Letters to the Editor

It is up to us to protect pets during cold weather

Dear fellow citizens, Now that the cold weather is here, please keep watch for animals who are left out in the elements without any way of getting shelter. These animals have no way of helping themselves. They are totally dependent on us to take care of them. Please, keep watch for them, in ...

Thank you to everyone who participated in tree lighting

On behalf of the St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank everyone who came out for Sunday Dec. 3, annual community tree lighting. It is a tremendous pleasure when given the opportunity to work with some amazing people and this year’s event was no exception. Commander ...

Just a thought: How about lowering taxes Gov. Cuomo?

I find it humorous that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to waste more New York state taxpayer money by suing the federal government over the new tax plan. This is nothing more than another expensive Cuomo campaign stunt — his motto is ABC — always be campaigning. Cuomo likes to play fast and ...

Jesus is the truth and light

In the last letter, I endeavored to explain the revealing of God’s love seen in his creation, his chastisement, the cross and conversion of men. In this letter, I will explain the “word of God.” First, Jesus Christ is the expression of the word. Christ Jesus, the son of God, was the ...

Someone close to you could be considering suicide

In America there are many people that suffer with depression. Do you realize that 3,000 people commit suicide a day? The number of people that commit suicide shouldn’t be that huge. Many celebrities such as author Earnest Hemingway and Academy Award winner Robin Williams both committed ...

Wake up America, it’s not the guns, it’s the people

I am writing this in response to Edward A. Bown’s editorial in the Dec. 5, Leader-Herald. I have been a NRA member for years, have had a pistol permit since 1975, am an avid hunter and outdoorsman, a father of two sons, happily married for 42 years and still work in the leather business. I am ...

Thank you for helping make Thanksgiving dinner successful

A big thank you and a hat-tip to the members of the Council of Churches for providing a splendid Thanksgiving dinner for the less-fortunate persons in our community. And another thank you to the people who delivered the dinners on Thanksgiving Day; there were 185 dinners delivered to Forest ...

Response to writer’s letter on welfare system

I feel compelled to respond to Mr. Benton’s letter of Nov. 16, in regard to the welfare system. First of all I worked for over 30 years in Montgomery County DSS most of which was supervisor (principal welfare examiner of the Public Assistance Unit. To say that “Fulton County is easier to ...

Wrapping up Cancer fundraiser located in mall

Wrapping up Cancer is a fundraiser to benefit the Fulton-Montgomery County Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society. We are located outside of Peebles in the Johnstown Mall on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 ...

Local community businesses go out of their way to help

It is nice to know we have businesses in this community that go the extra mile to please their customers. We would like to thank the Holiday Inn in Johnstown for being so willing to meet the needs of our group. What started out as a small group doubled in size before the event. Holiday Inn was ...

Original founders didn’t know about automatic weapons

Many decades ago, we lost our freedom of speech (our First Amendment right). I’m English and long ago my friends called me a Limey and I called my Italian friends, Wops; Polish friends, Polacks, etc. in jest. Maybe if we had a National Speech Association, we could still bust on each other. We ...

The war against drugs should be approached differently

This is the second letter in a series of three illustrating how we, the Libertarian Party, are different and will hopefully be another option for voters next election. This second issue is that of marijuana legalization, and on a wider scope, an end to the war on drugs. Let me first state ...

Working to stop the opioid epidemic in our area

Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties hosted an Opioid Prevention Education Community kick-off event for anyone living or working in Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, and Herkimer on Nov. 29 at the Paul Nigra Center in Gloversville. Participants for this event learned about how ...

As openly gay, reader questions hatred

I have a few questions to ask. Why are people so homophobic? Why do you hate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender Americans? What did the entire the LGBTQ community ever do to you? As a very proud, openly gay American man I really want to know if there are people in Fulton County and ...

GOP control of local government has only led to higher taxes

Going to the polls this month was a depressing affair. In the city of Johnstown, every race from the mayor on down to the water board had only one option to vote for and all were of the same party. This type of mentality has led residents to where they are today, facing skyrocketing tax hikes ...

New assessor thanks supporters for their votes

I wish to thank the residents of the town of Broadalbin for supporting me for the office of assessor. I look forward to serving with the present assessors, Laurie Bollock and Joe McDonald in the assessor’s office. The residents of Broadalbin have shown good faith in the three member assessors ...

Help support the Alexander-Murray Bill

The debate in Congress over whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has been put aside, at least for now. It is time for the federal legislators to shift their focus to other pressing health care topics, providing the opportunity both for progress and to work together across the ...

Lion’s Club says ‘thanks’ for support during food drive

The Gloversville Lions Club would like to thank the Gloversville Hannaford supermarket for allowing the club to collect food for the local food pantries on Nov 12. They collected three shopping carts full of non-perishable items as well as collected $217 in donations. The Gloversville Lions ...

Legislators need to do more cutting on the budget

County 14 percent tax increase — no way! A public hearing on the proposed budget will be 1:30 p.m. Nov. 28, at the County Office Building. People do work during the day — who do they expect to show up? Why not have it at 6 p.m. or better still why not a Saturday or even a ...

Thank you to the Boy Scouts for all the food collected

On behalf of the Council of Churches Food Pantry, I want to express sincere gratitude to the Boy Scouts who conducted the Johnstown food drive on Nov. 11. The Boy Scouts collected 1,600 non-perishable food items for the food pantry. The food pantry relies on donations to feed the needy ...