Opinion

Setting the bar high

Editorials

Well, that was easy. After a single meeting in Singapore, President Trump has, in his own fantastical telling, rendered North Korea “no longer a nuclear threat.” Never mind that North Korea still has as many as 60 nuclear weapons, scores of ballistic missiles and an untold number of ...

Make libraries a part of your summer routine

Letters to the Editor

What can one say about 48 visiting kindergartners from the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville district? They swarmed like locust and chattered like magpies during a recent library visit. It was wonderful having them. The noise level rose a few decibels and that is OK; their enthusiasm was ...

Attempts to discredit Robert Smullen are disgraceful

Letters to the Editor

As a long serving Fulton County Court Judge and Surrogate, Gloversville City Court Judge, and as an Army veteran, and more importantly as an American, I am deeply offended over the mistreatment of our hometown hero, recently retired (2015) Marine Colonel Robert Smullen. The sad people afraid of ...

Not just another day at the office

Editorials

They say no good deed goes unpunished. But what if the deeds weren’t good at all? The New York attorney general’s office is no stranger to going after charities that have behaved badly. But current Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s extensive, extraordinary lawsuit against the ...

Thank you to the community that supported SET program

Letters to the Editor

Three years ago, the Greater Johnstown School District began a program which places students in workplace environments within our community. The Student Employment Training (SET) Program has helped a number of students get a better idea of what it takes to be part of the workforce. Without ...

Realistic legislation needed

Editorials

Realistic new legislation is needed to address illegal immigration. President Donald Trump is right about that. He also is correct that Democrats in Congress have blocked some efforts in that regard. Trump was right Wednesday, too, when he issued an executive order that men and women caught ...

Billing the poor protestors

Editorials

If you want to come to Albany to protest the injustices of poverty, you’ll want to have money, not to mention an appreciation for irony. Demonstrators calling themselves the Poor People’s Campaign have been staging a series of protests in New York’s capital city for the past several ...

We know a coverup

Editorials

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Giving hearts define us

Editorials

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

The nation needs new immigration laws

Editorials

With much of the nation’s attention last week focused on reining in North Korea’s aggressiveness, conservatives in Congress were making progress on another critical issue — immigration laws. Votes on the issue in the House of Representatives could occur as early as next week. House ...

Everyone should vote

Editorials

“If young people decide to go out there and vote, we have the power to affect what the government does. We could have a big impact.” So said Nestor Aguilera, a 20-year-old Indiana University business major from Elkhart, Indiana. Aguilera’s simple statement pretty much tells it like it ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEER — To the fast response of the Gloversville police, fire and public works departments to the major fuel spill on East Fulton Street on Wednesday. Fulton County Civil Defense and Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria praised the first responders to the scene for their quick actions, which ...

No one is showing class

Editorials

President Donald Trump has been accused frequently of two things: First, he isn’t a deep thinker, say some critics. Second, he has a persecution complex, they add. Really? Sunday night’s Tony Awards program was supposed to recognize achievements by those who stage Broadway shows. It ...

Stakes are higher now

Editorials

It seems that President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un established some level of trust with each other during their meeting Tuesday in Singapore. Now comes the second, critical half of the equation: verification that Pyongyang does what Kim says it will. What happened ...

Thank you to all who helped place veterans flags

Letters to the Editor

The Gloversville Parade Committee, Robert Perrella, Harold Gordon, Michael Perrella, Linda Bullock, Joni Wilson, Deb Finkle, Linda Fisher and Brian Perrella would like to sincerely thank the volunteers who placed 3,000 flags on veterans’ graves. The following are from the Insurance ...

Sharing the cost of health insurance could help budget

Letters to the Editor

Despite best efforts, the Greater Johnstown School District must raise property taxes higher than anyone would like in order to close the 2018-19 budget gap. All things being equal, school taxes should increase roughly two to three percent or so annually to keep up with inflation. But that is ...

No support given to sheriff or department

Letters to the Editor

Recently Sheriff [Richard] Giardino addressed the county legislature, warning that his department was losing deputies at an alarming rate — some for better paying jobs, others due to retirement. Worse, the county has not signed a contract with the department’s union in several years which ...

The STAR Act is right on

Editorials

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children whose ...

Feelings not shared by all

Editorials

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...