LETTER: ‘Lights for Liberty‘ vigil planned for 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019

To the Editor:

I sit down to write this letter having just tucked my children into bed. It was already late, so I made my youngest close her book and turn off her light. I reminded her of the fun things she would get to do in the morning. I sang her a lullaby, […]

The Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

I Wish I Had More Time

By Hobie Morris

I bet that you all have expressed a similar wish, especially at the tail end of a seemingly interminably long winter and a soggy, cool and mostly sunless spring.

Your life is on hold until the sun and warmth miraculously appear. Waiting to […]

LETTER: Denounces Clerk’s decision to close DMV

To the Editor:

Madison County Clerk Mike Keville announced that the Madison County DMV will be closed on June 25, 2019, due to the primary election taking place that day. He cites election reforms recently passed by the NYS Legislature that give workers up to three hours of paid time off as the reason for […]

LETTER: Supports abortion bans

Supports abortion bans

To the Editor:

Life begins at the point of conception. No one can deny that after a human being is conceived, it will develop into the very same being as those debating this issue.

What astounds me is that those who favor abortion went through an identical development stage as the […]

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The Musings of A Simple Country Man Hobie Morris

Where are They? An Unsolved Memorial Day Mystery

By Hobie Morris

Three hundred and nine U.S. Navy sailors vanished. These young men would never grow old; would never be honored in future Memorial Day celebrations. Most of them were too young to have wives or […]

LETTER: 25 years’ service deserves recognition

To the Editor:

“I work for the residents” is how Randy Weaver described his job with the village of Hamilton. On April 30, Randy retired from his position as crew chief for the village of Hamilton Department of Public Works and as a part-time Hamilton police officer.

How often have residents and visitors stood […]

LETTER: A letter to my Irish mother

A letter to my Irish mother

Dear Mom:

Today we would have celebrated your 85th birthday and perhaps as many as 10 more if you had not been misled by your surgeon. As much as I am sorry for the unnecessary suffering you had to endure for the remaining nine months of your life, […]

LETTER: Supports I-81 solution that benefits entire community

To the Editor:

Interstate 81 serves as a vital backbone for the economy of Onondaga County and, for decades, it has been an economic driver for the many towns and businesses that have grown around it. Recently, representatives of 11 hotels located along Interstate 81 sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo expressing our concerns about what a grid-only solution […]

GUEST COLUMN: On farms, every day is earth day

By Clark Putman, State Executive Director, New York Farm Service Agency; and Blake Glover, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service

At USDA, we celebrate Earth Day 2019 by offering big thank-yous to farmers here in New York for all they do. Every day we see their efforts to conserve natural resources while producing food, […]

LETTER: Keeping Perspective

To the Editor:

Conservatives are supposed to be rational and level headed but that is not always the case. Let me tell you my story and decide for yourself.

New York state has changed its election law and now requires all political parties to collect nominating petitions in March. So, with this change, […]

LETTER: A Cut to the Bone: The Damaging Impacts of Proposed Medicaid Losses to New York’s Hospitals & Health Systems

To the Editor:

Unless the State Legislature acts, Governor Cuomo’s proposed state budget, coupled with the loss of federal matching funds, will mean New York’s hospitals and nursing homes will lose over $1 billion in Medicaid funding. This is the worst the health care industry has seen in nearly 10 years.

These proposed cuts […]

LETTER: Seventh-grader wants tobacco ads removed from local haunts

To the Editor:

Recently my family and I stopped for gas and snacks at a Circle K. On the window, I noticed two big tobacco signs.  They were colorful and attention-grabbing. My sister saw them and asked what they were. I had to explain to my 7-year-old sister that JUUL is a vape and […]