Opinion

State roads

Editorials

The Observer-Dispatch on state infrastructure Feb. 10 State Sen. Joseph Griffo isn’t just spouting political bluster when he says there needs to be parity between downstate and upstate when it comes to infrastructure investments. The facts back him up. ∫ Three years ago a state ...

When will it reach the breaking point?

Editorials

We Americans are failing to cope with a serious crisis, and it has little to do with border security. It is the national debt, which topped $22 trillion this week. For most people, it is difficult to become too concerned about mere numbers on paper or expressed digitally. But the debt is more ...

Columnist failed to consider income tax inequality

Letters to the Editor

In his recent column “The state of the Disunion” (Leader Herald, Feb. 6), Dr. Reich ranted that the biggest problem facing the United States is income inequality and states that President Trump has “made the super-rich far richer at the expense of average Americans.” What Dr. Reich ...

Writer is misguided concerning airport plane

Letters to the Editor

The article, “Airport awarded grant for new sign,” in the Feb. 3, edition garnered an online comment from Jack Smolic. Mr. Smolic had one word to say about the sign but had much more to say about the XA3D Skywarrior used by the Navy that sits at the entrance to the airport. He seems to ...

A tale of two counties

Editorials

Guest editorial I seem to be caught in a “Tale of Two Counties” mystery. On Feb. 1, I attended the “State of the County” and heard a finally woven de piction of statistics which presented Fulton County as a financially solid, forward looking and economically vital county. On the ...

The people will know who to blame

Editorials

When winning at all costs becomes the primary objective of politicians, the American people suffer. Important initiatives are not undertaken. Bad things can happen. During much of the so-called “government shutdown,” it appeared that both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy ...

Let’s get the service ‘back online’

Letters to the Editor

This morning while driving by the now closed Fulton County Ambulance Service, I noticed two JAVAC Ambulances parked at the fire station. Something is very wrong with this picture. As reported, if Medicare/Medicaid are only reimbursing Fulton County $200 while stated cost is $500, are the ...

Support Richard Giardino for Fulton County sheriff

Letters to the Editor

This letter is submitted as my endorsement for the re-election of Richard Giardino to the position of Fulton County Sheriff. I have known Richard for decades and worked closely with him, both as a member of the New York State Police and as the Gloversville Chief of Police. Like all of the ...

Medicare for all won’t work

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, continues to explore his potential as a candidate for president. During the weekend, he took his “Dignity of Work” tour, he visited New Hampshire. True to form — and his record — he stuck to issues of interest to working men and women. Higher wages, ...

Opposition to the legalization of recreational marijuana

Letters to the Editor

Today across New York, county sheriffs joined the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, the New York State Association of County Health Officials, the Automobile Association of America\New York, the New York State Parent-Teacher Association, the Medical Society of the State of New ...

Encourage and support for our ambulance service

Letters to the Editor

When faced with an emergency, who will respond? Ambulance Service of Fulton County (ASFC) just shuttered their doors, probably never to serve the community again. The Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (JAVAC) has had ongoing financial problems that have impeded their service to the ...

Obesity needs to be addressed

Editorials

The Day Feb. 5 For all but the recent fraction of their history, the challenge facing humans was finding enough food to survive. That remains a problem for about 795 million people globally who do not have enough food to lead healthy lives. Yet in much of the developed world the modern ...

Fulton County needs proactive approach

Editorials

Guest editorial By GREGORY YOUNG Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced more than $2 billion in funding to combat homelessness across the country, but none of that money will be coming to Fulton County due to local government inaction. A cover story in ...

Race relations a challenge

Editorials

It is easy to understand why some Virginians may not be paying the same amount of attention as they would in a normal year to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Residents of the Old Dominion have their own political preoccupation this week. Credit Gov. Ralph Northam for ...

The cost of carbon

Editorials

The Times Union Feb. 5 The operator of New York’s power grid is considering a pricing system that accounts for the “social cost of carbon.” The step is one among many needed to stave off a looming global catastrophe. The drumbeat of distressing climate-change news keeps coming. ...

Are promises being kept?

Editorials

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are planning a second summit meeting. The date and place have not yet been arranged. But the question the two will discuss is clear: Is Kim keeping his pledge to dial back on North Korea’s runaway militarism? North Korea already ...

Solution not complicated

Editorials

President Donald Trump may have much to say on a great number of topics Tuesday, when he delivers his postponed State of the Union speech. But many listeners, perhaps including the woman who will be seated directly behind Trump, will be listening closely for comments on a single subject: “the ...

On keeping arrests secret

Editorials

The Post-Star on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to keep arrests secret Jan. 25 Gov. Andrew Cuomo has included in his 2020 executive budget a proposal to keep arrests secret, which could be the worst idea he has ever had, proposed in the worst possible way. Important changes in state law ...

The time is not now

Editorials

The United States has become the world’s leading producer of petroleum, beating even Saudi Arabia. That means we can be somewhat choosy about where we drill for oil. Two key conflicts exist in that regard. One, of course, is protection of the environment, including natural treasures that, ...

Afghanistan is not Vietnam

Editorials

To Americans of a certain age, the conflict in Afghanistan is beginning to look a lot like the Vietnam War. There are crucial differences, however, and they need to be borne in mind. U.S. troops continued to fight — and die — in Vietnam long after Washington stopped trying to win that ...