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Commentary

Being prepared for ‘difficult journey’

I’d like to share with you my personal experience with my parents care and the importance of sharing instructions for their end-of-life care. I took care of my parents to varying degrees for 16 years and knew them well. Like a good hospice nurse, I made sure they discussed their healthcare ...

Our county still is someplace special

When people live somewhere long enough, they often forget what they love about it. The next time you take a drive locally, pretend you’ve never been here before. Try to see the area through the eyes of a stranger. Think about the features that draw you to visit other places. Think about the ...

Coltsfoot: why I love it and you shouldn’t

Having been diving through the internet and ending up with a sheaf of papers on the plant, (we’ll get to those in a second), I must say I have no interest in eating, smoking or ingesting coltsfoot. I love this little wildflower and search for it every spring because, you know, it’s the ...

Why so many COVID deaths in NYC?

To begin to understand why so many people died in New York City at the start of the World Health Organization’s global health emergency (Jan. 30. 2020), one must first look at the city’s hospitals, and in particular, its municipal health system. It’s called NYC Health Hospitals (NYCHH), ...

Missing the Draft

I am a U.S. Navy Vietnam veteran, though not entirely by choice. One reason I joined the Navy is because I didn’t want to get drafted into the Army. From just before World War II until 1973, after the Vietnam War, every American male reaching the age of 18 was subject to the draft. ...

Making it tough to pass on solar

An interesting occurrence learned in crime scene investigation is that multiple eyewitnesses to the same event can have differing views or recollections of that event. Perception, prejudice and other factors can color witness statements. Remember the dress controversy? Was it white and gold ...

When should a man deserve to die?

When should a man deserve to die? Who should be the judge of that? What role should law enforcement play in that decision? We are thinking about the implications of these questions now as the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is under way. He was relieved of his ...

The pelican can

“The pelican possesses one of the most bizarre beaks as it comes with a fish bucket attached.” [Mark Trail, (Jack Elrod) October 11, 2020] Fact #1. I have never seen a pelican in my yard. Fact #2. I never knew there were two kinds of pelicans: White and Brown. I’ve only seen the brown ...

Truth and discernment: the challenge of our age

There is only one thing that really counts in this world, and that is Truth — with a capital T. Over the last several years, but particularly in the past year, it would appear as if the last dominoes of truth have fallen. Information has been politicized and censored to the extent that ...

Rethinking the curriculum

For decades, the curriculum in American middle and high schools has remained the same. It should be revised. The curriculum in public high schools is a serious matter because it is funded through state coercion and because the taxpayers pay through the nose for it. When you hold a gun to ...

There’s a world of universal theories

People born in the U.S. in the last two-thirds of the 20th century, have shared the opinion that they spent their lives in the best time ever for humanity (so far). They spent the bulk of their lives after World War II. They believed that world wars were over, primarily due to the development ...

County Democrats at a crossroads

Recently, in this newspaper, was the headline “Times remain desperate for area Dems.” There is a lot of truth in that statement. On the county level, Democrats now hold only 5 seats out of 19 on the county legislature. There are no county-wide Democratic elected officials. Even the ...

Refreshing signs of spring

Western New York is a very special place! With its magnificent rolling hills, expansive beautiful valleys, and majestic lake plains ... our area stands out as a spectacular wonderland of nature. With our four seasons of the year, there is something very special about our region … be it ...

‘Reduction’ philosophy fails to solve the problem

If you have followed this column the last three years, then you know my position on “harm reduction.” For those of you out there that know nothing of “harm reduction,” in a nutshell, it goes something like this. The treatment community in this area has appeared to have thrown ...

Solar power is a smart investment

In the commentary, “Making it tough to pass on solar,” (March 6) cherry picks from a hash of pseudofacts. She relies almost exclusively on the debunked film, “Planet of the Humans” and a Forbes op-ed contending that renewable power gets too much in tax credit. As usual with such ...

Keeping eagle eyes on the hawks

Two years I published a “hawk” column that ended up being far more about my search to identify the bird than the Red-Shouldered itself. When FeederWatch questioned my identification I simply sent the photos I had earlier sent to Twan Leenders (RTPI) with his comments. These pictures were ...

Holiday of Passover begins on Saturday

The holiday of Passover will begin on the 16th of the Hebrew month of Nissan. March 27 on the Gregorian calendar. It is the celebration of Israel’s liberation from slavery to becoming a free people, the giving of the law, and a guide to the establishment of a Jewish nation. A major theme ...

U.S. could use more ‘understanding’

I recently finished reading — again — the memoirs of Generals William T. Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant. These two men developed a tremendous trust, respect and friendship for each other at the Battle of Shiloh during the Civil War. It was a collaboration that would keep them together ...

Even in small towns, signs of divide

“There are a lot of people who believe what comes out of the president’s mouth.” — Ohio State professor Paul Beck Using his presidential megaphone and social media platforms to spread his message, President Donald Trump duped millions of citizens into believing he had won the 2020 ...

‘Proudest moments’ in trying times

This week provided a natural opportunity to pause and reflect on what a full year in the presence of COVID-19 has meant. Some of us stopped to remember a loved one who lost their battle with this challenging foe. Many of us said a prayer of thanks that a loved one survived the unthinkable. ...