Editorials

Trump saves energy policy

President Donald Trump did an enormous service for millions of Americans last week, when he ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to kill its so-called Clean Power Plan. But the damage already has been done to millions of other families and businesses — along with thousands of miners ...

Parks require proper funds

We Americans do not have Crown Jewels such as those displayed in England and a few other countries. We have something much more valuable and much more beautiful: our national parks. No other nation has such a park system. Ours is so envied that it sometimes is described as “America’s ...

Go ahead with ‘option’

Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats in the U.S. Senate appear to have declared the equivalent of political war on the nomination of federal Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. They have vowed to mount a filibuster to block a vote on Gorsuch. Schumer, D-N.Y., has ...

Tackle bill gradually

Though the intent was good in the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the proposal itself was full of flaws. That very thing is what killed it. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, with President Donald Trump’s backing, proposed a bill that would have addressed just ...

Tasers offer good option

The Gloversville Police Department recently acquired new Conducted Energy Weapons, commonly known as tasers, to help provide police with another option when dealing with dangerous individuals.  We praised the Gloversville Police Department — specifically Sgt. Robert Ruddy and officers ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to the Greater Mohawk Valley Land Bank, which recently received $1.6 million from the Land Bank Community Revitalization Initiative. The land bank, which includes Montgomery County and several other counties and cities in the region, will use the money for the renovation of ...

Willing and eager to help

We Americans have been blessed. No doubt about that. Simple human compassion dictates that when people are suffering in less fortunate lands, we should try to help them. For generations, we have done just that. We are willing — nay, eager — to do more. But the enormous waste and abuse ...

Time clocks have merit

Johnstown Town Councilman Tim Rizzo recently attempted to bring forward a resolution to buy two $500 time clocks to better keep track of the town’s workforce. Rizzo’s idea received no support among Town Board members, and having received no “second,” Rizzo’s resolution was dropped ...

Target source of extremism

Khalid Masood, the 52-year-old British man who killed four people in a rampage last week in London, was not associated with al-Qaida, ISIS or any other Islamic terrorist group, British authorities say. But, they added, it is possible Masood was influenced by Muslim extremism. Whether that was ...

Keep working on health care

Liberals who favor government control of the nation’s health care system reacted with glee to last week’s failure of a reform bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. There, an attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare never even came up for a vote. It was obvious that had the yeas and ...

Trump must corral GOP

While Democrats are dancing in the streets over the Republicans’ colossal failure to deliver on one of their most adamant campaign promises — the repeal and replacement of Obamacare — let’s not lose sight of the fact that Democrats had virtually nothing to do with it. This was purely ...

Collins-Faso had merit

One tantalizing idea emerged during the debate over repealing “Obamacare” — the Collins-Faso amendment to the now-pulled American Health Care Act. The proposal, written by U.S. Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook, who represents part of Montgomery County, and U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to country-fresh goodness and smart thinking. The Fulton Montgomery Country Farmers Market Association and the Saturday Amsterdam Farmers Market are merging into one market in the city of Amsterdam this year. The new market will open May 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature ...

Trump’s right on jobless stats

President Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of criticism — much of it justified — for some of his off-the-cuff comments. One, about unemployment in the United States, was right on target, however. Earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the nation’s ...

Judge Gorsuch on the Constitution

Some U.S. senators would do the nation a favor if they pondered who and what they are discussing in this week’s confirmation hearings for federal Judge Neil Gorsuch, who has been nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court. During opening statements Monday by members of the Judiciary Committee, ...

Restoring local control

One reason so many education bureaucrats and liberal politicians do not like new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is clear: They fear she and her boss, President Donald Trump, will eliminate the control Washington has over schools throughout the nation. Indeed, it may be the best thing ...

Overspending on military?

It is not difficult to visualize what Washington lobbyists for the big defense contractors were doing Thursday. They were rubbing their hands together in glee over President Donald Trump’s budget proposal. Trump included a $54 billion increase in military spending in the $1.15 trillion ...

What’s plan for bed tax?

In a 19-0 vote, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a new 4 percent hotel/motel occupancy tax law set to take effect after July 1. The tax will affect any facility providing lodging to the public on an overnight basis, including hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — to an amazing young lady. In this day of teenage entitlement, it is encouraging and gratifying to know there are young people like Emily Clizbe. The Johnstown High School junior took it upon herself to organize an anti-hunger crusade, raising enough money to help feed more than ...

Terrorist propaganda

Republican and Democrat members of Congress seem to agree on one thing: An incompetent attempt to counter Islamic terrorist propaganda is worse than none at all. They are right. Lawmakers are looking into a Defense Department attempt to stymie an Islamic State campaign to recruit terrorists ...