Editorials

Stand up now for our miners

In little more than a week, thousands of retired coal miners and their families will lose their health insurance unless Congress does something to prevent it. Lawmakers, prodded if necessary by President Donald Trump, should view action as an obligation. Estimates of the number of people ...

Trump critics now cornered

President Donald Trump’s critics insist he does not understand Washington politics and insists on getting his own way too often for the country’s good. Oh, really? Trump had been requesting that Congress approve funding to start work on a barrier to illegal immigrants crossing our ...

Enforcement of law is vital

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

Obamacare: Put it all on the table

With a new move to repeal and replace the Obamacare health insurance law gaining steam, President Donald Trump and members of Congress already are being urged to not go too far. Trump is being urged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and organizations representing the health care and health ...

Johnstown drowning

The city of Johnstown continues to drown in water problems, and they’re dragging the rest of the county down with it. Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead recently said the proposed interconnections between water systems in Gloversville and Johnstown appear to be dead despite the ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to a job well done. Four volunteer fire companies responded like champions to a shed fire last Friday that could have turned into something much worse. Upon responding to the roaring blaze at 104 Holly Lane off Progress Road in the town of Johnstown, firefighters from Berkshire, ...

Red lines now meaningful

President Donald Trump is being criticized for dropping complaints about currency manipulation by China, while he attempts to gain Beijing’s help against North Korea’s rogue regime. It is true that China’s currency manipulation has been harmful to some U.S. businesses and workers. At ...

Can we really trust China?

‘Gotta behave,” President Donald Trump warned North Korea this week. Also on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence cautioned Pyongyang that “the era of strategic patience is over.” During the weekend, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson telephoned Chinese leaders to talk about tension ...

Don’t awaken sleeping giant

Seventy-five years ago Tuesday, people in Tokyo, Japan, looked up and saw something they had been assured was not possible: American B-25 bombers flying low as bombs spilled from them onto the city. Japan’s surprise attack at Pearl Harbor was supposed to have been the kickoff of an ...

VA ignoring suicide rate

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them commiting suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Trump battles bureaucracy

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump lifted the government hiring freeze he ordered when he took office. A more targeted “drain the swamp” plan will be implemented, the White House reported. Big government has continued to get bigger for some time, despite presidents’ pledges to hold ...

Fulton County springs a leak

May 3 is the deadline for submission of sealed bids by contractors hoping to perform emergency repair action of the “significant leakage” in the Fulton County Office Building’s main roof, at 223 W. Main St. So, the emergency repair of a major roof leak, which has reduced Fulton ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to a cleanup effort. Volunteers and members of local and state organizations will be out in force April 22 for the 12th annual Canal Clean Sweep. This caring group will be picking up debris and sprucing up areas along the Erie Canal corridor, including the Schoharie Crossing State ...

Alternative medicines

Many of us have found generic medicines to be good alternatives to more expensive brand-name drugs. But sometimes, they are not available. If we need a certain pharmaceutical, we have no choice but to pay the higher price for the brand-name version. There may be good, acceptable reasons for ...

New justice, right choice

One sentence in the Associated Press story about the Monday swearing in of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court makes it clear he was the right choice for the position. Gorsuch, 49, is known as an “originalist” or a “strict constructionist.” According to the AP, that means he ...

Moscow plan worrisome

Russia’s saber rattling in reaction to a U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase was to be expected. For the most part, it was nothing about which to be concerned. But one of Moscow’s actions is exceedingly worrisome. After the U.S. attack, Russian officials said they were severing ...

Trump’s real ‘red line’

It did not take long for our nation’s enemies to learn that when former President Barack Obama warned certain actions would constitute crossing a “red line,” they had nothing about which to worry. “Red line” after “red line” was crossed with no consequences. That no longer is ...

Today’s perils seen before

Terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, concern about Russia and strife in the Middle East are nothing new. Our grandparents and great-grandparents were all too familiar with them a hundred years ago. It was on April 6, 1917, that the United States declared war on Germany. Our entry into ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to fighting welfare fraud. Montgomery County has restructured its welfare fraud unit to pursue violations more aggressively. The unit now has two full-time employees in addition to part-timers, and as a result, fraud arrests are going up. Cracking down on violators saves money. For ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to fighting welfare fraud. Montgomery County has restructured its welfare fraud unit to pursue violations more aggressively. The unit now has two full-time employees in addition to part-timers, and as a result, fraud arrests are going up. Cracking down on violators saves money. For ...