Opinion

Innocent until proven guilty

Editorials

Few people have any argument with the government seizing property owned by a drug trafficker. Often, houses, cars, boats, etc., not to mention the pusher’s cash, were obtained by breaking the law. But what about someone merely accused of a crime? We Americans are innocent until proven ...

The story is not what it seems

Editorials

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning on Monday. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. On Monday, Foreign Minister Mohammad ...

Dangerous business wants corporate welfare

Letters to the Editor

A wise man once said, “If you want to be rich, take care of what you have.” Of course we all know that this is a metaphor. If we want to have the riches of family, friendship, a healthy and rich community, then we need to attend to them. Our beutiful and historic Mohawk Valley is ...

Lystek is not good for Montgomery County

Letters to the Editor

This is a response to the paid Lystek advertisement in the Leader-Herald on Jan. 6. Lystek International Ltd. is the American operational arm of Lystek International Inc. (i.e. “Lystek”) – a Canadian Subsidiary owned by the massive Ottawa-based Conglomerate “R.W. Tomlinson ...

Mayor Dayton King has helped Gloversville

Letters to the Editor

The 2017 Gloversville mayoral race was a very hard-fought campaign between incumbent mayor Dayton J. King and candidate William “Bill” Rowback. On election day Nov. 7, 2017, Bill Rowback was declared the winner of the Gloversville mayoral race. After the result of [the official] recount, ...

Unresolved issue between homeowner and city remains

Letters to the Editor

As you all well know, [there is a] creek issue on the property on East Main Street in Johnstown. To begin with, three years ago we had a sink hole in our driveway in which the city temporarily fixed. Then promised us a new driveway and our yard in as good, or better condition, than before. ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

If you happen to need an X-ray during a trip to the hospital, you may pay more than necessary for it because of the misnamed “Affordable Care Act.” The same goes for treatment utilizing many other types of health care equipment. Blame the on-again, off-again tax on medical devices, which ...

Parties need to work as one

Editorials

Some members of the national press corps made much of a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, to discuss immigration legislation. President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties spent a substantial amount of time talking about the issue — with reporters present. Normally in such ...

City government should obey their own laws

Letters to the Editor

Last February, after a snowstorm, I wrote Mayor [Vern] Jackson wondering whose responsibility it was to clear two stretches of sidewalks along 30A — between Glebe and Fon Clair and that between East State and Main. Should the state or the city be plowing? He responded with the address of ...

Do not repeat mistakes

Editorials

Imagine 3,700 Americans being arrested for protesting conditions in our country. You probably can’t. The First Amendment safeguards our right to protest peacefully. Any demonstrations so severe that they resulted in criminal activity requiring that scale of arrests would be taken by ...

You have the ability to prevent cancer

Letters to the Editor

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties wants to raise awareness that there are two ways to prevent cervical cancer. One way is through regular screening. Cervical cancer screening tests can find the cells that ...

Don’t take a chance on not going to heaven

Letters to the Editor

Another Christmas has come and gone leaving behind many tired out, depressed and let down people. Naturally, if Christmas means nothing more than giving and receiving gifts and eating too many sweets, it’s hardlya recipe for joy unspeakable. However, if we look forward to it as the ...

Oprah stayed on the subject

Editorials

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony the other night. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? But if Winfrey is smart — and she is — she will wonder whether the message she ...

Trump should listen

Editorials

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack the United States with nuclear missiles, and is testing rockets meant for that purpose. U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to retaliate, should such an assault occur. So, who’s the bad guy? Who’s the dangerous, unhinged threat to ...

Let’s not repeat history

Editorials

Iranians demanding both social and economic reform in their country have taken to the streets again. This time, U.S. leaders should not let them down. Massive demonstrations in Tehran and many other cities have been in progress for several days. In some ways, they appear to be a repeat of ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To local artist Ody West. The Gloversville resident has worked hard to overcome his depression and anxiety and discovered an outlet through his paintings. West took up painting at the suggestion of his therapist, who later suggested he show his art. While West says he is not ready to ...

Kim Jong Un is dangerous

Editorials

There are very few sure bets in international relations. But one is that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has no intention of slowing his headlong drive to become a threat to world peace. In fact, it is highly unlikely Kim will make meaningful changes in any of his domestic or international ...

We will do the right thing

Editorials

Tax reform signed into law by President Donald Trump just before Christmas may be detrimental to many charitable organizations, some analysts insist. It should not make an iota of difference in how we Americans respond to need. If you make contributions to recognized charities, you may be ...

Quit relying on others

Editorials

It is about time U.S. officials began worrying about reliance on other countries for critical resources. For too long, as evidenced by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department approving acquisition of a major amount of U.S. uranium by Russia, there has been a “don’t ...

Looking forward with passion

Editorials

This past year we have seen a lot of shake-your-head kind of stuff go on locally and nationally. Locally we witnessed a political race for mayor of Gloversville that descended into childish behavior and then potential laws broken in order to win over all costs. And who can forget the pair who ...