Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Gloversville school changes puzzling Are Gloversville schools failing our children? The decision the Gloversville School Board made to change the way elementary education is administered is very puzzling. The budget for the 2016-17 school year was $60,851,238. Projected savings from ...

Low-paying jobs harm community

I was fascinated by two separate articles (March 26), one on the upstate-downstate divide; the other on health-care reform. Both assigned blame to public employees’ rights and benefits. Though indirect, those artful wordsmiths at this paper conveyed that message in both pieces. First, the ...

Coal editorial shortsighted

Your editorial on the topic of coal providing cheap power was incredibly shortsighted, especially for a newspaper that is published in the Adirondacks, the epicenter of the acid rain environmental disaster that afflicted the Northeast in the 1960s and 1970s. This acid rain was caused by the ...

Health system needs reform

I, like may others, have been trying to make sense out of the ongoing debate concerning reforming Obamacare. I have two points that I feel illustrate why some sort of reform is required. I recently received a form 1095B, which is required by the Affordable Health Care Act. It made me question ...

Make tax forms easily accessible

This year, taxpayers who make out their own returns may have noticed New York state did not send out the basic IT-201 forms to both the Johnstown and Gloversville libraries. Nor did a prominent taxpayer have this form, saying they did theirs on computer. Thus, these taxpayers can’t even ...

Stefanik reaches out to constituents

In response to Jason Subik’s piece recently, I wanted to set the record straight about Congresswoman Stefanik’s strong record of constituent outreach, transparency and accessibility. His piece fails to mention that last term, Congresswoman Stefanik spoke with thousands of constituents ...

Too much gambling becomes abuse

March was Problem Gambling Awareness Month. But what does that really mean? It means that when some people gamble, it can cause problematic behavior, and you should be aware that it is a possibility. Like with substance use, too much gambling can turn into abuse. When a person becomes a ...

Pantry directors showed dedication

As we all know, there are people in our community who truly make a difference in the lives of others; people who are willing to give of their time and talent often work behind the scenes and can go unrecognized while making an impact in their community. Two such people are Tom and Kathy ...

Democrats taking hard-line approach

We are up against a destructive campaign movement against President Trump — little loyality, no bipartisan cooperation, little teamwork and resistance known and called by the word “resist.” What began as a high-minded discussion about how to position the Democratic Party against ...

We are clothed in Christ’s image

Do you feel or have you experienced a profound peace and joy? I have found an inner cleansing, which I cannot fully explain by reading Scripture, and an inner strength. When I studied general psychology at Messiah College in Pennsylvania, I remember a quote from my textbook, “I can honestly ...

Love, support appreciated

The Stock family would like to give a special thanks to all the friends, family and members of the community for their love and support during this difficult time. We lost an amazing wife, mother, nana, sister, daughter, cousin, aunt and friend. Thank you to the close to 900 people who ...

God has job for all of us

I’m 89, and I believe God has allowed me to live this long to encourage other octogenarians. I can remember, some years ago, visiting my parents at the Martin Luther Nursing Home. There were people sitting in the hall looking sad and lonely. It was because no one came to see them. Once ...

Don’t reduce staff in fire department

I have been reading with vested interest about the city of Gloversville negotiations with the fire department. I lost my father, Vernon Bump, age 48, from a heart attack fighting a fire, and lost my husband, Kurt VanNostrand, age 49, from a cancer that is unusually prolific among ...

Letters to the editor

Cheers to a fine small business There are many small businesses in our area that do not get the recognition and credit that they deserve. One of these is Adirondack Stretcher and Ambulette. Linda and Rick are amazing people whose level of caring and compassion is stellar. They go out ...

Gloversville school plan creates problem

The Gloversville school board has voted 6-2 to go ahead with a redistricting plan. Some children up to grade 2 will go to two different elementary schools, and some children in grades 3 to 5 will go to another elementary school. The reason that I say “some children” is because those in ...

Global warming:  See Greenland

Greenland. If you think it’s green, you would be wrong, for Greenland is basically one big sheet of ice. In fact, not only is it the world’s largest island, it’s ice sheet is the largest in the Arctic, it’s 2 miles thick in places. Ninety-nine percent of the Arctic ice is locked up ...

Fight goes on against colon cancer

Local organizations are making a difference to prevent colon cancer. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States among men and women combined, yet it’s one of the most preventable cancers. Colon cancer claims nearly 3,500 lives each year in New York, ...

Hold teachers to high standards

A recent media report indicated that New York education officials are poised to scrap a test designed to measure the reading and writing skills of people trying to become teachers. With all due respect, that is down right stupid. Who wants teachers who are not only proficient at literacy but ...

Wildlife Museum thanks merchants

The Wildlife Museum would like to thank all of the 120 merchants and people who have donated gift certificates for food merchandise and services for our fundraiser to support the Wildlife Museum. We would like to thank the Johnstown Moose Club for the use of their banquet room and their ...

Mental Health Assn. says thanks

The Mental Health Association in Fulton and Montgomery counties would like to extend a sincere thank you to the community for their tremendous show of support of our 19th annual miniature golf and family fun day. The March 4, event was great fun, with 18 holes of indoor miniature golf, ...