Beneath three layers, I wore my 20-year-old Key West Green Parrot T-shirt (thank you, Doug and Susie Wagoner) today in hopes of feeling a bit warmer than my truck thermometer reading of 5 degrees. It didn't help, but I may wear it again tomorrow, anyway. There's something about a Key West State of Mind.

The frigid temperatures, coupled with some similarly frigid brain cells, prompted this offering.

For the younger motorists among us, if the tires on your small car are buried in snow and ice, revving the engine and spinning the tires most likely will not help. Instead, try grabbing a shovel and clearing the snow and ice around your tires. Better yet, wait for an old fart like me to drive by who will do it for you. It worked for someone today, that's for sure. You're welcome, by the way.

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Empire State follies

So, liberals or progressives or Democrats or whatever you like to be called, how's that first month of JoeBama working for you? Are you happy with the increases in fuel costs – from gasoline to diesel to natural gas? Are you happy with more illegal aliens crossing our borders? Are you happy with the introduction of legislation that would make you report to the government all your firearms, all your ammunition and how and where each gun and bullet or shell is stored?

Of course you are. (The questions were rhetorical, anyway.)

This brings up the situation in New York where many Democrats are finding well-deserved fault with their hero-leader Gov. Andy Cuomo.

Cuomo insisted this week that his delay in reporting data about nursing home deaths due to COVID-19 was a mistake, then added “There is nothing to investigate” regarding his administration’s handling of the pandemic.

Cuomo's remarks were the first from the governor since a New York Post report revealed that secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa told Democratic legislators it withheld information regarding nursing home deaths out of fear it could be used in a federal investigation.

How about that?

For almost a year, Cuomo did not count nursing home residents, who were sent to a hospital with COVID-19 and died at the hospital, as a nursing home death.

New York Attorney General Letitia James issued a report late last month that used a sampling of nursing home reports to reveal differences between what those facilities reported and what the state publicized.

New York Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, D-Manhattan, said that Cuomo is undermining the public’s trust and that lawmakers did not know of a federal inquiry.

“I didn’t accept this behavior from Trump, and I don’t accept it from the governor,” she said.

State Sen. Jessica Ramos, D-Queens, said Cuomo and his staff need to be subpoenaed.

Many other New York Democrats are joining in the Cuomo criticism circus. Good for them.

Perhaps soon, maybe a year or two from now, many more liberals will realize what the JoeBama administration is doing to them is not much different than what Cuomo has been doing to the Empire State.

Even wokesters can – eventually – wake up when it hits their wallets.

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Abe says don't call it the Lincoln Project

Last year, prior to the November general election, a former Ohio Republican (i.e. RINO) governor and congressman – or one of his lackeys – was sending me emails in support of some idiotic thing called the Lincoln Project.

Now that this so-called (anti-Trump) Lincoln Project is scandal-plagued, I haven't heard from the former governor. Maybe he's OK. Maybe he's come down with K-sickness. I don't know.

There is an interesting online report by Megan Sheets about the Lincoln Project at

She writes: "A top official at the Lincoln Project has claimed that several of its leaders knew about the sexual harassment allegations against co-founder John Weaver as early as last March. Sarah Lenti, a managing partner at the anti-Trump PAC who previously served as its executive director, came forward with her claim. Since January, nearly two dozen young men, including two minors, have come forward to accuse Weaver, 61, of sexually harassing them online over the past five years."

The Lincoln Project was founded in late 2019 by a group of "Republican" strategists with a goal of unseating President Donald Trump.

According to Sheets' report, Weaver, "has long advised the former Ohio governor."


Last fall, there were several reports about the former governor being named to a Biden Cabinet position. Given recent reports, it will be interesting to see if the former Ohio governor lands a Cabinet or ambassadorship with the administration. John Weaver – like Hunter Biden – notwithstanding.

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Special delivery appreciated

This week, a tip of the cap is in order for local United States Postal Service employee Chad Watson. Mr. Watson had a request to deliver a letter and obituary to The Highland County Press in time for this week's deadline. Mr. Watson noticed that our mail was not picked up at the Hillsboro Post Office on Feb. 16. He took it upon himself to deliver the letter to The HCP's South High Street office.

The services provided by the USPS mail carriers are often overlooked. But their collective efforts – especially in weather like this – are, indeed, appreciated. Thank you, Mr. Watson. The family from Sugar Tree Ridge will be happy to know that you took care of them.

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By the way, it's still cold and the temperature – like many other things – is in decline. There will be better days. Thanks for reading.

Rory Ryan is publisher and owner of The Highland County Press, Highland County's only locally owned and operated newspaper.