Opinion

Trump must corral GOP

Editorials

While Democrats are dancing in the streets over the Republicans’ colossal failure to deliver on one of their most adamant campaign promises — the repeal and replacement of Obamacare — let’s not lose sight of the fact that Democrats had virtually nothing to do with it. This was purely ...

Collins-Faso had merit

Editorials

One tantalizing idea emerged during the debate over repealing “Obamacare” — the Collins-Faso amendment to the now-pulled American Health Care Act. The proposal, written by U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, who represents part of Montgomery County, and U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Cheers to a fine small business There are many small businesses in our area that do not get the recognition and credit that they deserve. One of these is Adirondack Stretcher and Ambulette. Linda and Rick are amazing people whose level of caring and compassion is stellar. They go out ...

‘New Amsterdam’ has a nice upstate ring to it

Op-Ed Columns

Recently, at an anti-SAFE Act rally at the Johnstown Gloversville Holiday Inn, Assemblyman Marc Butler, R-Herkimer, talked about his proposal to split the controversial state gun law into New York City and then the rest of the state. Butler’s bill would repeal 13 sections of the SAFE Act ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — to country-fresh goodness and smart thinking. The Fulton Montgomery Country Farmers Market Association and the Saturday Amsterdam Farmers Market are merging into one market in the city of Amsterdam this year. The new market will open May 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature ...

Trump’s right on jobless stats

Editorials

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Judge Gorsuch on the Constitution

Editorials

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Restoring local control

Editorials

One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout the nation. Indeed, it may be the best thing ...

Overspending on military?

Editorials

It is not difficult to visualize what Washington lobbyists for the big defense contractors were doing Thursday. They were rubbing their hands together in glee over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Trump included a $54 billion increase in military spending in the $1.15 trillion ...

What’s plan for bed tax?

Editorials

In a 19-0 vote, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a new 4 percent hotel/motel occupancy tax law set to take effect after July 1. The tax will affect any facility providing lodging to the public on an overnight basis, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, ...

Gloversville school plan creates problem

Letters to the Editor

The Gloversville school board has voted 6-2 to go ahead with a redistricting plan. Some children up to grade 2 will go to two different elementary schools, and some children in grades 3 to 5 will go to another elementary school. The reason that I say “some children” is because those in ...

Standing up for the Second Amendment

Op-Ed Columns

For approximately 120 years, progressives’ virulent attacks on the U.S. Constitution, customs, and traditions have gone unchallenged. Should the progressive movement succeed in watering down or removing the Second Amendment, which is the center of gravity in our Constitution; the ...

Global warming:  See Greenland

Letters to the Editor

Greenland. If you think it’s green, you would be wrong, for Greenland is basically one big sheet of ice. In fact, not only is it the world’s largest island, it’s ice sheet is the largest in the Arctic, it’s 2 miles thick in places. Ninety-nine percent of the Arctic ice is locked up ...

Government officials need priorities straight

Op-Ed Columns

In recent years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has picked up the pace in claiming that local governments (and their inefficiency) are the cause of high property taxes in New York state. He has also insinuated that local government officials don’t care about saving taxpayers money or don’t have the will ...

Fight goes on against colon cancer

Letters to the Editor

Local organizations are making a difference to prevent colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States among men and women combined, yet it’s one of the most preventable cancers. Colon cancer claims nearly 3,500 lives each year in New York, ...

Hold teachers to high standards

Letters to the Editor

A recent media report indicated that New York education officials are poised to scrap a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers. With all due respect, that is down right stupid. Who wants teachers who are not only proficient at literacy but ...

Wildlife Museum thanks merchants

Letters to the Editor

The Wildlife Museum would like to thank all of the 120 merchants and people who have donated gift certificates for food merchandise and services for our fundraiser to support the Wildlife Museum. We would like to thank the Johnstown Moose Club for the use of their banquet room and their ...

Mental Health Assn. says thanks

Letters to the Editor

The Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery counties would like to extend a sincere thank you to the community for their tremendous show of support of our 19th annual miniature golf and family fun day. The March 4, event was great fun, with 18 holes of indoor miniature golf, ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — to an amazing young lady. In this day of teenage entitlement, it is encouraging and gratifying to know there are young people like Emily Clizbe. The Johnstown High School junior took it upon herself to organize an anti-hunger crusade, raising enough money to help feed more than ...

Terrorist propaganda

Editorials

Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit terrorists ...