Editorials

State needs better idea

While supporters of public funding for political campaigns in this state may have noble goals, New York realistically does not have the money to enact such a plan.Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Democrats who control the Assembly and share control of the state Senate have worked for two years to create a ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To public hearings. And jeers to those who don't take advantage of them. Gloversville will have a public hearing June 25 on a proposal by 4th Ward Councilwoman Ellen Anadio. She's proposing a city ordinance that could call for criminal penalties against city employees who violate the ...

Email accounts pose problem

Lots of people use more than one email address, for very good reasons. People who use email at work usually maintain separate personal accounts, for example.And some people use more than one email address in their jobs. It can be helpful, even critical, to be able to differentiate between very ...

Tax reduction sorely needed

"We are going to decrease taxes next year."Gloversville Mayor Dayton King uttered those words to a reporter this week.He's singing a tune many Gloversville taxpayers want to hear. They're paying an exorbitant tax rate.In May, an Empire Center for New York State Policy report said Gloversville ...

EPA needs to clean up act

It is poetic justice, in a way: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, so fond of demanding that other people clean up the environment, isn't very good at doing the job itself.According to the EPA inspector general, "deplorable conditions" were found at a 70,000-square-foot warehouse the ...

Work with county dept.

There are still a few empty storefronts in Gloversville's downtown, but since the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market and Schine Memorial Hall LLC, a group of stakeholders caring for the Schine Building, took interest in downtown, Main Street has improved. A number of new businesses have opened ...

‘Gitmo’ must keep prisoners

Most of the 166 prisoners being held at the U.S. prison at the Guantanamo Bay military base are more than "terrorist suspects," the term used often to describe them. They are hardened Islamic militants whose primary goal in life is to kill Americans.Once again, President Barack Obama has said ...

Program latest bad gimmick

The Tax-Free NY proposal unveiled last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo could be called Empire Zone 2.0.Like its predecessor - which involved zones in certain spots throughout the state where businesses could get breaks on taxes, utilities and other expenses - Tax- Free NY would allow state ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To the virtuosos of the stage. Greater Johnstown School District Superintendent Rob DeLilli beat us to our cheer with his letter to the editor Thursday regarding the importance and pleasures of school music programs. Thousands of people have enjoyed the concerts - band and choral - ...

Be ready for threats

Think for a moment about what would happen if a foreign power launched a military attack calculated to destroy billions of dollars' worth of U.S. property - but without causing any injuries or deaths.It would be an attack, and retaliation would be swift and devastating, right?Wrong.Such attacks ...

Protect right to speak out

In our democracy, people need laws to protect their rights.Among the laws that should be strengthened is one to protect individuals and organizations from frivolous lawsuits designed to silence them.The Assembly has passed, and the state Senate is considering, legislation that would expand a ...

Vehicle use a sore spot

Gloversville Mayor Dayton King's failure to keep up consistently with mileage logs for the city-owned vehicle he drives may seem like a minuscule issue to some, but to many people in the community, it's a concern.It's troublesome because the vehicle belongs to the taxpayers, and city residents ...

Gov’t wastes funds again

"Taxpayers should take comfort that a conference like this would not take place today," assured acting Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel last week. He referred to outlandish, inexcusable spending of taxpayers' money in a 2010 conference of IRS employees held in Anaheim, ...

D.C.’s outrage just politics

Some champions of the free market insist Congress - usually its liberal wing - simply can't abide with success. That is why so many lawmakers, often led by President Barack Obama, want to increase taxes, say defenders of an initiative that results in profits.Well, it is not quite that simple. ...

Team needs both cities

Given the sheer number of small municipalities in the area, cooperation always will be a key to economic development. Too many projects risk getting bogged down in lawsuits or bureaucratic red tape when our elected officials fail to compromise.It is a good sign Gloversville and the town of ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS -?To a winning representation. Poised and prepared, our sixth-grader from Mayfield Elementary School, Maggy Lambo, competed against nearly 300 others in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee this past week. Maggy made it through round one - one of the most nerve-wracking rounds - ...

Approach must change

Clearly, the U.S. armed forces' approach to preventing sexual assaults is not working. A year ago, the Pentagon estimated about 19,000 members of the military had been sexually assaulted in 2011. Now the estimate for 2012 has been released: 26,000.That has infuriated both President Barack Obama ...

Paper’s efforts remain strong

As the local newspaper of record, we aim to keep the public informed. This becomes a greater challenge when authorities and government agencies limit access to the information people want and need to know.In our coverage of major local news events recently, we've encountered some rough spots ...

Position senseless

President Barack Obama's position on the terrorist attack last fall at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is puzzling in the extreme.U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly know the identities of some terrorists behind the attack and the murders of four Americans at the consulate. Yet nothing ...

Obama typical D.C. insider

A politician can pull off only so many well-timed maneuvers before even his staunchest supporters must admit the efforts do not pass the smell test.Recently, President Barack Obama hastily asked Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., to reintroduce an old media shield bill. The Free Flow of Information ...