Editorials

Turmoil is the order of the day

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, former chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

Let’s move forward now

As one of our sister papers said in an editorial, it is interesting to see how last year’s bitterly divisive presidential election affected this year’s local elections. While in the North Country they saw an overall politeness, and while there were minor exceptions, most of their ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the men and women who gathered Thursday at the Broadalbin Inn to sign more than 1,000 cards to go to troops deployed overseas. The group met last year and signed more than 1,000 cards, a goal Sacandaga Community Preparedness Team president Dave Bardascini said they are looking ...

Cash report sends warnings

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s latest cash report should send warning flags to anyone concerned about runaway New York spending. DiNapoli’s report, which comes at the halfway point of the state’s fiscal year, shows state tax collections to be $386.6 million less than the latest ...

Get the present laws correct

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

Of great concern

Criminal charges against Paul Manafort and a business associate are not linked to President Donald Trump’s campaign last year, but they still should be of great concern. Criminal charges against Paul Manafort and a business associate are not linked to President Donald Trump’s campaign ...

Clean up their act

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

How can we help stop DV

Stop and think how we can help prevent domestic violence. Abuse and control can take many forms, but awareness of emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse is the first step to stopping it. Did you know that more than 1 in 3 women (35.6 percent) and more than 1 in 4 men (28.5 percent) in ...

Reducing the tax rate

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred this week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

Stopping terrorism

Once again, we find ourselves asking the familiar question: How can we prevent terrorist attacks such as that in New York City on Tuesday? We can’t — at least not without infringing upon liberties we Americans cherish. In mid-afternoon Tuesday, Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who came to this ...

Fining is unacceptable

Republican leaders in Congress are not happy with one tax reform proposal from President Donald Trump. It is that the comprehensive tax bill on which they are working include a provision rescinding the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “individual mandate.” Tax reformers know that ...

Pardon our sarcasm

Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials announced Tuesday that the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, has restricted the range of missiles manufactured in Iran to 1,240 miles. Oh. Everything’s all right, then. All that worry over Iran’s missile and nuclear weapons programs ...

Money should go to victims

In September, the National Park Service announced it would provide $98,000 for a project to honor the legacy of the Black Panther Party. The money was to go to the University of California at Berkeley. One wonders whether the park service would have paid that much to honor the legacy of one ...

Probe necessary

The corruption attendant to much of what goes on in Puerto Rican government makes an investigation of a $300 million contract involving recovery from a devastating hurricane virtually mandatory. Neither President Donald Trump nor members of Congress should shrink from such a probe. Puerto ...

Reminder of what we face

Before they heard four U.S. special operations troops had been killed in a firefight against Islamic terrorists in Niger on Oct. 4, most Americans probably did not know our country had armed forces in that country. But we have had troops there for many years. The total now is about 800, who ...

Interference is unacceptable

One hundred forty-five million dollars will buy an awful lot of gratitude. The question in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s case is whether she showed her appreciation in unacceptable ways. Even before she lost the 2016 presidential election, Clinton demanded an investigation ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS —To Broadalbin-Perth High School for the innovative Adirondack Humanities course it implemented this year. The two teachers, Dan Simonds and Tony Mucilli, credit principal Mark Brooks for being “instrumental in advocating for new ideas, new models of teaching and curriculum that ...

It is about time

A “new” scandal is being looked into by some members of Congress. It involves sale of about 20 percent of the nation’s uranium assets to a Russian company in 2010. If you have been paying attention, however, you already know about it. We have urged for some time that circumstances ...

Get on board or out of the way

Liberals in Congress are up in arms about a plan to grant some tax relief to Americans. The idea, by conservative lawmakers and President Donald Trump, is irresponsible, they huff. It could add as much as $1.5 trillion to the national debt within the next decade, opponents of the plan ...

What made them so afraid?

For years, former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly harassed women sexually, assaulting many of them. Now, his company has fired him and, on both coasts, officials are looking into whether he can be prosecuted. You will have to pardon the many women who say Weinstein assaulted them after ...