Viewpoints

The True Dope On Clothes Pollution

Do you worry that the clothes you buy pose an environmental hazard? The idea never crossed my mind until serious news sources started talking about it. The central claim was that the fashion industry is the world’s second biggest source of pollution, the first being oil. The story ...

Focus On The Family: Don’t Look Down On Those Who Fill Supporting Roles

Q: I feel overlooked and unappreciated in my job. I’m surrounded by people with more talent, skill and/or education who get all the attention. It gets pretty discouraging. How can I keep my attitude up? Jim: I’d say don’t look down on yourself; your role may be more important than you ...

Chautauqua Watershed Notes: The City Has A Wild Side

Turtles basking on a log slipped off into the green water as we paused to watch them. The area was so green that it practically glowed. Large ferns mixed with flowers and skunk cabbage leaves bigger than your head made the forest look like some exotic swamp. Large patches of blue vervain, a ...

Voice From The Bullpen: The Words Of Kenny Rogers

Taken from his popular song, The Gambler, Kenny Rogers offered some very sound and sage advice when he sang the lyrics, “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em Know when to walk away, and know when to run, You never count your money, when you’re sittin’ at ...

Helping Deal With A Difficult Diagnosis

My friend and professional colleague asked me to join her for lunch. Gail and I go back 25 years. We collaboratively co-counseled couples in a special program she designed. We maintained contact and she especially liked lunches. We’d talk politics, religion and she doubled as my ...

View From Hickory Heights: There Is Plenty To Do At The Fair

Years ago, I did the publicity for the Warren County Fair. I was busy all summer long working with radio and television stations as well as newspapers. Everything you heard about the fair originated from my home. Now, thankfully, I just have to consult the schedule and show up. I am ...

How’s The Fishing?

Though I have a fishing license and live on the lake, I don’t consider myself to be a true fisherman. I observe fishermen daily, but I don’t usually put a line in the water unless one of my grandchildren wants to fish. In winter, on the ice, fishermen pretty much dominate the scene. ...

Freedom Of Assembly Is Under Fire

Do law-abiding American citizens still have the right to gather peacefully to discuss their ideas without fear of government censorship and retribution? In my adopted hometown of Colorado Springs, the answer is “No” if you believe in strict border control or question whether the U.S. can ...

President Doubles Down On Racism

WASHINGTON — Not satisfied with calling on four congresswomen of color to “go back” to where they came from, President Trump has now targeted one of the most distinguished black congressmen, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, with his slander and venom. In a series of tweets, Trump ...

Electric Vehicles Are Becoming Unaffordable

Elon Musk just acknowledged something interesting, even though he didn’t actually say so. What he did was raise the base price of the Model 3 by almost $4,000 — to $38,990. Which is an admission — without formally saying it — that the $35,000 price point he promised for years ...

Towns, Villages Should Consider Mergers

A July 29 front page headline of The Post-Journal titled “Towns Proposing Merged Courts “ in regard to a possible shared services initiative between two towns begs consideration of a larger merger scenario. Why stop with only certain services? Perhaps what should instead be considered ...

Republicans Want to Prove They Can Be Green Too

For too long, Republicans in Washington have surrendered to the popular perception that environmental issues are the purview of the left. With the formation of the Republican Roosevelt Conservation Caucus, congressional Republicans are finally signaling that they’re willing to fight back ...

Upstate Muse: Gypsy Moon May Suggest Movement, Wild Abandon

On one of the prettiest days of the year, mid-summer, in Chautauqua County upstate New York, I sat on the porch at a shop called the Gypsy Moon, on Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point. In addition to being my favorite consignment shop in the area, it’s a place I’ve come to love well. Why? ...

A Lakewood Lens: Summer Sweep

I can’t tell you how many times my husband and I have purged our houses through the years. I can think of eight big clean-outs in the last 10 years. Two of those times we had actual large trash containers at the end of the driveway, and the other times we filled up a junk trailer or two that ...

Get In Line At Farmers’ Markets For Sweet Corn

Expect lines at farmers’ markets and roadside produce stands for the next month or so. Fresh sweet corn arrives every day. And there is no finer addition to the dinner table or backyard barbeque than a pot of freshly-cooked and salted sweet corn slathered in butter. My mouth waters just ...

Smelling Rats In Baltimore

Calling someone “racist” has become the default position for liberal politicians and certain members of the media who wish to deflect attention from real problems. President Trump has (again) been called a racist for having the temerity to note that House Government Oversight Committee ...

Smelling Rats In Baltimore

Calling someone “racist” has become the default position for liberal politicians and certain members of the media who wish to deflect attention from real problems. President Trump has (again) been called a racist for having the temerity to note that House Government Oversight Committee ...

For All Practical Purposes, Reality Is Real

There are schools of thought for which there is no such thing as reality. Everything is simply an illusion or a social construction. If it is an illusion, though, it is such a persistent one over time and between people that, for all practical purposes, reality is real. Every effect has at ...

For All Practical Purposes, Reality Is Real

There are schools of thought for which there is no such thing as reality. Everything is simply an illusion or a social construction. If it is an illusion, though, it is such a persistent one over time and between people that, for all practical purposes, reality is real. Every effect has at ...

Trump Framing Election As A Referendum On White People

If you are a regular here, you may have heard this story before. But it bears repeating. In 1958, George Wallace ran for governor of Alabama against John Patterson, a fire-breathing segregationist. Wallace, though also a segregationist, was considered enough of a racial moderate to be ...