Opinion

Looking ugly in Fultonville

Editorials

We have rarely seen a more complex and convoluted controversy than the one currently raging in the village of Fultonville over whether or not the village’s long-tenured clerk-treasurer and deputy clerk — husband-and-wife duo Tom and Kathy DiMezza — should receive $18,000 worth of raises ...

Libertarians come to Fulton County

Letters to the Editor

I would like to begin by announcing that the Libertarian Party has come to Fulton County. Many people have little to no idea of what the Libertarian Party stands for. Two of the best ways I’ve heard the party described are “socially tolerant and fiscally responsible” and “minimizing ...

Revive downtown with outlet stores

Letters to the Editor

How to revive downtown Gloversville? Why not create a new outlet store mecca? Presently, we have to drive to Lake George, of all places, to enjoy such shopping where name brands unload their fashions, we assume, at a discount. But if Gloversville buys into such a plan, they better hurry ...

Meeting with Elise Stefanik

Letters to the Editor

Ten women from Lake Placid and Saranac Lake met with Rep. Elise Stefanik on April 1 to discuss several concerns. Although securing a meeting date was a weeks-long process, it was worth the effort. We encourage others to schedule meetings with Congresswoman Stefanik and to communicate ...

Nominate Cruz as next justice

Letters to the Editor

To finally put the court in a solid conservative position and to put the liberals over the edge, I think President Trump should nominate Ted Cruz for the next justice when an opening comes up. No one could argue his qualifications (his philosophy can be argued). He would get the 51 votes ...

Defunding Planned Parenthood dumb move

Op-Ed Columns

President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have pledged to defund Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that has been in existence in this country since 1916. I can’t envision a dumber idea! Their argument is that Planned Parenthood performs abortions and provides ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — to a smart vision, a great partnership and excellent execution. The Gloversville Public Library opened Monday in its temporary home at the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth while the 100-year-old Andrew Carnegie library is renovated. The CRG will be the library’s home for ...

Rethinking school times

Editorials

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children are ...

Stand up now for our miners

Editorials

In little more than a week, thousands of retired coal miners and their families will lose their health insurance unless Congress does something to prevent it. Lawmakers, prodded if necessary by President Donald Trump, should view action as an obligation. Estimates of the number of people ...

Trump critics now cornered

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s critics insist he does not understand Washington politics and insists on getting his own way too often for the country’s good. Oh, really? Trump had been requesting that Congress approve funding to start work on a barrier to illegal immigrants crossing our ...

Enforcement of law is vital

Editorials

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

Obamacare: Put it all on the table

Editorials

With a new move to repeal and replace the Obamacare health insurance law gaining steam, President Donald Trump and members of Congress already are being urged to not go too far. Trump is being urged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and organizations representing the health care and health ...

Johnstown drowning

Editorials

The city of Johnstown continues to drown in water problems, and they’re dragging the rest of the county down with it. Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead recently said the proposed interconnections between water systems in Gloversville and Johnstown appear to be dead despite the ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — to a job well done. Four volunteer fire companies responded like champions to a shed fire last Friday that could have turned into something much worse. Upon responding to the roaring blaze at 104 Holly Lane off Progress Road in the town of Johnstown, firefighters from Berkshire, ...

Red lines now meaningful

Editorials

President Donald Trump is being criticized for dropping complaints about currency manipulation by China, while he attempts to gain Beijing’s help against North Korea’s rogue regime. It is true that China’s currency manipulation has been harmful to some U.S. businesses and workers. At ...

Can we really trust China?

Editorials

‘Gotta behave,” President Donald Trump warned North Korea this week. Also on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence cautioned Pyongyang that “the era of strategic patience is over.” During the weekend, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson telephoned Chinese leaders to talk about tension ...

Don’t awaken sleeping giant

Editorials

Seventy-five years ago Tuesday, people in Tokyo, Japan, looked up and saw something they had been assured was not possible: American B-25 bombers flying low as bombs spilled from them onto the city. Japan’s surprise attack at Pearl Harbor was supposed to have been the kickoff of an ...

VA ignoring suicide rate

Editorials

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them commiting suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Trump battles bureaucracy

Editorials

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump lifted the government hiring freeze he ordered when he took office. A more targeted “drain the swamp” plan will be implemented, the White House reported. Big government has continued to get bigger for some time, despite presidents’ pledges to hold ...

Fulton County springs a leak

Editorials

May 3 is the deadline for submission of sealed bids by contractors hoping to perform emergency repair action of the “significant leakage” in the Fulton County Office Building’s main roof, at 223 W. Main St. So, the emergency repair of a major roof leak, which has reduced Fulton ...