Editorials

Stay out of Syria

Presidents are right to insist the Pentagon prepare contingency plans to meet any eventuality, no matter how remote the possibility they may be used.But sending Americans into combat in the Syrian civil war is such an insane idea that Congress should make it clear if President Barack Obama ...

Stress ratings are deceiving

In theory, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's fiscal stress rankings are a great idea.DiNapoli's office reviewed 2012 financial information for the state's 1,607 municipalities and then ranked them in four categories - no designation, which means the municipality is facing no fiscal stress; ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To an opportunity to give. After seeing the devastation from the flooding in Montgomery County many of us felt the compassion to do something to help. Johnstown residents Misty Houser, Beth Connelie, Bobbi Jo Havery and Lisa VanAernam apparently had those same thoughts but have taken ...

Reason for long delay

The Senate voted on Thursday to confirm Gina McCarthy as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.It has been more than four months since President Barack Obama nominated McCarthy to replace Lisa Jackson.Liberal lawmakers insist that the delay was obstructionism by conservatives - but there ...

Appeal needs to be filed

We are glad to see the state is launching its $16 million Mohawk Valley and Upstate Flood Recovery Program.Homeowners and small businesses in Fort Plain could certainly use the help after the flooding that hit the area in late June.However, we hope Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeals the Federal ...

Inept program must change

Beside and just below the American flag at many places in our area can be seen the black and white POW/MIA banner. It is a sign that many local residents view it as a duty to find out what happened to the thousands of Americans still listed as missing in action or as prisoners of war from our ...

City’s issues deserve focus

We're not opposed to Gloversville Mayor Dayton King's idea of combining some city elected positions with current county-level elected positions, but we do think there are other things in the city that need energy and research ahead of this.Last month, King brought up the idea of consolidating ...

Get rid of ‘Obamacare’

"Obamacare," the White House version of socialized medicine for Americans, always was a train wreck about to happen. Already the law has jumped the tracks.President Barack Obama's administration announced July 2 it will delay, for one year, a requirement that businesses provide health care ...

4-H program worth cost

It's a shame Fulton County legislators plan to end funding for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery Counties when the year ends.The supervisors should take another look and see if the county can come up with the money to at least continue funding the 4-H program in 2014.Fulton ...

Cheers & Jeers

JEERS - To little results. On Jan. 12, 2012, Gloversville Mayor Dayton King named a new blight committee to study the city's problem with unsightly properties. It has been more than a year and a half, and there are few tangible results. The committee did bring to the council a nine-month ...

Simple fix for U.S.

The so-called "Arab spring" has turned into a long, hot summer in Egypt - but for now, the hottest seat is in the Oval Office at the White House. There, President Barack Obama and his advisers are wrestling with an issue that need not be difficult to solve.Earlier this year, Egyptians elected ...

Village needs disaster aid

Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not sound too optimistic recently about the federal government providing aid for Mohawk Valley communities - including Fort Plain - recently devastated by flooding.However, the governor has said he would bring the state Legislature back to Albany to find a way to help ...

Watchdogs needed

Among the true heroes of public service are men and women serving in government inspector generals' offices. They root out waste and wrongdoing, bringing it to taxpayers' attention. Without them, heaven only knows how much of our money would be flushed down ratholes in Washington and state ...

Feds must beat acid rain

Hopefully, the Supreme Court will recognize that the people of the United States need their federal government to reduce acid rain and mercury pollution.Last month, justices of the high court agreed to review a lower court's ruling that limited the Environmental Protection Agency's power to ...

Students can pay

The average U.S. college student walks off campus with about $26,500 in student loan debt, much of it in government-subsidized low-interest loans. Typically, students have 10 years to pay off the debt.Members of Congress now are under fire because interest rates on new Stafford loans are ...

Volunteers a blessing

The residents of Fort Plain will rebound from the devastating June 28 flooding. They have the support not only of paid emergency and government work crews but also of countless volunteers who have poured into the village from miles around.These volunteers are bringing the manpower and ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To Johnstown American Legion Post 472. The post contributed more than $12,000 to the Research & Recognition Project, which is working on a treatment project intended to help veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress order. Not only is the post helping the study - and ...

NRC chair must behave

Transparency will be the hallmark of her administration of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Allison MacFarlane assured U.S. senators before they voted recently to confirm her for a five-year term as NRC chairwoman.Let's hope so. Pledges of transparency by politicians - and make no mistake, ...

Many keeping history alive

As people celebrate Independence Day, they should remember that local volunteers are keeping American history alive all around them.Some of the sites even were around - in some form - when the Declaration of Independence was adopted July 4, 1776.There are many places in the local area that are ...

Watch where money goes

Members of Congress of both parties are right to balk at President Barack Obama's request for money to arm rebels fighting the Syrian regime. Clearly, some of the lawmakers have better memories and more strategic attitudes concerning the Middle East.After many months of doing nothing to aid the ...