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Local Commentaries

Old Dog, Old Guy, Age-Old Decisions

Ralph came back home with me. I had not been sure that he would when I took our aging, hobbling 11-year-old Aussie/Lab mix dog to the veterinarian. At times, Ralph looks pitiable. His once sparkling eyes are clouded by cataracts. He does not hear me call unless I shout. His once perky ears ...

Contrails In The Sky Means Airlines Are Back

The other day, late in the afternoon, I was sitting on the porch looking up at the sky and saw five contrails. It was thrilling…”The airlines are back! People are flying again! The economy is on the uptick!” Last year during the peak of COVID, you would have been lucky to see one ...

‘The Costs Of Our War And Memorial Day’

By Joe Winsor This Memorial Day, it’s as important as ever to recognize and give pause to the sacrifices of Americans that have fallen in military service to our nation. While Memorial Day is traditionally the day we give remembrance to our fallen military members, let’s take a look at ...

Rhododendren Thrive In Souther Tier

Some plants and animals are selective in where they flourish. Polar bears like a polar climate. That’s one reason they’re called polar bears. They blend in with snow and are built to swim in icy waters. Other organisms flourish only in tropical waters, or in jungles, or in deserts, or ...

Woman Struggles With Loneliness After Loss Of Husband

I took a call one late afternoon; the unmistakable voice of a woman tearfully requesting an appointment. I impulsively rose from my desk to grab my appointment book. In the time it took to ready myself to discuss an appointment, Diane never stopped crying. “I’m so sorry, sir, I cry all the ...

Gasoline Gunk: I Finally Smartened Up

I finally smartened up about gunk in gasoline containers. Smaller really is better, in most situations. For decades, my “rites of spring” included cussing and fussing as I tried to resurrect mowers, chain saws, string trimmers or similar small-engine machines from winter slumber. I ...