Editorials

State workers must behave

The hot air in Albany is not only coming from the Sheridan Avenue Steam Plant, but also from bureaucrats who claim this time steps have been taken to solve misbehavior by state employees.New York's inspector general reported Monday that poor supervision at the steam plant serving the Empire ...

No reason for return to Iraq

Forty-six people were killed in Iraq on Sunday, as it becomes clearer and clearer the U.S. strategy to pacify that country was a dismal, bloody, expensive failure.More than 3,000 people have been killed in Iraq during the past few months. Much of the violence seems to involve battles among ...

Fatal accidents require tests

It is inspiring to see how quickly people can go from mourning the loss of a friend and loved one to helping others.Some friends and family of Edward Lakata are advocating for "Eddie's Law," which would require anyone involved in a fatal or injury-causing car accident to take a drug test to see ...

Ready site for nuclear waste

Among the most serious energy-related challenges facing the United States is what to do with waste generated at nuclear power plants, health care facilities and other users of radioactive materials. There is no place where the highly dangerous waste can be stored securely and safely over the ...

Speak up about blight

When people see a dilapidated building that is an eyesore in their neighborhood, it is common to hear them say, "How did it get this bad?"Often, the answer is people ignored the problem.The best thing people can do when they see an abandoned building that is falling apart is to contact the ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To cleaning up. Many cheers to the Gloversville and Johnstown police departments, New York State Police, Community Narcotics Enforcement and Special Response Teams, all of which took part this week in local drug raids and the arrests of seven suspects. Gloversville Police Chief Donald ...

Obama must enforce law

State legislators from throughout the nation heard a stern lecture from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week.Clearly, Sebelius was in a mood to browbeat leaders in states that have been reluctant to implement mandates of the new national health care law, "Obamacare." ...

Joint effort best path

If our local area is going to bring in more jobs and people, local municipalities must work together.We were glad to see the Johnstown Common Council show support for pursuing a joint grant with Gloversville to improve the cities' downtown areas.While it was just an informal vote to have ...

Volunteers show courage

Whenever a community experiences trauma from floods or storms, or people become victims of a fire or car accident, we depend on the courage and dedication of first responders.We tend to take them for granted; we shouldn't.Assemblyman Marc Butler, Dottie MacVean - a member of Butler's staff - ...

Great Lakes’ waters steady

Climate alarmists have a new toy with which to play - but it may not be as pleasing as they hope.The University of Michigan and an independent research group have developed an interactive map designed, according to the Associated Press, "to help local officials in the Great Lakes region deal ...

‘Obamacare’ raising costs

Health insurance will be cheaper, we were assured. If you like the policy you have, you'll be able to keep it, President Barack Obama insisted.Those were some of the promises made about "Obamacare," the new national health care law.But they weren't true.On Tuesday, the highly respected, ...

Give study green light

Many questions need to be answered about the proposed bypass from Thruway Exit 28 in Fultonville to Route 30A near the Johnstown Industrial Park.We hope the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors at least will let local residents get some answers by approving a study of the connector-highway ...

Well aware of the dangers animals face

In response to the letter from Bertha Kenyon regarding captive exotic animals:Yes, I did read all the letters in The Leader-Herald. For the record, I do not know any of you. Yes, I am very aware of the dangers exotic animals face in captivity and in their native/wild habitat, and very aware ...

Please help fundraiser

I hate to be rushing the season. I certainly hope we have beautiful weather right through to Thanksgiving, but our planning and work has already begun for the 15th annual Kristy Pollak Christmas Event and Drive-Thru Holiday Park for the upcoming season.Yes, you read this right, this is our 15th ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To allowing no barriers. Town of Broadalbin Code Enforcement Officer David Edwards recently received a complaint from resident Russell Dickson regarding the lack of fencing around an in-ground swimming pool on the property of Dickerson's neighbor, Joe DiGiacomo. The code officer did ...

Help Nigeria battle terror

Americans sometimes wonder why Muslim clerics are not more energetic in their criticism of terrorists who claim to be Islamic fundamentalists. In some places, however, a few leaders of the faith do speak out - and pay heavy prices for their religious honesty and courage.As many as 44 Muslims ...

State should cover costs

Why should Fulton County pay for damage done to state property?It seems like common sense: The state should be responsible for securing its property, including paying for any additional security needed and any damage to it.Unfortunately, that is not what is happening in?Fulton?County regarding ...

Press needs freedom

Our nation's Founders disagreed on much. But on one thing - the necessity of a vigorous, unfettered press to defend Americans' rights - they were solidly in agreement. As Thomas Jefferson put it, "Our liberty depends on freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost."So ...

Law may hurt development

The Gloversville Planning Board made an important recommendation to the city's Common Council last week when it urged city lawmakers not to pass a proposed law limiting the number of units in new multiple-family dwellings in residential areas."The Common Council believes that it is in the best ...

Truth must be told

Army Maj. Nidal Hasan went on trial in a military court at Fort Hood, Texas, last week week, with his life on the line.Hasan killed 13 people and wounded dozens more in a 2009 shooting rampage at the post. He has admitted that, meaning the Army court martial's purpose amounts to determining ...