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 […]

LETTER: Combat teen smoking

To the Editor:

My daughter goes to Holy Cross Academy in Oneida. She is a part of a group called Reality Check. Reality Check is a New York state youth-run group against the tobacco industry and how they market their products to children using animals, bright colors and large displays in a child’s view.

Did […]

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. […]

LETTER: How will an ACA repeal affect Upstate NY hospitals?

To the Editor:

This week, Congress continued to unveil parts of their strategy to repeal the Affordable Care Act. There appears to be universal agreement among policy insiders, lawmakers and the general public that replacing the legislation is a complex issue and may take years. But is anyone asking the question: how will an ACA […]

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****’ […]

Apologies from your publisher

Martha E. Conway

Apologies from the lone wolf staff at the Madison County Courier for the lack of activity over the past couple of days. I dutifully carried my technology with me on vacation but became violently ill Friday evening.

I’m on the mend and back on the air, so to speak.

Folks tell […]

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Matthew Urtz

On Saturday January 7th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm the Oneida Community Mansion House will host a special tour of Sherrill Manufacturing. The tour will start at the Mansion House promptly at 10:30 am and give attendees a behind the scenes tour of the 1863 factory which was originally built for […]

COLUMN: The Human Condition – Hubby the Impaler

Martha E. Conway

Editor’s note: Reprinted from 2005.

July was an interesting month… Interesting in the sort of hold-your-breath-and-wait-for-the-next-shoe-to-drop sort of way. I am not sad to see it pass.

My husband works in a fairly dangerous branch of the construction trades with plenty of opportunities to get blown up or electrocuted. In the […]

Stirpe urges New Yorkers to take extra precaution in cold, severe weather

Al Stirpe

With winter in full swing, these cold months can produce some of the harshest weather conditions of the year. It’s important for us to look after our homes and businesses and to have plans set in place in the event of a severe storm.

There are many things we can all do […]

COLUMN: The Human Condition

Martha E. Conway

Let it snow, let it snow, drive in a ditch

Editor’s note: Another piece from the Way-Back Machine; the names have been changed to protect the guilty.

By Martha E. Conway

A couple of Saturdays ago my friend “Jane” came to visit from out of town. Since she’s been gone from […]

LETTER: Scherz thanks helpers for seventh annual holiday party

To the Editor:

Many heartfelt thanks to everyone (volunteers and attendees) that helped make my seventh annual holiday party for town of Verona residents Dec. 11 a huge success! Fabulous volunteers worked together to make this event happen and festive attendees shared the Christmas holiday spirit. Some pictures from this event can be found at […]