Editorials

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 ...

Volunteers a blessing

The residents of Fort Plain will rebound from the devastating June 28 flooding. They have the support not only of paid emergency and government work crews but also of countless volunteers who have poured into the village from miles around.These volunteers are bringing the manpower and ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To Johnstown American Legion Post 472. The post contributed more than $12,000 to the Research & Recognition Project, which is working on a treatment project intended to help veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress order. Not only is the post helping the study - and ...

NRC chair must behave

Transparency will be the hallmark of her administration of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Allison MacFarlane assured U.S. senators before they voted recently to confirm her for a five-year term as NRC chairwoman.Let's hope so. Pledges of transparency by politicians - and make no mistake, ...

Many keeping history alive

As people celebrate Independence Day, they should remember that local volunteers are keeping American history alive all around them.Some of the sites even were around - in some form - when the Declaration of Independence was adopted July 4, 1776.There are many places in the local area that are ...

Watch where money goes

Members of Congress of both parties are right to balk at President Barack Obama's request for money to arm rebels fighting the Syrian regime. Clearly, some of the lawmakers have better memories and more strategic attitudes concerning the Middle East.After many months of doing nothing to aid the ...

Show support for veterans

As we approach Independence Day, we're reminded of the sacrifice made by men and women to keep our country safe and preserve our freedom.Some make the ultimate sacrifice, and others feel that sacrifice daily as they struggle with returning to civilian life.We're reminded of this as we learn ...

Consider IRS shakeup

Among the most upsetting aspects of the Internal Revenue Service scandal is that participants in harassing organizations based on their political ideals do not seem to recognize they did anything wrong.Last week, acting IRS head Danny Werfel conceded his agency discriminated against more ...

Politicians always win

As New York state moves to expand gambling, residents should remember the safest bet they can make: The politicians will find a way to get more money for themselves.It was revealed earlier this week that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders quietly deleted a proposed ban on accepting ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To "Lucky Thirteen." Those attending the recent Fort Plain High School graduation ceremony were treated to a special message from the salutatorian, Jocelyn Arndt. The message didn't come in the form of a speech, but via song. "Lucky Thirteen" was written and performed by this talented ...

Obama’s edicts not law

Since when does the U.S. State Department have any authority over environmental quality? Since President Barack Obama decided he, and he alone, has the right to make critical decisions for all Americans, that's when.In a major speech Tuesday, Obama vowed to establish new regulations on ...

Legislation could help

State legislators deserve credit for two proposals that were passed Friday. They will not solve the financial problems of local municipalities, but they are a step in the right direction.In an agreement publicly announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders June 18, they agreed to ...

Update rules guarding water

While power plants must stay within strict limits on the amount of pollutants they release into the air, rules intended to safeguard streams and lakes are much less restrictive. They have not been updated at the federal level in more than 30 years.That is far too long, given the fast pace of ...

See funds used wisely

Would you donate to a charity that supports people's outings to strip clubs and casinos? How about a charity that pays for people's tobacco and alcohol purchases?Those types of expenses currently are allowed through the state's Electronic Benefit Transfer - more commonly known as EBT - debit ...

Rights need protection

Basic freedoms - the ones cited in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Constitution and Bill of Rights - were given a lot of thought by our nation's founders. For the first few decades of the United States of America's existence, whether actions by presidents and congresses ...