Editorials

Medicinal pot a healthy plan

New York state is not going to pot, despite the recent medical marijuana proposal discussed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his state of the state speech Wednesday.Rather, Cuomo's initiative represents a cautious, common-sense approach to a drug that could help people who need it.Cuomo outlined a ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To an art district. The opening of The Drawing Board in downtown Gloversville gives a clear indication downtown is another step closer to becoming a true art district. Co-owners Brian Benton and Robert Morey started the business after walking into the Micropolis gallery in the Mohawk ...

Mental health a key issue

Prosecuting attorneys in Connecticut have concluded that 20-year-old Adam Lanza "displayed no aggressive or threatening tendencies" before he massacred 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown about a year ago.Thousands of pages of documents involved in an ...

Transit deal needs support

The Gloversville Transit System could be an asset for all of Fulton County.However, for that to be the case, the transit service needs to at least run through the Glove Cities.For more than three years, that has not happened. The bus service, which in 2010 offered 13 routes on weekdays, ran in ...

Relief ideas are good start

Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week released some of the details of his proposed tax-relief plan.We contend the best way for the state to encourage property tax reduction is to provide significant mandate relief to enable local government to lower costs. However, Cuomo's tax-relief efforts do set the ...

Obama lied about law

As 2014 begins, many Americans will be confronted by one of President Barack Obama's bigger lies - they will learn they cannot, in fact, stay with trusted health care professionals of their choice."We will keep this promise," Obama said. "If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your ...

Studies cannot take forever

For five years, President Barack Obama has delayed making a decision whether to allow construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada to the United States. In the process he has, in effect, vetoed the project temporarily.Some critics claim the pipeline would be an environmental disaster, ...

Register vote on merger

On Tuesday, voters in the Mayfield and Northville school districts will decide whether they want to go ahead with a proposed merger.This will be another chance for voters in the districts to have their say on the merger.Mayfield residents approved the merger proposal during a public vote in ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To the gift of life. On Sunday, we published the story of Johnstown resident and teacher Bonnie Miller, who received the gift of a new heart during the holiday season. If you missed this story in the hecticness that can engulf us during that time of the year, we encourage you to dig ...

Get issues solved now

The Gloversville Common Council is having a hard time putting the residency issue regarding the head of the Transit System in its rear-view mirror.While this may take some time, the council should try to settle the residency requirements - and official job titles - of the city's department ...

More stimulus unnecessary

The "Great Recession" from which the nation still is recovering was sparked in large measure by a massive downturn in real estate markets. President Barack Obama, Congress and the Federal Reserve responded by spending hundreds of billions of dollars on "stimulus" programs that did little ...

Local growth coming in ’14

We expect the new year will bring economic growth to the area. Several major economic development projects are either about to start or could receive crucial approvals soon.In Johnstown, a $120 million expansion of Fage USA yogurt is expected to create 150 new jobs and a new T.J. Maxx ...

APA struck fair deal

Congratulations to the state Adirondack Park Agency staff for forging, with great difficulty, a delicate and hard-earned balance in classifying new state lands long owned by the Finch, Pruyn timber company.The various stakeholder groups lobbying the agency won't each get everything they want. ...

Weapons bans not the answer

A small unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation may be paving the way for state governments in search of a system that could help prevent mass shootings and violence, not through weapons bans, but through threat assessment and mental health treatment.It is clear most of those who decide to ...

Speed up the process

If New York state wants to be open for business, it has to create an environment where business and industry projects can get started sooner rather than later.Critics of the state's process for environmental reviews say it has delayed valuable projects throughout the state and needs to be ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To staying local for New Year's Eve. Local residents won't have to venture far to have a good time ringing in the new year. Several local public events are scheduled on New Year's Eve. Among them are a 9 p.m. fireworks display in downtown Johnstown; a celebration with live ...

List should raise questions

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has released his annual "Wastebook," giving us all a window into the positively absurd ways in which the federal government spends the hard-earned tax dollars we give it. This year's list includes some items that would be laughable, if those who received the funding ...

Make feds, state pay

Local municipalities must make sure they get all of the money they are owed by the state and federal government for handling mandated programs.Given that serious mandate relief has yet to happen, local governments must make sure they are fully reimbursed to ease some of the spending burden on ...

We are blessed in many ways

Even though many of us are running around making last-minute preparations for Christmas, today is a good day to recognize our many blessings.Sometimes the challenges of everyday life - paying the bills, coping with taxes, repairing that leaky faucet and getting the kids to after-school practice ...

Hard to trust bad agency

One wonders how President Barack Obama and Environmental Protection Agency officials expect the public to trust the agency when it cannot even police its own high-ranking executives.We refer, of course, to former EPA Deputy Assistant Administrator John C. Beale, who this week was sentenced to ...