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Rheumatoid Arthritis

I took stock of my body the other day while going though an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) test. An MRI scan is a medical test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create a detailed picture of organs and other structures inside the body. Basically, you sit on a narrow table and are inserted into this large, circular, (very loud) chamber for up to an hour. You are given ear phones pumping in whatever music you want and stare at the ceiling where a screen shows clouds passing...
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Not such a slow week

The week leading-up to Presidents Day is typically among the slowest in sports. But, not this past week. And it has little to do with the Olympics. Every four years we get newly acquainted, or re-acquainted with individual athletes in a country fixated on team sports. So, please forgive this writer for not investing any time for two weeks of tape-delayed, winter sports that hold no bearing on the other 1,447 days in the cycle. And no, thanks to the short-sighted NHL, hockey no longer counts. And if it weren’t...
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Tide Pods

Hmm, in my young days you had to be pretty stupid to intentionally put something in your mouth that you knew would harm you and taste pretty awful. The latest “craze” for teens is to put a Tide laundry detergent Pod in their mouth and bite down. It seems some pretty stupid kids are mimicking the trend after seeing other stupid kids do the same on social media sites. The only thing dumber than kids biting down of Tide laundry pods are New York State lawmakers who want the Pod...
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The Right Thing

Some Super Bowl, huh? Sure, if you believe defense is optional. America may have gotten most of its collective celebrated hatred for the Patriots out of its system, and the confetti has been swept off the streets of Philadelphia, but there’s still a hangover. New England and Philly both gave the country reasons to hate them shortly after the big game. More than the typical Twitter reasons. The Pats ripped-off the Indianapolis Colts of their supposed next head coach, while Eagles fans lived-up to their reputation as the nation’s worst...
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What I want in a President, or any politician

On Tuesday night the press, politicians and a good part of the political spectrum tuned in for the President’s State of the Union speech. I did not. Sure, I can lie, or say I waited for the highlights from all the press pundits and paid experts, but I did not. Yeah, they were shoved down my throat anyway by naysayers on the left, right and somewhere in the middle. Blaring headlines, shouting newsies, Democrat and Republican know-it-alls of every color, craze and ideology had something to say about nothing. This...
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The “Other” Super Bowl

Seems the last few years, Super Bowl Week has come down to two athletes. Tom Brady makes sense. He owns a timeshare with eight appearances. But, LeBron James? Yes. Only the biggest athlete in America, perhaps the world, could steal the spotlight. It happened two years ago as LeBron the GM played dumb when former head coach, David Blatt, was canned for The King’s Man, Ty Lue. This past week, while Brady made headlines for the Super Bowl, his reality show, a WEEI host ripping his daughter and Tommy’s angry,...
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Gimmie Five

There were too many topics this week to simply pick one to write about, so let's tackle all of them: * The Patriots and Eagles will face each other in Brady and Belichick's eighth title game together--and perhaps, their last. Perhaps. The Pats apparently Amazon'd a shipment of Flex Tape to fix the leaks dripping from the nicks and cuts at Gillette Stadium. Six Super Bowl titles would tie them with the Steelers, who needed three coaches and two quarterbacks to do so. Brady and Belichick may not love each...
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Migration and Immigration

Things, times are changing. Did you know that Cape Town, South Africa is in a serious drought? This deepening water shortage could result in Cape Town becoming the first major city in the world to run out of water, perhaps even in the next four months. Drought played a major force in the Syrian war. Yes, changing social trends and a brutal regime are seen as the  media’s answer, but changes in long term climate are behind the onslaught. Californians are in the news all year round for fires, floods,...
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The dogs, the Sheriff and the weather

Good news! The Wayne County Humane Society and the District Attorney’s Office, along with the Sheriff’s Office are starting a program entitled “Dog Blue”. When the temperature is below 32 degrees, if a pet owner does not have sufficient outdoor shelter, the Humane Society can work with the pet owners to house them for the duration of the freezing weather, at no charge, by only having the owner supply food for the housed dogs. The Animal Cruelty Officers will be equipped with temperature guns that shoot a laser into the...
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Three Point Stance

The Buffalo Bills have hired a new offensive coordinator. Brian Dabold is a University of Rochester grad, a Buffalo kid, and a disciple of both Bill Belichick and Nick Saban. So, that means he must be awesome, right? Maybe. People thought the same about Charlie Weis, Romeo Crenell, Eric Mangini, and Josh McDaniels while the jury is still out on Bill O’Brien. The Saban Tree is a little more successful, producing college coaches such as Jimbo Fisher, Kirby Smart and Mark Dantonio. There’s no reason to start donating to Saban’s...
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Worth It?

