Letters to the Editor

With love from Sherman’s

There has been a lot happening in the last few years and a lot of people have raised their voices and I have sat back quietly. I have listened and I have tried to understand, but now I feel it is time for me to have a voice and I would like to use it to express my gratitude. There was a time ...

Give to your community because you want to

Community, what does that word mean to you? Most of you have your heart in the right place, just not your heads. The answer is serving. When was the last time you served your community? If it takes you awhile to think about it, probably not recently. Your community has probably helped you ...

A science lesson on a carbon footprint

An element is defined as the smallest bit of matter (an atom) that exhibits the properties of the bulk material and cannot be separated into a simpler substance. A compound is defined as any substance formed by the union of two or more elements in a fixed ratio, the union being a chemical bond ...

Watch out for a local scam

I recently received a letter from DCM Services, LLC of Minneapolis addressed to the estate of my late husband. They wanted to know who was responsible for paying any of my husband’s outstanding debts. Included was a form to complete and a self-addressed, stamped envelope. It all looked very ...

Addiction hurts everyone involved

Addiction is a sad disease and it will catch up to you eventually. How do I know? I will tell you why because it happened to me. My choice of drugs was heroin and it became my very best friend. I lost my wife and children as for me they could no longer depend. The only thing I had ...

Has school district considered solar panels

I wonder if the Johnstown school district board has ever entertained the concept of solar panels to save on electricity bills. The district has large swaths of empty land onto which to position these silent sun collectors. Also, many flat roofs for possible instalation. This hot summer ...

Dan Engel is the epitome of hard work and dedication

I’m writing to inform you and the community about the hard work and dedication that Mr. Dan Engel, director of Veterans Affairs for Fulton County, provides for, and on behalf of, the veterans in Fulton and Hamilton County. Many veterans and their families struggle to navigate the VA and ...

Our attention should be focused on our country’s safety

Does this story sound somewhat familiar today? A quote by Thomas Jefferson — his final message to Congress in 1809 (210) years ago. Considering the extraordinary character of the times in which we live, our attention should unremittingly be fixed on the safety of our country. Regarding ...

An open letter to columnist Leonard Pitts

By definition: A racist is a person who believes a particular race is superior to others; a bigot is a person who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics, and is intolerant of those who differ; a thug is a violent person (especially a criminal); and a hypocrite is ...

More steps need to be taken so everyone has access

The Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, and later amended in 2008, promised individuals with disabilities equal access in their communities. Despite these positive changes, many Americans still do not have full access. ...

Zip code issue in Mayfield needs fixing

With increased development in Fulton County, there are bound to be places within a zip code that have the same address. One such place is Woodlane Road. Up until a year ago, GPS pointed Woodlane Road as being in Northampton, but being served by the Mayfield Post Office. The zip code is 12117. ...

Peace can be found in avoidance of extremes

They are Tweedledee and Tweedledum: I am referring to the White Supremacist Coalition (White Supremacists, KKK, and neo-Nazis — and hereafter called WSC) and their arch enemy Antifa (the independent, anti-fascist groups and their supporters). The WSC is unabashedly fascist while Antifa, in ...

For some great family time, visit the Paradise Ranch rodeo

At the end of June on a Friday night, I was visiting with friends in Caroga Lake. I asked about all the traffic on Route 29A, and friends informed me that a rodeo was about to begin. So off we went to Paradise Ranch to see a real live rodeo. I come from Saratoga Springs where we have many ...

The 1969 Woodstock festival 50 years later

It took a lot of hard work and patience to document an iconic moment in time, but the final product was well worth it. Woodstock at 50, a short documentary produced by Command Voice Journalism, provided me a much better understanding of the times from those that were there. Was Woodstock a ...

Caroga referendum on sale of Sherman’s to the CAC

It was fantastic to see Sherman’s as a hub of activity already this summer rather than the ghost of the past. I look forward to seeing continued life in this wonderful and storied location. I see the vitality and excitement the Caroga Lake Music Festival has brought during the three years ...

The word ‘racist’ is tossed around with wild abandon

I was surprised by Speaker Pelosi’s characterization of President Trump’s advice: in a nutshell, he said, “America: Love it or Leave it.” And Speaker Pelosi said it was “racist.” How so? Remember, this expression was directed against Americans who denigrated our country during the ...

The government is meant to serve the people, not itself

The Democrat-controlled House has created a massive spending bill that will be funded by taxes and more borrowing (see https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/07/23/us/politics/ap-us-budget-battle.html). In contrast to past budget resolutions, this one has pulled out all the stops. Every ...

History seems to be repeating itself

Years ago, the Isrealites were facing a drought in their land. Nothing was growing, they were starving. They applied to Egypt for asylum and were taken in, where they prospered and their population grew. A couple of hundred years later, a new pharaoh became intimidated by the ever-growing ...

Big mistake. Huge! On forgoing regents exams

So the New York State Board of Regents is considering dropping the regents exam requirement in order to increase graduation rates. To quote Pretty Woman, “Big mistake, huge!” To lower standards in order to increase diploma recipients flies in the face of sanity and will do nothing but ...

Columnist should look at the entire picture

So now the Democrats are up in arms about President Trump involving the military in the Fourth of July celebration at the Lincoln Memorial at taxpayer expense. Really? At the same time, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives is conducting opposition research disguised as an ...