Editorials

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to voter support for education. Every school budget in Johnstown and Gloversville passed on Tuesday, which we see as the area’s commitment to education. Thanks to the state tax cap, and some realistic planning on the part of area school boards, there were no onerous budgets ...

Dictator’s ‘ho-hum’

One could almost hear the “ho-hum” from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Tuesday, after the U.N. Security Council voted to condemn his most recent missile test. And by the way, the Security Council added, all countries should implement previous U.N. requests for sanctions against North ...

Comey had to go

Many Democrats had been demanding James Comey’s head on a platter. Now that President Donald Trump has handed it to them, they are furious. Hillary Clinton and some in her party believe Comey’s actions as FBI director cost her votes in last year’s presidential election. They point to ...

Keeping our nation secure

Which of government’s protective functions is more important: safeguarding us against computer hackers or detecting and stopping the next terrorist plot or, perhaps, slowing down a rogue nation’s missile or nuclear program? As more and more global extortionists demand money in exchange ...

Bureaucrats hurting poor

Rules are rules. Bending them beyond some reasonable point risks creating chaos. Somehow, giving poor kids a break despite the fact some adult filled in a federal form using the wrong typeface or with incorrect margins doesn’t seem like it would create a problem. Some members of Congress ...

Investigate Dems, too

A chorus of top Democrats are demanding an independent prosecutor be commissioned to investigate Russian tampering with the 2016 presidential election. Fine. By all means, let us have a comprehensive, independent probe of links between Russian officials and U.S. politicians. And while we are ...

Caroga can’t go backward

In the town of Caroga, the town board is deadlocked 2-2 over how to proceed with the town’s ownership of the former Sherman’s amusement park, and we think both sides make good points about different aspects of the complex controversy. Town Supervisor Beth Morris and town councilman ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to making a difference. The Amy Stock Memorial paid a visit to Gloversville High School on Monday, delivering a sobering message about the dangers of drinking and driving. Amy Stock, a 1984 graduate of Gloversville High, was killed on July 19, 2015 when a drunk driver blew through an ...

FBI needed a fresh start

Conspiracy theories abound in Washington, and not without good reason. Power of the kind that rules the nation’s capital virtually invites back-stabbing, scheming against both enemies and friends, and use of authority to advance one’s career. So it came as no surprise that after President ...

Fire contract a win-win

Labor negotiations can be contentious, often leaving a bad taste in everyone’s mouth when they’re finally over. They usually give rise to talk about winners and losers. And often, there’s a we’ll-get-’em-next-time attitude on the perceived loser’s part. For a time, it seemed as ...

No perfect insurance

It is a measure of the mixed feelings many in the House of Representatives had about a proposal to repeal and replace the Obamacare insurance fiasco that the bill passed Thursday only by the thin margin of 217-213. No Democrats voted for it. Twenty Republicans joined them. Waiting for the ...

No limits on FOIA

In cautioning federal agencies about an outrageous provision of the federal Freedom of Information Act, a Texas congressman has reminded the American people of it, too. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, has sent letters to about a dozen agencies regarding press inquiries about government ...

Replacing Obamacare

Members of Congress expected to begin debating a new plan to repeal and replace the Obamacare health insurance fiasco are being warned that may violate international law. Seriously. A United Nations functionary said so, in a letter to the U.S. State Department. Dainius Puras, who is ...

Avoid school sticker shock

On May 16, voters in local school districts will go to the polls and decide whether to approve local school budgets. Recently, some Greater Johnstown School District residents have expressed some “sticker shock” over the $450,000 price tag for a new bathroom-equipped concession stand at ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to expansion and more jobs. Townsend Leather, which has been operating in Johnstown since 1969, plans to expand into the vacant former Diana Knitting Mill at North Perry and Grove streets and create more than 50 new jobs. We think this is terrific news all the way around. The Diana ...

Obama is cashing in

While he was president, Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to decry cronyism between big business and public officials. It undermined Americans’ faith in government, he opined. Of course, Obama is well aware of the “revolving door” phenomenon in Washington, in which government ...

Nancy Pelosi’s sarcastic humor

You may have to pardon House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., if she enjoys a chuckle this week. Unless something changes about a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, Pelosi will be entitled to a bit of sarcastic humor. When the atrocity that is ...

A sobering presentation

Former CIA and National Security Agency head Gen. Michael Hayden’s presentation last week in Steubenville, Ohio, may have been a sobering one for some of those in attendance. It was quite an education in threats facing both our security as a nation and our safety as individual ...

Is government watching you?

Much of the media attention on the intelligence community’s surveillance activities has focused on top government officials, right up to and including President Donald Trump. But what about the rest of us? Is the government snooping on Jane and John Q. Public, too? Some members of Congress ...

Looking ugly in Fultonville

We have rarely seen a more complex and convoluted controversy than the one currently raging in the village of Fultonville over whether or not the village’s long-tenured clerk-treasurer and deputy clerk — husband-and-wife duo Tom and Kathy DiMezza — should receive $18,000 worth of raises ...