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Local Commentaries

Returning to magic at Chautauqua

Dear Richard and I went to a concert at Chautauqua last week. For years, I had wanted to see Straight No Chaser, the highly acclaimed men’s a cappella group. During their past appearances, I’d always had a conflict. I wasn’t going to miss them again. The nine guys in Straight No Chaser ...

Kindness remains ‘essential ingredient’

I enjoyed a random occurrence the other day. I was walking in town. Taking care of some business. Returning to my office. A person coming toward me looked right at me and said some really nice words to me. I didn’t know this person. I don’t know if this person has made it a mission in life ...

Government can be smaller in pandemic era

This year’s federal deficit is set to match the entire 1996 federal budget, adjusted for inflation. Despite such overwhelming spending, Democrats in Congress have proposed an unprecedented $3.5 trillion budget, in addition to the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that failed its first Senate ...

Kindness remains ‘essential ingredient’

I enjoyed a random occurrence the other day. I was walking in town. Taking care of some business. Returning to my office. A person coming toward me looked right at me and said some really nice words to me. I didn’t know this person. I don’t know if this person has made it a mission in life ...

The games of summer

With the opening of Summer Olympics my mind went to some of the sports that will be featured. Yes, baseball is back. Other sports are making their debut. I watched a young man talk about skateboarding and the two divisions that will be part of the games. During the opening ceremony it became ...

Navigating life in the decaf lane

It’s been many years since I’ve written about coffee – years since my doctor at the time said, “No more. You’re done with caffeine.” He might as well have shot me. He took away my daily infusion for energy, clear thinking and well-being. I needed it every morning. I loved it, ...