Editorials

Other nations should join U.S. against Iran

Even defenders of the deal former President Barack Obama’s administration negotiated with Iran admitted that it would delay Tehran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons only about 10 years. That was three years ago. Now, some are warning that President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the ...

Have you gotten the flu shot yet?

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Why not? Many health care professionals are urging the public — especially those who, because of age or existing health conditions may be more vulnerable to the flu — to get immunized as soon as possible. They have a very good reason for being worried. ...

Both are victims of vicious public discourse

As U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley pointed out Thursday morning, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford have one thing in common: Both are victims of the viciousness that has taken over our public discourse. Grassley, R-Iowa, was opening a ...

Electronic trail is dangerous

Forget the paper trail once relied upon by investigators. As the near-continual parade of politicians, celebrities and athletes accused of misbehavior — often long ago — reminds us, it’s the electronic trail that matters these days. And, in contrast to paper documents that can be ...

An FBI probe is warranted

It was difficult to watch the Blasey Ford-Kavanaugh hearings on Thursday for so many reasons and now to see the opposing sides play it all out in very nasty tones on social media. There seems to be no gray area and those inclined to believe Blasey-Ford did not have their minds changed and those ...

The Senate needs to flip

Last week, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan announced that he had appointed a former federal judge to review how the Archdiocese of New York handled sexual abuse of minors and sexual harassment of adults. It should come as no surprise that the cardinal has been motivated to act. He knows what ...

Congress must act

If you enjoy outdoor recreation, whether that means camping in a wilderness area or just taking the kids to the playground at a city park, there is an excellent chance you owe a debt of gratitude to a federal program of which you may never have heard. It is the Land and Water Conservation ...

Using a political weapon

One may be tempted to wonder why, if they are so eager to get at the truth, powerful Democrats in the U.S. Senate kept allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh under wraps for so long. Actually, there is no question about the cynical game being played by Sen. Dianne ...

It’s a way to start change

An organization founded by families of children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting knew they needed to try something different — something a whole lot of other adults had ignored — if they were to make a difference in kids’ lives. “We empower and help one population ...

Ford’s story needs to be heard

Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate have an obligation — one of fairness as well as self-defense politics — to do all in their power to hear Christine Blasey Ford’s story about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. If that means shuffling their schedule, so be it. Until a few days ...

Both deserve to be heard

Confirming a Supreme Court nominee is an intensely political process. That’s certainly been the case with Brett Kavanaugh. But the emergence of a woman willing to testify about her allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh when both were teens is a cry to put politics aside. ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the proposal from the Caroga Arts Collective to further enhance on its summer music festivals to turn the former Sherman’s Amusement Park property into a first-class arts venue. While the proposal would possibly mean selling the town-owned property to the CAC, moving forward ...

Fed ‘font police’ have showed up

Those following closely had to realize there would be at least one more crazy twist in the verbal brawl between New York and federal officials over what are appropriate highway signs. Despite warnings from the federal government, state officials installed the “offending” signs in 2016 and ...

Climate change is a real threat

As if this past summer of merciless heat waves, droughts and megafires were not warning enough, in the past several days the elements sounded another alarm about the state of a world made warmer by the burning of fossil fuels. It came in the form of a one-two punch of wind and rainfall from ...

Drug problem not going away

Another day, another bill in Congress aimed at curbing the drug abuse epidemic sweeping the nation. This one was approved Monday by a vote of 99-1 in the Senate. A similar bill was approved several weeks ago by the House of Representatives. Now, the two chambers must reconcile their versions ...

Comparing apples and oranges

Reflecting the changing culture, Merriam-Webster added the word “meme” to its pages in 2015. The word, pronounced “meem,” denotes “an amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online especially through social media,” ...

Throwing money at a problem

Politicians in the big-government crowd would have us believe that spending tons of money on public schools is the way to ensure children get good educations. Really? Ask parents in Detroit about that. At $14,259, Detroit public schools’ per-pupil spending is the eighth-highest of the 100 ...

Vaccines save lives

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEER — To Gloversville High School student Jordan Lacerdure and his recent gesture of kindness and empathy. While most students get new shoes for the start of the school year, Jordan gave his shoes away to a person in need. Jordan said that while playing a game of basketball at the Elk ...

Aptly named ‘Fear’

“Fear: Trump in the White House,” the new tell-all book by famed journalist Bob Woodward, confirms what most of us feel but wish were not true — our government is headed by a man utterly unfit for the office. “Fear” is not an opinion piece, written by Trump detractors. It’s the ...