COLUMN: Citizens respectful at Tenney campaign’s “town hall”

Submitted by Indivisible Mohawk Valley

U.S. Representative Claudia Tenney held a ‘Town Hall’ for the express goal of meeting with her constituents in the 22nd District. In an interview with Utica Observer Dispatch in April she stated, “We’re looking forward to engaging [via a town hall]. I can’t wait to do one.”

However, this […]

GUEST COLUMN: Wood duck hen perseveres in harsh natural environment

By Ric Main

Every late March or early April for more years than I can recall, I catch a glimpse of two beautiful wood ducks high in the branches of a tree at the edge of my backyard that hangs over a 60-foot drop. They are one of the few duck species equipped with strong […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee


A recently televised program talking about New York’s “hidden” history put me in a mood. Noticeable in the program was the presence of re-enactors – folks who dress in period clothing and who can talk about their particular interest. More than merely a hobby, re-enacting is also a unique means of teaching history, a […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

Fear and Anger, Part II Fascism & Religion “Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of State and corporate power.” Benito Mussolini, Fascist dictator of Italy To start, a quick rehash of the 14 traits of fascism follows: Powerful, constant nationalism Disdain for Human Rights Creating […]

COLUMN: A Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

Coming Full Circle

“…Today old Fergie, his primitive farming equipment, his stories, his way of living, our old barn, my Father and Mother are only pleasant, wonderful memories. Simpler and peaceful times become increasingly more important in my life as I grow older. The seemingly endless days of summer—and age of innocence […]

COLUM: From here and back again

Jim Coufal

Fear and Anger

When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross (variously attributed to Sinclair Lewis, Huey Long and others of their era).

The danger lies not so much in the would-be Fuhrers who may arise, but in the presence […]

COLUMN: The Human Condition

Sorry to disappoint you

(Lenox – Aug. 26, 2017) Six years ago today, sandwiched between the birthdays of my best friend and my youngest daughter, I was involved in an off-center head-on collision at the corner of Route 5 at North Court Street in Wampsville.

I was in the eastbound lane waiting to make a […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

Banning Plastic Bags – Another View

As Madison County wrestles with whether to ban plastic bags or not, residents have expressed many views, for and against. I find many of those against the ban give trivial, convenience and even self-serving, local reasons; the bags are handy for collecting dog do-do, for lining […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

The United States is at war. Combatants are within and without. The alarming aspect is that few of our fellow citizens realize it and the profound threat it represents. America has been at this level of turmoil in the past, but each time we managed to come out ahead – by the skin of our […]

Lukaske issues statement on healthcare market cost hikes for 2018

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Evan Lukaske issued the following statement in response to projected health care premium increases for 2018:

“President Trump’s brazen sabotage of the American health care system is leading to skyrocketing premiums and serious pain for hardworking families. To be clear, Representative Tenney owns this disaster along with the Administration, as […]

Stirpe: Drone films and craft beer competitions add fun to New York State Fair

Al Stirpe

One of Central New York’s – and New York State’s – most exciting traditions is the Great New York State Fair. This year, with one day added, visitors can attend the fair between Aug. 23 and Sept. 4, giving us all more time to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and fun it […]

No farms, food or America

Hobie Morris

By Hobie Morris

My beautiful wife Lois came up with the title of what follows. She and I are simple rural people whose best friends are neighboring family farmers. This article title should be indelibly imprinted in every American’s mind. It’s a truism that has incredible importance to every one of us.