Editorials

Area a winter wonderland

When considering where to go for outdoor fun this winter, don't forget to look at the local area.There are so many activities and outdoor events, it is impossible to list them all.However, some to consider include:Snowboarding and downhill skiing. The operators of Oak Mountain Ski Center in ...

Devil is in plan’s details

Proponents of accountability in political campaign financing may have applauded President Barack Obama's proposal last week to curb tax-exempt groups that use donations made anonymously to influence elections.But this is Barack Obama, who has political motives. Remember, this is the same Obama ...

Stay sober behind wheel

With the holiday season upon us, it's appropriate to once again consider the very serious dangers of drunken driving and driving while impaired by drugs, be they illegal or prescription.In 2012, there were 8,633 alcohol-related car crashes in New York state, resulting in 358 people killed and ...

Teachers must ‘get it’

The overwhelming majority of school teachers are well aware that while to err is human, even one mistake jeopardizing the health or safety of a child is too many. They are to be commended for their vigilance in that regard.Men and women who don't "get it" should not be in the teaching ...

Reconsider rating system

Fulton-Montgomery Community College President Dustin Swanger has serious concerns about President Obama's proposal to institute a new ratings system for colleges, and we share his concerns.The details haven't been finalized, but Obama's plan would basically aim at judging schools by their ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To sincere volunteers. Dozens of volunteers took the time on Thanksgiving morning to make the holiday brighter for hundreds of local residents in need. The volunteers gathered at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Gloversville to prepare and deliver 1,600 Thanksgiving meals, complete ...

Iran deal needs scrutiny

A substantial number of members of Congress, along with several other countries that have been longstanding allies of the U.S., are worried about the so-called "deal" President Barack Obama's administration has announced with Iran.Far from providing an opening that could prevent Iran from ...

Shop locally this season

While Thanksgiving has traditionally been a day off for many people, that is rapidly changing.More stores will be open for business today, as the craze of the Christmas shopping season strikes ever earlier.When our readers go shopping - today, Black Friday or any day - we remind them to try to ...

Address still a reminder

A century and a half ago, one of the most profound, beautifully written speeches in the English language was delivered by President Abraham Lincoln. It was the Gettysburg Address, presented during ceremonies to dedicate a cemetery holding the remains of many of those who fell in the Civil War ...

Computers not to blame

Sit down for this one. You're not going to like it: Last week, members of Congress questioned Robert Litt, the top lawyer for the Director of National Intelligence, about the National Security Agency's program of collecting communications records involving millions of Americans.Litt said this: ...

Transparency still missing

We would like to know more details about why - after years of litigation - the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth's two subsidiaries dropped their civil lawsuit against a pair of fired executives.Unfortunately, the CRG insists on keeping taxpayers in the dark about some of its financial ...

Cheers and jeers

JEERS - To getting out of jail free. In Rensselaer, John Halacy, accused of sexually abusing two girls, ages 13 and 14, walked out of court Wednesday a free man - for now. He had been facing 19 felonies, including rape. He didn't walk out because a jury of his peers judged him to be innocent, ...

Remember JFK tragedy

Fifty years ago today, charismatic young President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The horror of a U.S. president being murdered was, by itself, enough to ensure the event would burn itself into most memories and into the history books.But the JFK story maintains its hold on many Americans ...

State overtime out of control

To say New York state spends money like a drunken sailor is an insult - to sailors, who couldn't waste in a lifetime the money the state manages to spend in a year.State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced Tuesday state agencies spent more than $462 million on overtime in the first nine ...

Make room for housing

As more Baby Boomers approach retirement age, having affordable housing for senior citizens will be key to keeping some of our elders in the local area.With that in mind, we were glad to see the Gloversville Planning Board earlier this month approved the concept for a project to build ...

Plow under phony farms

Though getting government spending under control often is seen as a Democrats vs. Republicans battle, some of the most egregious waste gets bipartisan support."Farm support" spending is exhibit No. 1. Taxpayers fork over about $30 billion a year in various agriculture subsidy programs. ...

Cut red tape to help needy

Whenever anyone in the world is suffering from a massive natural disaster, Americans are among the first to send aid. That is as it should be.But people with stronger links than most to us are in agony now, because of what may have been the strongest typhoon on record.For more than a century, ...

Tax relief welcome

While we have not hit Thanksgiving yet, some local officials appear set to give their constituents a reason to be thankful this Turkey Day.Fulton County's tentative 2014 budget carries a nearly 3 percent average property tax rate decrease. The Board of Supervisors accepted the tentative $85 ...

Cheers and jeers

JEERS - To another act of despicable theft. A?total of $700 worth of tools was stolen from a construction site. That is bad enough. The fact the tools were stolen from a Habitat for Humanity project in Gloversville is sickening. We doubt the thieves took the tools to do something constructive ...

Some deals best avoided

Barack Obama is not the first U.S. president to be taken in by con games pursued by other world leaders. Many times in the past, both Democrat and Republican chief executives have allowed themselves to be manipulated.But Obama's egotism regarding foreign affairs is enormous. He seems to believe ...