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 […]

LETTER: Why I’m exploring a run for the 121st Assembly District

To the editor:

My name is Corey Mosher, and I am exploring a run for New York’s 121st Assembly District, which covers Madison County and portions of Oneida and Otsego counties.

I am a fourth-generation family farmer, partner of Mosher Farms, a father of four children attending public schools and the son of an […]

LETTER: Supports Milman-Barris, Nichols

To the editor:

On Nov. 5, 2019, the voters in Oneida Wards 1, 2 and 3 will be casting their ballots for two positions for Madison County supervisor.  Margaret Milman-Barris and John Nichols are the best choices to represent the people of Oneida. I know they will both do an excellent job.  I have […]

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 […]

LETTER: Thanks community for back-to-school support

To the Editor:

An African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child,” states best of how our community comes together to assist our area children returning to school. Trying to equip each student with the necessary tools to start the new school year can be challenging. But once again, our community, “our […]

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 […]