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Commentary

DMV’s virus response lacks urgency

For the past three months, Chautauqua County residents have had to patiently navigate the state’s “Phase In” process. This Phase 4 process has been frustrating and inconsistent in terms of what and why things are or are not “phased in.” For example, one can be in a Walmart amongst ...

Mask era becomes a cover-up

I have to apologize to you, my dear reader, for getting this column to you a bit late. For you see, I am deeply perplexed by masks rules and orders; 6 feet of separation, protests, and riots and tearing down a statue of somebody annoying. I feel as though I am not showing enough concern for the ...

Growth depends on many partners

How often do you hear people grumble that their community isn’t moving in the right direction? Claiming that things were so much better in the past? How often do any of them do something about it, other than to whine in letters to the editor or to gripe about it on social media? One group ...

Old maids and popcorn

Desperate to flee the encroaching violence of the Bay Area (two murders at local businesses we regularly frequented within a couple blocks of home: our liquor store and a good steak restaurant that had pancakes for the kids), we packed up and moved to my hometown of Warren. My father, a ...

I have many questions

When thinking about what I wanted to write about in this week’s column I realized that I had a lot of questions and few answers. I guess that’s because of all the crazy things that have been going on this year starting with the Senate trial of President Trump which was only another step in ...

Dear Mr. President: stay on message

To The Hon. Donald Trump The White House Washington, D.C. Dear Mr. President: During the spring and summer of 2016, it wasn’t clear who would win the 2016 general election. But in October and early November 2016, you largely followed excellent advice that you gave yourself at a ...