Opinion

Look closely at Va. riot

Editorials

Neither in the plain wording of the First Amendment nor in numerous court decisions reaffirming and elaborating on it is there any license for violence or inciting it. Yet some of those who use free speech as a shield clearly are bent on doing harm to others. A small group of bigots was ...

Be prepared for extremists

Editorials

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Negotiate to end threat

Editorials

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Don’t blame police effort

Editorials

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been analyzing ...

Use sanctions, not military

Editorials

President Donald Trump is right to be concerned about what is happening in Venezuela. He is wrong to consider use of U.S. military force to correct the situation. Venezuela appears to be on the brink of chaos as a result of action taken by that country’s leftist president, Nicolas Maduro. ...

Obama’s error needs to be fixed

Editorials

Former President Barack Obama’s scuttling of the all-of-the-above energy policy our nation needs included a move most people probably did not notice. Given Obama’s vendetta against coal and other fossil fuels, that is understandable. But in 2010, Obama abandoned work on a proposed nuclear ...

DOJ statement a threat to readers

Editorials

The Leader-Herald, an Associated Press member, endorses this statement by Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors: As the leaders of America’s newsrooms, the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors come together to express our ...

Working for love and peace

Letters to the Editor

Some people wonder why I keep working for peace? I guess it is because I am a Christian and Jesus taught love and forgiveness. He taught non-violence and it is clear that the level of violence in our daily lives and the resources this violence consumes is bringing our country down. Too many ...

A vote for Dayton King is the right one

Letters to the Editor

Re: Gloversville mayoral race It’s race time in Saratoga. It is also primary race time in Gloversville for mayor. When I look at the racing form, Mayor King is the sure bet. Over the past seven plus years, Gloversville has gone from nearly needing to be put down to looking more like a ...

Caroga Music Festival is the best

Letters to the Editor

Mozart, Mendelssohn and other composers have become a very important part of the Adirondack Mountains. This unbelievable music has been made possible by the Caroga Lake Music Festival, now in its sixth year. These young, talented musicians from all corners of the world, present music of the ...

Climate change is real and will affect us

Letters to the Editor

Life on earth, human life in particular, evolved to live in our current environmental conditions. However, we humans are fighting against ourselves, changing the chemical composition of the atmosphere with our fossil fuel-generated greenhouse gasses, methane and carbon dioxide. This, in turn, ...

Look at the entire picture

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter in hopes of reaching voters and potential voters. I am a city resident and have been all of my adult life. I do remember a much different city back in the 70s and 80s, but that was also a time when parents could and did discipline their children. These days things are ...

God needs to be a part of your life

Letters to the Editor

What can be done? 1. If you watch TV or listen to the radio, of course you realize that our country is saturated with hatred and violence. There’s only one remedy for such behavior: God needs to appear on the scene. In person? You say? No, but I’m suggesting that his people, whoever ...

An expert at cage rattling

Editorials

Like his father before him, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an expert at rattling the American tiger’s cage, with seeming impunity. But now, he has ratcheted up his rhetoric to the point that he risks triggering a war. Some analysts say it is all an act, intended to make Kim ...

Dayton King thinks outside of the box

Letters to the Editor

We moved to Gloversville in late 2010, and have very recently become homeowners here in this city that we’ve come to call our own. In the almost seven years we’ve been here, we’ve learned much about the city’s glorious past. We’ve seen the symptoms of its economic malaise, and ...

Is anything being done

Editorials

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

Prepare for the fallout

Editorials

Leaders of most countries would buckle under the weight of economic sanctions such as those the United Nations is preparing to implement against North Korea. If fully effective, the punitive steps could slash that nation’s exports by as much as one-third. President Donald Trump and other ...

VA officials given pass

Editorials

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate this week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...

Cities’ events impressive

Editorials

We applaud this past week’s community summertime events in the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown. The events not only were fun, but they raised awareness about important issues. Gloversville showcased the city during National Night Out on Tuesday at the farmers market pavilion. In its ...

Come out and enjoy last concert of season

Letters to the Editor

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls, come one, come all, bring your kids and their kids, even their dogs — let’s get together under the blue skies over at Melchior Park over here in Gloversville on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. for the greatest musical spectacular your hears have ...