Editorials

Bureaucracy needs clean up

Federal prosecutors say that for 12 years, Environmental Protection Agency official John C. Beale got away with ripping off taxpayers.He collected nearly $900,000 in salary - and performance bonuses - to which he was not entitled.Beale, who had been a senior policy adviser in the Office of Air ...

Tax cuts will boost area

The economy in the local area could use a boost. One of the easiest ways for the state to do that - rather than provide a politically-fueled tax cut for a specific business or industry - would be to cut taxes for everyone.It was heartening to see business groups as well as progressive social ...

Laws must be followed

Marijuana is illegal under federal law. Yet Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to interfere in any way with two states where recreational use of the drug has become permissible.Colorado and Washington decriminalized marijuana last fall. Many states allow its use for medicinal ...

Get out the vote Tuesday

Local registered voters need to turn out for the area primaries Tuesday.In many races, party-registered voters can have a significant effect on who will run in November; and, of course, they will give candidates important party endorsements.Local primaries include:- In Gloversville, incumbent ...

Cheers and jeers

JEERS -?To changing a meeting date. For years, the Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education held its monthly meetings on the second Monday. The district now has changed those meetings to the second Tuesday of each month. Come 2014, the board is planning a second monthly meeting ...

Privacy must be protected

We are reminded frequently that the federal government can be the enemy of our freedoms.One of those freedoms is the right to privacy. Revelations of domestic spying by the National Security Agency, including snooping among millions of email messages and telephone records, have made many ...

Use patience around buses

Once again, there are no more easy-morning commutes for many local drivers.Students in many area school districts start classes today. That means school buses will be out on the roads with children waiting at bus stops in the morning or darting across the road in the afternoon. In the Glove ...

Choice falls to Congress

President Barack Obama finally has decided to submit the decision on war with Syria to Congress. In doing so the president has placed a heavy burden on lawmakers, but one the Constitution insists they must bear.Obama already has ordered the military to draw up plans for an attack, in ...

Explanation Required

Local officials need to speak up, especially when they are concerned the state or federal government is not providing the area with the help it needs.We were pleased to see officials in Fulton County government did not hesitate to address their concerns about the lack of proposed road and ...

Assault a serious crime

Vicious teenagers have been in the news from both Duncan, Okla., and Spokane, Wash.In Oklahoma, three boys, ages 15, 16 and 17, allegedly shot an Australian college student to death "for fun."In Spokane, two 16-year-old boys are charged with beating an 88-year-old World War II veteran to death ...

Use funds for city needs

The Gloversville Common Council appears set to take its time and decide the best way for the city to use the $10,000 donated from the Overlook Ridge Apartments.That's good. However, we would caution officials against giving the money to non-profit organizations, as was suggested by Mayor Dayton ...

Cheers and jeers

JEERS - To not taking a vote. There may be no study on building a highway from Thruway Exit 28 in Fultonville to Route 30A near the Johnstown Industrial Park. The Montgomery County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday allowed a resolution for the study to die after no supervisor would sponsor it. ...

Don’t rush into Syria

Terming use of chemical weapons in the Syrian civil war a "red line" that, if crossed, would result in decisive U.S. action was a mistake on President Barack Obama's part. Living up to his pledge could be an even greater error.Last week, rebels fighting dictator Bashar al-Assad's regime said ...

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." ...