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, […]

LETTER: Sexual harassment disclosure is tough

To the Editor: The other day, Alabama candidate Roy Moore, complained about the women accusing him of sexual harassment, asking why they waited 40 years till just a month before the election. “Coincidence? I don’t think so” said Moore. It was no coincidence, but not for the reasons he claims. First, you need to look […]

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 […]

LETTER: Thanks supporters of annual veterans dinner

Town of Verona WWII Veteran, Joe Smith (Army) and Councilman Fritz Scherz pause for a pic Nov. 11, as Scherz and his family hosted the seventh annual Thank You Dinner for Verona veterans. Veterans from the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy attended, along with their families.

To the Editor:

Many heartfelt […]

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 […]

LETTER: Thanks supporters during campaign, vote

To the Editor:

Thank you to the town of Verona residents who voted for me on election day and helped me get re-elected. Thanks to the Conservative, Independence and Republican parties for endorsing me.

Thank you to those who carried designating petitions on my behalf or let me put a campaign sign on their lawn. […]