Letters to the Editor

Some benefits are earned

I am writing this letter to try and shed some light on what some call "entitlement programs."Medicare is not an "entitlement" but something most people have paid into since the day they began working/earning a wage.Social Security Disability is not a free benefit or entitlement, either. It is a ...

Handy can be mayor for all city residents

I ask anyone who has talked and urged me to run for mayor of Gloversville to support Jim Handy for mayor.After talking several times with Jim and putting hard questions to him as well as offering ideas for his term, I wholeheartedly support Jim Handy for mayor.Jim Handy has experience in ...

Republican spirit alive

Fulton County Republicans recently held their yearly picnic.The second annual Republi-"cans" and clams event was a great success.Primary winners for office gave rousing speeches that were appreciated by the 85-plus turnout of the party faithful.This event demonstrates the Republican spirit is ...

Groff will improve Northampton gov’t

A recent letter to the editor in The Leader-Herald in support of Jim Groff for Northampton supervisor cited Jim's role in securing the senior citizens' phone line staffed by volunteers from the Sacandaga Task Force for Senior Living.As a member of the task force, I know how important that line ...

Pass values to children

The measure of one's life and the impact it makes upon the world depends accordingly upon the road that is traveled over the years. Towering historical figures are rigidly judged, while the measurements for the common person, although also important, are often much more subtle and lenient.One ...

Dolly?Day Tournament a winner for charity

On behalf of the United Way of Montgomery County Board of Directors, our agencies and people we serve, I want to thank the Lazarou family, the sponsors and golfers that participated in the recent Dolly Day Golf Tournament.For the past eight years, the Lazarou Family has sponsored a memorial ...

Letter writer got it right

I would like to comment on Bill Hunt's recent letter to the editor - and to U.S. Rep. Bill Owens?- "Affordable Care Act may destroy U.S."Thank you, Bill, for your letter. I agree with it all, and I also would like to thank Bill Owens for his continued support for service members.I am a retired ...

William ‘Bill’ Richard Ferguson

William R. Ferguson, 66, of Gloversville, passed away unexpectedly on September 19, 2013.He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.Born to Laurence and Mildred (Faulkner) in the Bronx, N.Y. on October 28, 1946, he proudly served his country in the United States Air Force as a PJ Para rescue ...

Enjoy Crop?Walk and help fight hunger

It is my honor to announce this coming Sunday at 1 p.m. we will host the annual Crop Walk for the city of Johnstown. Every year the Twin City Council of Churches sponsors the local Crop Walk, which is meant to raise awareness and money to purchase the necessary food to feed starving people in ...

Single-payer plan best

In reference to the recent letter to the editor by Bill Hunt, it seems that Bill believes the Affordable Care Act is dangerous because it is not provided for in the Constitution. Bill believes in freedom, but he does not seem to believe people should have the right to protection from being ...

Lower speed on road

I am writing this letter about a concern I have where I live, which is on Bliss Road in Oppenheim. Bliss Road is a small country road, but many children, pets and even wildlife live here.I am concerned about the fact some people think it is a major highway and drive at high rates of speed, way ...

Display flag correctly

I am a U.S. veteran with two honorable discharges on my wall. Along with that, I have 30 years as an emergency responder. I served my country and continue to serve my community with great pride.I am sad and disappointed to see that many business owners did not lower our flag to half- staff on ...

Thanks for helping hospice with parking

On behalf of Mountain Valley Hospice, our board, staff and all those we serve, we want to extend a sincere thank you to several people who helped us recently by answering our need for expanded parking facilities at our offices and hospice house in Gloversville. We want to thank Tim Delaney, ...

Consolidation a bad idea

In the spring when I announced my candidacy for mayor of Johnstown I was against consolidation of the Glove Cities. My position has not changed. I am not willing to accept the debt load of Gloversville. The mayor has a responsibility to protect the taxpayers of Johnstown.My GOP candidate, Scott ...

Many aided club’s Get Out and Play Day

The Johnstown Purple and Gold Booster Club would like to thank all community members who made our annual summer Get Out and Play Day a great success.A special thanks to Mr. Jim Robare and Mr. Scott Hale for organizing this outstanding community event. Thank you to the Lanzi family and Partners ...

Hoping for support Nov. 5

I am very, very happy to see that the voters in the town of Perth still want me to work for them as highway superintendent.While this is a step in the right direction, we still have the general election Nov. 5, and I hope that all parties come out to support me.I would like to thank the people ...

Story showed trail issues

It was good to see Bill Ackerbauer's Sept. 15 article about Willie Marsh and the deterioration of the public infrastructure there. I was glad to see the state Department of Environmental Conservation is planning some much-needed repair work.I'm not sure if that's the power of the press or not, ...

Help for gambling addiction available

There was a lot to talk about this week at the New York State Council on Problem Gambling conference in Albany. Too many people are being caught up in the thrill of gaming entertainment to the point that their luck just runs out. Problems from gambling debt affect their families and our economy ...

Help sought for research

I would like to ask for assistance from the Gloversville African-American community in my research for an eventual book about the African-American experience in the Adirondacks - particularly within the Blue Line.I have noted from census records many towns in northern Fulton County once had ...

Thanks for support in race

I truly appreciate everyone who came out and voted for me during the Republican primary, and I'd also like to thank each and every person who supported, encouraged or gave me a pep talk along the way. I hope to live up to your expectations if elected in November.I'd like to praise my two ...