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Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To making history. The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville band performed in Washington D.C. prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The group was approved to perform at three venues, Fort McHenry, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the National Cathedral. The band was the final ...

Trump good for economy

An improved economy means more jobs and better ones. Even liberals who claim Donald Trump will be bad for low-income and unemployed Americans have to concede that. Now, the International Monetary Fund has revised its forecast for the U.S. economy during the next two years. It will be ...

Get over it

It appears a substantial number of liberals consider politics to be not the art of compromise, but a stage for temper tantrums. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has a reputation of being among the more liberal Republicans in the Senate, is being targeted by some left-wingers. Her ...

King III honors father

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said repeatedly that his goal was an America in which people were judged solely by the quality of their actions. Egged on by liberal Democrats and many in the entertainment world, millions of people seem to have forgotten that advice. Martin Luther King ...

Ebola virus a global threat

Millions of people worldwide, but primarily in West Africa, received a Christmas present from Canada in December. It came in the form of a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus. When Ebola pops into the news every few years, it makes big headlines. It is in the class of diseases known as ...

Putin, company not good guys

Let us hope President-elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

Presidential motive

Say what you want to about Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but the man knows how to get attention. Free tuition? What a marvelous idea, until you really look at his plan and question his motive. We agree that college debt is crushing students and their families. And it is fact that the vast ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To remembering your roots. Fifteen Fonda-Fultonville alumni came home on Jan. 6 for the second annual Returning Students Day. The 2010 graduates shared their world experiences with current students in hope of inspiring them. The alumni brought back with them a range of experience ...

Pumped storage projects needed

Something long overdue appears to be happening in Montana. There, a company has been granted a license to construct a $1 billion electric energy project that amounts to a gigantic battery. Absaroka Energy of Bozeman, Mont., plans to build a 400-megawatt pumped storage facility. If completed, ...

Diplomatic honeymoon?

Until they learn more about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans, policies and personality, it is likely most other nations, even our enemies, will engage in something of a diplomatic honeymoon with the new White House. Not North Korea. That country’s vicious dictator, Kim Jong Un, ...

Obama supports health repeal?

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea — providing the Republicans come up with ...

Harboring terrorists?

Turkish officials have insisted for some time that a former ally of that country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was granted asylum in the United States, is behind attempts to topple Turkey’s government. Nonsense, U.S. officials respond. The controversy was renewed in December ...

Americans need to know

More than 40 years ago, we Americans kicked a president out of the White House for various offenses linked to a burglary at the opposition political party’s office. Republicans and Democrats united in outrage about that crime and others linked to it. So now we’re arguing about whether we ...

Democrat plan a disservice

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have vowed to use every roadblock they can find to delay confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. They have speculated they could drag the process out for as much as two months after Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20. That would delay the ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To new beginnings. While the world welcomed the beginning of a new year, two area families celebrated the beginning of life. St. Mary’s of Amsterdam delivered the first area baby at 9:29 a.m. on Jan 1. Trentyn Burnhardt-Martell, a 5-pound, 13-ounce, 18-inch baby boy was welcomed by ...

Need for charity exists year round

As the bills for Christmas present spending come in next month, many of us will scratch our heads and wonder, “Where did all the money go?” Those who try to keep charitable organizations running wonder the same thing. Many of them stretch their budgets to — and sometimes past — the ...

Ethics panel decision right

Apparently it was not only Democrats who didn’t get the message on Nov. 8. Some Republican leaders in Congress may have missed what voters were saying, too. On Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so ...

Can’t say no to Uncle Sam

Federal officials were crowing about Obamacare in December, noting that 6.4 million people have signed up for subsidized health insurance during this year’s enrollment period. That is 400,000 more than for the same period last year. Despite higher premiums and far less choice in insurance ...

Johnstown needs ethics board

The ongoing controversy over whether Scott Miller should be sworn in as Johnstown councilman-at-large, has confirmed for us at least one thing: the city of Johnstown needs to appoint an ethics board. On Monday, Miller was not sworn in at the city’s organizational meeting after the Fulton ...

Trump should prioritize VA

The body of a military veteran was left in a Veterans Affairs health care facility shower room for more than nine hours before someone finally had it moved to a morgue, the Tampa, Fla., Bay Times reported last month. Then, once their negligence came to light, some staff at the Bay Pines VA ...