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Whaddya Mean, I Have A Left Beer?

I have always loved malapropisms. A malapropism is the unintended use of a similar-sounding but distinctly different word in a given situation, usually leading to confusion seasoned with hilarity. Next to puns, malapropisms are one of my favorite twists on this beloved English language of ...

Is The American Empire Worth The Price?

“When a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight,” Samuel Johnson observed, “it concentrates his mind wonderfully.” And the prospect of a future where Kim Jong Un can put a nuclear weapon on a U.S. city is going to cause this nation to reassess the risks and rewards of the ...

Thigh Muscle Pain Not Necessarily Due To Statin Use

DEAR DR. ROACH: I think I may have polymyositis. My thigh muscles (specifically, the lateral muscles) are weak and achy. I take a statin, and I don’t like what I read about them. — L.P. ANSWER: Statins indeed can cause muscle aches in some people who take them. In clinical trials, about 5 ...

Google Burns A Heretic

James Damore is fortunate that we don’t burn heretics at the stake, because he has blasphemed. The fired Google engineer might as well have been writing a script designed to prove that one of the world’s largest companies embodies every left-wing stereotype imaginable — blinkered, ...

Girlfriend Urges More Pushback Against Disapproving Parents

DEAR ABBY: I am in an interracial relationship with a guy whose parents don’t support our being together because I’m from a different race and culture than he is. Our countries of origin were antagonistic in the past. When his parents tell him to break off relations with me, he listens ...

Trump’s Deadly Ego Trip

Mark Shields is off. The following is a column by Joe Conason. Even before the embarrassing demise of his health care legislation, Donald Trump could no longer claim that he would ‘’take care of everybody’’ with a ‘’beautiful’’ new system that insures all Americans, regardless ...

Medicare A And B Does Not Equal D

Question: I have Medicare A & B, and I don’t take any medication. I never signed up for Prescription Drug coverage. Now I would like to. My doctor has some medication he wants me to take. They tell me I can’t get drug coverage now. This does not make sense to me. Answer: Medicare A ...

Trying To Get The Hang Of Political Correctness

Let this serve as a warning to many people in many towns and cities: You may be next! This week a school board in Portland, Oregon dropped “Lynch” from the names of some of its schools. Because the word would make some people of color uncomfortable. It would make them think of lynch ...

Yellow Fever Vaccine Only For Those At High Risk Of Exposure

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband and I are taking a cruise around South America that includes several stops in Brazil. We both are 72 and in good health. What is your opinion about our getting the yellow fever vaccine? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it “should be given ...

Husband Gives Up Smoking, But His Drinking Persists

DEAR ABBY: I am married to a great guy. We’ve been together 27 years, so I know him well. He recently stopped smoking after 30 years of nicotine addiction. He did it cold turkey, and he’s been smoke-free for three months now. I’m proud of him and tell him so. The problem is, when he ...

Meet Hal: Part I

Meet Hal. He is stout, sporting a goatee and is balding on top. He generally wears jeans, a tee shirt and well-worn boots. He doesn’t shave daily. Hal can point to a few guys as friends. However, by his own admission, he sees them rarely and talks to some by phone occasionally. Some might ...

Eat, Drink And Be Merry

How many of us follow the advice of the title of today’s “Voice from the Bullpen,” and actually think about places that Jamestown has, or more nostalgically, had, that allow us to Eat, Drink and Be Merry? Today, I’m going back once again, focusing on the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, where ...

At Their Peck ‘n’ Call

When I think of nature’s quiet my thoughts invariably turn to winter when a freshly fallen foot or so of snow dampens the sounds of whatever’s about. Summer in contrast is the season of splashing geese, singsonging birds, even the inevitable traffic as windows remain open day after lovely ...

Fair Memories

Why do you go to the fair? I think probably the most quoted reason is to visit with friends. There are people who definitely live within the county that I do not see at any other time of the year. Even though I am out and about with my volunteer duties there are some people that I only visit ...

Summer Stories: Chestnut Street

Whenever I run into someone who grew up on Chestnut Street during the 1940s through the 1950s, I notice they wear that childhood street like a badge — as if they’d grown up next to the rollercoaster at Midway. That’s because Chestnut Street was a kingdom unto itself — a little kingdom ...

Hot Flashbacks

This was always the time of year I liked best at home in Jamestown. It was the peak of hot weather, just before the leaves on a maple tree outside my window would start fading from green to dark red with tinges of orange and yellow. I could get away with going shoeless all the time and ...

Cleaning

I cleaned off my desk and also de-cluttered a big drawer recently, and it’s amazing the stuff that turns up. First, amidst the rubble on my desk was a list of names. I presume they are dog names, but I don’t know why. I mean, I can tell it’s not a list of names I was considering for a ...

Tracking The Future Of The Sun

Welcome to another edition of Let’s Talk Photography! Whether your shooting portraits outdoors or capturing a beautiful landscape, you’re going to want to know exactly where the sun will be in the sky to give you the light you need. If you spend all day setting up for a golden hour shot ...

Hmm-Varoom Through The Summer

The four-wheeler would not start. Hmm. “Dead battery,” I thought. I connected the battery to the trickle charger for a few hours. Va-room. The ATV started. One day later, the four-wheeler would not start. I bought a replacement battery. I had to relearn how to add hydrochloric acid ...

Serendipity At The Research Center

A few weeks ago a friend alerted the staff at the Fenton History Center that there were lithographic prints of some patents that had Jamestown connections for sale on eBay. Since the Fenton does not purchase items, this was of interest to us for the information. One of the patents was an ...