COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

He was a man amongst men: A true local February Civil War story

Hobie Morris

By Hobie Morris

For many years the handwritten letter is a treasured family keepsake. Then sadly it burned in a family farm house fire. The recipient of this letter is a Civil War soldier named Maurice Vaughan from this […]

LETTER: Whither Tom Boylan?

To the Editor:

Whither Tom Boylan?

In November 2017, Tom Boylan ran for Madison County Supervisor to represent Wards 4, 5 and 6 in the city of Oneida. I voted for Tom, and I’m a constituent.

At least I think I am.

Tom took office in January of 2018. His record of attendance and […]

LETTER: Are McConnell and colleagues involved in Russia scandal?

To the Editor:

Why would a Senate majority leader block a possible veto-proof Congress from opening the government?

The 800,000 people who are struggling without paychecks must be asking the same question.

In my opinion, the unrealistic border wall myth is a distraction from what many of us suspect: that some Republican members of […]

UPDATE: My trooper has been identified

COLUMN: The Human Condition

012519 08:53 a.m.: After some sleuthing the past couple of days, Captain Michael Teneyck of Troop T out of Syracuse tracked down the the guy who stopped to help me earlier this week.

Thanks go to Trooper Dylan Goodrich and a friend who saw the post on Facebook and […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee


It was not long after we arrived that we heard that the spot with the action was along Unter den Linden. So, of course, as soon as we got a bit of time off, we hounded the “old hands” who’d been there before us to guide us to that storied venue.

Several of […]

GUEST COLUMN: A Lucky Viet Nam Moment

By Harry Hood

In Viet Nam I was in a battalion recognizance platoon. I had no rank. I was not even a squad leader, as I remember. Thus, I really had very little or no knowledge of where and what the platoon was doing, where were we going, what area were we to work […]

LETTER: YWCA Mohawk Valley, Liberty Resources Help Restore Hope Center: Another great year of awareness and community support

Representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation join YWCA Mohawk Valley and Liberty Resources Help Restore Hope Center staff to celebrate the successful outcome of the Purple Ribbon Campaign. Photo courtesy Oneida Indian Nation

To the Editor:

This fall, thousands of small bright purple ribbons lined the walls of local SavOn convenience and Maple Leaf […]

LETTER: Salka thanks supporters

To the Editor:

As we prepare to start a new year and swear in new leadership for the 121st Assembly District, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who supported me in this past election; for those who did not, I hope to gain your trust through hard work, accountability and […]

COLUMN: The Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

Reaching for the Stars at Christmas

By Hobie Morris

Earth: a beautiful blue orb flying through the universe. I often wonder what we must look like to other beings watching from deep space…what does the light emitting from earth show today? When people see our past will we be proud of […]

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

COLUMN: A Confederate Yankee

Have a cookie and behave yourself, Donald

For several days, the house was filled with astronomically delightful odors.

Peeled, cored and chopped spies, sugar, cinnamon and cloves simmering in the crock-pot overnight produced 27 pints of apple butter, most of which goes as gifts throughout the year.

For a […]

COLUMN: Musings of aSimple Country Man

COLUMN: Musings of a Simple Country Man

A Mysterious Christmas Dream

The story that follows came in an early December dream. You must decide its meaning. Is the dream’s timing coincidental or a special message with purpose? This is what I remember.

Hobie Morris

The landscape is barren and brown. Nature’s inevitable cycle of […]

LETTER: Scherz thanks volunteers, attendees of ninth annual holiday party

LETTER: Scherz thanks volunteers, attendees of ninth annual holiday party

Pictured from left are Oneida County Sheriff Rob Maciol, state Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush and Councilman Fritz Scherz.

Many heartfelt thanks to everyone (volunteers and attendees) who helped make my ninth annual holiday party for town of Verona residents Dec. 2 a huge success. Fabulous […]