COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

I’m a Fool for Bells

There are two kinds of fools: one says, ‘this is old, therefore it is good’; the other says, ‘this is new, therefore it is better’.” Clergyman William Inge Eric Sloan has written that “the sounds of America were once good to hear.”

The “melodies of bells are […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

Vetting potential candidates: Suggestions

There is much talk of finding the right candidate to run for office. In the 22nd Congressional District there is movement to find a candidate able to make Claudia Tenney a one term representative. Since this written from that view, how the suggestions below fit other political races […]

COLUMN: The Musings of A Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

Memorial Day: A Historical Postscript

For a moment let’s turn back the hands of time. We’ll honor all of the Town of Brookfield’s Civil War veterans. Pastor Mark has invited each of them to our Sunday morning service at the historic Baptist Church.

We anxiously anticipate their arrival. We sit in our […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

Constituents & Representatives Long ago someone lost to memory told me, “define your terms, then we’ll argue.” Since this is about how poorly Claudia Tenney represents her constituents of the 22nd Congressional District, I’ll do that. Merriam Webster defines a constituent as “one who authorizes another to act as agent”, said […]

COLUMN: The Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

Mud

Deep, sucking mud turns into swirling dust. Warm breezes and gentle rains green the fields. Yellow daffodils and budding pink apple blossoms announce a new season. Birds serenade. Barefoot kids yell “Play ball.” Fishing poles are found again. A new hook attached to the often broken line. The school year is […]

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Matthew Urtz

On Saturday May 6th at 1:00 pm the Oneida County History Center will host a special presentation by Emily Zaengle entitled “Silos Nearby.” Zaengle, Executive Director of the Stone Hill Quarry Art Park, will present her research documenting 160 silos along Route 8 from Utica to Brookfield. She will discuss the cultural […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

Arbor Day 2017: A Cautionary Tale

A small group gathered on Saturday, April 22, at Lakeland Park. It was a cold and windy day. They were there for an Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony, sponsored by Cazenovia Village’s Tree Commission. There was a proclamation and the names of donors of trees read, […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

So I’m tooling on down a back road heading west, when near the end, I spy an indistinct black something in the road. I slow down, thinking it might be4 a child. Turns out to be a big ol’ tom, and he was really strutting his stuff for the three hens in the field on […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

Bill Mayers

Lela Marie (Tarbox) Blanford, Feb 20, 1920 – April 4, 2017. Mother of four, mother-in-law, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of two and great-great-grandmother of two. She passed peacefully right round 11:30 that morning, with a number of family at her bedside. Ma was mentally sharp almost to the end. She knew what […]

COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

Our water: dinosaurs to Brookfield

Water flows through the Bible 722 times.

When the well runs dry, we know the worth of water. — Benjamin Franklin

The golden age of water, free and abundant, is over — Charles Fishman, “The Big Thirst”

For most Americans turning on the faucet brings safe, clean […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

Red States, Blue States: Boo Hoo for Family Values States There are many maps showing the U.S. by red and blue states. They vary by the criteria used, but there is great consistency in showing most of the south, some heartland and some western states as red states. Blue states are […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

Our Friend, the Republican Party, Part 2.

As follow-up to Part 1, here are more state-level Republican actions that have taken place since Part 1 appeared. Keep in mind the Republican Party asserts it is the party of smaller, less-intrusive governing, as well as that of family values. 1. Oklahoma state […]