Opinion

Gerald McAuliffe is the right candidate for family court

Letters to the Editor

In his bid to be elected Family Court judge, Gerard McAuliffe has stated, “I believe that the family unit is the fabric of our society. Strong family values are the backdrop that shape our community.” One who espouses these values is needed, greatly, in our leadership community. I believe, ...

Our president does not respect anyone and is racist

Letters to the Editor

Leaders should always value the lives of all its people and treat everyone equal. But the leader of the free world, the incumbent president of the United States, the honorable Donald J. Trump doesn’t respect everyone at all. In the 21st century I never thought that the current opponent of the ...

Airport security needs re-examining

Editorials

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But last Friday, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport ...

‘Fake news’ rhetoric must come to an end

Editorials

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates all ...

‘Space Force’ is not quite the answer

Editorials

President Trump’s proposal to create an entirely new branch of the military, the U.S. Space Force, may not be a good idea. But the initiative does point to a dangerous gap in our defense posture. Trump’s idea is for a new service equal in stature to the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and ...

We have a spending issue

Editorials

With a national debt of $21.3 trillion, keeping the federal government’s spending within the limit of what revenue is taken in has become critical. Yet, after decades of warnings that needs to be done, political leaders have not found the will to make it happen. Last week, it was reported ...

The swamp strikes again

Editorials

Given the waste of time and money evident in the government’s efforts to build a wall along our southern border, it is no wonder Mexican officials want no part of paying for it. Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is difficult to restrain it upon hearing more evidence of how bureaucracy in the ...

Stefanik will follow what her GOP masters tell her to do

Letters to the Editor

Being born and raised in Gloversville, I have never seen a political movement with the local energy currently evolving from the Democratic Party. To my mind, there was one reason for this new local dynamism: Tedra Cobb is running against Elise Stefanik to be our House representative for New ...

Butler: I am proud to stand with Robert Smullen

Letters to the Editor

When I made the difficult decision last year to retire from the New York State Assembly, I truly hoped we would see a fair and thoughtful election here in the 118th District Instead, we have witnessed a campaign that has devolved into a relentless series of mean-spirited personal attacks on ...

Speak with one voice

Editorials

High-ranking members of the Trump administration on Aug. 2 rejected one of the president’s most frequent and damaging lies — the one about Russian interference in our elections. The White House briefing by intelligence and law enforcement leaders was meant to dispel concerns of ...

Districts underfunded

Editorials

It recently was announced by the state Department of Education that it had “incorrectly allocated [Title IIA school aid] while implementing new federal funding formula” for several school districts in the state for the 2017-18 school year. The state awarded over-allocations to 275 ...

The Glove Museum is a hidden treasure

Letters to the Editor

When I read a story several weeks ago about Dan Storto’s Glove Museum in Dorloo, it was clear to me that I had to take my family to see this creation, as my grandmother worked her fingers to the bone sewing gloves at home for various glove factories from Fulton County. On July 29, my family ...

Global warming is real and we need to be pro-active

Letters to the Editor

It’s summer, 2018, and the Northern Hemisphere is burning. Is this a surprise? Well, not to me. It’s just another indication of global warming and we can expect more to come in the future. How hot is it? In our own area, we have been under “heat advisories” several times this summer, ...

Pandering to hate mongers

Editorials

One popular dictionary defines a bigot as “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance.” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits right in. Warren wants badly to be president of the United States. During the weekend, she was in top form during a speech to a ...

Tedra Cobb will be a solid leader in Congress

Letters to the Editor

If you are a local voter, chances are good that you voted for Donald Trump in November 2016. You may have voted for him because you liked his business experience and expected him get the economy working for everyone. You may have voted for him because he would disrupt the status quo and root ...

The Leader-Herald jumps to an unwarranted conclusion

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to the editorial published on Sunday, July 29. The Leader-Herald’s attitude was that Trump’s critics had egg on their faces because the EU “appeared” to cave. Really? Appeared? And with that non-fact, and with absolutely no evidence, just a possibility, the ...

They must come home

Editorials

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...