Editorials

The right thing to do

Exactly what triggered Friday’s murderous rampage by Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, at his school in Santa Fe, Texas, has not been determined. But this week, his father speculated the boy may have been bullied in school. School officials say they have investigated allegations Pagourtzis was ...

Look for the bad apples

Some in federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies blame President Donald Trump for raising questions in the public’s mind about whether they can be trusted. Instead, conscientious public servants in agencies such as the FBI and CIA should be blaming the bad apples in their own ...

Don’t let Kim bully U.S.

For decades, North Korean leaders have been masters of using the carrot-and-stick approach to getting what they want. The key has been their ability to switch between the two with lightning speed. Last week, dictator Kim Jong Un did just that. He called off high-level talks between his regime ...

Unraveling the mystery

Once again our children have paid with their lives to teach us a lesson about school violence. It is that banning so-called “assault rifles” or even semi-automatic pistols will not stop them. It is that people kill people, and unless we learn more about what triggers homicidal behavior, ...

Don’t be so easily fooled

The scope of the analysis is breathtaking. The findings are alarming. The aftermath must lead to change. USA Today Network reporters — including Amy Wu from the Poughkeepsie Journal — reviewed more than 3,500 Facebook ads created by the Russian-based Internet Research Agency. This is the ...

Preserving our treasures

It’s not so lonely at the top. And when it comes to protecting and preserving one of New York state’s greatest treasures, that’s a problem that must be fixed. A survey done last fall by the Adirondack Council found that people really DO love NY, particularly the Adirondack High Peaks ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEER — To the work of the Gloversville Housing and Neighborhood Improvement Corporation and the new volunteer urban forestry committee for the greening of downtown Gloversville. Recently the group, along with volunteers, planted several flowering pear trees and on Friday, four red maples ...

Keep Underwood

The state Legislature has the power to appoint someone to fill the Attorney General’s post until the November election. State law calls for a joint vote in the Assembly and Senate, and Assembly Democrats have almost enough votes to control the process and choose an instant incumbent who would ...

We need our own space program

As former President Barack Obama reduced emphasis on space exploration during his administration, we were among those warning of the danger of doing away with a self-contained program. Too much reliance on Russia and other nations to handle space-related tasks could be dangerous, we ...

Space program is critical

As former President Barack Obama reduced emphasis on space exploration during his administration, we were among those warning of the danger of doing away with a self-contained program. Too much reliance on Russia and other nations to handle space-related tasks could be dangerous, we ...

Clinton is on target

For once, Hillary Clinton is right on target. Her warning about negotiations over North Korea’s weapons buildup is absolutely correct. Clinton, during a visit to Australia last week, said U.S. officials should make no concessions to the North Korean regime without seeing concrete action ...

Don’t hide history

Terming a statue on the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., “gruesome,” the leader of a group planning to renovate a plaza there, facing the New York City skyline, wants it removed. City officials have agreed. It is gruesome. And in some ways it may not be politically correct. But it needs ...

Too little, too late

In a move that would have set fire to NCAA, the University of Wisconsin very nearly boycotted its Nov. 29, 2016, game against Syracuse University in the nationally televised Big Ten/ACC Challenge to protest compensation limits for college athletes. Former Wisconsin player Nigel Hayes proposed ...

‘Just say no’ wouldn’t work

The administration of Donald Trump — who had a child out of wedlock after cheating on his first wife, and is in a legal battle with a porn star who says she had sex with him not long after his third wife gave birth — is promoting abstinence with a zeal perhaps never before seen from the ...

Let’s be our best

First lady Melania Trump has an excellent idea with her “Be Best” campaign to help children. Too bad so many in the media, after listening to her unveil it Monday, focused most of their reporting on her relationship with her husband, President Donald Trump. It is true. Approximately half ...

Those who live in glass houses ….

The accusations of assault and swift resignation of New York’s attorney general would have been unimaginable a few years ago. Other men have abused their power and hidden that from public view. Others have been outspoken and effective in championing a movement then turned out to be the kind ...

Mean-spirited comedians

“Everything is changing,” remarked Will Rogers many years ago, “People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke.” It’s never been truer than today. Too many so-called comedians have forgotten how to use real humor as a way to jab politicians. Much of their ...

More blood on their hands than Marx

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had a valid point in a speech delivered in Berlin last week, on the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth. Marx, Juncker said, “isn’t responsible for all the atrocity his alleged heirs have to answer for.” Perhaps not. Marx, an icon ...

Money spent against terrorism is well-spent

Islamic terrorism is not confined to the Middle East. It is a threat far to the west in Nigeria, too. When President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met last week at the White House, they discussed a variety of topics. Among them were economic issues and ...

Better laws are needed

Congress remains all but silent on the glaring gaps in gun laws and the availability of assault weapons. By all accounts, Travis Reinking should not have had a gun. Yet he did, and so four people are dead. It would be easy to shrug off the April 22 shooting in a Nashville, Tennessee, Waffle ...