Editorials

‘The love of money is the root of all evil’

That headline is quote from the Bible, in St. Paul’s letter to Timothy. It’s also, according to the Pardoner in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” the theme of all his sermons, even though he admits he is a greedy man who is only a traveling preacher because it pays so ...

Pay to play is still the way

Despite the ethics laws, grandstanding, good-government groups and newspaper editorials, nothing has stopped pay to play in Albany. Recent example No. 1: A jury convicted Joseph Percoco, a top advisor and close friend to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of taking bribes in exchange for helping companies do ...

Lawmakers may have to cut their vacations short

When the 2018 session calendar for the state Legislature came out last year, experienced participants in and observers of New York state government did a gulp when they saw the end of March and early April. The deadline for getting the 2018-19 state budget approved by the Legislature is ...

These are dire times

These are dire times for the North Atlantic right whale. A record number of the whales — 17 — died due to ship strikes or gear entanglements last year. Meanwhile, scientists who have been tracking the mammals noted the birth of a mere five calves over the same period. The troubling trend ...

A debate worth having

When the kids were talking, we were listening. They had us. And we think they had some of the politicians. In Florida, the Legislature acted and did some meaningful reforms that both Republicans and Democrats could support. But here in New York, it’s still about politics. The ...

Let the investigation go its own way

When Donald Trump entered the race for president, he was introducing a new component into our form of government. He was making the leadership of the executive branch practically out of whole cloth — a non-Washington element that had appeal for many of his supporters. After all, too much ...

Let the investigation go its own way

When Donald Trump entered the race for president, he was introducing a new component into our form of government. He was making the leadership of the executive branch practically out of whole cloth — a non-Washington element that had appeal for many of his supporters. After all, too much ...

Come out of hiding. Now.

Your 2.2 billion active users globally, 230 million of them in the United States, deserve an accounting from you personally of how a data firm tied to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was able to mine information from more than 40 million profiles on your social network without their ...

Come out of hiding. Now.

Your 2.2 billion active users globally, 230 million of them in the United States, deserve an accounting from you personally of how a data firm tied to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was able to mine information from more than 40 million profiles on your social network without their ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the Gloversvillle Police Department for its fast work on Thursday following a home invasion. One of the department’s officers happened to be pulling up to 69 Yale St. on Thursday afternoon for request to perform a welfare check. About the time he was exiting his patrol ...

Timing is everything

In politics, timing is everything and no one could have timed it better than Cynthia Nixon with her announcement this week that she will be challenging Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination as governor of New York. In Albany, this is the time of year when the two houses square off, when ...

New laws would need to be enforced

High school students demanding that Congress enact laws to protect them against mass murder may want to reconsider. Instead of seeking new legislation, they may want to demand that existing safeguards be used, not ignored. Since Feb. 14, when Nikolas Cruz massacred 17 people in a Parkland, ...

The death penalty is not the solution

President Donald Trump’s suggestion that some especially evil traffickers in illegal drugs may deserve the death penalty got the headlines this week. But other aspects of his initiative against substance abuse, unveiled Monday in New Hampshire, deserve more attention. Buried several lines ...

Presidential bid may be over for Cuomo

Make no mistake: The conviction of onetime top aide and longtime confidant Joseph Percoco on multiple felony corruption charges is as much a reflection on Gov. Cuomo as on Percoco himself. A federal jury found Percoco guilty of conspiracy to commit honest-services fraud and soliciting ...

Give Trump some credit

Without yet knowing how it will all turn out, let’s give President Trump credit for making more progress with North Korea than his predecessors ever did. Combative North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un has not only resisted global overtures to join in some kind of productive dialogue ...

Student walkouts to the polls

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, students across Ohio walked out of schools to pay tribute to the 17 people killed — 14 of them teenagers — in last month’s gun massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In this same hour, a National Rifle Association spokeswoman sent ...

Cheers and Jeers

∫ CHEERS — To Gloversville High School senior Michelle Millett for her winning poster for the New York state Kids Safe Online contest. Millett was one of 850 students statewide from 125 schools who entered the contest. Her poster was one of 12 selected as a winner. Her winning poster will ...

Not the way to handle it

On Wednesday, students across the nation either walked out of school or met in a designated area in peer support and memory of 17 students and adults killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. on Feb. 14, as well as to make their voices heard against gun violence and ...

Not everyone can afford a price increase

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is right about one thing. Our national parks may be the last of the true bargains. They were never intended to be a money-making proposition, and should not be converted into one. Zinke has suggested fees charged to enter some parks should be increased ...

Trump should meet with Kim Jong Un

The announcement last week that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has agreed to meet face-to-face with President Donald Trump to discuss the rogue regime’s development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles was hailed by many as wonderful news. Let’s not get our hopes up. Kim, like ...