Editorials

What took so long?

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the local first responders — the Gloversville Police Department, local fire departments and EMS — who helped possibly save lives Friday morning when an early morning fire broke out at 25 Grand St. The 3:35 a.m. blaze happened when most people were asleep in their beds. The ...

ISIS still lives, however

In bygone days, officials in some European nations had a way of emphasizing that their forms of government would endure. When a sovereign died and a new one was being crowned, the cry was, “The king is dead — long live the king!” Sadly, so it is with Islamic terrorists. There was ...

The spector of censorship

By RAFAEL POLO I am tired. Yes, I am tired of current education administrators, politicians, and media analysts telling us how to think and act. I’m from a fortunate generation that had teachers that taught us logic and highly encouraged us to read all points of view. To read fiction, ...

Obesity is a problem

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

Bergdahl broke bond

When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he put his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. At least two were wounded in firefights while they searched for him. And, though Bergdahl had no part in the ill-informed decision by former President Barack Obama to exchange five ...

Nothing less than destruction

Islamic terrorists proved Saturday they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed 276 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were injured. Such bomb ...

Protect the Adirondacks

It’s sad but not surprising that the Trump administration is scrapping the Clean Power Plan. Donald Trump said before and after he was elected president that he would do so, and the man he appointed to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, was a longtime warrior against the ...

Careless acts should pay

Once or twice a year, it seems, we hear of people who get themselves into serious trouble and have to be rescued, often at taxpayer expense. Boaters who venture out into rough seas and hikers who get lost because they outwalked their skills fall into that category. We’re always glad to hear ...

VA law needs replacing

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding health ...

Time to invest in coal research

Ending former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and affordable electricity is an excellent first step to getting the United States back to a rational energy policy. A second, big step is imperative, however. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday he will ...

Many silent for too long

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Time to save coal industry

It is unfortunate for the nation as a whole, not just for energy-producing states, that former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and affordable electricity is being ended after years in which it was pursued with attack-dog tenacity and yes, viciousness. Better late than never, ...

Changes to Obamacare

President Trump is expected to issue an executive order this week providing at least some relief from skyrocketing health insurance premiums that resulted from the Affordable Care Act. While the ACA — Obamacare — granted millions of Americans either free insurance through Medicaid or ...

Empowering the innocent

We recently published the first of a three-part series of the presence of the Klu Klux Klan in Fulton County. Part II is in today’s paper. Social media was equally divided between spreading a light on something evil growing like a cancer in our community and how dare we give this group a ...

Reject KKK’s local presence

It’s shocking to see, but it’s true: The Ku Klux Klan has an organized presence in Fulton County. In recent months, local residents have spotted KKK fliers on doorsteps and yards and a Gloversville man was arrested in Fort Plain for passing out KKK fliers without a permit. Recently, ...

Make it a clean bill

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

Reject bill’s amendments

Few members of Congress seem to disagree that federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program should be continued. It serves an estimated 8.9 million youngsters whose parents have moderate incomes, but not low enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage. A bipartisan bill extending ...

Cooperation can saves lives

Developed nations probably could do more to alleviate hunger and illness in third-world countries. But blaming ourselves solely for every outbreak and famine that occurs simply is not honest. Dr. Peter Salama, head of the United Nations’ World Health Organization, engaged in a bit of ...

Participate in elections

Voting is a duty of all citizens; your country needs you to do it. The more of us who vote, the stronger our decisions as a people. It’s also a privilege to vote in a free, fair and honest election. Much of the world does not have that. Don’t you want to have a say in who will represent ...