Editorials

Express anger responsibly

At the congressional batting practice earlier this month, we all saw what can happen when a disturbed person turns to violence. James T. Hodgkinson, after finding out members of Congress practicing baseball at the field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans, retrieved a rifle and opened fire. In ...

Some at game lacked civility

If you saw any video from the Congressional Baseball Game earlier this month, you may have been gratified by the let-bygones-be-bygones spirit of the participants. Democrats and Republicans who sometimes describe each other in less than flattering terms went out of their way to emphasize ...

Discourage teen alcohol use

With Independence Day, graduation parties and barbecues, summer is often a time of celebration. The Four Rivers Alliance encourages you to remember that while these celebrations have certainly been earned, it is not necessary for teens under the age of 21 to celebrate with alcohol. They can ...

Health care remains crisis

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law this week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to summer reading. Local libraries are gearing up for their summer reading programs in an effort to keep young people’s minds sharp during their time off from school. Many of the programs will follow the theme, Build a Better World. Some libraries not only are offering rewards for ...

Camp David has value

President Donald Trump’s style is, well, different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, ...

Protectors always at risk

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the Army, ...

Havana must keep promise

No doubt Cuban leaders counted on the United States not to look back after former President Barack Obama reversed longstanding policies toward the communist island in December 2014. But there is a new president in town, and he is right to insist Cuba keep its end of the bargain. For decades, ...

Keep probe impartial

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. Trump surely understands that would be a political disaster. With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can find ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To improving lines of communication. The Gloversville Housing Authority is establishing a tenant relations committee made up of board members John Castiglione, Marcia Weiss and authority chairman Michael Ponticello. Tenants say their concerns have fallen on deaf ears and no one is ...

VA remains a problem

Is there no end to the dishonesty and shoddy treatment of those who served our country by bureaucrats at the Department of Veterans Affairs? Apparently not. In late February, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked VA officials about how long veterans were kept waiting for help at the ...

Don’t restrict gas industry

Natural gas wells could be a factor in protecting you against terrorists as well as making your life more comfortable. How? Several Arab nations are pressuring one of their own, Qatar, to end its support of Islamic terrorism. Some other countries, including ours, are considering economic ...

Look closely at security

As more becomes known about the three Islamic terrorists who went on a killing spree last weekend in London, troubling questions are being raised about British authorities’ ability to anticipate and prevent such violence. British intelligence agencies were familiar with at least two of the ...

Be prepared for change

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as ...

Learning the truth?

Some members of the U.S. Senate intelligence committee made it clear Wednesday they are less interested in learning the truth than in political theater. Members of the panel spent much of the day questioning witnesses regarding a probe of the Russian government’s attempts to influence the ...

Searching for workers

In May, members of the Fulton County CEO Roundtable said Fulton County has reached full employment and there is a “worker shortage.” Local business leaders such as David Karpinski, president of Taylor Made Products, and Tim Beckett, a senior vice president at Townsend Leather, say ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the micro-park at 33 N. Main St. in Gloversville. The wooden artwork was designed by Johnstown resident Dave D’Amore and his company AND: Architectural and Design. The idea for the “parklet” came from Jennifer Voorhees, owner of the downtown business Still Point Acupuncture, ...

Merkel’s rant unfair to U.S.

Last month, after President Donald Trump suggested European countries should start paying their fair share of the cost of NATO, German Chancellor Angela Merkel lashed out at Americans. Europeans no longer can rely on other nations standing by them in times of military peril, Merkel said in a ...

Time for VA to set priorities

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

Terrorists are cowards

Islamic terrorists who slaughtered seven people in London last week probably would have killed more had it not been for several courageous people who fought back. Their stories are illustrative of the extremists’ mindset. One hero in a pub saw all three knife-wielding brutes stabbing a ...