Editorials

Things that are slipping away

While you and I have been busy with our everyday lives, a number of folks have slipped out of the American scene. For instance, in those long-ago days before refrigeration, we all had ice boxes. That’s when we depended on the ice man to make frequent visits. These days, I can’t remember ...

Doubling down not the answer

A few years ago, New York took a gamble on casinos to provide an economic boost. In 2013, state voters approved a constitutional ballot referendum that allowed the state legislature to authorize as many as seven new casinos in the state. The proposition was couched as an economic development ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the Gloversville Police Department for stepping up the fight against illegal drugs in our community. While it is known most addicts have their own demons to fight, for most of those busted locally, they are the foot soldiers of the more powerful dealers. Drugs bring in all sorts ...

Motorists must show caution

School is back in session in our area, and that means motorists must be extra careful when driving around schools, especially in the morning and afternoon when children are going into school or heading for home. Motorists also must be cautious around school buses, and remember to stop for ...

Reduce use of plastic bags

Dr. Sherri Mason, the State University at Fredonia professor and plastic pollution researcher who led a successful effort to ban the use of products with microbeads, is right. Society needs to reduce its reliance on plastic bags. One of the main concerns surrounding plastic bags is the fact ...

Where is their courage?

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston, Texas, now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as we ...

High sports teach life lessons

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike. Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high ...

Real Americans rise up for cause

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston, Texas, now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as we ...

Don’t delay flood relief

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster in Texas and Louisiana. Democratic lawmakers may try to punish Texans for supporting President Donald Trump in the election last year, it has been ...

Real heroes are everywhere

For all the attention we sometimes pay to television and internet videos, still images continue to have more power to symbolize important events in our lives. The photograph of Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima and another of firefighters in a remarkably similar scene on the rubble of the ...

Israel faces new threats

Brace yourself for another round of propaganda aimed at Israel. Expect to hear new allegations our only reliable ally in the Middle East is attacking Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for no good reason. Except that there will be a reason — self-defense. Yehiyeh Sinwar, the new leader of ...

Expect debt to go higher

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin won last week’s Stating the Obvious Prize when he predicted Congress will approve an increase in the government debt limit sometime in September. Of course, lawmakers will approve a new debt ceiling. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by both ...

Be tough on violators

School will be back in session in our area in just over a week, and that means law enforcement agencies should become attack dogs on behalf of the children. Police and sheriff’s deputies should concentrate on speed limits in school zones and, at least until a no-tolerance message is sent, ...

Better to be ready

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the city of Gloversville for its rapid response and dogged effort to fix the unexpected April sewage spill into the Cayadutta Creek from a 1903 vitreous clay trunk sewer along Pine Street. The emergency situation, the discovery of oldtime toxic wastes, and getting across or around ...

No more pulling back

At various times during our history, American troops abroad have been targeted with special ferocity by enemies aware that the more U.S. troops they killed, the more likely our government would be to accelerate already declared timetables for withdrawal. That ends now, President Donald Trump ...

Trump offers logical plan

No doubt leaders of Afghanistan’s government were delighted to hear President Donald Trump’s speech Monday night. Let us hope they listened to all of it. Instead of pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, regardless of the situation there, Trump plans to step up military action against ...

Military faces many dangers

Two ships do not run into each other in the open sea without someone being at fault. During the coming weeks, Navy investigators will try to set blame for the weekend collision between an oil tanker and an American destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, near Singapore. The Navy also will look ...

Cidery bill a good step

New York state takes a lot of flack over regulations and tax policies that hurt the business climate, but sometimes, the state takes steps in the right direction. Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to reduce red tape and expand opportunities for farm cideries. The bill expands ...

Postal service behind times

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...