Editorials

Tax levy must go down

Gloversville Mayor Dayton King deserves credit for proposing a 2014 city budget that carries a nearly 2 percent tax-levy decrease.However, we challenge city officials to cut the tax levy more.On Tuesday, King presented his $15.8 million proposed budget for 2014 to the Common Council. The budget ...

Pass-the-buck government

Former president Harry Truman was famous for insisting that anything that went wrong in federal government was his responsibility. "The buck stops here," he realized.But nowadays, the buck doesn't seem to stop anywhere. Consider the fiasco that was the rollout of the Obamacare system.Though a ...

Restart talks for new park

The announcement earlier this month that six global technology companies are spending $1.5 billion to create a new research center dubbed "Nano Utica" at the SUNYIT campus in Marcy should serve as a wake-up call for local officials and candidates running for office in the city of Johnstown and ...

Vaccinations help everyone

It's almost here: the annual time when people get vaccinations to protect them against influenza strains expected to be prevalent this season.Physicians, clinics, hospitals and many pharmacies offer the shots. In many cases, health insurance will cover part or all of the cost.There is no good ...

Transparency is necessary

Last year, Fulton County government and the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth agreed to a partnership and restructuring of the CRG. The partnership should aim to restore the public's trust in the organization, but we're not seeing that happen.The agencies the CRG oversees, the county ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To a 2014 calendar. The Johnstown Historical Society has created a unique, fun, interesting and educational way to raise some money. Thanks to the diligent research work of Lance Lord, a 2014 calendar has been produced. What is so unique about the calendar, titled, "The History of ...

U.S. needs real victory

The standoff between liberals and conservatives in Washington is at an end - for now. And make no mistake about it: The confrontation may have been labeled as one between Democrats and Republicans - but it amounted to a duel between big-government liberals and fiscal discipline conservatives.In ...

Questions need answers

In case those in Washington, D.C., and Albany missed it, people have questions about the Common Core State Standards.It should surprise no one, then, that there was a full complement of criticisms of Common Core at a recent town hall meeting at Spackenkill High School, Dutchess County. Common ...

Shutdown madness

During a partial shutdown of the government, there isn't enough money to keep national parks open, but federal wildlife areas can be opened to waterfowl hunting. Cash is lacking for some agencies dealing with public health, but there is enough for the military service academies to play ...

Cut tax rate in Gloversville

Mayor Dayton King recently said he plans to propose a 2 percent property tax reduction when he presents the Common Council with his proposed 2014 city budget. The tax relief is long overdue.A report released in May by the Empire Center for New York State Policy showed Gloversville has the ...

Ignorance may be costly

One wonders, sometimes, whether President Barack Obama and others in the White House pay any attention to their own administration's energy forecasts.Consider one issued last week by the Energy Department. Analysts there expect the vast majority of American households will pay more for home ...

Tax relief needs chance

Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new tax-relief commission that will look at a host of taxes, including business taxes, and ways to simplify the state's tax code.One of the main priorities for the commission is address the property tax burden in New York."From a tax point of view, the ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS -?To a passion shared. Writer Joseph Campbell penned, "Where you stumble, there lies your treasure." Apparently, Gloversville's Mike Hauser stumbled or fell on a baseball field as a young lad and discovered a passion for the game that continues to burn brightly in him today. The best ...

Capture a reminder

U.S. special forces' capture of a notorious al-Qaida leader in Libya has been hailed as a coup in the war against terrorists. It also was a reminder of just how badly President Barack Obama's administration handled regime change in that country.American Delta Force troops staged a raid in ...

Objectivity needed

A court could decide Friday if a referendum to expand casino gambling in the state wasn't just uncommonly reworded to promise rosy benefits - but whether it was approved illegally in secret.The dispute centers on the timing of changes made to the referendum acted upon by the state Board of ...

Investigate ‘shutdown’

Last week, a group of World War II and Korean War veterans from Mississippi, having traveled to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Monument, were told they could not enter the outdoor facility because of the "government shutdown." The monument was closed, the National Park Service ...

Don’t tolerate violence

October is national Domestic Violence Awareness month, a good time to put a spotlight on local domestic violence statistics.The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services publishes an annual report on its website that breaks down the number of reported instances of domestic violence ...

Obama being dishonest

In arguing for bigger government, including the national health insurance takeover, President Barack Obama is being more than a little dishonest. He insists he is reducing the spending deficit - but he is not. He maintains the debt ceiling is not a license for more deficits - but it is.Take a ...

Obama being dishonest

In arguing for bigger government, including the national health insurance takeover, President Barack Obama is being more than a little dishonest. He insists he is reducing the spending deficit - but he is not. He maintains the debt ceiling is not a license for more deficits - but it is.Take a ...

Sending sympathy to staff

I would like to send my sympathy to Lexington staff for the passing of very important individuals. I myself worked for Lexington for 26 years, and have recently ended my career with them. Although I loved working with the individuals, the last house I was at cared for very frail individuals. I ...