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The Zen Of Thanksgiving

Editor’s Note: The following is a revised version of a column first published in November 2002. Thanksgiving is the most American of holidays. But there is something almost un-American about it. It is a day opposed to striving, to getting more. We stop adding up the numbers on the scorecard ...

Taxes Versus Reality: An ‘Obscene” Idea For Corporations

Here is an idea: Let us end taxes on corporations. Yes. Zero taxes for the big businesses of America. By now, some readers snorts have set their newspapers alight. What? Are you crazy? Let corporations escape paying their “fair share”? How outrageous! Free them from their civic duty? ...

It Is OK To Have A Part D Plan And EPIC

Question: Can I have EPIC and a Part D Plan? Answer: New York state provides extra Prescription Drug Coverage for those who qualify. New York state’s program is called EPIC (Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage). EPIC is available to any resident of New York State who is over age 65 ...

Shop Small, Shop Local. Small Business Saturday Is Nov. 30

Even in an era when the perception is that bigger is better, small businesses continue to outdo themselves in our county. We are so fortunate to have a wide variety of small, locally owned businesses, spread from Hanover to Findley Lake to Jamestown and all points in between. There are stores ...

Israel’s Right To Its Ancient Land

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced U.S policy toward Israel’s “settlements” is reverting to one held by the Reagan administration; that is the right of Israelis to settle in the ancient lands of Judea and Samaria “is not, per se, inconsistent with international law.” This ...

Allow People To Make Bad Decisions

Everyone needs food, water, protection from the weather, transportation, and other such things. Everyone has self-interest, that is, the decisions that one makes are based on the expectation that the resulting circumstances will be better in some way than before. Though everyone has a different ...

Cancel Culture Hypocrites On Left And Right

Cancel culture is metastasizing. No one is safe anymore, including yours truly. On Tuesday afternoon, I was informed that Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, had pulled the plug on my book discussion of “Open Borders Inc.” with the Center for Immigration Studies’ Director of ...

Get Out Of Dodge For Cheap This Holiday Season

After the holidays are over and we roll into February, most of us dream of a way to escape the cold and find a palm tree to sit under. But with the cost of everything unbearably high, getting away isn’t always feasible. It helps to have some tricks of the trade to make travel cheaper, ...

Shelbourne Museum, Farms Are Cause For A Pause

We spent part of two days of our vacation at the Shelburne Museum, an amazing place with large collections of everything from dolls to duck decoys, all housed in historic buildings, including a lighthouse, and a side-wheeler that used to offer rides up and down Lake Champlain. Once again, I ...

What Are We Thankful For?

At the Woodstock music festival in 1969, Country Joe and the Fish, sang a protest song which included the line, “And it’s one, two, three, what are we fighting for…” As the fourth Thursday in November approaches, the day which has become to be known as Thanksgiving Day, maybe at our ...

‘I’ve Held It Back For So Long’

A couple of days after the second session, Karl called me. Seems Morty asked them to drive him to talk with me. He wanted Karl and Lucy to join him. Also, he wanted the dog, too. I was fine with the plan. We made a mid-day appointment. I left extra time if Morty needed it. They arrived a tad ...

Thanksgiving Means More Than Turkeys

I suppose if I donned my best thinking cap, I could rewrite the column to make it more-or-less my own. But it isn’t. To be honest, I find it too important to be tinkered with. Written by William J. Kole for the Associated Press it must have been printed in a local paper around the middle of ...

‘But He’s Naked!’

The following rewrite of one of Hans Christian Andersen’s best loved tales is presented with apologies to the author, who did nothing to deserve it: So off went the Emperor under his splendid canopy. Everyone in the streets and the windows said, ‘Oh, how fine are the Emperor’s new ...

Elizabeth Warren’s ‘Medicare For All’ Debacle

The clear loser of the Democratic primary is “Medicare for All.” First, it demonstrated the unreliability of Kamala Harris out of the gate, when she endorsed it before quickly backing off. Now, it has blunted the momentum of Elizabeth Warren, made a mockery of her claim to be an uber-wonk ...

Life Has A Habit Of Making Good Changes

I have known for a long time how important people are in your life. My fondest memories go back to when I was a child. Of course, the biggest influence on my life was my mother. Mother was a strong lady who raised me to be a strong woman. I never knew exactly what split my parents up, but it ...

Some Deluded Souls Mislabel ‘Sammiches’

Is a hot dog a sandwich? Some say yes, some say no. The debate is intense in eastern Pennsylvania - a welcome antidote to the poisonous polemics of today’s political invective. The hot dog question itself reflects a truism: The less important something is in the cosmic scheme of things, ...

The Valor Of Ambassador Taylor

Five hours, nine minutes and 17 seconds into last week’s nationally televised impeachment hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from New York, began asking Ambassador William B. Taylor Jr. a series of questions about his military service. ...

Scientists: Dishonest Or Afraid?

The absolute worst case of professional incompetence and dishonesty is in the area of climate science. Tony Heller has exposed some of the egregious dishonesty of mainstream environmentalists in a video he’s titled “My Gift To Climate Alarmists.” Environmentalists and their political ...

Will Democrats in 2020 Again ‘Fall In Love’?

There are large historical differences between America’s two major political parties in how they choose their presidential nominees. Consider this: Since 1952, there have been 11 presidential elections where there wasn’t a Republican president running for reelection. In 10 of those 11, ...

Partisan Lines Fade With The Right Candidates

I think Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards meant it when he partly credited his reelection to LSU’s and the Saints’ winning season. That would be the football teams — Louisiana State University and the New Orleans Saints. “People are just in a better mood,” the Democrat said. And he ...