Editorials

Obamacare unaffordable

A measure of the dishonesty with which the so-called Affordable Care Act was adopted during former President Barack Obama’s administration can be seen in legislation Congress is considering now to replace the ACA — Obamacare, as it has come to be known. Throughout the country, insurance ...

Politics hurts governing

It is ridiculous that counties throughout the state had their 2018 budgets placed in limbo by infighting over charter schools. Before the end of the state’s legislative session, the state Assembly approved reauthorizing local sales taxes, which needs legislative action every two years, for ...

Be responsible with fireworks

As the Fourth of July approaches, many local residents are no doubt planning to attend a fireworks show. Some will celebrate by using their own “sparkling devices.” In 2015, New York state passed a law that gave Fulton, Montgomery and Hamilton counties, along with 37 other counties, the ...

Cuomo’s tactic bad policy

The fact Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to use brute force to keep health insurance companies participating in New York’s Affordable Care Act health care exchange is all the proof one should need that Obamacare is broken. Recently, Cuomo directed the state Health Department to ban insurers who ...

Skilled labor in demand

High school seniors have crossed the stage and received their diplomas. What will they do now? Many students will go to college. A few will enter the military. Others will go straight into the workforce. We hope some will consider pursuing a skilled trade. The New York State Department of ...

Make summer memorable

With students getting out of local schools for vacation, their brains are shifting into summer gear, thinking about camps, jobs, taking trips, swimming, hanging out with friends and lounging around the house. We hope their summer includes at least these four things: ∫ Lots of reading. The ...

Express anger responsibly

At the congressional batting practice earlier this month, we all saw what can happen when a disturbed person turns to violence. James T. Hodgkinson, after finding out members of Congress practicing baseball at the field in Alexandria, Va., were Republicans, retrieved a rifle and opened fire. In ...

Some at game lacked civility

If you saw any video from the Congressional Baseball Game earlier this month, you may have been gratified by the let-bygones-be-bygones spirit of the participants. Democrats and Republicans who sometimes describe each other in less than flattering terms went out of their way to emphasize ...

Discourage teen alcohol use

With Independence Day, graduation parties and barbecues, summer is often a time of celebration. The Four Rivers Alliance encourages you to remember that while these celebrations have certainly been earned, it is not necessary for teens under the age of 21 to celebrate with alcohol. They can ...

Health care remains crisis

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers in his chamber of Congress are primed to vote on a new national health care law this week. Details of the Senate bill are sketchy, but it clearly will have to be a better version than that approved by the House of ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to summer reading. Local libraries are gearing up for their summer reading programs in an effort to keep young people’s minds sharp during their time off from school. Many of the programs will follow the theme, Build a Better World. Some libraries not only are offering rewards for ...

Camp David has value

President Donald Trump’s style is, well, different. In many ways he seems determined to redefine the presidency. In doing so he may give his successors new tools to deal with both domestic and foreign policy. Let us hope he recognizes the value of some of the old, well-worn tools, ...

Protectors always at risk

Americans’ admiration and gratitude for the bravery, dedication and toughness of the armed forces in combat zones is expressed so often and so fervently that those who serve ought to take it for granted. But we forget, sometimes, about the hundreds of thousands of men and women in the Army, ...

Havana must keep promise

No doubt Cuban leaders counted on the United States not to look back after former President Barack Obama reversed longstanding policies toward the communist island in December 2014. But there is a new president in town, and he is right to insist Cuba keep its end of the bargain. For decades, ...

Keep probe impartial

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election has been rampant. Trump surely understands that would be a political disaster. With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can find ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To improving lines of communication. The Gloversville Housing Authority is establishing a tenant relations committee made up of board members John Castiglione, Marcia Weiss and authority chairman Michael Ponticello. Tenants say their concerns have fallen on deaf ears and no one is ...

VA remains a problem

Is there no end to the dishonesty and shoddy treatment of those who served our country by bureaucrats at the Department of Veterans Affairs? Apparently not. In late February, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked VA officials about how long veterans were kept waiting for help at the ...

Don’t restrict gas industry

Natural gas wells could be a factor in protecting you against terrorists as well as making your life more comfortable. How? Several Arab nations are pressuring one of their own, Qatar, to end its support of Islamic terrorism. Some other countries, including ours, are considering economic ...

Look closely at security

As more becomes known about the three Islamic terrorists who went on a killing spree last weekend in London, troubling questions are being raised about British authorities’ ability to anticipate and prevent such violence. British intelligence agencies were familiar with at least two of the ...

Be prepared for change

As often is the case, Americans last year may have established a model to be emulated by the rest of the world. This one involves politics, not technology or culture, however, and the ramifications could be earth-shaking. Last year’s election of Donald Trump as U.S. president was not as ...