Letters to the Editor

Unresolved issue between homeowner and city remains

As you all well know, [there is a] creek issue on the property on East Main Street in Johnstown. To begin with, three years ago we had a sink hole in our driveway in which the city temporarily fixed. Then promised us a new driveway and our yard in as good, or better condition, than before. ...

City government should obey their own laws

Last February, after a snowstorm, I wrote Mayor [Vern] Jackson wondering whose responsibility it was to clear two stretches of sidewalks along 30A — between Glebe and Fon Clair and that between East State and Main. Should the state or the city be plowing? He responded with the address of ...

You have the ability to prevent cancer

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month and the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties wants to raise awareness that there are two ways to prevent cervical cancer. One way is through regular screening. Cervical cancer screening tests can find the cells that ...

Don’t take a chance on not going to heaven

Another Christmas has come and gone leaving behind many tired out, depressed and let down people. Naturally, if Christmas means nothing more than giving and receiving gifts and eating too many sweets, it’s hardlya recipe for joy unspeakable. However, if we look forward to it as the ...

Thank you to everyone who stood by us

The wife and family of Randy Jezowski would like to thank the Caroga Lake Fire Department and ambulance EMTs for the skill, valor, and tireless effort they provided trying to save the life of a most wonderful man. We would also like to thank the doctors and nurses of Nathan Littauer Hospital ...

Anti-gunners target muzzleloader hunters

An anti-gun rights group, founded by Gabrielle Giffords, known formerly as Americans for Responsible Solutions, but now as just Giffords, has released a “report” that highlights, extremely lethal firearms and devices, like bump stocks, that are being marketed by gun manufacturers” and ...

The cost of a movie and $40 worth of plastic junk

Two things — what is going on at Movie Plex? It use to be about one time a month it was $3 for a movie and drink. Now it has gone to $6. Boy, talk about an increase. Then this past fall I had to get a cheap plastic container for “oneline recycle.” I made the mistake of not weighing it ...

Concert was a wonderful experience

On Sunday, Dec. 17, St. Stanislaus Church hosted a wonderful concert with Kolendy. Polish and traditional Christmas carols were sung sprinkled with anecdotes of Polish traditions, memories and stories. As the lights were dimmed in the church, a sense of peace and camaraderie was felt. Only ...

Library annual appeal for support has begun

Your Amsterdam Free Library’s annual appeal has begun. Any amount you are able to give is appreciated. Your Amsterdam Free Library, 28 Church St., is an amazing community place. The 1903 historic building is high tech inside. The Wi-Fi, computers, copier, scanner, fax, and job search center ...

Earth is our mother, let’s take care of her

The people of the Iroquois Confederacy believe that all members of creation have spirits, and that, at the creation of man, they were instructed that, “We who walk about on the earth are to express a great respect, an affection, and a gratitude toward all the spirits which create and support ...

The president should be held to high standards

Most recently sexual assault and sexual harassment has gotten celebrities such as Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, anchorman Matt Lauer, and many others fired. The me-too movement has also brought down politicians such as Minnesota Senator Al ...

Volunteers are working hard to rid our cities of drug abuse

I would like to extend our appreciation for the work of the Rev. Henry McGrath and Harold Bryant Jr. of NeighborhoodsAgainstDrugs, and all its volunteers who have worked hard locally and throughout New York state educating the public on the serious heroin and opiod epidemic which threatens our ...

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 ...

How will our local schools be helped by casino revenues

In an AP story by Michael Hill, “Jackpot elusive for three new upstate casinos,” which The Leader-Herald carried, deep in the story came a shocking revelation. “The casino slots and table games have raised $88.8 million. Eighty percent of the money goes to public schools, which have set ...

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 ...