COLUMN: The Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

If you only had one shot

By Hobie Morris

It’s a cold early November morning. Snow covers the ground. Deer hunting season is beginning. Gun fire – the deer are alerted to danger.

A hunter carefully loads his weapon. He clicks on its safety. Slowly he walks through thick brush to a […]

The Musings of a Simple Country Man

A Little Praise Goes a Long Way: A Christmas Gift Never Forgotten Hobie Morris

By Hobie Morris

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.– Mahatma Gandhi

The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of […]

Stirpe: Share your opinions through community survey

Assemblyman Al Stirpe

As your Assemblyman, my top priority is voicing the concerns of Central New York residents and representing our communities’ interests in Albany. To make it easier for you to share your opinions on key issues facing our region and the state, I developed a survey covering a variety of topics to […]

COLUMN: The Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

Kids say the darnedest things and 400-pound turkeys

By Hobie Morris

“Laughs make smiles.” – Anonymous

Art Linkletter once popularized the humorous things that kids say. Regardless of how bad adults viewed the world, kids continue in their innocence and naiveté to make people laugh.

In my humble opinion, Americans aren’t […]

The Musings of a Simple Country Man

A Little Praise Goes A Long Way: A Christmas Gift Never Forgotten Hobie Morris

By Hobie Morris

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind […]

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 […]