the lights to go on when they flip the switch, and ...

Whitaker Should Look At Preventative Action At JPS

“The potential trajectory of the district is what excites me,” said Jamestown’s new superintendent of schools. “We have incredibly talented kids, we have incredibly talented staff, we have a supportive community, we have foundations, the community college and the opportunities those ...

Vaccinations Aid Herd Immunity

There was an alarming report recently out of California from San Quentin Prison. Out of a population of 3,260, there have been 2,200 infections and 25 deaths — the latest being a guard at the prison. About two-thirds of the prison population has been infected but the prison still hasn’t ...

Trump Is The Real Threat To Our Democracy

On Aug. 13th, President Trump admitted that he is intentionally and knowingly opposing the funding that the USPS needs to ensure that mail-in votes will be received, on time, to be counted in the November elections. He claims baselessly that mail-in voting is a threat to our democracy, because ...

Every Groom Should Be This Lucky

LOS ANGELES — Marital vows often include commitments “for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health.” Long-married couples can assure newlyweds that many surprises come along. They’re fun when they involve the better, richer, or health part, yet other ...

The Day The Dinosaur Ate Me

How old was I when the dinosaur ate me? I must have been about nine years old. I dimly recall holding Dad’s hand as he walked me up the steps of the massive original entrance to Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum of Natural History. I remember looking up, up and further up at the huge bronze ...

A Shared Team Approach Is 1st Option

We met Mason, a retired nurse practitioner for his first counseling therapy session. His friend, Christian, called to initiate help for his friend. Mason arrived alone. He looked to be physically drained. As Mason began to unfold a vision of helplessness and hopelessness, he conveyed a clear ...

Inactive Voters Are Worrisome Wildcard

Registered voters in New York State fall into two main categories — active and inactive voters. I contend that sending mail-in ballots to inactive voters is problematic. This is not to be confused with absentee voting. New York state has had absentee voting for a long time. If someone is ...

The Virus, The Pandemic — Getting Back to Basics

Over the past six months our world has changed to a degree we could not have predicted. The impact of COVID-19 to most of us has been challenging, for many overwhelming, and to others, devastating. On a daily basis all of us, lay people as well as health care professionals, are presented ...

Individuals Make A Difference In Many Lives

My wife is the victim of a degenerative brain disease called fronto-temporal dementia (FTD). It starts in one part of the brain, in this case, the frontal and/or temporal lobes, and, over the course of years, spreads to other areas, progressively altering, diminishing, or even eliminating ...

Working Together Toward A Better Tomorrow

A lot has changed in 2020. COVID-19 has caused modifications to the way we live. The impact is not only being felt in Chautauqua County. Life has changed all around the world. Schools have closed. Businesses have closed. People have lost their jobs or have been furloughed. Some places we love ...

Fluvanna Upgrades Are Nice

It has been a pleasant surprise to observe the new upgrades along Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown. If you haven’t driven on this part of Route 430 recently, you should. In my view, the newly paved highway from Washington Street to the city line is a vast improvement over the prior road. Not ...

Justices Debate Title VII

A June 15 Supreme Court opinion on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is worth reading. Title VII makes it unlawful “for an employer to ... discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such ...

Living With Dogs, Back Then And Now

Ralph was groomed last week. He “said” something about it by taking off for our back field, signaling, “Deer poop! I need deer poop! I must roll in deer poop!” When he returned, wagging his newly trimmed tail to con me into giving him a biscuit, our 11-year-old dog was, shall we ...

Hearing The Sound Of Nothing But The Song Of The Night On The Wind

Isn’t it amazing what you can hear when the power goes out? I was sitting outside tonight when everything went black. The air conditioners were no longer buzzing, the TVs turn off and everyone came together in the darkness, wondering what happened. The only sounds you could hear were the ...

Trauma Can Have Lasting Effects

Trauma is a word that has been a focus for the last several years. Trauma has a significant effect on all facets of our lives. Childhood trauma has a lasting effect on reactions, behaviors, and relationships into adulthood. Trauma is defined by the American Psychological Association (APA) ...

Chautauquans Advocate Balance At Institution

Sometimes renewal movements start with what could seem like small gestures. Such as a longtime Chautauqua Institution visitor’s 2018 newspaper ad. Was it a lost-and-found ad? Sort of. Chautauqua Institution, a national treasure, can’t achieve its potential without balance - meaning ...

Would I Send My Kids To School During COVID-19?

I do not need to decide whether to send children to school during this year’s COVID pandemic. I am doddering toward age 80. My children are grown. We are not raising grandchildren due to their parents being unemployed, ill, addicted or imprisoned. We are not regularly “babysitting,” as ...

His Friend, Christian, Reaches Out For Help

Mason, a retired nurse practitioner, sat down for his first session in my office. If first impressions spoke, I viewed a man who looked drained. His eyes were puffy. I thought allergies or lack of sleep. His friend, Christian, had made contact with me. He was worried about his friend. He’d ...

Things More Dangerous Than Most People Think

COVID-19 has been making its way through populations around the world, including the United States. While it can be deadly, it is not nearly the biggest danger we face in America at the moment. Radical leftism has come out in the open and is a clear and present danger to America. Though ...