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May 22, 2013

BRADBERRY: Peaceful place to learn, to think

Niagara Gazette — More famous as the birthplace of “I Love Lucy’s” Lucille Ball, and NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, Jamestown, N.Y. is a well preserved vestige of rural Americana.

Tucked safely away in the southwestern corner of Chautauqua County between Lake Erie and the Allegheny National Forest, near Lake Chautauqua, not 20 miles from the Chautauqua Institution, the entire area is ideal for naturalists and artists of all kinds from all over the world including yours truly.

I love the place for its beauty, its serenity and its delicious Concord grape producing, dairy farming and quality furniture manufacturing history.

For anyone seeking peaceful quiet inspiration punctuated by a chorus of bird-song in a relaxing atmosphere amongst the tree painted rolling hills, or a challenging hike along brooks and fish filled streams that decorate the meandering nature trails, Chautauqua and vicinity is just what the doctor ordered.

Chautauqua is a good place to think!

But, ironically, last Friday, the normal hush of this quaint reminder of the way things used to be all over America was visited by the bustled arrival of Buffalo native, Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Roberts; you know, the gentleman whom some credit and others blame for the survival of the Affordable Health Care laws, aka “Obamacare” last year?

Yes, him!

Mr. Justice Roberts and the noisy entourage of camera crews, supporters and the less than thrilled to see him throngs, was in town to address a gathering of more than 1,000 local students and a few other interested parties at the Jackson Center in beautiful Jamestown exactly 60 years since May 17, 1954 when the U. S. Supreme Court handed down Brown v. Board of Education, its unanimous landmark decision declaring segregation in public schools unconstitutional.

The Center, named after U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Robert Houghwout Jackson, who lived in Jamestown for more than 40 years, was appointed by President Roosevelt in 1941.

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