Editorials

Disaster aid not for parking

No one ought to go through the devastation suffered by hundreds of thousands of people in the Gulf States when Hurricane Katrina hit there in August 2005. Most Americans were happy to see their tax money go to help those who lost belongings, homes and businesses in the storm.But there ought to ...

Get on board with rail study

A completed Rail Trail running from Broadalbin to the Erie Canal would be a joy and a small triumph for the area.However, a new short-line rail service south of Johnstown could carry big economic benefits for Fulton and Montgomery counties.Officials in the two counties appear set to look into ...

Cheers and jeers

JEERS - To poor parenting. Former NFL offensive lineman Brian Holloway's rural vacation home in Rensselaer County was trashed during a Labor Day weekend party attended by 200 to 400 teenagers. Holloway said the partiers caused at least $20,000 in damage, breaking windows and doors, punching ...

Security needs a look

Aaron Alexis, who slaughtered 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, was a mentally ill man with a grudge against the Navy. Yet he walked right into the guarded facility because he had a government security clearance.If ever there was a situation in which "profiling" could have saved ...

Corrupt should lose pensions

There are only a few things that can be considered certainties in New York state: death, taxes and state politicians collecting their pensions, even if they wind up in jail for corruption.The latter fact was highlighted when U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara spoke Tuesday before the Commission to ...

Bullying a serious issue

Among the most heart-wrenching, deeply troubling stories in the news last week was that of a 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied for nearly a year.Investigators are looking into whether charges can be filed against some of the 15 or so girls who ganged up on ...

Give details about work

State lawmakers should comply with requests from the state's new anti-corruption commission, but we suspect some legislators will put up a fight.The Commission to Investigate Public Corruption is asking all state lawmakers to provide never-before-required details about their outside work, ...

Terrorism must end

About a year ago, as Americans observed another anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on our nation, we were reminded forcefully that more than a decade of campaigns against terrorist organizations had been of only limited value.On that day, Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S. diplomatic ...

Tax break a good idea

Tax breaks are not always a good idea. Some amount to little more than payback for politically connected groups.However, when tax breaks help those who desperately need it - such as flood victims trying to put their lives and homes back together - they deserve consideration.State Sen. Cecilia ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To a special nonagenarian. Well-known and respected Johnstown resident Arlene Sitterly undoubtedly will suffer this coming week from a bit of laryngitis. It will be a result of saying thank you a hundred, if not a thousand, times to her family and friends extending their warmest ...

Get to know candidates

While another set of primaries has come and gone, we hope local voters will use the time until the general election Nov. 5 wisely.Despite some candidates winning the nominations of a party, there victories will be moot if they lose in the general election, when every voter - not just members of ...

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 ...