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 […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

Our Friend, The Republican Party I was a registered Republican for many years. It was a slow epiphany, but over a year ago I realized I wasn’t leaving the Republican Party, it had left me. So I made the clean break and dropped my registration. Why did I do this? At […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

Folks, it’s not a One and Done

By Bill Mayers

I’ve been so proud of my daughters and granddaughters. On the day of the massive women’s march on Washington, three of them participated in a supportive gathering in Ithaca. The others supported the event in multiple ways, from writing letters to calling their senators and […]

COLUMN: A Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

America’s Greatness: Wood Thumps Trump

By Hobie Morris

My beautiful wife Lois and I are humbled by a unique opportunity of living a unique life completely foreign to Americans in 2017. A way of life that is extremely hard but with amazing rewards of incalculable beauty and benefits. We live in the […]

STIRPE: Governor’s proposals reflect commitment to investment in education, infrastructure and jobs

Al Stirpe

This past week, the governor made a number of proposals in his State of the State address in Syracuse. Among the issues he discussed was the need to invest in education, infrastructure and local manufacturing, all priorities I strongly support.

They say education is the great equalizer, but that’s only true when […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

What Have We Wrought? Part II: Trump, by his actions we know him; by your actions we know you A recent Trump tweet provides a continuing clue to his style. Sen. Charles Schumer warned that repealing Obamacare would “Make America Sick Again.” Trump responded via Twitter that Schumer is the democrats’ […]

COLUMN: There is strength in numbers

It doesn’t matter what your industry is or what business you’re in….. support is key! Support from like-minded people can help you achieve success.

In 1997, area chambers of commerce established the Chamber Alliance of the Mohawk Valley in a collaborative effort to represent and promote the interests of chambers of commerce in our region. […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

What Have We Wrought? Part I: Trump and the Constitution Commenting on the recent presidential election, Tess Rafferty wrote, “I tried to be polite, but now I just don’t give a damn, because let’s be honest, we don’t live in polite America anymore. We live in ‘grab ‘em by the p****’ […]