Editorials

Let’s behave the way we should

If you are looking for a nice display of American flags this Fourth of July, you may want to visit Chelmsford, Mass. LAER Realty Partners in that community has the banners, along with a good dose of good old-fashioned independence. A few weeks ago, LAER ran afoul of local government for its ...

A shock delivered

Democratic voters in New York’s 14th Congressional District delivered a shock to the political system Tuesday night, rejecting the fourth-ranking member of the party’s House leadership, Representative Joseph Crowley, in favor of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old former Bernie Sanders ...

Taxed no matter what you do

When it comes to misguided revenge, Sons of Anarchy has nothing on Donald Trump. The President’s own man-of-mayhem trade policies have forced Harley-Davidson to move some of its motorcycle production overseas. But Mr. Trump responded to this week’s announcement by menacing the company on ...

Something must change

“There are no 40-hour weeks, no big paydays — just a passion for telling stories from our community. We keep doing more with less. We find ways to cover high school sports, breaking news, tax hikes, school budgets & local entertainment. We are there in times of tragedy. We do our best ...

Keeping pedophiles away

A report datelined Chicago and making national headlines would be upsetting by itself. But the fact it is merely a new twist on an old story needs to be kept in mind. Roman Catholic Church officials are frequent targets of criticism for a substantial number of cases in which little or no ...

Draining the swamp

How nice it would be to believe that President Donald Trump’s plan to reorganize the federal government will result in more efficiency and less bureaucratic stupidity. Most Americans have had enough exposure to federal agencies to believe an improvement has occurred when they see it, ...

What about the other attorney?

Among the more intriguing and disturbing bits of information uncovered by the Justice Department inspector general looking into questions about political bias was a revelation — to the public, at least — regarding an FBI attorney. Much of the attention focused on the IG’s report has ...

Time to face the truth

The time for Americans to be honest about “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, ...

Setting the bar high

Well, that was easy. After a single meeting in Singapore, President Trump has, in his own fantastical telling, rendered North Korea “no longer a nuclear threat.” Never mind that North Korea still has as many as 60 nuclear weapons, scores of ballistic missiles and an untold number of ...

Not just another day at the office

They say no good deed goes unpunished. But what if the deeds weren’t good at all? The New York attorney general’s office is no stranger to going after charities that have behaved badly. But current Attorney General Barbara Underwood’s extensive, extraordinary lawsuit against the ...

Realistic legislation needed

Realistic new legislation is needed to address illegal immigration. President Donald Trump is right about that. He also is correct that Democrats in Congress have blocked some efforts in that regard. Trump was right Wednesday, too, when he issued an executive order that men and women caught ...

Billing the poor protestors

If you want to come to Albany to protest the injustices of poverty, you’ll want to have money, not to mention an appreciation for irony. Demonstrators calling themselves the Poor People’s Campaign have been staging a series of protests in New York’s capital city for the past several ...

We know a coverup

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Giving hearts define us

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

The nation needs new immigration laws

With much of the nation’s attention last week focused on reining in North Korea’s aggressiveness, conservatives in Congress were making progress on another critical issue — immigration laws. Votes on the issue in the House of Representatives could occur as early as next week. House ...

Everyone should vote

“If young people decide to go out there and vote, we have the power to affect what the government does. We could have a big impact.” So said Nestor Aguilera, a 20-year-old Indiana University business major from Elkhart, Indiana. Aguilera’s simple statement pretty much tells it like it ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEER — To the fast response of the Gloversville police, fire and public works departments to the major fuel spill on East Fulton Street on Wednesday. Fulton County Civil Defense and Fire Coordinator Steven Santa Maria praised the first responders to the scene for their quick actions, which ...

No one is showing class

President Donald Trump has been accused frequently of two things: First, he isn’t a deep thinker, say some critics. Second, he has a persecution complex, they add. Really? Sunday night’s Tony Awards program was supposed to recognize achievements by those who stage Broadway shows. It ...

Stakes are higher now

It seems that President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un established some level of trust with each other during their meeting Tuesday in Singapore. Now comes the second, critical half of the equation: verification that Pyongyang does what Kim says it will. What happened ...

The STAR Act is right on

It happens too frequently, right here in our communities. We see it in the collection cans at local stores, where we can donate money to help children battling cancer. We see it in newspaper stories about fundraising events to help their families. And we see it in obituaries of children whose ...