Editorials

Cheers and jeers

JEERS - To political theater. Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner are running for elected positions in New York state. We are sure you are well aware of their comeback campaigns. As non-New York City residents, we don't have to make a decision to vote nay or yea for either candidate. As New York ...

Re-examine spending

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is spending much of his time these days jetting around the country to spread his woe-is-us message to the Pentagon's civilian workers.Recently, in a speech to Defense Department employees in Charleston, S.C., Hagel predicted hundreds of thousands will remain on ...

Plenty to do in local area

To those who complain there's nothing to do around here in the summer, we strongly disagree. There's plenty to do and see in our area, and many individuals, groups and businesses work hard to make exciting things happen.Consider the following snapshot of local summer events:The art scene is ...

Compromise acceptable

A compromise on student loans is set to be approved in the U.S. Senate.But even as lawmakers revealed an agreement, some hinted they may try to go back on it this fall.Federal loans for higher-education students had been available at a 3.4 percent interest rate. That has gone up to 6.8 percent, ...

Schools must study policies

There's no doubt the education field is a changing landscape with new technology, budget struggles and higher standards. We applaud school districts that update their policies and adapt to new challenges.We are seeing an example of this in the Gloversville Enlarged School District.The Board of ...

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 ...