LETTER: Praises law enforcement for handling of local concerns

Fritz Scherz

To the Editor:

Just some public accolades for the great service that the New York State Police and the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office provides for the town of Verona.

Recently, a few residents brought to my attention some concerns that needed to be addressed by law enforcement. In less than a day, […]

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 […]

LETTER: Don’t Set It and Forget It

To the Editor:

I am an Independent Health Insurance Broker and focus only on Medicare Health Insurance Plans. I decided to focus on this area of health insurance and make it my profession after several years working in pharmaceuticals, working for insurance companies and finally, working in the healthcare setting while being a Director at […]

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 […]

LETTER: Tenney and Republicans in Climate Solutions Caucus: all bluster, no results

To the Editor:

President Trump’s decision today to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accords makes one thing abundantly clear: Representative Tenney and Republicans in the “Clean Solutions Caucus” are powerless to change the direction of their party, protect American jobs and are unwilling to challenge President Trump’s reckless record of climate […]

LETTER: AHCA exemplifies disregard for women’s, children’s issues

To the Editor:

The American Health Care Act that recently passed in the House of Representatives is yet another example of the Republican Party’s disregard for issues of deep concern to women and children.

The AHCA will make women pay more for healthcare than men. Pregnancy would no longer be a required benefit of all […]

LETTER: Trump’s withdrawal from Paris Accord in defiance to science, Presbytery

To the Editor:

This past week, President Donald Trump announced that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate agreement.

In his adamant assertion that American sovereignty is more important than any concerns about climate change, the President not only stood in defiance to near-unanimous scientific agreement about human impacts on climate change […]

LETTER: Urges governor to fully fund Veterans Homes

To the Editor:

Memorial Day many Veterans & their families will be remembering those that gave all for America. All Veterans commit to giving their lives if necessary to defend America & our beliefs in exchange for a promise they will receive the health care needed when they return home. Once again Governor Cuomo has […]

LETTER: CAAC thanks local businesses, civic organizations and individuals for support

To the Editor:

The Board of the Canastota Area Association of Churches is pleased to announce that the 2017 Grant program was completed Wednesday, May 3, with the last of four checks being presented to the four Canastota area volunteer fire and ambulance companies.

Fundraising was strong, resulting in our ability to both extend […]

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


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 […]