Editorials

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To a real crowd pleaser. Everything came together for the recent annual Sunday on the Farm at Rogers Family Orchard in Johnstown. The weather was picture-perfect. The event included animals, education and food for the hundreds of people who took advantage of this special event. It was ...

Let old boat stay afloat

After decades of steaming up and down America's waterways, the historic Delta Queen was tied up at Chattanooga, Tenn., in 2009. There, she serves as a floating hotel. Local and state safety officials seem to have no concerns about that.But a 1966 federal law bans use of the Delta Queen for ...

Approach must change

The economy is in the midst of a long, slow climb from the depths of the 2008 economic recession.Private-sector job growth is up statewide. In the local area, the unemployment rate in Fulton County was 8.3 percent, according to state Labor Department statistics for August. In Montgomery County, ...

Approach must change

The economy is in the midst of a long, slow climb from the depths of the 2008 economic recession.Private-sector job growth is up statewide. In the local area, the unemployment rate in Fulton County was 8.3 percent, according to state Labor Department statistics for August. In Montgomery County, ...

Delaying law would be fair

Americans ought to be clear on why some sectors of the federal government "shut down" Tuesday morning.President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to grant millions of people the same breaks the administration already has handed to big businesses, scores of labor unions ...

Public must be informed

Gloversville residents living near the site of the vacant Tradition Leather building on West 11th Avenue, across the street from Kingsborough Elementary School, witnessed something mysterious this summer. Government officials wearing environmental protection gear could be seen coming in and out ...

Security paramount

Some companies and organizations that initially accepted federal money to act as "navigators" for the new federal health care law, "Obamacare," are returning the funds, claiming they have been pressured unfairly over their programs.A Florida company made national news by returning $800,000 in ...

FM’s value sure to rise

Fulton-Montgomery Community College celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, it should be noted the school has played an important - and unique - role in higher education in the area.Looking ahead, FM will not only have to continue to foster the growth of young minds, it will likely have to ...

Coal rules will be costly

Recently, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announced new government limits on coal-fired power plants. Because the rules require use of prohibitively expensive, unproven technology, they will have the effect of banning use of coal at new generating stations.Next ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To a joint effort. The Gloversville Common Council's passing of a resolution this week to approve seeking a Brownfield Opportunity Area grant with the city of Johnstown will allow the grant-application process to begin. We agree with Gloversville Mayor Dayton King's statement, "Anytime ...

Less gov’t would help

It's bad enough New York state has so much government.What makes the problem even worse is that some of that government just isn't very good.The area has seen some audits by the state Comptroller's Office released this year - Mohawk, Northampton, the town of Amsterdam and Florida - that showed ...

Meeting not about action

Worrying about whether Americans seeking advice about the national health care law will fall victims to identity theft seems to have been an afterthought for President Barack Obama.After months of hearing concerns expressed about the problem, Obama called a high-level meeting recently, ...

Local effect troublesome

Recently, we published a story about the demise of Carville National Leather Corp., a leather tannery in operation in the city of Johnstown since 1967. In the story, company President Bob Carville explained 65 percent of his company's business came from military contracts that abruptly dried up ...

Taxpayers should attend Perth meetings

We are amid a runaway train wreck and our elected officials are the conductors. New York state is the most taxed state in the nation. When Gov. Andrew Cuomo passed a law capping the tax levy increases at 2 percent, the taxpayers finally thought they were going to get some relief from the ...

Disaster aid not for parking

No one ought to go through the devastation suffered by hundreds of thousands of people in the Gulf States when Hurricane Katrina hit there in August 2005. Most Americans were happy to see their tax money go to help those who lost belongings, homes and businesses in the storm.But there ought to ...

Get on board with rail study

A completed Rail Trail running from Broadalbin to the Erie Canal would be a joy and a small triumph for the area.However, a new short-line rail service south of Johnstown could carry big economic benefits for Fulton and Montgomery counties.Officials in the two counties appear set to look into ...

Cheers and jeers

JEERS - To poor parenting. Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway's rural vacation home in Rensselaer County was trashed during a Labor Day weekend party attended by 200 to 400 teenagers. Holloway said the partiers caused at least $20,000 in damage, breaking windows and doors, punching ...

Security needs a look

Aaron Alexis, who slaughtered 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, was a mentally ill man with a grudge against the Navy. Yet he walked right into the guarded facility because he had a government security clearance.If ever there was a situation in which "profiling" could have saved ...

Corrupt should lose pensions

There are only a few things that can be considered certainties in New York state: death, taxes and state politicians collecting their pensions, even if they wind up in jail for corruption.The latter fact was highlighted when U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara spoke Tuesday before the Commission to ...

Bullying a serious issue

Among the most heart-wrenching, deeply troubling stories in the news last week was that of a 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied for nearly a year.Investigators are looking into whether charges can be filed against some of the 15 or so girls who ganged up on ...