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Make Mine Milk

What did you picture when you read the title of this piece? My hope is that you pictured a tall glass of “real” milk with maybe some cookies that needed to be washed down. For more than 60 years my family and extended family have been associated with the dairy industry. We produced high ...

Chautauqua Lake: The Importance Of People

From 1980 until I retired in 1998 I taught a course named Conservation of Natural Resources at Jamestown Community College. I did not originate the course, but took over from the late Bob Sundell when he retired from the college biology faculty. Many in our area remember Bob as an avid ...

Being Nice Won’t Stop School Shootings

For the majority of America’s youth, who’ve grown up in an era of mass shootings, shootings have become an unpreventable and inevitable part of life because of heavy opposition by many elected officials and their backers towards any form of gun control legislation being passed in the U.S. ...

I’m From Western New York

I’ve had a mantra for most of my life (or call it a battle cry), and it goes something like this: “Look out, I’m from Western New York.” Now, I don’t mean this in the same way someone, for example, might say, “Look out, I’m from the Hell’s Angels.” I mean it more as a way of ...

Young Writers

The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) has always tried to encourage young writers, and one member offers a junior writing award during our annual writing contest. This is a $400 cash award, and also comes with a Maxwell medallion, the only special award that also includes the medallion. ...

Parkland Kids Are Rewriting The Playbook

Something came awake in them. That has to be the explanation. As they cowered in closets, as they said goodbyes and waited, with gunfire echoing down the halls, to die, something inside stirred itself. And when they didn’t die, when these teenagers left the campus of Marjory Stoneman ...

Chiari Malformations Are Brain-Based Abnormalities

DEAR DR. ROACH: My older daughter has had headaches most of her life. When she was young, she thought it was normal. Severe migraines started around 1995. Many doctors later, they came up with diagnosis of a Chiari malformation. She was on oxycodone, but now she is off addictive ...

Florida Squalls Are Not Our Squalls

“Torrential” adequately describes our summer rains here in west-central Pennsylvania. But “torrential” seems inadequate to describe what blows into the Panhandle of Northern Florida off the Gulf of Mexico. I got caught in one of those things the National Weather Service labels as ...

Don’t Bork Gina Haspel

President Donald Trump’s pick for CIA director is about to experience a good Borking. No one doubts her professionalism, and she’s been endorsed by Obama intelligence officials. Yet Gina Haspel’s long career at the agency, including extensive work undercover in the field, is getting ...

Words Fail Woman In Response To Sister-In-Laws Miscarriage

DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-law, a mother of four, just had a miscarriage at five months. I have no idea what to say to her or my nieces and nephews. “Sorry” doesn’t seem to suffice. Her 6-year-old was ecstatic about the new baby. The family is crushed. My husband (her brother) was in ...

Viva Mexico!

As I mentioned in my last column, I recently lucked out and had the opportunity to join my sister and her family on an all inclusive trip to Cancun, Mexico. It was the perfect unexpected break I needed from the hibernation I had fallen into all winter, and the chance to earn a new stamp in ...

Is The GOP Staring At Another 1930?

After the victory of Donald Trump in 2016, the GOP held the Senate and House, two-thirds of the governorships, and 1,000 more state legislators than they had on the day Barack Obama took office. “The Republican Party has not been this dominant in 90 years,” went the exultant claim. A ...

Endocrinologist Must Handle Pre-PET Insulin Pump Instruction

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife is a Type 1 diabetic. She uses an insulin pump to control her sugar. She needs to have a PET scan. The prep for this test is fasting for six hours prior, along with no insulin for six hours. She was told to turn off her pump. Her blood glucose must be 150 or lower for ...

Much More Than Economics

There are so many things to lament about the modern world — fracturing families, the rise of authoritarianism, the rage for torn jeans — but there is also much to celebrate and savor. One is the abundance of great conversation available through podcasts. There’s my own, of course, “Need ...

Love Is Lost In Good Marriage As Abuse Increases With Time

DEAR ABBY: I have been married 14 years and have two children. The first three years of marriage were great. We both cared for and respected each other. As our children grew older and our jobs have become more demanding, my husband has changed about how he views our sex life. After our ...

Hillary, Stop. Please.

WASHINGTON — She can’t let go. She can’t stop talking about what happened. She wrote an entire book about it. Now she’s telling people in other countries about why she should have won. In India last weekend, she told an audience that she won in all the smart, cool places and then hit ...

Adult Whooping Cough Can Drag On And On

DEAR DR. ROACH: Thirty years ago, when I was in my 40s, I was diagnosed with bronchiolitis, which was considered a disease of young children. When lying down in bed at night, I coughed to clear my rattly chest and suddenly could not breathe at all. It was terrifying, and just before passing ...

Nuclear Strategies Down At The Ol’ Saloon

Imagine a college basketball team, the Eagles. It has lost to the Vultures eighty times over the last forty years. Can you imagine? The teams meet twice a year. And every year and every game, the Eagles lost. For four decades. The Eagles changed coaches several times. They changed the roster ...

Longtime Addiction Remains A Secret In Woman’s Past

DEAR ABBY: I am a 53-year-old woman who has finally met a kind, decent man after many abusive relationships. I honor our bond and have been open about my past, which has been colorful, to say the least. I was an addict. It was a long addiction that left me homeless and almost killed me ...

Anniversary Gifts

I often use a line from an old episode of The Flintstones, the one where Fred said that he always remembered his wedding anniversary because it fell on Trash Day. It’s a running joke I use with Sally as our anniversary approaches each year. Well, this coming Thursday, we will celebrate our ...