Editorials

Probe necessary

The corruption attendant to much of what goes on in Puerto Rican government makes an investigation of a $300 million contract involving recovery from a devastating hurricane virtually mandatory. Neither President Donald Trump nor members of Congress should shrink from such a probe. Puerto ...

Reminder of what we face

Before they heard four U.S. special operations troops had been killed in a firefight against Islamic terrorists in Niger on Oct. 4, most Americans probably did not know our country had armed forces in that country. But we have had troops there for many years. The total now is about 800, who ...

Interference is unacceptable

One hundred forty-five million dollars will buy an awful lot of gratitude. The question in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s case is whether she showed her appreciation in unacceptable ways. Even before she lost the 2016 presidential election, Clinton demanded an investigation ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS —To Broadalbin-Perth High School for the innovative Adirondack Humanities course it implemented this year. The two teachers, Dan Simonds and Tony Mucilli, credit principal Mark Brooks for being “instrumental in advocating for new ideas, new models of teaching and curriculum that ...

It is about time

A “new” scandal is being looked into by some members of Congress. It involves sale of about 20 percent of the nation’s uranium assets to a Russian company in 2010. If you have been paying attention, however, you already know about it. We have urged for some time that circumstances ...

Get on board or out of the way

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

What made them so afraid?

For years, former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly harassed women sexually, assaulting many of them. Now, his company has fired him and, on both coasts, officials are looking into whether he can be prosecuted. You will have to pardon the many women who say Weinstein assaulted them after ...

Doing the right thing

Good for the people of Gainesville, Ga., who have not stopped at engaging in “a conversation” about race. They are doing something extraordinarily powerful to make it clear that for the overwhelming majority of Americans, the bigotry of the past is unacceptable. For many years, black ...

Drug czar is critical choice

Perhaps there is a silver lining to political pressure that forced a change of President Donald Trump’s plan to name a new federal drug czar. It could lead to a much more effective — and committed — person in the position. Trump had planned to nominate Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., to lead ...

What took so long?

As the floodgates opened for a tidal wave of sexual assault allegations against former movie magnate Harvey Weinstein this week, quite a few in the entertainment industry have some explaining to do. It appears that Weinstein’s sexual predation was an open secret among many in Hollywood and ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the local first responders — the Gloversville Police Department, local fire departments and EMS — who helped possibly save lives Friday morning when an early morning fire broke out at 25 Grand St. The 3:35 a.m. blaze happened when most people were asleep in their beds. The ...

ISIS still lives, however

In bygone days, officials in some European nations had a way of emphasizing that their forms of government would endure. When a sovereign died and a new one was being crowned, the cry was, “The king is dead — long live the king!” Sadly, so it is with Islamic terrorists. There was ...

The spector of censorship

By RAFAEL POLO I am tired. Yes, I am tired of current education administrators, politicians, and media analysts telling us how to think and act. I’m from a fortunate generation that had teachers that taught us logic and highly encouraged us to read all points of view. To read fiction, ...

Obesity is a problem

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

Bergdahl broke bond

When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he put his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. At least two were wounded in firefights while they searched for him. And, though Bergdahl had no part in the ill-informed decision by former President Barack Obama to exchange five ...

Nothing less than destruction

Islamic terrorists proved Saturday they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed 276 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were injured. Such bomb ...

Protect the Adirondacks

It’s sad but not surprising that the Trump administration is scrapping the Clean Power Plan. Donald Trump said before and after he was elected president that he would do so, and the man he appointed to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, was a longtime warrior against the ...

Careless acts should pay

Once or twice a year, it seems, we hear of people who get themselves into serious trouble and have to be rescued, often at taxpayer expense. Boaters who venture out into rough seas and hikers who get lost because they outwalked their skills fall into that category. We’re always glad to hear ...

VA law needs replacing

It seems obvious that the scandal-ridden Department of Veterans Affairs needs to have in place — and enforce — a strong code of ethics. Ask any military veteran victimized by “wait-list” schemes at some VA hospitals. But should a VA doctor be told he cannot help educate budding health ...

Time to invest in coal research

Ending former President Barack Obama’s war on coal and affordable electricity is an excellent first step to getting the United States back to a rational energy policy. A second, big step is imperative, however. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday he will ...