Editorials

Safe travels this holiday

Today is one of the busiest travel days of the year. Everyone is setting out to spend this holiday of Thanksgiving with people they love. But it is also one of the dangerous times of the year to drive whether drinking or not. AAA projects 54.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or ...

Ensure justice will prevail

Five million dollars is a lot of money. It is not nearly enough to compensate three men for being imprisoned wrongly — for 20 years. At least they ought to have some assurance that true justice will prevail in their cases. In 1995, three Cleveland,Ohio, men, Laurese Glover, Eugene Johnson ...

Not smiling over Amazon

Amazon selected Long Island City in Queens and National Landing in Arlington, Virginia, as the two locations for its new headquarters (HQ2). Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio are touting it as the biggest economic development initiative in the history of New York state, with more than ...

The flag and the weather

It has been brought to our attention that some people are leaving their flags out all hours of the day and all kinds of weather, so we thought a little flag ettiquette may be appropriate. According to the official United States Flag Code, previous to Flag Day, June 14, 1923, there were no ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — Real estate agents know the meaning of curb appeal. If a client likes what they see when they first drive up to a piece of property, they are more likely than not take it to the next step and see if the home is what they are looking for. Locally, area business people, council ...

Innocent until proven guilty

On Wednesday, Gloversville Mayor Dayton King was arrested. Again. This time he allegedly used the city’s postal meter to send personal and outside business mail after hours, and, according to state police information officer Kerra Burns, the amount was less than $500. He is also accused of a ...

Voters and candidates

The question raised by the 1972 movie “The Candidate,” starring Robert Redford, is whether winning a political campaign is worth compromising or even sacrificing your values. That is the sort of question traditionally ignored in American politics, but it seems especially relevant to us ...

Give a little this season

Most of us are lucky enough to not have to worry about where our Thanksgiving meal is going to come from. Unfortunately, there are literally hundreds of people in Fulton County who live alone, don’t make enough money, are unable to drive or do not have transportation in order to enjoy the ...

Honoring our veterans

One hundred years ago yesterday, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last ...

Don’t go down the rabbit hole

Liberals are predicting that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority will rewrite laws according to their policy preferences. So someone should point out that the conservatives this week behaved as if laws mean what they say regardless of the policy outcome. In Mount Lemmon Fire District ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the group of Mayfield students and their advisors, Eileen Rovito and John Caraco, for continuing to help keep the Rice Homestead looking nice. Each year, students from Mayfield Central School District go the historical home and help rake leaves and clean up the grounds in ...

A story of beavers and volunteers

We often hear a lot about the integrity, bravery, and commitment of those who serve their communities as volunteer firefighters. What we hear about less often is the dangers of beavers. Yes, beavers. Those two things combined in my life Tuesday night, as unbeknownst to me, a colony of beavers ...

Time to pick up the signs

For weeks, small forests of signs promoting dozens of political candidates have been demonstrations of the vigor of our system of government. Now, they are just litter. Some candidates and their supporters started the process of picking up their signs on Tuesday evening. It is pleasing to ...

Are you paying attention?

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — and that includes a few right here in our area. We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not ...

Staggering results

A survey by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, released earlier this month, produced sobering results: Only 36 percent of Americans would be able to pass the citizenship test that is given to immigrants. Passing, by the way, requires a score of a mere 60 percent. Americans, it ...

A ‘word’ from our president, we wish

By KATHLEEN PARKER Network announcer: We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for this special message from the president of the United States. My fellow Americans. I want to speak to you tonight as I’ve never spoken before, maybe ever — from my heart. I stand before you both ...

When the roof caves in

Earlier this year President Donald Trump joined both parties in Congress to toss all provisions to restrain deficit spending. They got together and agreed to give big tax cuts and simultaneously to increase spending. “Congress solved their partisan differences by spending other people’s ...

The need for debates

Debate-ducking seems to be the sport of the season here in New York, but it's not a very sporting way to conduct a political campaign. We were disappointed that our incumbent congresswoman, Republican Elise Stefanik, did not agree to attend a debate before a live audience or a public forum ...

Hatred must be confronted

Our country is in a dark place. The rabbit hole of hatred through which we are descending keeps getting deeper. Last week, three Americans targeted three sets of people for death. A Florida man was charged with mailing 14 pipe bombs to Democratic leaders and critics of President Donald Trump. ...

Priorities may steer AG vote

Voters are likely not very familiar with New York’s five candidates for attorney general. The easy part about the choice is that they differ so greatly in what they would confront that your priorities might determine your pick. The three qualified candidates, in our mind, are Letitia James ...