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 […]

COLUMN: From Here and Back again

James Coufal Dissent, Protest and Patriotism

Many Americans proudly wave the flag of patriotism when they see dissent or protest they don’t agree with. This unthinking response often cuts off further discussion because it is considered the “show stopper,” the end, finé. Any perceived slight of our flag has this effect.

What follows are […]

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 […]

COLUMN: The Musings of A Simple Country Man

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, […]