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Columns
July 13, 2024
Are kids today not as smart?

Okay, let’s take cursive writing out of the mix. We ‘Baby Boomers’, defined as births from 1946 to 1964, always had the feeling that the prior generation, the war and depression folks, thought we had no idea of life and its intricacies. We were the "hippies", less than knowledgeable boomers that they feared would be […]

July 6, 2024
Oh, "For God's sake"

The dictionary defines the phrase "For God’s sake", as an exclamation of impatience, annoyance, urgency, desperation or pleading. That is one definition I totally agree with. It took literal form in 1957 when the phrase "In God we trust" appeared on all American currency, but its controversial history goes back much further than that. It […]

June 22, 2024
Delving in, Deciphering the mind of Trump Supporters

Biden supporters simply cannot fathom why any normal-thinking human being could support Donald Trump returning to the White House in November. After all, this is the guy who cheats, schemes, lies and attempted to subvert the Constitution time and again. Let’s break down the mind of a fully engulfed Trump supporter. "It’s the economy, stupid." […]

June 15, 2024
My Wife, she up n’ left me

 Yes folks, Wife Patti is not all sugar and spice. Two times a year she ignores my desires and just leaves me, stranded, alone, frightened. Anyone who knows anything about me realizes I am a homebody. Give me my dogs, gardens, internet and television and simply leave me alone. I hate vacations, and after 50 […]

June 8, 2024
This and That

Am I some sort of environmentalist? Well, yeah, sort of. In fact, when it comes to doing laundry, I have done quite a  bit of research and trial and error. Yes, in the Holdraker house I do the laundry. I also order all supplies for the home, including dog and cat food and medicines, paper […]

June 1, 2024
Trials and Tribulations

On Thursday’s Trump received 34 Guilty verdicts on his efforts to disguise a hush money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.   Do I agree with the whole Trump trial on the charges, NO! But I also do not agree with the way the Hunter Biden charges were handled. […]

May 24, 2024
I love my dogs and tolerate my cats 

The Holdraker household is full of...fur. It’s everywhere -  and numerous air filters have little effect on its spread. This is the result of three Cavalier King Charles dogs constantly shedding. No amount of brushing deters the gathering of tumbleweed-like fur balls circulating around the house. Then there are the brother and sister cats my […]

May 11, 2024
Damned if you do, Damned if you don't scenario

Most of the ‘baby boomer’ generation look at protesting students and others with a bit of scorn. After all, do these kids really know what they are protesting about? Do they know the history behind the creation of Israel after WWII? Do they have a real concept of the Holocaust? Do they understand the constant […]

May 4, 2024
...and here is how it is going to play out

The six month countdown has begun. It seems like an eternity that President Biden and former President Trump became their Party favorites for this November’s crucial election. Going by previous playbooks I can foretell just how this is going to play out. Trump and his Red Hatters will dominate the news and early polls. Republicans […]

April 27, 2024
It’s Time to Trash Tenney

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney, representing the newly formed 24th Congressional District (that’s us) needs to be heaped on the political trash heap. Let me count the ways. She has purchased ads running on network affiliate television stations during prime local news broadcasts - among the most expensive airtime to purchase.  I certainly don’t mind a congress […]

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Nicoletta, Rose M. 

CLYDE: Rose M. Nicoletta, 92,  passed away on , Saturday, July 13, 2024, at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center. Friends may call from 3-6 PM on Sunday, July 21, 2024 at Baris Funeral Home, 87 W. Genesee St., Clyde, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday, July 22, 2024 […]

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Davis Sr., Lyle

CAYUGA: Lyle Davis Sr., 81, of Cayuga, passed away Friday, July 12, 2024. He was born August 27, 1942, son of the late Raymond Davis, and the late Mabel Lapp Davis. Prior to retirement he was a welder for the railroad. He loved to hunt , fish, build things, entertain people, and tell stories.  He […]

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