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 […]

COLUMN: We will get through this, together

NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

By NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

The Oct. 31 attack was a senseless and cowardly act of terror against our city, our state, and our nation.

Like all of you, I woke up today with a heavy heart. I am mourning […]

Patriotism and True Patriotism

Jim Coufal

Patriotism has become the password to acceptance as a real American. But patriotism seems to have at least two distinct operative definitions, leading to the old saying that one person’s patriotism is another person’s treason, and to the notion that you are only a true patriot if you follow the definition I […]

COLUMN: The Confederate Yankee

Hillary was right – there are a lot of deplorables among us.

Thing is, calling names and then ignoring folks isn’t really a wise thing to do. Deplorable or not, folks have real concerns, regardless of whether they themselves quite understand them. These folks are our fellow citizens, and they deserve thoughtful answers and not […]

GUEST COLUMN: The importance of studying the ballot

By Wanda Warren Berry

Thank you, Madison County Courier, for attempting to publish the ballots for the Nov. 7 elections. They did not open well on my equipment, but you stimulated a visit to the Board of Elections website, where I could find the ballot for my town, as well as a […]

COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

Pull for the Shores: And Other Water Stories

In late October our much beloved Baptist Pastor Mark will fully immerse in the historic Brookfield church lukewarm baptistery three excited “candidates.” (As one pastor said, “we want to baptize them, not cook them.”) Baptism, in the religions I am familiar with , a […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

Vomiting Over the News

Recently (9/12) Emanuel Clay wrote “The behavior of these NFL players (kneeling during the national anthem) almost made me vomit.” I’m truly sorry you didn’t vomit, Mr. Clay, rather than saving your bile to pour out in a letter of ahistorical tripe. As a lawyer, I’m surprised […]

COLUMN: The Human Condition

Racism… bias… discrimination… inequality… Alive and well and living in America

By Martha E. Conway

Racism: 1. prejudice or animosity against people who belong to other races. “I am a Muslim and … my religion makes me against all forms of racism.” Malcolm X Speech, Prospects for Freedom. 2. the belief that people of different […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

Our Kids’ Futures With all that’s happening in D.C., around the states, and around the world, there is a question that seems to be frequently overlooked. What kind of world do we want to leave to our kids? The answer to this question involves science and reason, emotion, values, tradition and […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

Fear and Anger: Part III Fascists rejected reason in the name of will, denying objective truth in favor of a glorious myth articulated by leaders who claimed to give voice to the people. Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny. 2017 p. 12. “The Fear of God is the death of wisdom.” Clarence Darrow […]

COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

A “Local” digging up a Brookfield potato?

Big potatoes and other garden oddities

By Hobie Morris

” A sluggard does not plow in season, so at harvest time he looks but finds nothing.” Prov. 20:4

Englishman Peter Glazebrook is a celebrated gardener—in a very big way! in 2011 he grew an onion weighing almost […]