Letters to the Editor

Please vote for Dana Beyer during the Republican primary

Ladies and gentlemen of Hamilton County, I am asking for your consideration to vote for me on primary day on the Republican Party line. I have the necessary qualifications, education and experience to excel in this endeavor. I completed my undergraduate studies at George Washington University ...

Vote for Marsha Purdue for Hamilton County court judge

Dear voters, The primary is June 25. I am in a contested race for the Republican, Conservative and Independence lines. In our community, where the majority of voters are Republican, voting in the primary is critical and may decide the final election. When you vote, please consider how ...

Marsha Purdue is the right choice for county judge

I first encountered Marsha King Purdue when she was a cheerleader for our Central School. Then, as a lifeguard for the town beach. Even then, she was distinguished by the dedication to good work that has marked her legal career. I can testify that I have never known Marsha to act unfairly ...

Thank you to alumni who helped place flags

I would like to thank the following Gloversville Women’s Alumni Club members for placing flags on our veterans graves in the old Prospect Hill Cemetery: Sue DeLilli, Pat Mancini, Sue Maryanopolis, Kathy Henze, Barb Cline, Chris Putnam, Judy Antonucci, Sue Zambri, Genny Tracy, Karriann ...

Aggravated DWI is not a ‘mistake’

On June 12, I attended the meet the candidates night at the Wells Community Hall and I asked a very personal question directed to the three candidates running for Hamilton County DA. My question was, as the mother of a victim of a child involved in a DWI accident which claimed her life, how ...

Our children are watching, vote ‘Yes’ on today’s budget

Our children are watching. On June 18, they deserve to watch our community show up and vote YES in support of their education. And at this point, in support of them, too. This spring, our kids watched as adults debated (to put it generously) the Greater Johnstown school district’s 2019-2020 ...

The success of Relay for Life depends on everyone’s help

Relay for Life 2019 is in the books and it could not have been possible without the effort of so many. I have a lot of people to extend my appreciation to on behalf of Relay and the American Cancer Society, beginning with the Gloversville Enlarged School District for allowing us to use the ...

The real story behind the Johnstown school budget

I feel compelled to write about the Johnstown School District and the upcoming vote on the school budget. First, I want to take a look at the history of capital projects. Moving the district headquarters from Knox left a perfectly good building unused. The district spent millions on a new ...

Tatiana Coffinger is the best candidate for county judge

Dear Hamilton County primary voters, As the June primary election quickly approaches, I am compelled to write urging all Hamilton County voters to seriously consider electing a candidate to fill the vacancy left by the Honorable Judge Feldstein when he retired. The office of the county judge ...

Democratic committee endorses Marsha Purdue

The Hamilton County Democratic Committee is pleased to announce the endorsement of Republican Marsha King Purdue for Hamilton County Court Judge. This year the Hamilton County Democrat Party has no candidate running for county judge. Even so, all Hamilton County Democrats have a great interest ...

Ex-chief clerk endorsement behind Tatiana Coffinger

I am the retired Chief Clerk of Hamilton County and I fully support the election of Tatiana Coffinger for Hamilton County Judge. I’ve known Tatiana for 17 years. Tatiana has been a law clerk to two of the finest and honorable judges that I have known, Judge Gorden Hemmett, deceased, ...

Donald VanDeusen is the man for the job of sheriff

My name is Brian E. VanNostrand Sr. and I am writing today to endorse Donald W. VanDeusen III for sheriff of Fulton County. I retired as captain of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department in 2016, after 35 plus years of service and I am currently a patrolman for the village of Northville. Don ...

Columnist wrong to call President Trump a dictator

In another one of his diatribes against President Trump, Robert Reich (“How to deal with Trump,” Leader-Herald, June 3, page 6A) calls Trump a “dictator.” A dictator is defined as “one holding complete autocratic control: a person with unlimited governmental power” (see ...

Denying the school budget will do more harm than good

Do I want my taxes to go up? I’d be foolish if I said yes and everyone would think I was either lying or crazy. Do I have issues where some of my money goes concerning the Greater Johnstown School District? Yes I do, but I understand that denying a tax increase because I don’t agree with ...

Donald VanDeusen is the right choice for sheriff

I have known Donald VanDeusen, both personally and professionally for almost 20 years. I have had the opportunity to work with and work for him throughout this time. VanDeusen possesses a level of knowledge and leadership that is required to head a modern day law enforcement agency. As ...

Johnstown students deserve the best we can give them

I am a Gloversville resident residing in the Mayfield school district. I have no children in school but I did vote for the Mayfield budget as I support the programs. I am very concerned about the Johnstown school budget because I have two grandchildren attending Johnstown schools. One is in ...

VanDeusen has the skills, knowledge and experience

I have known Don VanDeusen since he was chief of police in Gloversville in 2012. It’s been my experience, not only as a police officer with the St. Johnsville Police Department, but also as the chief of police in Fort Plain that Don is very hard working, fair, and holds people accountable for ...

Colon cancer screening is available and important

Do you see your mechanic more than your doctor? Do you do a great job maintaining your lawn mower, your snow blower and your car? Well now it’s time for a little self-maintenance. June is Men’s Health Month. What a perfect time to take control of your health by getting screened for colon ...

CO2 fumes are dangerous and climbing rates must be fixed

Many scientists agree that we are at the beginning of the sixth great extinction. Four of the previous five extinctions were caused by excessive CO2 in the atmosphere. Currently, there are 411 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere. 350 ppm is considered the most we could reach in safety, and CO2 is ...

Thank you to a man who gives all of himself

I want to start this by saying thank you. I have witnessed Logan Barclay spend most of his free time, which he has none of, tirelessly volunteer at hundreds of events. Events ranging from recreation related, to fire department related, to city beautification related and a full spectrum in ...