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Trump good for economy

Editorials

An improved economy means more jobs and better ones. Even liberals who claim Donald Trump will be bad for low-income and unemployed Americans have to concede that. Now, the International Monetary Fund has revised its forecast for the U.S. economy during the next two years. It will be ...

Get over it

Editorials

It appears a substantial number of liberals consider politics to be not the art of compromise, but a stage for temper tantrums. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has a reputation of being among the more liberal Republicans in the Senate, is being targeted by some left-wingers. Her ...

King III honors father

Editorials

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said repeatedly that his goal was an America in which people were judged solely by the quality of their actions. Egged on by liberal Democrats and many in the entertainment world, millions of people seem to have forgotten that advice. Martin Luther King ...

Ebola virus a global threat

Editorials

Millions of people worldwide, but primarily in West Africa, received a Christmas present from Canada in December. It came in the form of a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus. When Ebola pops into the news every few years, it makes big headlines. It is in the class of diseases known as ...

Putin, company not good guys

Editorials

Let us hope President-elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

Presidential motive

Editorials

Say what you want to about Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but the man knows how to get attention. Free tuition? What a marvelous idea, until you really look at his plan and question his motive. We agree that college debt is crushing students and their families. And it is fact that the vast ...

Saw the writing on the wall

Letters to the Editor

Here we go again. Back in 2015 when the Smart Water agreement was discussed openly we objected to the concept and the provisions. We tried to mount a petition but apparently no one was interested in the discussion. Again in 2016 we continued our protest and since the city agreed to it, we had ...

Is Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship his next hollow promise?

Op-Ed Columns

January is always an interesting time in state government, as the governor and other legislative leaders outline their yearly agendas and priorities. As custom has had it for the 240 years of our state’s history, the governor has made an impassioned plea in his State of the State and budget ...

There’s no money in being a martyr

Op-Ed Columns

I suspect many of the readers of this newspaper likely view Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide four-year college tuition-free at New York’s SUNY schools for families earning less than $125,000, at an estimated annual price of $163 million, to be another high-cost government program that ...

Thank you for many years of support

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the AHS Marching Rams, Boosters and alumni, we would like to thank Mayor Michael Villa, the Hagaman Fire Department, the APD, the DPW, AHS Marching Rams Band directors and majorette advisor for helping to make our show, “Light up the sky with the Marching Rams” a huge success. ...

Gun rights being threatened

Letters to the Editor

Local authorities intent on grinding down gun rights have plenty of help. For example, should their outrageous actions be challenged in court, they will likely find support from some of the 300 plus judicial appointees President Obama placed in the lower federal courts over the eight years ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To remembering your roots. Fifteen Fonda-Fultonville alumni came home on Jan. 6 for the second annual Returning Students Day. The 2010 graduates shared their world experiences with current students in hope of inspiring them. The alumni brought back with them a range of experience ...

Pumped storage projects needed

Editorials

Something long overdue appears to be happening in Montana. There, a company has been granted a license to construct a $1 billion electric energy project that amounts to a gigantic battery. Absaroka Energy of Bozeman, Mont., plans to build a 400-megawatt pumped storage facility. If completed, ...

Diplomatic honeymoon?

Editorials

Until they learn more about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans, policies and personality, it is likely most other nations, even our enemies, will engage in something of a diplomatic honeymoon with the new White House. Not North Korea. That country’s vicious dictator, Kim Jong Un, ...

Obama supports health repeal?

Editorials

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea — providing the Republicans come up with ...

Harboring terrorists?

Editorials

Turkish officials have insisted for some time that a former ally of that country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was granted asylum in the United States, is behind attempts to topple Turkey’s government. Nonsense, U.S. officials respond. The controversy was renewed in December ...

Americans need to know

Editorials

More than 40 years ago, we Americans kicked a president out of the White House for various offenses linked to a burglary at the opposition political party’s office. Republicans and Democrats united in outrage about that crime and others linked to it. So now we’re arguing about whether we ...

Democrat plan a disservice

Editorials

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have vowed to use every roadblock they can find to delay confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. They have speculated they could drag the process out for as much as two months after Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20. That would delay the ...

Respect the flag

Letters to the Editor

The other day, as I drove down Route 29 and through Broadalbin, not much had changed  except  a little snow and cooler weather — but there was one, and only one, very important change. The American flag at the Post Office was respectfully lowered to half staff and was the only flag out of ...

It’s tough being a reporter in today’s world

Op-Ed Columns

Readers of this newspaper — like many papers across this wonderful land — demand followups to big stories. That’s perfectly understandable. I’m here to say it isn’t always possible, and sometimes has little to do with the aggressive and/or nosey nature of the reporter of ...