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Local Falconer Has Interesting Job At The Lake

I like seeing clever solutions to worldly problems, and I think the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel nailed this one. Before the hotel opened, but when the structure was intact, local seagulls thought they’d found a new place to party. The roof at the hotel was inundated with birds and they were ...

Picking Cherries, And The Bright Summer Memories

My niece posted pictures she took while she was picking cherries with her dad. That evoked strong memories for me. We often went near Forestville to pick cherries. When we moved to Hickory Heights there were a lot of cherry trees growing here. They did not produce much, but I usually got ...

Finding A Bug, Only To Begin My Discovery Of The Tolype Moth

What on earth? It takes a lot to get me to budge on a hot summer’s day when I’m finally able to sit and sip — my time to relax. This was particularly worth the effort but, even from a foot away, I still had no idea what I was seeing. My first quick guess was some kind of bird ...

‘Summertime And The Livin’ Is Easy’

The above title comes from a George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward 1934 aria, used in the 1935 opera, Porgy and Bess. (This summer, the livin’ might not be as easy as past ones.) As we enter the real part of summer (though COVID-19 actually created a spring/summer vacation, but kids have ...

Please Be Respectful, Wear A Facemask During Pandemic

By Denny Bonavita People who defiantly choose to not wear facemasks during this COVID pandemic reignite my rant. I love to rant. My rant is about my rights vs. your rights. My rant most recently bloomed when we went through the debate that prompted the repeal or relaxation of then-active ...

Has Sleep Ever Interfered With Job Performance?

Last session we met Maxwell, a P.A. whose boss referred him for counseling. Little was pointedly discussed about a patient complaint about Maxwell. He had fallen asleep while attending to a patient in an examination room. The patient left upset and later complained to the PCP. Here reluctantly, ...

Please, Stand With Steven Baca

If you support the Second Amendment, oppose mob anarchy and reject the monumental madness gripping America, then you stand with Steven Baca. If you have been outraged by the persecution and prosecution of brave patriots across the country defending their homes, their families, our downtowns, ...

Many Disagree With Global Warming Consensus

There has been a general tendency toward melting glaciers over the last few decades, presumably an unprecedented event in the history of the world, and presumably inextricably linked to human industrial activity of the last few centuries. As some of those glaciers melt, however, they are giving ...

Things Are Getting Better In Chautauqua

A childhood friend owns a gift shop and up until last week she has been opening her door for limited hours only. My heart breaks for her whenever I drive by. All the pretty things in the windows look like orphans in a dark house. We’re not buying candles and gifts for friends. We’re ...

Old Maids And Popcorn, A Lifelong Lasting Love Affair

Desperate to flee the encroaching violence of the Bay Area (two murders at local businesses we regularly frequented within a couple blocks of home: our liquor store and a good steak restaurant that had pancakes for the kids), we packed up and moved to my hometown of Warren. My father, a ...

Picking Those Bright Red Orbs, The Joys Of Strawberry Season

Picking strawberries has long been a favorite pastime of mine. My love of berries began as a young child. I lived with my grandparents. They did not often pick the berries, but we often had them to eat. Grandma would cut them up and add sugar. We usually made biscuits for our shortcakes. ...

Take A Tip From Gilligan

“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that started from this tropic port, aboard this tiny ship.” This is the opening from the Sept. 26, 1964 to April 17, 1967, run of the television sitcom, “Gilligan’s Island. “ The storyline of the comedy, was ...

‘I Don’t Really Want To Be Here…’

Meet Maxwell. Maxwell was referred for therapy by his PCP. Welcome, Sir. I welcomed a handsome casually dressed gentleman who I guessed to be near retirement age. His greying hair and short cropped beard were contrasted by an otherwise sagging countenance. His gait was slow and deliberate as he ...

Peer Past The Obvious With Policies

This week marks the 219th birthday of the great 19th-century French economist Frederic Bastiat. It’s the perfect time to talk about his famous essay, “That Which is Seen, and that Which is Not Seen,” published in his book, “The Law.” This timeless work remains an essential guide to ...

Virus Or Economy Is Futile Choice

Florida, Arizona, Texas and California are among the states that thought they could reopen early. They also got sloppy with requirements for wearing masks and social distancing. Now their ICUs are stretched to breaking with coronavirus patients. And guess what. For all that putting the ...

So Much For Trump’s Love Of The Military

Christopher Slutman, 43, had always wanted to be a firefighter. He was that kind of kid, the kind who wants to save people. He was also a Marine Reserves Staff Sergeant who had served in Iraq. Last year, he was assigned to duty in Afghanistan. On April 8, 2019, just two weeks before he was ...

Let’s Stop Dividing, Start Solving Problems

News media, politicians, and others who earn their living by inciting division and hatred are trying to capitalize on the protests and riots of the past month. Race is on the front burner everywhere, and “systematic racism” is the purported problem. These are the immediate facts: a black ...

What’s The Mattter With KSU?

Kansas hasn’t voted for a Democrat in presidential elections since 1964. From 1995 to 2002 and from 2011 to 2017, Republicans in Topeka held the iron trifecta of the governor’s mansion, the state House and the state Senate. In 2016, Donald Trump walloped Hillary Clinton in this ...

The Daily Litany Begins The Night Before

The sun rose yesterday in Washington, D.C., at 6:02 a.m. I made my routine morning run in the silence of dawn, passing the Lincoln Memorial and running along the still water of the Reflecting Pool. Like the giant sculpture of President Lincoln, I faced due east and watched as the sun rose over ...

How Long Will Vandals Run Amok?

The left’s war on America’s past crossed several new frontiers last week. Portland’s statue of George Washington, the Father of his Country and the first president of the United States, the greatest man of his age, was toppled and desecrated. While the statue stood, an American flag ...