Editorials

Look closely at Va. riot

Neither in the plain wording of the First Amendment nor in numerous court decisions reaffirming and elaborating on it is there any license for violence or inciting it. Yet some of those who use free speech as a shield clearly are bent on doing harm to others. A small group of bigots was ...

Be prepared for extremists

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Negotiate to end threat

After weeks of fiery rhetoric from both North Korean and U.S. leaders, there were indications this week both sides were ready to negotiate their way out of a crisis. But let it be remembered that if talks among the various parties occur, they will repeat a decades-long pattern. It is that ...

Don’t blame police effort

Some of those involved on both sides in the violent confrontation in Charlottesville, Va., agree on one thing: Blame the police. Could law enforcement officials and officers have done anything better in their reaction to the Saturday mayhem? Perhaps. Rest assured, they have been analyzing ...

Use sanctions, not military

President Donald Trump is right to be concerned about what is happening in Venezuela. He is wrong to consider use of U.S. military force to correct the situation. Venezuela appears to be on the brink of chaos as a result of action taken by that country’s leftist president, Nicolas Maduro. ...

Obama’s error needs to be fixed

Former President Barack Obama’s scuttling of the all-of-the-above energy policy our nation needs included a move most people probably did not notice. Given Obama’s vendetta against coal and other fossil fuels, that is understandable. But in 2010, Obama abandoned work on a proposed nuclear ...

DOJ statement a threat to readers

The Leader-Herald, an Associated Press member, endorses this statement by Associated Press Media Editors and the American Society of News Editors: As the leaders of America’s newsrooms, the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors come together to express our ...

An expert at cage rattling

Like his father before him, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become an expert at rattling the American tiger’s cage, with seeming impunity. But now, he has ratcheted up his rhetoric to the point that he risks triggering a war. Some analysts say it is all an act, intended to make Kim ...

Is anything being done

Silver screen spy James Bond may have driven an Aston Martin, but one wonders how the high-end sports car fit into Afghanistan’s intelligence agency — especially since U.S. taxpayers covered the cost. When U.S. Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., heard rumors last year ...

Prepare for the fallout

Leaders of most countries would buckle under the weight of economic sanctions such as those the United Nations is preparing to implement against North Korea. If fully effective, the punitive steps could slash that nation’s exports by as much as one-third. President Donald Trump and other ...

VA officials given pass

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate this week. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...

Cities’ events impressive

We applaud this past week’s community summertime events in the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown. The events not only were fun, but they raised awareness about important issues. Gloversville showcased the city during National Night Out on Tuesday at the farmers market pavilion. In its ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — for deciding not to rush. The Fulton County Shared Services Panel on Monday wisely voted to delay submission of the county’s shared services plan to New York state until next year. The 2018 New York state budget mandated counties form shared services plans and look for ways to save ...

The ‘gift’ that keeps giving

Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, has become the “gift” that keeps on taking. It has made obtaining health insurance more difficult and more expensive for millions of Americans. It is choking many already stressed state budgets. And it has locked in a federal deficit of ...

The what ifs of Charlie

Little Charlie Gard may have passed away by the time you read this. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where doctors planned to turn off life-support equipment. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was ...

Senior housing should be a go

Recently the Northville Planning Board began the site plan review process for a $1.3 million 8-unit senior housing project, dubbed the Sacandaga Senior Apartments, proposed by the Fulton County Community Heritage Corp. This project, which would be built near South First Street, has stirred up ...

Cheers and Jeers

JEERS — to the Montgomery County Legislature’s dysfunctional funding process for the Fonda Fair Youth Days. The Fonda Fair would like $15,000 from Montgomery County to pay for the fair, allowing youth under the age of 14 to enter the fair for free on Wednesday and Friday. Montgomery County ...

Leader’s threat unacceptable

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s frustration with Maoist terrorists in his country is understandable. When he extends an olive branch, they take bloody advantage of it. Just last week, as peace talks were going on between his government and the rebels, they attacked his presidential ...

Learn lessons from shooting

No one disputes that the death of a woman at the hands of Minneapolis police was a terrible mistake. There was no ill intent. Nevertheless, Australian Justine Damond, who had been living in Minneapolis, is dead. She leaves behind a grief-stricken fiance and scores of people who remember her ...

Don’t allow program abuse

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...