Editorials

Probe possible terror instigator

The most vicious of terrorist leaders are those who eschew violent acts themselves - there could be danger involved - but brainwash others into carrying out attacks. They should be pursued as vigorously and punished as severely as the pawns they train.It now appears Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed ...

School taxes punish payers

The state budget for 2013-14 boosted aid to schools. Locally, the Gloversville school district received a 2.2 percent aid increase, Johnstown received a 5.7 percent increase, Mayfield received a 4.1 percent increase and Broadalbin-Perth received a 5.1 percent increase. Other local districts ...

Americans need answers

Did U.S. terrorism experts fail again to connect the dots? That should be among the first questions asked by those investigating the killing spree allegedly committed by two brothers who raised suspicions among Russian authorities more than two years ago.Brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ...

Don’t hide budget data

On May 21, voters will head to the polls to decide on the 2013-14 budgets for their respective school districts.As local boards of education adopt the budgets they will send to voters, we'd like to remind districts about the state's Open Meetings Law.Effective Feb. 2, 2012, public bodies are ...

Re-evaluate security needs

Apparently, federal authorities did not consider Eugene N. Cobbs to be much of a flight risk. They were wrong.Cobbs, 42, escaped from a federal corrections facility in Morgantown, W.Va., recently. One puzzling aspect of what happened is the Federal Correctional Institute in that city is a ...

Annexation deal needed

The town of Johnstown and Glove Cities must remember the area needs development. Rather than stymie projects that involve annexation or the extension of water and sewer services into the town, the three municipalities should have an agreement in place for compensating the municipalities ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To responders. The images of heroic acts after the sickening Boston bombings are fresh in our minds. Meanwhile, we hear news of a massive fire in Texas and the death of a young boy who was hit by a pickup truck in Gloversville. These are the types of tragedies our dedicated first ...

Working more for government

Now that you have completed your federal income tax return - and you have, we hope, because it was due Monday - you have a few moments to reflect on taxes in general.According to the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, it is taking you longer than in the past to pay your taxes.Each year the foundation ...

What we’re looking for in a mayor

The mayoral seats in Gloversville and Johnstown both are up for election this year, and candidates already have come forward.So far, in Gloversville, three candidates, including the incumbent mayor, have said they are seeking the office. In Johnstown, the mayor won't be running for re-election, ...

Make sure laws work

Mingo County, W.Va., Sheriff Eugene Crum might be alive today if an existing federal gun control law had worked as it was supposed to. That revelation came on the very day U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., unveiled an important proposal to keep firearms out of the ...

Vigilance necessary

Thousands of people participated in or watched the Boston Marathon along its route Monday. Some of those people were from our area.What should have been another enjoyable contest and celebration instead turned into a horrible tragedy at the hands of a sinister person or people who set bombs ...

‘Iron?Lady’ was great

After some initial unpleasantness between us, Americans and Britons have enjoyed a deep friendship and an unshakeable alliance. That is why people in this country joined our cousins "across the pond" in mourning the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.Known as "The Iron ...

Term limits would help

It's no secret New York state government has a problem with corruption. This month, scandals in the state Legislature involving alleged bribery and influence peddling resulted in the arrests of a state senator and a state assemblyman.While it's nice to see Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state ...

Cheers and jeers

JEERS - To unanswered questions. Kathy Dougherty's decision to resign as interim principal of Park Terrace Elementary School in Gloversville should raise some questions in people's minds. In her 35-plus years as an educator, Dougherty has been a professional with a passion for education. The ...

Consider ‘check’ rule

For a few days, there was speculation Mingo County, W.Va., Sheriff Eugene Crum was murdered recently because of his crackdown on illegal drug activity. But the county's prosecuting attorney says there is no reason to believe that. Now, it appears Crum was the victim of a mentally deranged ...

Idea can help cities, villages

Our villages and cities need people who care enough to invest in, and maintain, their properties.With that in mind, we were glad to see the Fulton County Board of Supervisors approve a law to give property owners a tax break if they convert buildings to mixed residential and commercial use.The ...

Give grade-level grouping plan a chance

The transition to the recently adopted grade-level grouping plan in Johnstown for its elementary schools may be difficult for residents, but we encourage everyone to approach the plan with an open mind.The plan will realign the Greater Johnstown School District's elementary school buildings to ...

Avoid war with N. Korea

Secretary of State John Kerry has said North Korea's new round of saber rattling and threats to step up its nuclear weapons and missile programs are unacceptable. He has added the U.S. will do whatever it must to safeguard its interests and its allies, including South Korea.To that, North ...

Law’s cost unknown

It may seem to some Americans that new revelations of what "Obamacare" - the national health care takeover law - will cost have become a regular feature of news reports. Most recently, a study indicated the law will force millions of Americans to pay more for their health insurance.President ...

Loosen limits on chickens

They may ruffle some feathers, but Gloversville officials should consider changing how the city code treats chickens.A Gloversville resident recently spoke to the Common Council about the code's classification of chickens as farm animals. The code prohibits farm animals on properties smaller ...