Editorials

Coping with rising costs

The city of Johnstown’s budget process this year brings to mind a quote from billionaire investor Warren Buffet, who once said, in reference to financial crises, “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” In Johnstown the tide has been the city’s ...

Shop local, support area

Ever ordered something online only to discover once it arrived that it wasn’t at all what you expected? Or that the merchant was out of the color you ordered and shipped you something different? That would not have happened if you had made your purchase in a local store. Or, have you ever ...

Dems’ massive temper tantrum

It was one thing for supporters of presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore to dispute Florida election results in 2000. Then, there were serious questions (remember “hanging chads”) and the entire national election at stake. But now, liberals insisting Democrat Hillary Clinton ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To Ruth Fairbanks. On Sunday, an area veteran was honored by members of the Mayfield Methodist Church with the presentation of a Quilt of Valor. Fairbanks, the creator of the quilt, and Pastor Jerry Oliver presented the quilt to Glen Henry and his family during service. Fairbanks ...

Make student safety a priority

Six precious little children were killed on Nov. 21 in a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn. A dozen others were injured badly. Police said the bus driver was driving far in excess of the 30 mph speed limit where the accident occurred. He was arrested. How was it that the young man ...

Classic profile of a lone wolf

Precisely what motivated Abdul Razak Ali Artan to injure 11 people in an attack on the campus of Ohio State University may never be known. Fortunately, a campus police officer at the scene for another reason shot Artan dead. It is a reasonable supposition that Artan was one of those “lone ...

Castro’s death an opportunity?

Fidel Castro’s death certainly is the end of an era, that of the cult of personality that kept Cubans oppressed and without economic opportunity for decades. But does Castro’s demise signal an end to repressive rule of the island nation? Probably not. For more than half a century, ...

Time to plan ‘Small’ event

This past weekend was one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year, featuring both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Black Friday has for decades been the day in which many retailers finally go “into the black” for the year, meaning they finally show a profit thanks to the ...

Climate pact irreversible?

French President Francois Hollande declared this week the Paris pact calling for drastic reductions in use of fossil fuels to battle climate change is “irreversible.” Because outgoing President Barack Obama agreed to the deal, Americans must comply with it, Hollande added. Really, ...

Targets need to come off

If four civilians were shot needlessly and intentionally by U.S. police officers in one day, it is a safe bet existing condemnations of law enforcement personnel as a class would be intensified greatly. There would be demands that something be done immediately to stop the violence. Four ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To the true spirit of Thanksgiving. A senior at Johnstown High School, Alicia Jordan, raised $440 toward creating 11 Thanksgiving day baskets for local families in need. In addition to including all the fixings and dessert, a $25 gift certificate to Price Chopper was also in the ...

Obama actions questionable

Among the most blatantly political of President Barack Obama’s actions has been blocking construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Upon taking office, President-elect Donald Trump should change that. Designed to bring Canadian oil to the United States, the pipeline has been under review for ...

Obama reflects during trip

Don’t make the same mistake I did, President Barack Obama seemed to be advising European leaders this week. Obama is on his last big trip abroad as president. Part of his purpose, as White House aides confirm, is to reassure European leaders President-elect Donald Trump will keep key mutual ...

Act now on infrastructure

One need look no further than the recent sewage leaks from the city of Amsterdam into the Mohawk River to see the urgent need for water and sewer infrastructure upgrades in Fulton and Montgomery counties. An alert issued by the State Department of Environmental Conservation Oct. 19 stated ...

The wall just got higher

Donald Trump’s message can be summed up by something he said in May, regarding his pledge to erect a barrier to block illegal immigration across our southern border. Asked about the Mexican president’s dismissive comment regarding the plan, Trump said this: “The wall just got 10 feet ...

Be a parent, not a friend

What are your kids doing online? Who are they texting on their phones? What are they saying? Who’s talking to them? Do you really know? If you’ve wondered, but haven’t checked, Investigator William Martin has a message  for you: Be a parent, not a friend. That’s  a ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS — To honoring servicemen and servicewomen. Area residents paid tribute last week to the brave individuals who fought for America. From schools raising funds for Honor Flights that will send veterans to Washington, D.C. memorials, to ceremonies in front of city hall, speeches, songs ...

Obama seeks Gitmo closing

In anticipation of the end of his presidency, Barack Obama has accelerated an initiative to empty the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and shut it down. Not long after he took office, Obama announced he would keep a campaign promise to close the center. In one of the most bipartisan ...

Deliver on veterans issues

President-elect Donald Trump has made many promises during the more than a year he has been campaigning. He may have been reminded of one on Friday. It was Veterans Day, an annual observance during which we Americans pause to remind ourselves of the many sacrifices made by those who have ...

Obey, disobey federal law?

If you are a school district that refuses to allow students to use the restroom of their choosing, you could be in big trouble. Your federal funding could be reduced or eliminated. But if you are a city proclaiming to illegal immigrants that you will help them dodge federal law, no problem. ...