Opinion

Willows

Local Commentaries

When I was little, I discovered the Flower Fairies. This seemed to be the perfect combination of fantasy and nature, and I was hooked. Still am, actually. I had a figurine of the Beech Fairy that hung from window. Still do. And a calendar of the fairies. And postcards. And a book. All of which ...

An army of ants

Local Commentaries

Help! I just found an army of ants. At first there were just a few walking across the counter on my Hoosier cupboard. At that point I took care to secure my sugar in a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. I had battled ants before and lost. I investigated where I keep my chocolate ...

Motorcycle memories

Local Commentaries

Passing some motorcycles in a construction zone this week jogged my memory. I got my motorcycle license around 10 years ago. My dad had always had motorcycles when I was a kid and I’d enjoyed going for rides with him. But I wanted my own bike. I wanted to be the one driving it. Now, ...

Fun and games

Local Commentaries

William likes to play games. He also likes to win at games. He has never lost at 'Uncle Wiggily'. You know why? Because it is a game of chance. No skill (other than reading the cards, which he's very good at). I let him win that game, over and over, as often as we play it. Know why? Because ...

Man to boy

Local Commentaries

I think it was Robert Bly, one of the principals in the mytho-poetic movement, who told an interesting story about a culture’s way of initiating boys into manhood. I think it was a tribe in the Amazon…. When it was time for a boy to transition, the men in the village, dressed in ...

Our Opinion: Barr talk

Our Opinion

Social media is like alcohol, in some respects. When not handled with care, it can loosen inhibitions and affect judgment adversely. But also like alcohol, social media need not be harmful if used intelligently and in moderation. Ask Roseanne Barr about that. The entertainer’s career ...

Here we go again?

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The school district is in a financial crisis, big surprise... deja vu? Nope, I see a pattern here? Let’s put the reckless brick and mortar spending of the past on the backs of the county tax payers by raising taxes, let’s cram as many kids into a classroom as we can, ...

Our Opinion: Political extortion

Our Opinion

Liberal members of Congress and big-spending bureaucrats have found a foolproof way to get what they want, which is to milk taxpayers for all we are worth, and then some. It is simple: Merely threaten a “government shutdown.” After he signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill in March, ...

Our Opinion: No sweet deal

Our Opinion

You may want to pick up a pack of Necco Wafers or one of those little boxes of candy hearts while you can. It is possible they may not be around for long. If so, part of the blame rests with Uncle Sam. The New England Confectionary Co., maker of those and other candies, has filed for ...

‘Better spent’

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The White House correspondents’ dinner featured the low-brow rooting of the so-called comedienne Michelle Wolf. Her insults to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took this failing gathering to a new low. Columnist Connie Schultz, however, wished Wolf well ...

Our Opinion: Caught off-guard

Our Opinion

For decades, North Korea’s vicious rulers have been able to count on Americans’ fervent, abiding desire for peace. Dictator Kim Jong Un, like his father and grandfather, views that as a weakness to be exploited. Our presidents, both Republican and Democrat, have been so desperate to ...

No can o’ corn

Local Commentaries

We were pitching bags and taking names. Whether it’s volleyball, soccer, stone skipping, or softball, I usually go into athletic competitions with a pretty good feel for my odds. That was not the case on Saturday. My wife and I walked up to the Pine Grove Days ROAR (Revitalization Of ...

Our Opinion: Remember

Our Opinion

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...

We don’t need no stinking crappie minnows

Local Commentaries

Getting minnows has gotten to be a real pain. We can not take bait minnows across state lines. We can not transport minnows from one watershed to another. Minnow prices have gone up, largely a result of bait shops carrying ‘certified’ minnows. Now here is a jam in the paperwork. A ...

Caddisflies, and moths

Community

It’s coming. The 60th Allegany Nature Pilgrimage weekend at Allegany State Park. Dates are June 1-3, when the Red House area of Allegany State Park comes alive with adults, children, nets, binoculars, buckets and professional nature instructors. They both educate and entertain those who wish ...

State of the …

Letters To Editor

Dear Editor, The frustrated disllusioned Americans who voted for President Trump committed the ultimate act of rejecting the meritocrats epitomized by the hardworking, always prepared, Yale law educated Hillary Clinton in favor of an inexperienced, never prepared, shoot from the hip heir ...

I’m definitely not for everyone

Local Commentaries

Well. I’ve got a jar of teeth started. So you can go ahead and call A&E. I’m ready for my episode of “Hoarders” to begin filming. If you have any kind of history with me, you know that I request the same drugs from my dentist, before he even thinks about looking in my mouth, ...

Wearing white before Memorial Day

Local Commentaries

After the craziness that is usually December, May is always my busiest month. For us gardeners it’s a close second to the holidays in the excitement of our shopping. But May also brings my mandatory trip to Massachusetts. No, it’s not in any way a burden. Far from it because I love ...

Grief : A personal journey

Local Commentaries

“The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same ...

Eating off the land

Local Commentaries

When spring arrives, I think about living off the land. I was taught to make the most of what nature has to offer. When I looked out the window this morning the yard was littered with yellow blossoms. I have said before but I will say it again - if I got rid of all of the weeds in my yard I ...