Editorials

Putin, company not good guys

Let us hope President-elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

Presidential motive

Say what you want to about Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but the man knows how to get attention. Free tuition? What a marvelous idea, until you really look at his plan and question his motive. We agree that college debt is crushing students and their families. And it is fact that the vast ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To remembering your roots. Fifteen Fonda-Fultonville alumni came home on Jan. 6 for the second annual Returning Students Day. The 2010 graduates shared their world experiences with current students in hope of inspiring them. The alumni brought back with them a range of experience ...

Pumped storage projects needed

Something long overdue appears to be happening in Montana. There, a company has been granted a license to construct a $1 billion electric energy project that amounts to a gigantic battery. Absaroka Energy of Bozeman, Mont., plans to build a 400-megawatt pumped storage facility. If completed, ...

Diplomatic honeymoon?

Until they learn more about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans, policies and personality, it is likely most other nations, even our enemies, will engage in something of a diplomatic honeymoon with the new White House. Not North Korea. That country’s vicious dictator, Kim Jong Un, ...

Obama supports health repeal?

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea — providing the Republicans come up with ...

Harboring terrorists?

Turkish officials have insisted for some time that a former ally of that country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was granted asylum in the United States, is behind attempts to topple Turkey’s government. Nonsense, U.S. officials respond. The controversy was renewed in December ...

Americans need to know

More than 40 years ago, we Americans kicked a president out of the White House for various offenses linked to a burglary at the opposition political party’s office. Republicans and Democrats united in outrage about that crime and others linked to it. So now we’re arguing about whether we ...

Democrat plan a disservice

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have vowed to use every roadblock they can find to delay confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. They have speculated they could drag the process out for as much as two months after Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20. That would delay the ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To new beginnings. While the world welcomed the beginning of a new year, two area families celebrated the beginning of life. St. Mary’s of Amsterdam delivered the first area baby at 9:29 a.m. on Jan 1. Trentyn Burnhardt-Martell, a 5-pound, 13-ounce, 18-inch baby boy was welcomed by ...

Need for charity exists year round

As the bills for Christmas present spending come in next month, many of us will scratch our heads and wonder, “Where did all the money go?” Those who try to keep charitable organizations running wonder the same thing. Many of them stretch their budgets to — and sometimes past — the ...

Ethics panel decision right

Apparently it was not only Democrats who didn’t get the message on Nov. 8. Some Republican leaders in Congress may have missed what voters were saying, too. On Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so ...

Can’t say no to Uncle Sam

Federal officials were crowing about Obamacare in December, noting that 6.4 million people have signed up for subsidized health insurance during this year’s enrollment period. That is 400,000 more than for the same period last year. Despite higher premiums and far less choice in insurance ...

Johnstown needs ethics board

The ongoing controversy over whether Scott Miller should be sworn in as Johnstown councilman-at-large, has confirmed for us at least one thing: the city of Johnstown needs to appoint an ethics board. On Monday, Miller was not sworn in at the city’s organizational meeting after the Fulton ...

Trump should prioritize VA

The body of a military veteran was left in a Veterans Affairs health care facility shower room for more than nine hours before someone finally had it moved to a morgue, the Tampa, Fla., Bay Times reported last month. Then, once their negligence came to light, some staff at the Bay Pines VA ...

Tax relief without debt

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To heroism and generosity. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino commended civilians on Monday for their actions after Henry Ross III crashed his snowmobile on the Great Sacandaga Lake last Friday night. Not only did civilians administer CPR, but they transported deputies by private ...

Obama puts up roadblocks

In public, President Barack Obama has been exceedingly, commendably courteous toward President-elect Donald Trump. But in handling public affairs, it has been a different story. Since Trump won the election, Obama has been pushing to implement both domestic and international agendas with ...

Special session wasn’t needed

Many state legislators are sore that they didn’t get the Christmas present they wanted — a humongous pay raise — but we’re glad they had enough decency to call off their campaign for it Friday night. You can’t force Santa Claus or your family members to give you what you want, ...

Trump cabinet choices solid?

Many of the people President-elect Donald Trump has selected for top positions in his administration have no experience in the federal government. That is a terrible, dangerous thing, Trump’s critics charge. No, it is not. For many years, both Republican and Democratic presidents have ...