Viewpoints

Fun On The Farm

Lest you think everything on the farm is work I want to assure you that we had a lot of fun, too. The other night one of the children and I got to talking about “the good old days.” Grandma’s sister, Evie, and her husband, Norm, came to visit often. Our German Shepherd was on high ...

Democrats’ Dumb Move From ‘Pro-Choice’ To ‘No Choice’

Just eight years ago, there were 256 Democrats in the U.S. House. Today there are just 193. Then, there were only 40 Republican U.S. senators; today the GOP Senate majority numbers 52. During that same span, Democrats have suffered a net loss of 947 state legislative seats, and today in only ...

Good Inequality, Not Bad Inequality

Inequality of results is often viewed as a bad thing, as though the good fortune of one comes only at the expense of others. It is the “fixed pie” or win/lose concept of society. Under this type of thinking, the ideal situation is a perfectly even spread of income and wealth, with nobody ...

Nevertheless

I was trying to think of a word that perfectly exemplifies motherhood, but how do you wrap up a lifetime of love and commitment and put it into one little word? But then I stumbled upon the word “nevertheless” somewhere and I knew that was my word. Nevertheless is a word that means “I ...

The Big 3-0

I’m sure this is no foreign concept to a lot of people, but sometimes a birthday can be the best way to know just how appreciated you are; as long as you spend it the right way. Last Thursday, I opted to use some personal time to see just how much I could cram into one day in order to make ...

Flip Flops And Thank Yous

I’ve been reduced to wearing flip-flops, dear readers, because they are some of the only shoes that still fit. I have a little bit of time left to go, and I am telling you, I’m ready. I am ready for the baby to be here, I am ready to not be the size of Montana any more and I am ready to ...

My Lifelong Dream Of Spydom: Lock Picking Isn’t As Easy As You’d Think

Lock picking. One day, years ago, my roommate and I decided that we needed to become spies. When you’re in your early 20s, broke, living in LA, both hopelessly single, and neither of you are much of a partier, it’s going to happen. You’re both going to realize your lifelong dream of ...

The Grim Reaper Is Increasingly Private

“There will be no visitation ... In accordance with her wishes, no funeral service will be held ... funeral rites will be private ... cremation and disposal of cremains will be private.” Times have changed. Back in 1956, my father died in his sleep in Philadelphia. An autopsy was needed ...

The Rise Of The Generals

Has President Donald Trump outsourced foreign policy to the generals? So it would seem. Candidate Trump held out his hand to Vladimir Putin. He rejected further U.S. intervention in Syria other than to smash ISIS. He spoke of getting out and staying out of the misbegotten Middle East wars ...

A Road Map For Dealing With Campus Radicals

Jonathan Haidt is a member of one of America’s smallest fraternities — those who attempt to see beyond their own prejudices. In the left-leaning Chronicle of Higher Education, he notes that “intimidation is the new normal” on college campuses. The examples are well-known: The ...

Previous TIA Causes Apprehension, Despite Health Progress

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had a TIA in July 2016. I had lots of risk factors: morbidly obese, cholesterol of 255, elevated blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes (well-controlled, but still) and heavy drinking. Since then, I have lost weight (from 250 pounds to 205, so far), reduced my cholesterol to 172 ...

Lost Tooth Leads To Surprise Attraction To Dental Student

DEAR ABBY: A year ago, I lost a tooth. I’m a 56-year-old woman on disability, short on funds to rectify the problem, so I visited my local hospital’s dental clinic. I hadn’t visited a dentist in years, so I was quite fearful. The clinic allows a dental resident to work on your issue ...

Put Us To Work For You: Kicking Off Our Spring Membership Drive

Put the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and our Community Chambers of Commerce to work for you. The Chamber has launched its 2017 Spring Membership Drive, offering more opportunities than ever before for local business people to connect with one another, connect with new customers, and ...

Missing Katie O’Beirne

My adopted hometown of Washington has been accused, not always unfairly, of being a city full of scheming climbers who are frantically courting the company and the favor of the powerful. In this and so many respects, Kate O’Beirne — the conservative leader and writer who died too soon, at ...

The Role Of Estrogen In Women With Migraine

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 73-year-old woman. I have had migraine headaches with aura since my late 30s. I haven’t suffered migraine pain in years, but I still experience the aura from time to time. The aura has increased in size and intensity in recent years; even without the horrible pain ...

Friend Suffering Seizures Plans To Elude Driving Restrictions

DEAR ABBY: I’m acquainted with a woman who has been experiencing seizures for several years and, because of the seizures, has been restricted from driving. She drove her son to school a couple of years ago (he had missed the bus) and ran into a brick mailbox, totaling her car. She now ...

Lift Our Children Up

I heard an interview from an African-American woman, age 19, who is currently running for the office of City Council in her city in Georgia. She is a full-time college student. She has been involved in civil rights since, amazingly, age 11. She was polite, gave excellent eye contact to the ...

Time’s Up!

I realize Baseball isn’t some people’s “cup of tea,” but bear with me as I get some things off my mind regarding some of the older changes to the game, some newer changes to the game and some proposed changes and thoughts of baseball officials which might make the game even more of ...

That Lofty Grackle

I suppose I’m supposed to find something to admire in each of God’s creatures. I know snakes can be striking (even when they aren’t). Once I’ve stopped bolting and return for a second look, I can appreciate the colors and patterns they display. And a lot of “garbage eaters” ...

Kitchen History

Often I look around my kitchen and see history. As I use utensils and recipes they remind me of someone who was near and dear to me. My recipe box is filled with recipes from loved ones. Now that I have two cookbooks I have to search to see what version I put a particular recipe in since I ...