Editorials

Press needs freedom

Our nation's Founders disagreed on much. But on one thing - the necessity of a vigorous, unfettered press to defend Americans' rights - they were solidly in agreement. As Thomas Jefferson put it, "Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."So ...

Law may hurt development

The Gloversville Planning Board made an important recommendation to the city's Common Council last week when it urged city lawmakers not to pass a proposed law limiting the number of units in new multiple-family dwellings in residential areas."The Common Council believes that it is in the best ...

Truth must be told

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a military court at Fort Hood, Texas, last week week, with his life on the line.Hasan killed 13 people and wounded dozens more in a 2009 shooting rampage at the post. He has admitted that, meaning the Army court martial's purpose amounts to determining ...

Test scores just the start

The scores local students - and those across the state - earned on last spring's standardized state tests generally marked a sharp drop from prior years, which came as no surprise.Education officials had warned for months that math and English test scores - released Wednesday - which reflect ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To a collective effort. Two organizations - Historic Fort Plain and Canajoharie's Historic West Hill School Committee - agreed to merge their operations under the name Mohawk Valley Collective. The group aims to preserve two historic buildings and promote the area's tourism and ...

Keep detainees locked up

Egyptian colonels and generals who overthrew the regime of former President Mohammed Morsi probably have more experience with and knowledge of terrorists than do U.S. Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham.Morsi's government, linked to the Muslim Brotherhood movement, was ousted by the military ...

Learn about the issues

While we are a long way from the general?Election?Day on Nov. 5, it's not too early to start finding out what candidates stand for.While the local elections may lack any high-profile races for U.S.?Congress, there are still many races whose outcome will have an effect on thousands of local ...

Terrorism still a threat

The decision to close U.S. diplomatic outposts in 19 cities in the Middle East and elsewhere in Muslim areas was "not an indication of a new threat" from Islamic terrorists, a State Department spokeswoman insisted Sunday. She maintained it was only because of "an abundance of caution."That is ...

Latest data good news

Whenever there's bad economic news in this region, some people tend to fixate on it.We'd like to turn people's attention to some positive economic news. Over the past week, this newspaper has reported on promising job and sales tax figures.While we're not ready to proclaim the area free of the ...

Proposal a problem

Why is it that almost always, when the word "reform" is used in Washington, it means bigger, more expensive government? And why is it that when liberals talk about creating jobs, they really intend to place new obstacles in the way of the private sector?It is happening again. President Barack ...

Historian post is important

The "tempest in a coffeepot" involving suspended Fulton County Historian Peter Betz is drawing to a close.While it's a shame Betz plans to resign, the county should get started on filling the position.Betz, 70, of Perth was charged by Johnstown police May 7 with misdemeanor petit larceny. ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To helping businesses. Unless you have been a victim of a horrific act of Mother Nature, you can't fully understand the emotional and financial trauma associated with what people in Montgomery County experienced. The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce is taking action to ...

War on coal will hurt U.S.

New Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy made it clear recently where she stands on the war on coal: She is in denial and wants other Americans to share her refusal to accept the truth.In her first speech as EPA director, McCarthy insisted President Barack Obama's plan to ...

Remember Korean War

Events more than half a century ago on the Korean Peninsula are merely the stuff of history books for most Americans. But for a few, including many residents of our area, they were a matter of life and death.Sixty years ago last month, the Korean War ended in what many historians refer to as a ...

Weiner unfit for NYC post

It says something about the American political system that Anthony Weiner thought a political comeback was a good idea in the first place.Weiner's lewd tweets in June 2011, at a time when he was married with a baby on the way, forced his resignation from Congress. In one day, Weiner went from ...

Make plans for Karg site

The Karg Bros. tannery in Johnstown, which encompasses a widespread area east of Crescendoe Road, East Canal Street and East Fulton Street, shut down in the mid-1990s and was razed nearly 15 years ago.For years, government agencies have been cleaning up the pollution at the site. Now, the ...

Alter course of World Bank

For decades, leaders of the World Bank have recognized one of the surest ways to reduce poverty in developing countries is to help their residents obtain reasonably priced electricity. That farsighted philosophy appears to have been scrapped.If the World Bank pursues the new strategy espoused ...

Opportunity presents itself

As the opening of the new Walmart Supercenter in Gloversville approaches, there's reason for optimism in the city.The completion of this project will not cure all that ails the city, but it could be the start of a new, positive chapter in the city's history. How that chapter reads will depend, ...

Cheers and jeers

JEERS - To political theater. Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner are running for elected positions in New York state. We are sure you are well aware of their comeback campaigns. As non-New York City residents, we don't have to make a decision to vote nay or yea for either candidate. As New York ...

Re-examine spending

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is spending much of his time these days jetting around the country to spread his woe-is-us message to the Pentagon's civilian workers.Recently, in a speech to Defense Department employees in Charleston, S.C., Hagel predicted hundreds of thousands will remain on ...