Viewpoints

Why Not Take A Day Trip

Do you and your family ever take day trips around your area? Being a farm family, for years we got used to taking day trips whenever we had time. One particular day we drove over railroad tracks about 20 times. I do not remember exactly where we ended up, but we came to something familiar ...

That’s What Girls Are Made Of

“Sugar and spice and all things nice, and that are little girls are made of,” is a line from the poem, “What are Little Boys Made Of?’ Many are familiar with the first two stanzas of that poem penned by Robert Southey, later modified by some. Those stanzas read as follows: ...

Upstate Muse: A Warm Day, A Birdsong, A Special Kind Of Sanctuary

It’s the first warm day in about six or seven long cold months. The silence of winter has changed to a cacophony of new life. Birdsong is everywhere, each with its own unique tune. We are sitting on the Blue Heron deck at the Audubon Community Nature Center, just south of Jamestown on ...

Two Savants Craft Personally Driven Games

The best video games are built on the backbone of solid gameplay. Great interactive experiences don’t need an enthralling narrative, but some game directors certainly don’t think that way. Game designers, directors and writers are usually not the same people. It takes a very different set ...

Chicken Pho For The Soul

In case you haven’t heard, and I only found out myself recently, that the people of the United States all have their heads bowed and hovering over a fragrant bowl of beef or chicken broth with noodles, littered with a variety of herbs and crunchy things on top. What are they eating? ...

A Solution To College Debt

Congress created the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program in 2007 in an attempt to attract people into professions like teaching, nursing and public-interest law. College graduates would be forgiven their student loans if they pursued a career in such professions. The Wall Street Journal ...

The American Baby And The Bathwater

The old adage “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” is a caution to reformers who don’t like the way things are. It is good to clean things up, but it is almost always not good to entirely dismantle or try to fundamentally transform something that is generally working pretty ...

Playing Ball

Not all dogs enjoy chasing and retrieving balls, but many herding and sporting breeds seem to love it. There are exceptions, of course. While most of my Corgis have enjoyed a game of fetch, Trilby did not. She was interested in the process, and seemed to like watching me throw the ball, but ...

Some People Don’t Matter Much

There are people who do not matter much. That’s a painful truth, starkly at odds with our Jeffersonian creed and national mythology. But it is a truth, nevertheless, one frequently proven in actions if denied in words. In this country, by dint of race, gender, class or status, some people ...

We’ve Heard Enough From Robert Mueller

The last thing the world needs is more of Robert Mueller’s commentary, but Congress is determined to have him hold forth at a public hearing. It’s not as though we don’t already have the special counsel’s version of events. He mustered enormous investigate resources and took two years ...

The Good Life: Trump Joins Long Line Of Liars

“Some Trump voters,” wrote Gene Lyons of the Arkansas Times, “are just now awakening to the deep fraudulence of the President’s vaunted tax cuts, which delivered vast benefits to the fat cats.” Lyons’ columns appear regularly in the Courier-Express. My wife and I were ...

Canine Companion: Homemade Dog Jerky Treats Are Simple

Hey, guys. We have been discussing some fairly serious topics lately. As I was thinking about what I wanted to write about this week, it hit me. I know many of you absolutely love when I write about recipes on here. So, why not? Let’s talk about a recipe for homemade dog jerky treats that are ...

Personal Mantras And Racial Realities

We’re in the last week of the semester here at Kent State, when graduating seniors have reached the zombie stage of stress, and everyone else, it seems, is somewhere else, even when they’re sitting right in front of you. As a teacher, it can be a challenge in these last days to find that ...

Discrimination, Disparities, A Wealth Of Data

Last week’s column discussed Dr. Thomas Sowell’s newest book “Discrimination and Disparities,” which is an enlarged and revised edition of an earlier version. In this review, I am going to focus on one of his richest chapters titled “Social Visions and Human Consequences.” Sowell ...

A Uniquely American Story

Feb. 19, 1942, was not President Franklin Roosevelt’s finest day. Some 10 weeks after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR signed Executive Order 9066, which violated the legal rights of some 120,000 Japanese Americans. In short order, people of Japanese descent were given just 48 hours to ...

Would Climate Engineering Be Playing God?

As climate technology advances, the incredible is becoming creditable. Someday, a guy sitting in a bunker may be able to alter the planet’s temperature by fiddling with a cosmic thermostat. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. There are basically two approaches to climate engineering. ...

The Bidens Are Still Not Like Us

Now that Creepy Joe Biden thinks he has put to rest all the cringy questions about his grabby hands, he has reverted to one of his old-time shticks: middle-class Joe. Champion of the masses. Hero of the hoi polloi. A six-term U.S. senator and two-term vice president, which equates to 44 ...

Monica’s Crisis Conclusion

In this third and final installment, we have met Monica, who had originally called in crisis. We met due to her intense emotional response to a relationship ending via text. We went home following a lethality assessment. She reportedly slept poorly and didn’t eat the following day. She ...

Letter Bursts Barr’s Pro-Trump Balloon

WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s leaked letter taking exception to Attorney General William Barr’s vindication of Donald Trump in the Russian meddling investigation has cast a new cloud over the presidency and Barr himself. Democratic members of Congress are already ...

Counting Cows

My father-in-law grew up on a dairy farm. In fact, the farm has been in the family for nearly 100 years. He told me his father bought it when he was three years old. In turn he bought his dairy farm when my husband was three years old. We continued the tradition purchasing Hickory Heights ...