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48 States! —If You Can Read The Plates

For two months now, I have been staring intently at vehicle license plates. I unearthed a (to me) surprising item of interest about the site of this winter’s Florida vacation. I also learned something disturbing about reading those license plates. First, the fun stuff. Apalachicola’s ...

Trimethylamine Is Responsible For ‘Fishy Smell’

DEAR DR. ROACH: I love fish and chips. I eat them once a month. I have tuna and other fish throughout the month as well. Quite often, the fishy odors linger for days until all remnants have left my body. Is there anything I can do to counteract the smell? I feel that others can tell when I have ...

Amazon Isn’t A Villain

President Donald Trump gets results. His attacks on Amazon have tanked the company’s stock. It’s hard to think of a more pointlessly destructive act of presidential jawboning in our history. The online retailer is a jewel of our market economy that has delivered more choice and ...

Habit Of Returning Food Proves Hard To Swallow

DEAR ABBY: I am in my 30s and moved out of my parents’ home 10 years ago. Last week I decided to visit them, and we went out to eat. Dad has a habit of sending his food back to the kitchen — “My steak isn’t cooked enough,” or “My food is cold. Could you warm it up?” He even ...

Love Reign O’er Me

The farther removed I get from my childhood the more I view my relatives’ homes as somewhat of a time capsule. This past Easter Sunday I spent a good portion of my day visiting my grandmother’s home here in town and my mom’s house out in the Ellington area. It was definitely a change of ...

So Long, Cenote!

Mexico is full of so much beauty, life and culture. I was fortunate enough to get a brief taste of what the country has to offer on a side trip to Chichen Itza last month. After a two-hour bus ride into the Yucatan, we ventured into a quaint village and ended up trekking through a small ...

Does The Pope Believe In Hell?

“Pope Declares No Hell?” So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report of Holy Thursday. Drudge quoted this exchange, published in La Repubblica, between Pope Francis and his atheist friend, journalist Eugenio Scalfari. Scalfari: “What about bad souls? Where are they ...

Calling A Drug By Its Name? You Have Choices

DEAR DR. ROACH: Why does every article mention the formal name of drugs, and then the popular name? For example, you recently mentioned “apixiban (Eliquis).” Could the world still function with ONLY one name per product? — G.N.R. ANSWER: Every drug has not just two, but usually three ...

This Is What You Call A Conservative Budget?

Donald Trump woke up on Friday, March 23, and realized that a deficit-ballooning $1.3 trillion “omnibus” spending bill was awaiting his signature. The law increases defense spending but otherwise completely fulfills the spending priorities of the Democratic minority. Some have even said ...

Boyfriend’s Chronic Conditions Prompt Partner To Weigh Options

DEAR ABBY: I have been in a relationship for four years. My partner has fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. When we met, he had just found out. He was still active, working, and we had sex regularly. Fast forward: He is now on disability, not working at all, we rarely sleep together and he ...

Drug Solution Requires Multi-Pronged Approach

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that some especially evil traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty grabbed the headlines recently. But other aspects of his initiative against substance abuse, unveiled recently in New Hampshire, deserve more attention. Buried several ...

Liberal Conscience AWOL?

In one of the most closely watched 2018 congressional campaigns, avidly followed nationally as a potential predictor of November’s midterm elections by both increasingly apprehensive Republicans and guardedly optimistic Democrats, there was only one candidates debate, sponsored by the League ...

Social Security Benefits: Knowing What You Can Claim And How To Claim It

Question: I got divorced years ago, but I recently was told I can collect on my ex-husband’s Social Security Benefit. Is that true? Can I collect from him even though we haven’t been married for a long time? Answer: I will use my favorite answer for this question; “It Depends!” Now I ...

Vitamin E Is No Miracle Cure For Hot Flashes

DEAR DR. ROACH: There is a very easy cure for hot flashes — and it works! Take 400 units of vitamin E twice a day. The flashes will disappear in three days. This has worked for countless women for years. Why don’t doctors know about this? — S.P.B. ANSWER: Researchers have evaluated ...

Is The Moon Swiss Cheese? Depends On How You Vote

Imagine those who believe the earth is flat are mostly Republicans. Or imagine Einstein’s theories are believed mostly by Democrats and not much by Republicans. In fact, you probably cannot imagine such. That is because we believe science is science. Our moon is 238,900 miles away. All of ...

Suspicion, Deception Surround Elderly Father’s Younger Wife

DEAR ABBY: My elderly father remarried after my mother died two years ago. He married an acquaintance who is 30 years younger at the courthouse with no friends or family in attendance. He told this woman beforehand that there was a large widow’s pension he’d paid into for decades that he ...

From A Mother Of A Victim Of Drug Addiction: Rehab Needs Rehabilitating

We have all heard/read about the opioid epidemic; however, in the following, I would like to discuss the flaws within the current drug rehab system. Much of the general public are unaware of the problems, so I would like to address them here and offer solutions and suggestions of reforming the ...

Education Coalition Brings Organizations, People Together

The Chautauqua County Education Coalition brings together more than 60 organizations on a regular basis with a focus on aligning resources to enhance Chautauqua County’s learning system. The Coalition is where business, education, foundations, government and community organizations come ...

Dreaming Of Summer In Chautauqua … On Easter

For the last week, winter’s grip on us has loosened, and blessedly the temperatures rose and rose. The ground cleared, washed of snow by warm rains. At night the wind rustled in a spring way — fresh and clean, rising from the southwest. We opened our windows and pulled down the storm ...

Reading To Your Children Now Can Set Them Up For Success Later In Life

When George Borrello and Mike Ferguson ran for county executive, they undertook a series of debates, one of which discussed job availability and the effectiveness of the workforce. A basic problem that emerged for local businesses was finding people who possessed the needed skills, could also ...