Steuben Courier to debut two blogs

Mary Perham

The Steuben Courier-Advocate is pleased to announce a new feature coming soon to our Website at

Two area men will host blogs on a wide range of topics for area readers to comment on. We’re delighted to have the opportunity on the Website to spark debates or share common ground.

The bloggers are:

Halen Allison, of Avoca. Allison is a former United States Marine and has worked as an intelligence analyst for the military and government since 1998, serving in Japan, Afghanistan, and Germany.  He has spent most of his adult life writing, both in an official capacity and in his personal life, on topics ranging from current events, history, and politics.  After 13 years of travelling, Halen has recently returned to his hometown of Avoca, NY, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Classical History.  

“It is my hope that this blog will help generate interest and discussion in current events and political matters,” Allison said. “I aim to write engaging, well-argued pieces that will draw the reader in and compel him or her to consider perspectives far different from the mainstream.”  Ed Spencer, of Bath. Spencer’s professonal experience includes more than two dozen years as a professional journalist, where he was also a noted community activist. He also founded and owned a for-profit financial services firm, as well as a not-for-profit financial and legal services company that also offered training and workshops on issues surrounding persons with disabilities for schools and businesses. He is a pastor, a TEPE parenting educator, and a teacher, facilitator and trainer for Bridges Out of Poverty. He has pastored in five churches, and most recently founded Reverb Ministries.

He is a member of the Bath Citizens Advisory Council and served on the Town of Bath committee that created a comprehensive land use plan.

“I want to present new perspectives and offer sometimes challenging thoughts,” Spencer said. “As King Solomon wrote, ‘There is nothing new under the sun.’ What remains for us is to rediscover truth.  My personal mission statement (is) ‘Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.’”

More information on when the blogs will be launched will be made public in the near future online and in the print version of The Courier.