Letters to the Editor

Support Betsy Batchelor for third ward council position

This letter serves to endorse Elizabeth Batchelor for the Gloversville 3rd Ward Common Council position. In my opinion, there is no better candidate than Betsy. By running on the Gloversville Party line, Betsy demonstrates that she is a strong supporter of bipartisanship, working with people ...

Doctors and nurses — listen to your patients

I have been suffering/fighting with migraines and seizures since 2010, which are very debilitating. Don’t they understand what these do a person? If the seizures are non-epileptic, then you’re told they can’t help you? Really? There are over 30 different seizures out there and you mean to ...

Do not be deceived by something unproven

I was inspired to write a letter to the editor after reading the letter submitted by James L. Cook in the Oct. 14, edition of The Leader-Herald. I couldn’t agree more. The Johnstown City Council also needs change and Mr. Cook should consider running for a council seat there. He is absolutely ...

King deserves another term

A familiar saying is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” We believe this saying applies to Mayor King. Why would we want to elect a different mayor when Mayor King is doing a fine job already? Businesses are moving in to Gloversville. Many grants to improve the city and attract ...

The cover-up will continue if the incumbent is elected

I am running for Broadalbin’s two-year assessor vacancy and letting people know of the cover-up that will continue if the incumbent assessor Joe McDonald is elected for another four year term. He has married in recent years and spends most of his time at his wife’s home in another state. ...

Support the best candidate — ‘Betsy’ Batchelor

Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Batchelor is the Democratic candidate for the Gloversville Common Council from the 3rd Ward. I am happy to be writing in support of her candidacy. I have known Betsy for fifteen years, and in that time we have worked together on a variety of projects in our community. ...

I thought I taught you better than that

This is an open letter to my former GMS students, their families, and the residents of Gloversville. In my 40 years as a teacher of United States history, I endeavored to equip you with the skills you would need to make intelligent and rational decisions. Among these skills were the ability to ...

Dayton King has lied and it is time for a new mayor

The mayor is responsible for the city budget and taxes. When imposing taxes on the residents of the city, it’s necessary that he not only adhere to the rule of law, but set a standard, so each taxpayer can look to him as an example. The fact that Dayton King was listed in [Tuesday’s] ...

Don’t return to partisan politics

I took office as mayor in January of 1994 as a Republican. At that time the city was in financial crisis. For the six years immediately prior, the city had experienced annual tax increases averaging 11 percent per year. In spite of these increases, the city was $575,000 in debt. For the ...

Rowback has a plan for Gloversville’s future

I was born in Gloversville at the old Nathan Littauer Hospital. I spent my early years in the west end and went to both Boulevard and McNab schools. My grandfather was the president of Gloversville Federal Savings Bank and was a pillar in this community. If you look hard enough you can find his ...

Betsy Batchelor is the right choice

Full disclosure: I am not a resident of Gloversville and cannot vote in the upcoming election for local offices. Nonetheless, I would encourage residents of Gloversville’s 3rd Ward to vote for Elizabeth (Betsy) Batchelor to represent them in the city’s Common Council. Betsy and I ...

Direct the anger toward the group

We all want to blame someone for allowing hate to have a voice in our community, but I assure you the Leader-Herald is not to blame for recent local Klan activity. That blame lies on all of us. All of us who have turned a blind eye to the systemic racism in our country. Our anger on this issue ...

Vote for experience, vote for Klafehn

The voters in the town of Wells have an opportunity to elect an experienced man for town supervisor in November. Bob Klafehn has been a resident of Wells for almost 10 years and was a weekend resident for many years before then. He ran his own business for more than 25 years doing carpentry and ...

We can help change global warming

In spite of the fairly cool summer in our area, global warming is here, just ask the folk in the southwest, who have been experiencing temperatures of 110 degrees. Unfortunately, our current administration poo poos this problem, gagging climate scientists and gutting the EPA. So, the fight to ...

Man in to blame for spreading hate

Having read the three articles on the KKK in The Leader-Herald published recently, I wish to thank you. How are we to know who is here and who is not? And, how are we able to change things, if we do not know what to change? Information is a great thing if we take that information, and use ...

No time for learning curve at this juncture

I see the city as split 50-50 at this point, King vs. Rowback, for the upcoming election, therefore I know my opinion is shared by many. Dayton King has done a great job as mayor, the stats and proof is well-documented, and we all know he responds to concerns, valid or not, quickly and ...

If there is no convention, do not expect any changes

It’s reported that enthusiasm for a state constitutional convention is waning. I think voters this November should approve the measure on the ballot. How else can we create term limits on legislators, lower the burden of Medicare/Medicaid contributions by counties, deny state pensions on ...

Prom committee thanks everyone who helped

The Mayfield Central School Post Prom 2018 Committee would like to thank everyone who attended our chili contest and junk in the trunk event on Oct. 8. We are pleased to announce the winners of the chili contest. First place went to Henry Hart; second place was awarded to Bryan ...

Think about how using space in the newspaper in the future

I was very upset when I opened Sunday’s Leader Herald, then again Monday and Tuesday. The space allotted to the supposed local kkk along with large color photos was way out of proportion. The location and space given such news overshadowed the good and positive things happening in ...

Support Batchelor’s bid for third ward council seat

I am writing this letter in support of Elizabeth (Betsy) Batchelor’s bid for the 3rd Ward Common Council seat. I have worked with Betsy on the library board since 2005 as a fellow board member. She became my official co-chair for the Capital Campaign in 2014. Betsy has shown time and again ...