Editorials

Tax relief without debt

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To heroism and generosity. Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino commended civilians on Monday for their actions after Henry Ross III crashed his snowmobile on the Great Sacandaga Lake last Friday night. Not only did civilians administer CPR, but they transported deputies by private ...

Obama puts up roadblocks

In public, President Barack Obama has been exceedingly, commendably courteous toward President-elect Donald Trump. But in handling public affairs, it has been a different story. Since Trump won the election, Obama has been pushing to implement both domestic and international agendas with ...

Special session wasn’t needed

Many state legislators are sore that they didn’t get the Christmas present they wanted — a humongous pay raise — but we’re glad they had enough decency to call off their campaign for it Friday night. You can’t force Santa Claus or your family members to give you what you want, ...

Trump cabinet choices solid?

Many of the people President-elect Donald Trump has selected for top positions in his administration have no experience in the federal government. That is a terrible, dangerous thing, Trump’s critics charge. No, it is not. For many years, both Republican and Democratic presidents have ...

Miller should not take seat

The Fulton County Ethics Board’s recent advisory opinion that Scott Miller should not be sworn in Jan. 2 as a Johnstown councilman-at-large because his employment at the cities’ sewer plant creates a conflict of interest, needs to be taken seriously by both Miller and the city’s Common ...

Obama’s overreach

President Barack Obama could not resist a parting shot that extended his legacy of vindictive executive overreach. When his administration released a new Stream Protection Rule on Monday, the intent was clear: one last attempted blow to coal miners and their families. In a re-working of the ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To coming to the rescue. The Fulton County Salvation Army faced a logistical problem this Christmas season — a 100 percent increase in requests for toys for children, but no place to store and package the gifts. However, the Knights of Columbus Council 265 stepped up and donated ...

Here’s to those who work on Christmas

Few times of the year are as quiet and uneventful as Christmas Day. During the morning hours, at least, just about everyone is home enjoying the holiday with family and friends. But not quite. Police and sheriff’s department cruisers patrol the streets and byways. Paid firefighters staff ...

Gun safety a priority

It is not uncommon for teenagers or even younger children to hope that one thing they find under the Christmas tree is a new rifle or shotgun, perhaps the first they have ever owned. Most parents understand such a Christmas present has to be combined with another gift — education in safe, ...

Trump win now official

Throughout the United States, presidential electors cast their ballots Monday. Fewer than a handful of them broke faith with their states’ electorates by not voting as the Nov. 8 results in their states indicated they should. President-elect Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was ...

Montgomery model works

In the latest New York state Regional Economic Development Council awards, both Fulton and Montgomery counties received funding for a high percentage of the economic development projects they submitted to the state for funding. Fulton County received funding for five of the six projects ...

Why not a real heroine?

Wonder Woman no longer is the United Nations honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. U.N. officials announced this week the fictional superhero had been stripped of the title. Complaints that someone as skimpily clad and prone to violence as Wonder Woman was not ...

Let’s enforce Leandra’s Law

Leandra Rosado. The name might escape you after all these years. Leandra was just 11 when she lost her life to a drunk driver. She had the misfortune of getting into a vehicle with the mother of one of her friends while that mother was driving drunk. If any good came from it, it was the ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To good Samaritans. Crystal Aldous, Carol Sleasman and Thomas Sleasman Sr. deserve praise for their heroism as first responders in the fire that took the life of a Vail Mills man. CHEERS — To economic development. The Mohawk Valley region was awarded $81.9 million in grants last ...

Trump’s EPA pick: Pruitt

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency has sent many liberals diving off the deep end, rhetorically. Pruitt has a record of opposing EPA action meant to cripple the fossil fuel industry, the leftists ...

Trump saves Carrier jobs

Liberal politicians and their supporters in some of the news media have become so used to employing a double standard that they seem to be blind to how many voters have caught on. Even after Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump, the practice has ...

Allow canoes, not motorboats

We still haven’t come to a detailed conclusion on what kind of land classification we’d support for the beautiful Boreas Ponds tract, which the state purchased this year in the town of North Hudson. We are certain of one thing, however: Motorboats should not be able to access the namesake ...

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 ...