Editorials

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 ...

Money transfer is not the problem

Right now there is a lot of fuss on social media and on some news sources about the recent revelation that President Donald Trump’s administration transferred nearly $10 million from Federal Emergency Management Agency to U.S. Immigration and Customs, expecially given the impending monestrous ...

Purely a political move

Democrat senators who made a mockery of fairness in disrupting a hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insist they are being denied information they need to decide whether he is qualified. Not really. Senators have been given many more documents regarding Kavanaugh than were ...

17 years ago today, 9/11

Do you remember where you were 17 years ago today? Most of us do because it was one of those days that will live in infamy, like when JFK was killed or Martin Luther King. On Sept. 11, 2001, I was in the news room of a weekly newspaper that focused entirely on local news — The Ballston ...

Cause for celebration

There is some cause for celebration at the Labor Day barbecue this year. Unemployment is down and those 401(k)s are getting meatier because the stock market is up. The number of private sector jobs on Long Island rose by 1 percent over the year in July — slightly less of a jump than the ...

They forgot about Upstate

The two candidates running for the Democratic Party nomination for governor — incumbent Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon — staged their one and only debate Aug. 29 at Hofstra University on Long Island. They did Upstate New York voters a disservice by largely ignoring their ...

Allowing time should be honored

Hearings begin for a Supreme Court nominee even as much of his record remains hidden. Will the Senate advise and consent, or rubber stamp? For all appearances, Brett Kavanaugh is headed for confirmation as a Supreme Court justice. But that is no reason for Democrats to allow such a ...

Disregarding the taxpayer

Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

Do what we can

The paradises promoters of socialism promise often turn out to be bottomless pits of misery. Even questioning the totalitarian regimes can be dangerous. Central and South America are proving to be incubators of repression and economic want because of socialism. In Venezuela, which should be ...

Thanks to working people

We hear a lot about unemployment rates, the gross domestic product, business inventories and a variety of other economic indicators. But among the most interesting are productivity reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In essence, productivity data compares the value of goods and ...

Ramp up the pressure

One can understand why North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un thought he could get away with lying to President Donald Trump. He and his predecessors did it successfully with previous presidents, so why not? But Kim’s failure to keep his promises about abandoning nuclear weapons is not working ...

Is it good for Americans?

The key question being raised over President Donald Trump’s agreement with Mexican officials on a new trade pact points straight to the reason why so many Americans are unhappy with the current system of regulating trade between our country and others. Trump said this week Mexican officials ...

A bandaid won’t fix the problem

U.S. Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer says President Trump wants to “modernize” America’s trade deals, but this week the Agriculture Department is dusting off an ancient New Deal program to assist farm casualties of his trade policy. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue on Monday announced $5.9 ...

Going backwards

We nostalgically remember the days — about two years ago — when the Environmental Protection Agency worked diligently to protect our environment for the benefit of our long-term health. But while most of us were absorbed this past week with trials and plea deals for those closely ...

Trust and verify strategy

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may have been jubilant about his deal with President Donald Trump, reached earlier this summer during their meeting in Singapore. Kim may have believed that, in exchange for mere promises, he had gained Trump’s unqualified trust. That would have fit nicely ...