Viewpoints

Who Truly Imperils Our Free Society?

“The Barbarian cannot make ... he can befog and destroy but ... he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.” Hilaire Belloc’s depiction of the barbarian is recalled to mind as the statues honoring the history and ...

New Baby? Yes, Family Members’ Vaccinations Matter

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m expecting a baby in a few months, and my doctor told me that everyone who will come into contact with her must get the Tdap vaccine. If some family members don’t get it, should I keep them from meeting the baby until she’s old enough to be fully vaccinated? — ...

Appreciating John McCain

For many years, conservatives were ideological zealots. Like Spanish inquisitors, they were on guard for the slightest indications of heresy. Talk radio gurus in particular were punctilious keepers of the flame. If a Republican figure was thought to be “squishy” on any matter — guns, ...

Alcoholic Recognizes Sober Truths After Wife Leaves Him

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 17 years to the love of my life. I met her 40 years ago while we were growing up in the same neighborhood. Last year she decided our marriage is over. Nine years into our marriage, I became an alcoholic. Try as I might, I couldn’t find a way to stop ...

The Vietnam War 2017

Three aging U.S. veterans of the war in Vietnam, each of whom still bears the scars of battle, took their seats on the stage of Washington’s Kennedy Center on a cool September evening. They were there to discuss Ken Burns’ historic 18-hour PBS project, ‘’The Vietnam War,’’ which ...

BP Meds Affect Bleeding From Kidney Stone

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been urinating blood for several weeks. An X-ray revealed a kidney stone; however, I am in no pain at all. The stone is said to be between my kidney and bladder. I take blood pressure medicine and an aspirin a day. The problem is this: If I don’t take my medications, ...

Split Decision: He Hit. I Split

You wanna really know why I lost dis fight? Hey, I take full responsibility. But dat ain’t why I lost dis fight. Nah. It was a bunch of other people. Dey made me lose da fight. First dere was my corner. A bunch of losers and I ain’t kiddin’. Dere was Bernie. A friggin’ socialist. ...

Son Jumps Into Online Dating By Asking Personal Questions

DEAR ABBY: My 40-year-old son signed up with an online dating site. He has a 17-year-old son and has never been married. During his initial contact with one woman, she mentioned she had several kids and my son asked if they were all by the same father. She said he was out of line to ask that ...

School Dances

Recently someone posted a photo on Facebook that captured my attention. It was actually taken at the high school that I attended. There were shoes set in the corner neatly in pairs. Now, I remember sock hops, but the shoes were usually in a pile along the side of the dance floor. I do not ...

Photo by Susan Crossett

Missing In Action

The picture in my hand is of an unearthly blob. A pink blob, to be sure. Does that matter? It’s the shape that intrigues — and its ... well ... IT. My closeup shows it close to an inch long. Think momentarily of a docking facility on the space station or probably any space movie ...

Do Not Call

I am sure at some point in your lives, you have used, or at least heard the phrase, “Don’t call us, we’ll call you!” Basically that is a phrase we kind of use when we don’t want to be bothered with phone calls, especially ones asking for money, or offering us “free” awards and ...

Chamber Members Can Sign Up Now For Gift Card

The new Shoptauqua Gift Card program is catching on quickly, and we continue to build participation. Our membership has taken an active interest in this program, and for good reasons. First and foremost: it is a gift card. While we have operated a gift check program for many years, paper checks ...

Blue Tongue Mystery

A few weeks ago, I wrote about April the giraffe and one of the facts about giraffes was their blue tongue. My friend Janice quoted a website that suggested that giraffes had blue tongues to guard against sunburn. That didn’t seem logical to me, so I decided to do some research to see what ...

Terror Attack Recedes Into History

“What was it like to hear the news about the airplane crashing into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001?” I opened my mouth to answer the question, and nothing came out. “Everybody knows that answer,” I thought. Ashton did not. A nearly full-grown guy of 16 years, Ashton is a ...

Walking The Valley

“There’s no space that his love can’t reach. There’s no place where we can’t find peace. There’s no end to Amazing Grace.” “I Am,” by Crowder In the past few weeks, I’ve felt like taffy on one of those old fashioned machines you see behind the stands at the fair. ...

A ‘Read-My-Lips’ Moment For Trump?

“Having cut a deal with Democrats for help with the debt ceiling, will Trump seek a deal with Democrats on amnesty for the ‘Dreamers’ in return for funding for border security?” The answer to that question, raised in my column a week ago, is in. Last night, President Donald Trump cut ...

Epilepsy Can Result From Measles Complication

DEAR DR. ROACH: When I was young, I had mumps and chickenpox, and one type of measles (German measles?) when I was 16, and the other when I was about 18. I had three grand mal seizures within 12 months after the second round of measles. I was told that the seizures were a result of the second ...

Do Conservatives Take Rape Seriously?

Have conservatives forsaken rape victims? That’s one of the more challenging questions posed following the furor over Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ announcement that her department will revise the Obama-era guidance on how sexual assault allegations are to be handled by universities. ...

Daughter Of Self-Centered Mom Craves A Role Model

DEAR ABBY: My mother is extremely self-centered. Ever since I can remember, everything has always been about her. That’s probably why she and Dad split. You can’t have a conversation with her without her turning it around and making it about her. I’m 25. I just want to have a ...

Happy New Year

Labor Day has already come, and summer is all but over. Autumn — with shorter days, cooler nights and a new school year — is upon us. Now — in beautiful September and not in the dead of winter, overshadowed by Christmas — ought logically to be New Year’s Day, which means resolutions ...