COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

Crossroads

By Hobie Morris

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…I took the one less traveled by. And that has made all the difference.” The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost (1874-1963)

“Everyone reaches a crossroads in life. Difficult decisions have to be made. Some take […]

Stirpe: Good heart health is a lifelong commitment

Al Stirpe

Stirpe: Good heart health is a lifelong commitment

February is long gone, ending American Heart Month; however, that doesn’t mean promoting heart health and living a healthier life should move to the back burner.

There are approximately 92.1 million American adults living with […]

Stirpe: Assembly budget proposal lays out priorities for CNY

Al Stirpe

Stirpe: Assembly budget proposal lays out priorities for CNY

It may not feel like spring yet, but it’s coming, and in Albany, that means it’s budget season. This is the time when my colleagues and I buckle down and prioritize the issues that matter most to New Yorkers. We all want to […]

COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

Clate Linger ‘s Frozen Ear: Chillin’ Stories From the Past

by Hobie Morris

Life ain’t about how fast you run, or high you can climb, it’s about how well you bounce—Country Wisdom.

The recent historic Arctic cold producing , bone rattling polar conditions arrive like an uninvited guest who stayed too long! […]

COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

The Ice Age

“When the days lengthen, the cold strengthens.” – Old farm wisdom

My beautiful and pioneering wife Lois and I have had many ice recollections in our 38 years of off the grid living in the hills of Brookfield. Since we don’t have a conventional sink drain for our gray […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

Trump needs to think about impacts of words, actions

The nation has endured a year of Donald J. Trump. Barely. A carefully-scripted SOTU speech, read from a teleprompter by a man who could not, by the wildest stretch, write, was loudly praised by equally inept supporters. It was filled with half-truths […]

Dairy farmers left behind again

Dairy Farmers Are Left Behind Again

Arden Tewksbury, Pro-Ag

According to many officials in Washington DC, the economy in the United States is really taking off. This may be true. Maybe millions of people will be benefiting from the new tax bill. However, who is being left behind?

I don’t hear anything from DC from […]

COLUMN: The Human Condition

All sexual harassment isn’t created equal

If you hate all men, move along; there’s nothing to see here.

I was born and raised in a male-dominated, military family in rural and sparsely populated northern Minnesota. My mom was a ‘single’ (sort of), working mother before it was trendy or generally became the utmost necessity. My […]

COLUMN: From here and back again

Jim Coufal

Progressivism II: What progressives believe

Part I looked at what Republicans believe and indicated that there are several such beliefs that progressives can agree with. These are, (1) our constitution must be honored, upheld, and valued, (2) leaders should serve people, not special interests, (3) paychecks should not be wasted on […]

A Cow Barn’s Musical Christmas Story

Hobie Morris

The old wooden barn was silent and dark. Snow lay on its roof and clothed the landscape. It was Christmas Eve. It was the night before Christmas when all through the cow barn not a creature was stirring except for the mice. The cats looked asleep but with one eye always open. […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal

What Republicans Believe: With editorial comments This piece looks at the results of a recent survey that asked Republicans what principles are most important to them, from which the researchers compiled the list below, shown in the order they appeared. Each principle listed in boldface is followed by my editorial remarks […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

Close to home

Middletown, Virginia is noted, among other things, for it’s proximity to Cedar Creek battlefield, where a major Union defeat of Confederate forces took place during October of 1864.

For a number of years, aficionados have conducted a commemorative re-enactment of that battle on the grounds of the original battle. Carol and I […]