Editorials

PC craziness over ‘Plan B’

Political correctness has sunk into absurdity in a situation involving access to the so-called "Plan B" birth-control drug.If taken within three days of sexual intercourse, the drug can prevent fertilization of human eggs.Because it can make up for failure to use birth-control methods before ...

Education will change

Music teachers, both in this state and across the country, are caught between a rock and a hard place.Study after study demonstrates the importance of music education in the development of children, including higher test scores, more creative students, better language development and an ...

Discipline needed at IRS

Last week, Internal Revenue Service officials insisted high-ranking leaders at the agency were not aware some conservative political groups were being harassed over tax matters. Only "low-level" employees knew, the public and members of Congress were assured.That is not true. The Associated ...

Stay safe for prom

It's prom season. That means the frenzy of booking transportation, selecting the right attire and making last-minute plans is upon us.With all this excitement, it's important for students and parents to keep safety in mind so the prom becomes a cherished memory - not a tragic one.The Centers ...

Good people in the world

Sometimes we forget how many good people there are in the world. Then we read about someone like Charles Ramsey.Ramsey, 43, is the man who played the key role in freeing three women from about a decade of captivity at a house in Cleveland. His comments during interviews have made it clear he ...

Reject state’s early voting

Allowing early voting in New York state is an intriguing idea. It's possible that in large metropolitan areas, early voting could increase voter turnout.However, we support the Fulton County Board of Supervisors Finance Committee's opposition to proposed state legislation that would allow ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To reaching out. We have always had a disdain for the act of vandalism in our own community and elsewhere. In neighboring Saratoga County, just days before a state rowing meet where more than 3,000 high school students will compete, someone decided it was necessary to slice a number ...

Give plan another shot

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin seems determined to gain full Senate approval of updates to federal background check rules for prospective gun buyers. Though the amendment he and Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., crafted was rejected earlier this spring, Manchin, D-W.Va., has said he is preparing to try ...

Finished Rail Trail would benefit community

City of Johnstown officials should finish the design work to bring the FJ & G Rail Trail closer to completion.The Johnstown Common Council on May 20 is expected to decide on whether to approve $145,900 worth of design work by an Albany engineering firm to improve the city's portion of ...

Stewardship impressive

Industry and environmental groups do not often see eye-to-eye. But a group of companies in the shale oil and gas industry has decided to take its own step toward improved stewardship.Companies including Chevron, EQT Corp., Consol and Shell have formed the Center for Sustainable Shale ...

Help stop lake weed

There is much beauty in the 44 lakes in Fulton County, but there might be something lurking under the water's surface that's not pretty.As we enter the warm-weather season, we'd like to remind everyone how important it is to be aware of aquatic invasive species.Eurasian milfoil, a spiny seaweed ...

Scrap latest tank plans

No nation on Earth has an armored vehicle capable of standing up to the U.S. Abrams tank. On conventional battlefields, it is virtually unbeatable. Yet the Army doesn't want any more of the deadly behemoths. It has plenty and, besides, the generals understand they need to put more emphasis on ...

County right to study idea

Municipal water and sewer services are important factors for development in Fulton County.However, access to those services outside of the municipalities that provide them often requires a lot of meetings and deal-making among elected officials. The time it takes for all that to happen can ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To an excellent choice. As a part of Law Day, each year, the Fulton County Bar Association awards the Liberty Bell to a person who gives of himself or herself to community service. The selection of the Rev. R.W. Williams is a true reflection of what the award stands for. Some may think ...

Bank bailouts should end

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, has the right idea but the wrong strategy.Brown has introduced a bill intended to safeguard taxpayers from having to bail out more "too big to fail" banks in the future. His method of doing that would add a burden to customers of both the mega-banks and some of their ...

State can aid local governments

We hope the recent breakthrough between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and elected officials from cities and school districts across the state isn't fool's gold.Cuomo recently met with the elected officials to build support for his proposal to require mediators to consider taxpayers' ability to pay when ...

EPA’s reach goes too far

A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court ruling against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in a case with wide-ranging ramifications.Not long after President Barack Obama took office, his EPA revoked a permit for a surface mine in West Virginia. The permit already had been ...

Prom rule reasonable

Of all the dinners, dances and dates in high school, the prom often is the most memorable and important.Understandably, problems associated with the prom can arise and emotions can run high. Our Friday edition included a mother's story about her 11th-grade daughter who isn't allowed to bring an ...

Atmosphere poisons work

At another time, in a different context, Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey might have been successful in a proposal they and two other senators offered recently. At the very least, there might have been some willingness by lawmakers to discuss the idea and, perhaps, alter it slightly to make it ...

Checking ID important

It would seem to be in the best interests of employees and their employers to require all customers to show identification when they are buying alcoholic beverages.For some reason, that's not happening. We were reminded of that again last week, when the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office ...