Editorials

Pandering to hate mongers

One popular dictionary defines a bigot as “one who regards or treats members of a group with hatred or intolerance.” U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., fits right in. Warren wants badly to be president of the United States. During the weekend, she was in top form during a speech to a ...

They must come home

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

Focus, not more bureaucracy

President Donald Trump is right that the United States needs an effective reaction to the militarization of outer space. He is wrong that we need to create a whole new bureaucracy to do that, however. Trump has said he wants to create a new branch of the military — a Space Force. That is ...

A bad deal is worse than no deal at all

New long-range missiles are being built in North Korea, despite assurances by that country’s dictator, Kim Jong Un, that he desires peaceful coexistence, it was reported this week. Just weeks ago, Kim told President Donald Trump he is willing to pursue disarmament talks. They have been ...

Too much politics in science policy

Government policy ought to be guided by solid science, not political correctness. That seems obvious, and President Donald Trump appears to agree. On Wednesday, he nominated University of Oklahoma meteorology professor Kelvin Droegemeier to head the White House Office of Science and ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the immediate and widespread response from the community for the Kwiatkowski family, along with unsung hero, Miles Lappe. The 10-member family lost their Palatine Bridge home and everything they own, along with two pet cats, to a fire on July 27. First responders did their ...

Doing the right thing

Give U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III credit for insisting that Paul Manafort get the fairest trial possible. Manafort, at one time during 2016 a key adviser to Donald Trump in his bid for president, went on trial this week on charges unrelated to that campaign. Manafort is accused of a ...

Iran’s true intentions

Meeting with our nation’s enemies in an effort to find some common ground is a good idea, despite criticism of President Donald Trump for meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. At least Putin was willing to talk. That is more than can be said about Iranian President Hassan ...

How long should the investigation continue?

For more than a year, special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Since then, as has occurred previously in special counsel probes, Mueller and his staff have branched out. Wrongdoing not connected directly to the election has been ...

Guest editorial

By JOHN SIRTOLI “We hold these truths to be self-evident that man is endowed with certain unalienable rights that unto these are life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.” The day I am writing this is July 4, Independence Day. Websters dictionary defines independence as freedom. Our ...

Bail outs are not the answer

Hours after President Trump tweeted on Tuesday morning that "tariffs are the greatest!," his Administration announced a $12 billion aid package for American farmers to offset the harm from the Trump trade wars. If you're confused, join the White House. The Trump Administration is trying to ...

New York needs to review voting dates

It’s no secret that New York usually ranks close to the bottom when it comes to voter turnout — and the numbers are particularly abysmal for primaries and elections held when there is no presidential race on the ballot. So brace yourselves: Things are bound to get even more confusing ...

Egg on their faces

His critics labeled President Donald Trump a dangerous bull in the economic china shop when he threatened to slap new tariffs on some goods imported from European Union members. They were long overdue in response to unfair trade tactics aimed at the United States by the EU, Trump ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEER — To the successful effort to bring the Cavalcade of Champions back to Gloversville. Ron Peters of the Fulton County Center for Region Growth, the Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education, Mayor Dayton King and everyone who worked diligently to make it happen, pulled ...

There is no pretending

It would be nice to believe news from North Korea this week is evidence that country’s regime is serious about the “denuclearization” deal with President Donald Trump. Indeed, the report sounded very, very good: “North Korea appears to have started dismantling key facilities at its ...

Assistance may be right

Most illegal immigrants come to the United States for economic opportunity. A few make the journey to escape political repression or crime. In many ways, what they do is entirely understandable — though, of course, immigration laws need to be enforced. Making their own homelands more ...

Trump should support Wilkie

Ho-hum. Another day, another secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. So, what else is new? Precious little, and that is the problem. On Monday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Robert Wilkie as VA secretary. He becomes the second person in the position in just 18 ...

Demonization has gone too far

The polarization of politics has become so bad that some liberal Democrats in Arizona are criticizing one of their party’s candidates for the U.S. Senate for refusing to join calls to eliminate the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. And, some far-left complainers say, U.S. Rep. ...

Getting the story straight

One day after his disastrous meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, and facing an avalanche of criticism, including from many in his own party, President Donald Trump reverted to his favorite excuse: He blamed the mess he created on the news media. “Fake news is going ...

Time to go after corruption

Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. Guilty. That’s the verdict of 12 New York jurors on multiple charges against four defendants who conspired to rig bids for $850 million in state contracts for projects in Syracuse and Buffalo. The jury did not buy defense ...