COLUMN: The Musings of A Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris Flying Higher

By Hobie Morris

Fall: the season of change. Nature is in motion as it prepares its flora and fauna for their intricate often mysterious and complex living journey that continues despite…

This simple country man and his beautiful wife, living in such a cyclical world (sadly becoming less known and […]

The Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

An Armistice/Veteran’s Day post script: They aren’t forgotten

By Hobie Morris

In August 1917, a 16-year-old Missourian named Frank Woodruff Buckles lied himself into the Army, claiming that Missouri didn’t publish birth records. The young “doughboy,” as American soldiers were called, served most of the war in France as an ambulance driver […]

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Madison County Historian Matthew Urtz

On Saturday November 2nd from 1 pm to 3 pm the Clay Historical Association will host a special presentation by Tom Howard entitled “Plank Road.” Howard will talk about the nation’s first plank road (Route 11 in Cicero) which was established in 1846. The road played a vital role […]

GUEST COLUMN: Crop insurance a farm business must

Mary Lou, Steve, Dan and Ben Durfee accept the 2018 Madison County Conservation Farm of the Year on behalf of their family, employees and community. (File photo)

By Steve Durfee

My family knows a little about how much farmers are at the mercy of Mother Nature.

During the Dust Bowl, my grandparents Edson and […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

Bill Mayers

The osprey chick fledged some four weeks ago, and now the parents have abandoned the nest. The pole stands with wind-blown bits and pieces of the nest blowing, drifting away. In the near distance, the fall colors have peaked. The few leaves left aloft have faded to a dull yellow. The bare […]

The Musings of A Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

A Farmer: Coming Full Circle

By Hobie Morris

“What if they all quit? It’s hard work. It’s repetitious and it’s boring, and it’s in the hot sun and the cold rain.” – author 2019

William Jennings Bryan, a century ago – said it best: “…burn down your cities and leave our farms […]

Stirpe: Too many good jobs in CNY go unfilled

Assemblyman Al Stirpe

Ten years ago, the biggest problem in Central New York was lack of jobs. Today, it might well be the shortage of qualified employees. As chair of the Assembly Committee on Small Business, I speak to manufacturers and other local companies often. The greatest challenge they face is finding good candidates […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

Bill Mayers Coming home

By Bill Mayers

Gerald Bernard Raeymacker will be coming home. He’s been missing since 1950. His remains were identified Aug. 9, 2019. He was a sergeant in the 57th Field Artillery Battalion, Provisional Battery B, which featured the 105mm howitzer.

He went missing Dec. 6, 1950, during the battle at […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

Bill Mayers

El Paso massacre hits close to home

This one hits really close. I spent many a day there. Biggs Air Force Base. Fort Bliss. The Lincoln Street bridge over the Rio Grande, which was often mere puddles. I’d walk across that bridge to visit Ciudad Juarez, shopping for fine wines, cheap whiskey […]

COLUMN: The Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

The Folding Newspapers?

By Hobie Morris

“If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” – Thomas Jefferson

Around the world, print journalism bleeds.  America’s Fourth Estate has plenty of company!

In England, 200 local newspapers have closed in the last […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back again

James Coufal Dissent, Protest and Patriotism

Many Americans proudly wave the flag of patriotism when they see dissent or protest they don’t agree with. This unthinking response often cuts off further discussion because it is considered the “show stopper,” the end, finé. Any perceived slight of our flag has this effect.

What follows are […]

The Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

I Wish I Had More Time

By Hobie Morris

I bet that you all have expressed a similar wish, especially at the tail end of a seemingly interminably long winter and a soggy, cool and mostly sunless spring.

Your life is on hold until the sun and warmth miraculously appear. Waiting to […]