Editorials

McMaster right choice

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

Trump’s order to repeal rules

On Jan. 30, President Donald Trump issued an order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they establish. It was in keeping with his pledge to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government. Now, two organizations and a labor union have filed a lawsuit ...

Roe v. Wade: The real truth

Pro-abortion activists want women to think the 1973 Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade is, without question, a good thing. It is not, of course. And the pro-abortion forces would prefer you not know that for years, one of their staunchest opponents was the woman behind Roe v. ...

20-year deal questionable

Recently, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors directed county Planning Director James Mraz to meet with representatives of Ameresco of Framingham, Mass. to explore the concept of developing, designing and presenting a solar energy project at the Tryon Technology Park. The firm wants the ...

Turning over a new leaf

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Coal provides cheap power

Between 2011 and last year, the United States lost enough coal-fired electric generating capacity to serve about 47 million homes. What has that meant to the millions of families who have lost access to low-cost electricity generated with coal? Money. Monthly electric bills have gone up and ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To Mike Hauser. It was 12 years ago when Hauser promoted his first Adirondack Outdoorsman Show at the Johnstown Moose. He admits then he had “no idea” if it was going to work. The answer now is evident: Mr. Hauser has a rousing success on his hands. His annual show has increased ...

Little faith in leadership

When U.S. military helicopters were sent to Afghanistan to aid in the battle against terrorists there, many of their mechanics stayed behind in this country. Men and women accustomed to servicing the aircraft and with a very real stake in doing it well — their comrades in arms fly the ...

Conway broke a rule

Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, broke a rule last week. She dared, on national television, to suggest people ought to buy clothing from Trump’s daughter’s clothing line. Horrors! Has she no shame? Is capital punishment too good for her? Pardon our ...

Pakistan is the critical problem

It may be that the most critical foreign relations problem facing President Donald Trump, at least in the short term, is not Russia or China. It is Pakistan, which for years has been enabling terrorist groups in Afghanistan and thus, the rest of the world. During testimony before the Senate ...

Casino opens, gamble wisely

After years of anticipation, the grand opening of the Rivers Casino & Resort in Schenectady last week signifies a new era for the local region. The Rivers is a Las Vegas-style casino, one of four authorized by state regulators after voters approved an amendment to New York’s constitution ...

Who keeps elections fair?

An independent federal election commission intended to help states with their voting systems should be eliminated, members of a House of Representatives committee voted last week. Created after the 2000 presidential election raised questions about fairness and honesty, the Election Assistance ...

Travel ban won’t make U.S. safer

We can appreciate fair, consistent, sensible immigration practices to keep Americans safe, but welcoming people from all over the world is part of what has always built the U.S. up, not what tears it down or holds it back. This is especially true for people seeking refuge from war-torn ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To community support. On Jan. 10, a fire destroyed Richard Bentley’s garage housing the work equipment for his business, R Bentley Tree Service. He lost thousands of dollars in the blaze and had no insurance, he said. But since the fire, he has received help from not only his ...

Pvt. Manning release wrong

Classified documents released by then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning were found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed him. That alone is evidence of how badly Manning’s betrayal hurt our country. While working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq during 2010, ...

Murder not a policy tool

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Now, time for serious work

Recently, a proposed law known as “Kirby and Quigley’s Law” passed the New York state Senate in a 59-2 vote. The law would make it a felony, punishable by two years in jail and a $5,000 fine, to harm a companion animal during the act of another felony. The bill was sponsored by our ...

Confirm EPA nominee Pruitt

Several of President Donald Trump’s key nominees have been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Even a few about whom partisan bickering was strident have been approved. But Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, continues to cool his ...

Move forward with pipelines

Among the headlines President Donald Trump made during his first week was one citing his executive order to clear obstacles standing in the way of the proposed Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. That is a good start, many may have reacted. Now, let’s move on to accelerating ...

Top-to-bottom overhaul needed

Few Cabinet officers lead agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...