Editorials

War on coal will hurt U.S.

New Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy made it clear recently where she stands on the war on coal: She is in denial and wants other Americans to share her refusal to accept the truth.In her first speech as EPA director, McCarthy insisted President Barack Obama's plan to ...

Remember Korean War

Events more than half a century ago on the Korean Peninsula are merely the stuff of history books for most Americans. But for a few, including many residents of our area, they were a matter of life and death.Sixty years ago last month, the Korean War ended in what many historians refer to as a ...

Weiner unfit for NYC post

It says something about the American political system that Anthony Weiner thought a political comeback was a good idea in the first place.Weiner's lewd tweets in June 2011, at a time when he was married with a baby on the way, forced his resignation from Congress. In one day, Weiner went from ...

Make plans for Karg site

The Karg Bros. tannery in Johnstown, which encompasses a widespread area east of Crescendoe Road, East Canal Street and East Fulton Street, shut down in the mid-1990s and was razed nearly 15 years ago.For years, government agencies have been cleaning up the pollution at the site. Now, the ...

Alter course of World Bank

For decades, leaders of the World Bank have recognized one of the surest ways to reduce poverty in developing countries is to help their residents obtain reasonably priced electricity. That farsighted philosophy appears to have been scrapped.If the World Bank pursues the new strategy espoused ...

Opportunity presents itself

As the opening of the new Walmart Supercenter in Gloversville approaches, there's reason for optimism in the city.The completion of this project will not cure all that ails the city, but it could be the start of a new, positive chapter in the city's history. How that chapter reads will depend, ...

Cheers and jeers

JEERS - To political theater. Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner are running for elected positions in New York state. We are sure you are well aware of their comeback campaigns. As non-New York City residents, we don't have to make a decision to vote nay or yea for either candidate. As New York ...

Re-examine spending

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is spending much of his time these days jetting around the country to spread his woe-is-us message to the Pentagon's civilian workers.Recently, in a speech to Defense Department employees in Charleston, S.C., Hagel predicted hundreds of thousands will remain on ...

Plenty to do in local area

To those who complain there's nothing to do around here in the summer, we strongly disagree. There's plenty to do and see in our area, and many individuals, groups and businesses work hard to make exciting things happen.Consider the following snapshot of local summer events:The art scene is ...

Compromise acceptable

A compromise on student loans is set to be approved in the U.S. Senate.But even as lawmakers revealed an agreement, some hinted they may try to go back on it this fall.Federal loans for higher-education students had been available at a 3.4 percent interest rate. That has gone up to 6.8 percent, ...

Schools must study policies

There's no doubt the education field is a changing landscape with new technology, budget struggles and higher standards. We applaud school districts that update their policies and adapt to new challenges.We are seeing an example of this in the Gloversville Enlarged School District.The Board of ...

Stay out of Syria

Presidents are right to insist the Pentagon prepare contingency plans to meet any eventuality, no matter how remote the possibility they may be used.But sending Americans into combat in the Syrian civil war is such an insane idea that Congress should make it clear if President Barack Obama ...

Stress ratings are deceiving

In theory, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's fiscal stress rankings are a great idea.DiNapoli's office reviewed 2012 financial information for the state's 1,607 municipalities and then ranked them in four categories - no designation, which means the municipality is facing no fiscal stress; ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To an opportunity to give. After seeing the devastation from the flooding in Montgomery County many of us felt the compassion to do something to help. Johnstown residents Misty Houser, Beth Connelie, Bobbi Jo Havery and Lisa VanAernam apparently had those same thoughts but have taken ...

Reason for long delay

The Senate voted on Thursday to confirm Gina McCarthy as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.It has been more than four months since President Barack Obama nominated McCarthy to replace Lisa Jackson.Liberal lawmakers insist that the delay was obstructionism by conservatives - but there ...

Appeal needs to be filed

We are glad to see the state is launching its $16 million Mohawk Valley and Upstate Flood Recovery Program.Homeowners and small businesses in Fort Plain could certainly use the help after the flooding that hit the area in late June.However, we hope Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeals the Federal ...

Inept program must change

Beside and just below the American flag at many places in our area can be seen the black and white POW/MIA banner. It is a sign that many local residents view it as a duty to find out what happened to the thousands of Americans still listed as missing in action or as prisoners of war from our ...

City’s issues deserve focus

We're not opposed to Gloversville Mayor Dayton King's idea of combining some city elected positions with current county-level elected positions, but we do think there are other things in the city that need energy and research ahead of this.Last month, King brought up the idea of consolidating ...

Get rid of ‘Obamacare’

"Obamacare," the White House version of socialized medicine for Americans, always was a train wreck about to happen. Already the law has jumped the tracks.President Barack Obama's administration announced July 2 it will delay, for one year, a requirement that businesses provide health care ...

4-H program worth cost

It's a shame Fulton County legislators plan to end funding for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Fulton and Montgomery Counties when the year ends.The supervisors should take another look and see if the county can come up with the money to at least continue funding the 4-H program in 2014.Fulton ...