The Buffalo Bills blink of a playoff appearance is an important lesson on living in the moment. Yes, it was fun to finally have a playoff team involved in the country’s most-popular television show. Not even OJ’s old pals, the Kardashians, can pull the numbers pro football does, even after so-called anthem protest protests. And the mass show of support in both Jacksonville and at the Buffalo airport are prime examples that the Bills, and more notably, the NFL, are the area’s ticket to the big-time. The hope was to...
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How the internet and fake news work

Bob Howard is a good guy. The Animal Abuse Investigator for Wayne County loves animals, much like myself, and has a strong destain for anybody who abuses animals. Last week my phone began to ring off the hook and I received numerous e-mails and Facebook messages concerning dogs being left outdoors at 3507 Middle Road in Lyons. May I add that by the time I began receiving these notices, the problem had already been resolved. That did not matter to a couple of vigilante people hell bent on ruining several...
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Without a Drought

This may be the trickiest column to write. The Times comes-out on Saturdays, but gets mailed to subscribers on Mondays, or Tuesdays after holidays. And, one HAS to acknowledge the Buffalo Bills breaking its 17-year playoff drought, especially being someone who hasn’t missed a game in 31 years. Yes, they had to beat Miami. Yes, they needed help from Andy Dalton, Tyler Boyd and the Cincinnati Bengals. And, yes, it was the most euphoric fan experience since the Pegulas purchased the team, and perhaps the most-celebrated game since that magical...
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Ahh, Times changes for 2018

We take this time of year to bring in new changes. Beginning this week we are moving to a four (4) section format, from the old 6 sections. Same number of pages, but this allows us to consolidate our thoughts and writings. In general, this makes things easier for us and hopefully you.. The first section of the paper (Section A) will now have a more ‘Local’ tinge. In addition the ‘Health’ page. ‘History’, ‘Meetings’, ‘Obituaries’ and ‘One on One’ will be in the front pages. The B section will...
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And, It’s 2018

Whew, for a time there, I questioned how I was going to make it through 2017. Medical dilemmas, North Korea, Trump, mass shootings, sex abuse scandals, season two of Stranger Things, Russians tampering with American elections, China stretching its legs as a dominant power, Trump, pollution, political corruption, fast technical revolutions, Alexa (the magic device taking over my house), freezing cold temps along with floods, fires and climate mayhem, bitcoins, religious wars, Twitter, Trump, the list goes on and on. As 2018 arrives, perhaps a new vision will appear. Probably...
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Join the Sports Resolution!

Resolutions. Why is it you have to wait until the New Year to resolve? To change? It’s a symbolic clean slate, even if it doesn’t truly start until the New Year’s Eve hangover ends. Instead of making a list and stressing over keeping that list, how about just getting one thing right? One is so much easier than 100. Not to mention, if you keep one, odds are you’ll add another. Then perhaps you can keep two. Then by March, if you’ve kept those, you might be able to add...
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Pats Sack Quack

Even Tom Brady’s best pal isn’t safe from getting sent to the showers by Bill Belichick. The man certainly plays no favorites; not with media, not players, not assistant coaches, not trainers, and apparently not greatest quarterbacks in the history of the sport. Both men may be closer to the end of their tenures in Foxboro than we thought. The cracks are getting wider and the tells are getting louder. Fact: before the 2017 season, the Patriots went on an uncharacteristic free agent spree after the greatest Super Bowl comeback...
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Yeah, that Christmas cheer stuff

Yeah, I  am required  to wish everybody Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Consider it done. BAH! So there I was fast asleep, when in the middle of the night, I awakened to a semi-stuffed up nose. In the dark I reached over to the side table for the bottle of nasal spray. One quick shot and it would be back to sleep. That plan was quickly denied when, instead of nasal spray, I grabbed a small bottle of Icy Hot Max Strength with Lidocaine plus Menthol, the body rub...
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Walk-off of Shame

There’s a cottage industry that has been in place since fandom has been in existence. It’s called fan shaming. It happens to fans of teams that are perennial winners and fans of those that can’t seem to get it right. Eventually, however, with the exception of the dopey fair-weather variety who change with whoever is on top, and rip bottom-feeders from the shallow end of their sports self-esteem, most true sports fans feel for those whose teams appear either cursed or inept. The Bills and Browns are among that group....
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Sexual Harassment

Imagine moving the sexual harassment needle so far to the left in only a little more than a month. I firmly believe women are at least equal to, if not superior to men in many ways. I also firmly believe there is no room for any kind of sexual harassment (or beyond) in this, or any society. The list of men who have allegedly made sexual harassment part of their power trip has awakened many to what was deemed acceptable for many decades. This is sad and definitely something that...