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 […]

Forgotten Sounds from the Past

Hobie Morris

Recently my wonderful wife Lois and I had an unexpected visit with a remarkable man and legendary Utica business icon Bill Chanatry. It was a very special time and an incredible blessing. Mr. Chanatry is widely known and admired for being, among other things, a charter member of Tom Brokaw’s “Greatest Generation.” […]

COLUMN: Events of Historical Note

Matthew Urtz

From Monday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Lorenzo State Historic site will host its annual “Christmas at Lorenzo.” Gilded Glamour will be the theme for this year’s presentation. With support from the Friends of Lorenzo this event will feature refreshments, live music, sleigh rides […]

Brindisi: Tenney has ‘flip-flopped’ on the Republican tax increase plan

On the heels of Congresswoman Claudia Tenney’s new stance on the Republican tax increase plan, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi released the following statement:

“Congresswoman Claudia Tenney has flip-flopped and made it quite clear: she now regrets her ‘yes’ vote for the GOP tax increase plan, saying she will draw some new ‘line […]

GUEST COLUMN: Good grief

By Troy Bishopp, in memory of Scott Bishopp

When I hear the phrase “Good Grief”, I’m reminded of Charlie Brown’s adage that described his daily personal frustrations. Using good with grief seems disingenuous for those of us who are in mourning. As I struggle almost daily with the flashpoint of tears, […]

COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

A Veteran’s Day Postscript: No veterans, no war, and maybe no world

The American men and women are all dead now, including my Father, who was an undergraduate at Hamilton College and in the student officer’s military training program, when the war to “make the world safe for democracy” ended in November […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back Again

Jim Coufal, From Here and Back Again


What ARE we waiting for? A perspective on our times.

This idiosyncratic perspective is written in the spirit of John Maynard Keynes’s admonition that, “…words ought to be a little wild for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.”

We have a president in […]

COLUMN: We will get through this, together

NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

By NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

The Oct. 31 attack was a senseless and cowardly act of terror against our city, our state, and our nation.

Like all of you, I woke up today with a heavy heart. I am mourning […]

Patriotism and True Patriotism

Jim Coufal

Patriotism has become the password to acceptance as a real American. But patriotism seems to have at least two distinct operative definitions, leading to the old saying that one person’s patriotism is another person’s treason, and to the notion that you are only a true patriot if you follow the definition I […]

COLUMN: The Confederate Yankee

Hillary was right – there are a lot of deplorables among us.

Thing is, calling names and then ignoring folks isn’t really a wise thing to do. Deplorable or not, folks have real concerns, regardless of whether they themselves quite understand them. These folks are our fellow citizens, and they deserve thoughtful answers and not […]

GUEST COLUMN: The importance of studying the ballot

By Wanda Warren Berry

Thank you, Madison County Courier, for attempting to publish the ballots for the Nov. 7 elections. They did not open well on my equipment, but you stimulated a visit to the Board of Elections website, where I could find the ballot for my town, as well as a […]