Editorials

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to country-fresh goodness and smart thinking. The Fulton Montgomery Country Farmers Market Association and the Saturday Amsterdam Farmers Market are merging into one market in the city of Amsterdam this year. The new market will open May 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature ...

Trump’s right on jobless stats

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Judge Gorsuch on the Constitution

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Restoring local control

One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout the nation. Indeed, it may be the best thing ...

Overspending on military?

It is not difficult to visualize what Washington lobbyists for the big defense contractors were doing Thursday. They were rubbing their hands together in glee over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Trump included a $54 billion increase in military spending in the $1.15 trillion ...

What’s plan for bed tax?

In a 19-0 vote, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a new 4 percent hotel/motel occupancy tax law set to take effect after July 1. The tax will affect any facility providing lodging to the public on an overnight basis, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to an amazing young lady. In this day of teenage entitlement, it is encouraging and gratifying to know there are young people like Emily Clizbe. The Johnstown High School junior took it upon herself to organize an anti-hunger crusade, raising enough money to help feed more than ...

Terrorist propaganda

Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit terrorists ...

Encouraging competition

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...

Celebrating Sunshine Week

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...

Are Trump’s allegations true?

Midway through his presidency, Barack Obama became so frustrated with news leaks in the White House that he authorized the Justice Department to harass — and that is the appropriate word — scores of Associated Press reporters. Government operatives secretly seized records from their home, ...

Health failure not an option

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., earned fame for dismissing concerns about Obamacare in 2010 by advising that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it....” At the time, Pelosi was speaker of the House and passing the Affordable ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to generosity. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department received a wonderful — and potentially life-saving — gift recently when the family of the late Henry D. Ross III of Mayfield donated two 2017 Polaris 600 snowmobiles, a 2017 Triton snowmobile trailer, and insurance money to ...

The Trump effect scenarios

Here are two scenarios. One: you are a retiree who in recent years has been concerned about the value of your stock portfolio. Suddenly, the value of your stocks and stock-based mutual funds surges, the Dow rising 1,000 points to record highs within weeks. You examine the monthly report your ...

Preventing overreach

Among the many unintended legacies of Barack Obama, one has gone largely unnoticed: the emergence of a novel form of resistance to executive overreach, a check-and-balance improvised in reaction to his various presidential power grabs. It’s the revolt of the state attorneys general, banding ...

Trump made position clear

Implacable critics of President Donald Trump dismissed his speech to Congress as full of platitudes and short on substance. One can only wonder whether they dozed off during much of the address. Trump offered a variety of policy prescriptions during the presentation. One of them involves the ...

Firefighters, take city deal

Although both sides in the controversial Gloversville Fire Department public employee union contract renegotiation say they are close to a deal and would like to make one soon, it’s hard to know what that means. After years of holding firm to the idea that they needed to hold onto to the ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — to Jeff Smith and proactive storm management. Smith, the Montgomery County emergency management director, had the good sense to activate the flood-warning siren and evacuate families in Fort Plain last Saturday in the midst of severe thunderstorms that rolled through the area and ...

A reset for Trump

Within minutes of the end of President Donald Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday night, it was pointed out that what he said was important — but how he said it was critical. Trump covered a spectrum of issues, ranging from infrastructure to immigration. On some topics, he elaborated his ...

Cleaning up the mess

You have to give former President Barack Obama credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...