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 […]

Resolve to do … Nothing

 

The Human Condition

By Martha E. Conway

(Jan. 2012) ’Tis the season for unrealistic expectations and setting ourselves up for failure. We are just finishing a holiday season – where, for far too many, the word “holiday” ought to appear in quotes – that is rife with self-induced stress and anxiety.

The end […]

Police Blotters: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

 

The Human Condition

By Martha E. Conway

People are inherently nosy. If the police were at their neighbor’s house last night, they want to know why. Maybe they want to know who’s getting into trouble in their communities.

Some even just take pleasure in other folks’ misery. The Germans have a great word […]

Thanks and Congratulations to all at the Madison County Fair

 

The Human Condition

By Martha E. Conway

(Brookfield, NY – July 7 – 9, 2011) I would like to thank all the organizers of the Madison County Fair for their hard work and assistance during my three days on the grounds this year.

I don’t think the public can fully appreciate the amount […]

Thanks for the Assist, Jim

The Human Condition

By Martha E. Conway

(Chittenango, NY – March 2011) On behalf of the family of Karen L. Pilkington Jakway, I would like to thank G. James Traub and his employees at Traub Funeral Home in Bridgeport for their help this past week when I found myself in the unenviable position of […]

The Human Condition: Lessons in Community: Where Are YOU From?

By Martha E. Conway

People ask me all the time where I’m from. I know it should be a simple question, and with the number of times it is asked of a body, I certainly ought to be prepared for it. Usually, I answer it with another question to try and narrow down what information […]

The Human Condition: Let the Games Begin

By Martha E. Conway

(Wampsville, NY – Nov. 16, 2010) Day Three of Annual Session at the Madison County Board of Supervisors will be underway when this edition is hitting newsstands in most parts of the county this week. This free-for-all, referred to a few years ago by one of my contemporaries as “Silly Season,” […]

The Human Condition: Because I Said So: An Open Letter to Candidates for Elected Office

By Martha E. Conway

Some months ago, and again last week, I sent an email to everyone for whom I had contact information and knew was involved in the local political scene. The email outlined the rules for publication, deadlines, word limits and other critical effluvia to get your name in lights.

If you are […]

The Human Condition: Sometimes my Mouth gets me into Trouble

By Martha E. Conway

I have a somewhat faulty internal filter that occasionally allows things to bypass my brain and come right out my mouth. It is usually fairly controlled within the company of family and friends, but once in a while it sneaks out in my professional life.

The end result? Instantaneous embarrassment. But […]

The Human Condition: Stay the Course? Seriously?

By Martha E. Conway

I started driving when I was 12 or 13 and was pretty accomplished by the time I was 14. I had older friends, and they desperately needed a designated driver. In addition, my then-friend, now-husband wanted to – how do I say this in a PG-rated paper? – score a homerun? […]

The Human Condition: Textra! Textra! Read All About It

By Martha E. Conway

There is much hoopla about how electronic media is making illiterates of our children. I am sometimes annoyed at how plugged-in kids seem to be now, but I don’t think it’s quite the crisis it’s being made out to be.

There are places in our lives where there is much emphasis […]