Editorials

Pvt. Manning release wrong

Classified documents released by then-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning were found in Osama bin Laden’s hideout after a U.S. Navy SEAL team killed him. That alone is evidence of how badly Manning’s betrayal hurt our country. While working as an Army intelligence analyst in Iraq during 2010, ...

Murder not a policy tool

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Now, time for serious work

Recently, a proposed law known as “Kirby and Quigley’s Law” passed the New York state Senate in a 59-2 vote. The law would make it a felony, punishable by two years in jail and a $5,000 fine, to harm a companion animal during the act of another felony. The bill was sponsored by our ...

Confirm EPA nominee Pruitt

Several of President Donald Trump’s key nominees have been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Even a few about whom partisan bickering was strident have been approved. But Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general nominated to head the Environmental Protection Agency, continues to cool his ...

Move forward with pipelines

Among the headlines President Donald Trump made during his first week was one citing his executive order to clear obstacles standing in the way of the proposed Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. That is a good start, many may have reacted. Now, let’s move on to accelerating ...

Top-to-bottom overhaul needed

Few Cabinet officers lead agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

Cheers and jeers

JEERS — To crooks and criminals. Fulton County saw a 34 percent increase in arrests in 2016. Sheriff Richard Giardino said he doesn’t believe there is greater crime in the area. Rather, he cited efficiency and being more visible in the community as reasons for the rise. The hard work of ...

No wholesale obstructionism

Fortunately, some Democrats in the U.S. Senate are beginning to think about the meaning of “loyal opposition” in government. It means standing firm on specific issues, without engaging in wholesale obstructionism. Many Americans disagree with some or even all of President Donald ...

Attack on Barron in very bad taste

What part of “the president’s young children are off-limits” do some entertainers not understand? The often-maligned news media gets it, and has for many years. Presidents and their grown sons and daughters are fair targets for journalistic coverage. But small children who happen to ...

King thinking outside the box

Mayor Dayton King has set a deadline for the city to finish negotiations for a new fire department contract by the end of February. If no agreement is reached, he and the Common Council will begin the process of putting a referendum before voters to change the makeup of the department to a ...

Ban on travel poorly executed

President Donald Trump’s order banning travel to this country by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries certainly could have benefited from more planning. For example, denying re-entry to travelers who resided here, then left the United States intending to return within days or ...

Negotiate a better deal

Among the first actions President Donald Trump took last Monday was to officially kill U.S. participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. No doubt free-trade advocates will condemn the new chief executive for that. But all Trump did was to, in effect, sign the TPP’s ...

Securing our nation’s border

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly told U.S. senators before they confirmed him as the nation’s next leader of the Department of Homeland Security that his top priority will be closing the nation’s borders to “illegal movement of people and things.” Given what his boss, President Donald ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To strong community support. Something amazing was waiting for Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District’s band when it returned from Washington, D.C. after performances celebrating President Donald Trump’s inauguration. When the group arrived back home at 11:15 ...

Old mine could become battery

Whether it’s now or 100 years ago, engineering marvels are always pretty cool. The one we’re thinking of is, on one hand, new and fascinating; on the other, one wonders why it took so long. This innovation is taking place in an old iron ore mine in the eastern Adirondacks, in the ...

Ethics board needed now

Scott Miller, who was elected Johnstown Councilman-at-large in November, has decided to give up his seat on the council after the Fulton County Board of Ethics ruled he had a conflict of interest due to his employment at the Gloversville-Johnstown Wastewater Treatment Facility. The ethics ...

Power transition ‘regular miracle’

Throughout the nation, millions of people in dozens of cities took to the streets Friday and Saturday, protesting the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. A few thousand — out of a nation of 325 million —engaged in violent confrontations with police. It matters not ...

Is Betsy DeVos being profiled?

Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Education, has a strange way of demonstrating the animosity toward gay people she is being accused by some of harboring. Back to that in a moment. Liberal critics of Trump have been shouting themselves hoarse, ...

Infrastructure investment?

Some liberals already are condemning President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal for a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure throughout the nation. It’s no more than a slush fund to benefit people and programs the president likes, they say. It won’t really create jobs, they ...

EPA mandate unreasonable?

By 2025, new cars and trucks in dealer showrooms will achieve fuel economy averaging 51.4 miles per gallon, the Environmental Protection Agency has mandated. Given the fact that by the EPA’s own numbers, average fuel economy in the United States was just 24.8 mpg, that seems more than a ...