Editorials

Terrorist propaganda

Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit terrorists ...

Encouraging competition

One of the villains in last year’s scandal over EpiPens sold by Mylan Pharmaceuticals was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as we pointed out. That agency is about to get a new director. Public outrage focused on Mylan for its pricing of the EpiPen, a device used to inject a drug that ...

Celebrating Sunshine Week

For more than two centuries, the bedrock of our liberty and prosperity as Americans has been our right to know what is going on around us and to discuss it freely. Our nation’s founders believed that was so important that when they wrote the Bill or Rights, they made freedom of speech the ...

Are Trump’s allegations true?

Midway through his presidency, Barack Obama became so frustrated with news leaks in the White House that he authorized the Justice Department to harass — and that is the appropriate word — scores of Associated Press reporters. Government operatives secretly seized records from their home, ...

Health failure not an option

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., earned fame for dismissing concerns about Obamacare in 2010 by advising that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it....” At the time, Pelosi was speaker of the House and passing the Affordable ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to generosity. The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department received a wonderful — and potentially life-saving — gift recently when the family of the late Henry D. Ross III of Mayfield donated two 2017 Polaris 600 snowmobiles, a 2017 Triton snowmobile trailer, and insurance money to ...

The Trump effect scenarios

Here are two scenarios. One: you are a retiree who in recent years has been concerned about the value of your stock portfolio. Suddenly, the value of your stocks and stock-based mutual funds surges, the Dow rising 1,000 points to record highs within weeks. You examine the monthly report your ...

Preventing overreach

Among the many unintended legacies of Barack Obama, one has gone largely unnoticed: the emergence of a novel form of resistance to executive overreach, a check-and-balance improvised in reaction to his various presidential power grabs. It’s the revolt of the state attorneys general, banding ...

Trump made position clear

Implacable critics of President Donald Trump dismissed his speech to Congress as full of platitudes and short on substance. One can only wonder whether they dozed off during much of the address. Trump offered a variety of policy prescriptions during the presentation. One of them involves the ...

Firefighters, take city deal

Although both sides in the controversial Gloversville Fire Department public employee union contract renegotiation say they are close to a deal and would like to make one soon, it’s hard to know what that means. After years of holding firm to the idea that they needed to hold onto to the ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — to Jeff Smith and proactive storm management. Smith, the Montgomery County emergency management director, had the good sense to activate the flood-warning siren and evacuate families in Fort Plain last Saturday in the midst of severe thunderstorms that rolled through the area and ...

A reset for Trump

Within minutes of the end of President Donald Trump’s address to Congress Tuesday night, it was pointed out that what he said was important — but how he said it was critical. Trump covered a spectrum of issues, ranging from infrastructure to immigration. On some topics, he elaborated his ...

Cleaning up the mess

You have to give former President Barack Obama credit for one thing: He and those in Congress who aided and abetted him did everything in their power to ensure Obamacare’s most glaring flaws could never be eliminated. They did so by crafting perhaps the most massive income transfer in U.S. ...

Vanyo should step aside

We’re all in favor of people bettering themselves if a new opportunity arises, so there’s no ill will toward Gloversville schools superintendent Michael Vanyo for jumping on his horse at the end of the school year and riding off to Columbia County. The timing could have been better, of ...

Government: Business killer

Former President Barack Obama is infamous for his claim that, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that.” He might well have added, “and we in Washington will be more than happy to tear it down.” Obama was attempting to give government the credit for America’s free ...

All should share in NATO costs

Why should Americans pay more to defend our European allies than taxpayers in most of their countries are willing to bear? That — not whether Washington should abandon NATO to the not-so-tender mercies of Russian leader Vladimir Putin — is the question President Donald Trump has been ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to hundreds of new jobs. Dollar General announced on Wednesday it will begin construction of a 750,000-square-foot distribution center in the Florida Business Park Extension on Route 5S. The announcement means the addition of 430 jobs at the center, plus another 200 temporary ...

McMaster right choice

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, named by President Donald Trump to be his new national security adviser, has been described as “a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker.” That is precisely what the nation needs. McMaster replaces Gen. Mike Flynn, who lost his job because ...

Trump’s order to repeal rules

On Jan. 30, President Donald Trump issued an order that requires federal agencies to eliminate two regulations for every new one they establish. It was in keeping with his pledge to reduce the cost and intrusiveness of government. Now, two organizations and a labor union have filed a lawsuit ...

Roe v. Wade: The real truth

Pro-abortion activists want women to think the 1973 Supreme Court ruling known as Roe v. Wade is, without question, a good thing. It is not, of course. And the pro-abortion forces would prefer you not know that for years, one of their staunchest opponents was the woman behind Roe v. ...