Editorials

Downtown can use help

So you own a small business, and you work like hell to keep it afloat. You give up nights and weekends. You miss family functions.  You even get a little testy at times. But in the end, you’re your own boss and you wouldn’t have it any other way. And when you turn a profit,  well, ...

Water Board must step up

Johnstown’s outgoing mayor Cindy Lakata says she wanted to give new mayor Vern Jackson a briefing on the activities of all of the city’s departments, but she couldn’t because Johnstown’s water department — with its independently elected board — hadn’t given her all of the ...

Pelosi not equipped

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may well be patting herself on the back. In the process, she should be looking over her shoulder. Change is coming up fast, and she simply is not equipped to handle it. Pelosi, D-Calif., was re-elected as leader of House Democrats last ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To first responders. Montgomery County first responders received recognition for their hard work on Dec. 2 at the Winner’s Circle in Fonda. County Executive Matthew Ossenfort and more than 100 area residents honored six nominees as individuals who go above and beyond to put their ...

Miners losing insurance

Everyone on Capitol Hill seems to want to help retired coal miners whose health insurance and pensions are in dire jeopardy. But disagreement over how to do it may leave the miners and their families out in the cold. Time is running out. By Jan. 1, health care benefits for an estimated 16,300 ...

Remember Dec. 7, 1941

Bands had begun saluting the flag as Old Glory was raised. Men were rolling out of bunks, ready for a new day. It was Sunday, so some men of the cloth were polishing sermons to be delivered later that day. It was a Sunday morning just like most others in the tropical paradise that was the ...

Democracy: Majority rule

Our American government never was intended to be a democracy. It is a republic, for the excellent reason that the nation’s founders understood the danger in pure democracy. Pure democracy amounts to majority rule every time, regardless of how oppressive that may be to those in the ...

Coping with rising costs

The city of Johnstown’s budget process this year brings to mind a quote from billionaire investor Warren Buffet, who once said, in reference to financial crises, “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” In Johnstown the tide has been the city’s ...

Shop local, support area

Ever ordered something online only to discover once it arrived that it wasn’t at all what you expected? Or that the merchant was out of the color you ordered and shipped you something different? That would not have happened if you had made your purchase in a local store. Or, have you ever ...

Dems’ massive temper tantrum

It was one thing for supporters of presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore to dispute Florida election results in 2000. Then, there were serious questions (remember “hanging chads”) and the entire national election at stake. But now, liberals insisting Democrat Hillary Clinton ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To Ruth Fairbanks. On Sunday, an area veteran was honored by members of the Mayfield Methodist Church with the presentation of a Quilt of Valor. Fairbanks, the creator of the quilt, and Pastor Jerry Oliver presented the quilt to Glen Henry and his family during service. Fairbanks ...

Make student safety a priority

Six precious little children were killed on Nov. 21 in a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn. A dozen others were injured badly. Police said the bus driver was driving far in excess of the 30 mph speed limit where the accident occurred. He was arrested. How was it that the young man ...

Classic profile of a lone wolf

Precisely what motivated Abdul Razak Ali Artan to injure 11 people in an attack on the campus of Ohio State University may never be known. Fortunately, a campus police officer at the scene for another reason shot Artan dead. It is a reasonable supposition that Artan was one of those “lone ...

Castro’s death an opportunity?

Fidel Castro’s death certainly is the end of an era, that of the cult of personality that kept Cubans oppressed and without economic opportunity for decades. But does Castro’s demise signal an end to repressive rule of the island nation? Probably not. For more than half a century, ...

Time to plan ‘Small’ event

This past weekend was one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year, featuring both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Black Friday has for decades been the day in which many retailers finally go “into the black” for the year, meaning they finally show a profit thanks to the ...

Climate pact irreversible?

French President Francois Hollande declared this week the Paris pact calling for drastic reductions in use of fossil fuels to battle climate change is “irreversible.” Because outgoing President Barack Obama agreed to the deal, Americans must comply with it, Hollande added. Really, ...

Targets need to come off

If four civilians were shot needlessly and intentionally by U.S. police officers in one day, it is a safe bet existing condemnations of law enforcement personnel as a class would be intensified greatly. There would be demands that something be done immediately to stop the violence. Four ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To the true spirit of Thanksgiving. A senior at Johnstown High School, Alicia Jordan, raised $440 toward creating 11 Thanksgiving day baskets for local families in need. In addition to including all the fixings and dessert, a $25 gift certificate to Price Chopper was also in the ...

Obama actions questionable

Among the most blatantly political of President Barack Obama’s actions has been blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Upon taking office, President-elect Donald Trump should change that. Designed to bring Canadian oil to the United States, the pipeline has been under review for ...

Obama reflects during trip

Don’t make the same mistake I did, President Barack Obama seemed to be advising European leaders this week. Obama is on his last big trip abroad as president. Part of his purpose, as White House aides confirm, is to reassure European leaders President-elect Donald Trump will keep key mutual ...