Editorials

Together we can keep our children safe

They say that parents are the number one influencer in their children’s lives growing up. While that’s usually true, there still are many other factors that influence teenagers and what they choose to do on a daily basis. Friends, teachers, and even strangers impact our youth each and ...

Is this the best we can do?

Learning that several members of Congress have been guilty of outrageous conduct involving women is bad enough because of the harm they did and the crimes some committed. Finding out some used taxpayers’ money in attempts to cover up their misdeeds is worse. But compounding the concern felt ...

Abuse of power is dead wrong

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To all the businesses, schools and organizations getting behind the Salvation Army’s toy drive. Mayfield Elementary School held a “Stuff the Sleigh” event on Thursday. Principal Nicholas Criscone said on Thursday almost every student and staff member in the school ...

Was there bias for Clinton?

Veteran FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok has been pulled out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in our election, it was revealed during the weekend. Strzok reportedly was involved in an exchange of text messages that showed bias against ...

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Seventy-six years ago, 2,403 Americans died in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The surprise aerial attack by Japan was a pivotal event not only for the United States, but for world history as well. The unprecedented attack was the final straw that thrust the United States into World War II and ...

Scandal could do some good

The scope of sexual misconduct allegations happening these days is truly amazing. It’s far from over, we believe, but it’s stunning how many mighty have fallen in such a short time, especially since the recent accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein triggered the #MeToo social ...

Let Americans keep their money

Many members of Congress who have opposed tax relief as approved by both houses of Congress insist their concern is increasing the national debt. How reassuring that lawmakers are worried about that — finally. It is estimated that during the next decade, the tax cuts will increase the ...

Preserve the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

Just a little change for a good cause

It is a familiar sight this time of year. A kettle suspended from a tripod in front of our local markets and department stores while a Salvation Army Red Kettle volunteer braves the cold and rings a bell. The Salvation Army provides help to those who need it all year, whether it is us, our ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the Live Aid fundraiser held Thursday night. Fulton and Montgomery county communities and the Amsterdam Latino community came together for “Live Aid: Rebuilding/Never Broken, Fulmont For Puerto Rico” fundraiser at Amsterdam High School. Everyone had one goal in mind — help ...

Freedom of speech should be universal

Conservative speaker Lucian Wintrich clearly should not have done what he did when protesters disrupted a speech he was trying to present Tuesday night at the University of Connecticut. To judge by a video showing the altercation, police were right to charge Wintrich with breach of the ...

Two sides to every story

Conservative speaker Lucian Wintrich clearly should not have done what he did when protesters disrupted a speech he was trying to present Tuesday night at the University of Connecticut. To judge by a video showing the altercation, police were right to charge Wintrich with breach of the ...

Words are one thing

It would be bad enough had the North Korean missile launch this week been just another case of dictator Kim Jong-un rattling his saber for domestic political reasons or merely because he enjoys frightening and angering people. But the vast majority of military rockets used in test firings are ...

If allegations are true, Conyers should go

Using the power conferred upon one by voters to harass women sexually is reason enough to be dismissed from Congress. Add to that using taxpayers’ money in attempt to cover up wrongdoing, and the case for removal is ironclad. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is accused of doing both things. His ...

Keeping faith and being thankful

It is a sad state of affairs that it seems like a day doesn’t go by that there isn’t a shooting, drug overdose, terrorist attack, weather event, domestic violence incident or a sexual harassment accusation. It is happening with such frequency that it is hard to keep track of them all. It ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To all the churches, organizations and volunteers who gave of their time this week to make sure as many people as possible had a Thanksgiving meal. It is not an easy feat for any organization or church to cook a full Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people, but it was done. There ...

Consider the consequences

It is unlikely we will ever know why a family in rural Jefferson County, W.Va., took the risk they did during last weekend. None of them — a man, woman, teenager and toddler — survived. Their bodies were found Sunday, along with a generator that was being used inside their home. Carbon ...

Tax relief should be for everyone

One sometimes wonders if there is a limit to the absurdity of complaints about tax reform proposals. Apparently not. On Monday, Tax Policy Center analysts revealed that, as The Associated Press phrased it, “the Senate tax overhaul bill would produce tax increases for half of all taxpayers ...

We have paid to know more

When most men are found to have harassed or attacked women, they pay a price. It may be dismissal from a job. It may be a hefty lawsuit judgment or out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, that helps predators escape criminal prosecution. You will not be surprised to learn things are different in ...