Dairy farmers left behind again

Dairy Farmers Are Left Behind Again

Arden Tewksbury, Pro-Ag

According to many officials in Washington DC, the economy in the United States is really taking off. This may be true. Maybe millions of people will be benefiting from the new tax bill. However, who is being left behind?

I don’t hear anything from DC from […]

COLUMN: The Human Condition

All sexual harassment isn’t created equal

If you hate all men, move along; there’s nothing to see here.

I was born and raised in a male-dominated, military family in rural and sparsely populated northern Minnesota. My mom was a ‘single’ (sort of), working mother before it was trendy or generally became the utmost necessity. My […]

COLUMN: From here and back again

Jim Coufal

Progressivism II: What progressives believe

Part I looked at what Republicans believe and indicated that there are several such beliefs that progressives can agree with. These are, (1) our constitution must be honored, upheld, and valued, (2) leaders should serve people, not special interests, (3) paychecks should not be wasted on […]

A Cow Barn’s Musical Christmas Story

Hobie Morris

The old wooden barn was silent and dark. Snow lay on its roof and clothed the landscape. It was Christmas Eve. It was the night before Christmas when all through the cow barn not a creature was stirring except for the mice. The cats looked asleep but with one eye always open. […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

What Republicans Believe: With editorial comments This piece looks at the results of a recent survey that asked Republicans what principles are most important to them, from which the researchers compiled the list below, shown in the order they appeared. Each principle listed in boldface is followed by my editorial remarks […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

Close to home

Middletown, Virginia is noted, among other things, for it’s proximity to Cedar Creek battlefield, where a major Union defeat of Confederate forces took place during October of 1864.

For a number of years, aficionados have conducted a commemorative re-enactment of that battle on the grounds of the original battle. Carol and I […]

Forgotten Sounds from the Past

Hobie Morris

Recently my wonderful wife Lois and I had an unexpected visit with a remarkable man and legendary Utica business icon Bill Chanatry. It was a very special time and an incredible blessing. Mr. Chanatry is widely known and admired for being, among other things, a charter member of Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation.” […]

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Matthew Urtz

From Monday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Lorenzo State Historic site will host its annual “Christmas at Lorenzo.” Gilded Glamour will be the theme for this year’s presentation. With support from the Friends of Lorenzo this event will feature refreshments, live music, sleigh rides […]

Brindisi: Tenney has ‘flip-flopped’ on the Republican tax increase plan

On the heels of Congresswoman Claudia Tenney’s new stance on the Republican tax increase plan, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi released the following statement:

“Congresswoman Claudia Tenney has flip-flopped and made it quite clear: she now regrets her ‘yes’ vote for the GOP tax increase plan, saying she will draw some new ‘line […]

GUEST COLUMN: Good grief

By Troy Bishopp, in memory of Scott Bishopp

When I hear the phrase “Good Grief”, I’m reminded of Charlie Brown’s adage that described his daily personal frustrations. Using good with grief seems disingenuous for those of us who are in mourning. As I struggle almost daily with the flashpoint of tears, […]

COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

A Veteran’s Day Postscript: No veterans, no war, and maybe no world

The American men and women are all dead now, including my Father, who was an undergraduate at Hamilton College and in the student officer’s military training program, when the war to “make the world safe for democracy” ended in November […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal, From Here and Back Again


What ARE we waiting for? A perspective on our times.

This idiosyncratic perspective is written in the spirit of John Maynard Keynes’s admonition that, “…words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.”

We have a president in […]