The Musings of a Simple Country Man

A Little Praise Goes a Long Way: A Christmas Gift Never Forgotten Hobie Morris

By Hobie Morris

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.– Mahatma Gandhi

The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of […]

LETTER: Supports Jerry Brown for president

To the editor:

The entire list of Democratic candidates for president is discouraging, if not outright depressing. Joe Biden will always be Mr. Touchy-Feely. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren remind me of two ivory tower college professors way overdue for retirement. Pete Buttigieg is actually running for governor of Indiana. Amy Klobuchar needs to […]

Stirpe: Share your opinions through community survey

Assemblyman Al Stirpe

As your Assemblyman, my top priority is voicing the concerns of Central New York residents and representing our communities’ interests in Albany. To make it easier for you to share your opinions on key issues facing our region and the state, I developed a survey covering a variety of topics to […]

LETTER: Supports drive-up mailbox proposal

LETTER: Supports drive-up mailbox proposal

To the Editor:

The Hamilton Village Board recently joined with the Hamilton Post Office to approve a proposal for a driver’s side drive-up mailbox at the municipal parking lot. It will serve the community during periods of inclement weather. It will answer the need to accommodate senior citizens. It […]

COLUMN: The Musings of a Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris

Kids say the darnedest things and 400-pound turkeys

By Hobie Morris

“Laughs make smiles.” – Anonymous

Art Linkletter once popularized the humorous things that kids say. Regardless of how bad adults viewed the world, kids continue in their innocence and naiveté to make people laugh.

In my humble opinion, Americans aren’t […]

LETTER: Supports impeachment

To the editor:

I listened to the impeachment inquiry witnesses, and found them credible, professional and consistent. I watched the fact-free defense the GOP threw at the TV cameras that consisted of misdirection, opinions, lies and unsupported assertions. There was no defensible scenario or concrete evidence offered to counter witness testimony. I am convinced that impeachment […]

The Musings of a Simple Country Man

A Little Praise Goes A Long Way: A Christmas Gift Never Forgotten Hobie Morris

By Hobie Morris

“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind […]

LETTER: Supports Tenney for Congress

To the Editor:

I very much agree with a letter I recently received from the Tenney for Congress Campaign. She states while Anthony Brindisi is in Washington cozying up to the D.C. elite and liberal billionaires, she has been busy talking to Upstate New Yorkers about the real issues that concern them.

Time and time […]

COLUMN: The Musings of A Simple Country Man

Hobie Morris Flying Higher

By Hobie Morris

Fall: the season of change. Nature is in motion as it prepares its flora and fauna for their intricate often mysterious and complex living journey that continues despite…

This simple country man and his beautiful wife, living in such a cyclical world (sadly becoming less known and […]

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 […]