Letters to the Editor

Innocent until proven guilty

In this country there are many people who have been alleged to have committed crimes which leads to their arrest. But that doesn’t mean the individual actually committed the crime. Most recently celebrities such as Empire actor Jussie Smollett was indicted on 16 disorderly conduct felony ...

The real neglect must be placed on state’s doorstep

Facing dire financial circumstances, Johnstown’s school superintendent Dr. Patricia Kilburn predicted higher school taxes while holding out the hope of closing a second grade school because of lower enrollment. But what seemed lacking in her presentation were major structural changes yet, ...

Who really are the Democrats?

They were the party that supported, backed and were members of the KKK. There were the party that backed and still support Planned Parenthood, even though their founder set it up to restrict the number of black babies being born in this country. Now they even support and have passed laws in ...

March is colorectal cancer awareness month, get screened

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so on behalf of the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties, I’d like to share some valuable information and clear up a few myths about colon cancer. All men and women ages 50 to 75 years old should be screened ...

The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round

On Feb. 28, 2017, the Gloversville Common Council awarded a contract for a regional transportation study to RLS Associates of Dayton, Ohio. (Leader-Herald March 6, 2017). The state Department of Transportation approved the study in January 2017, to look into the feasibility of creating a ...

Two caucuses amount to racism against white men

The Civil War was fought to end slavery and subsequently the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments gave slaves citizenship status. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national ...

Farewell to JAVAC, our local ambulance service

The closing of JAVAC is sad, but inevitable. My father, David Bowers, along with fellow community leader, Hal Warren, founded the Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps in 1971. JAVAC was part of me and my sister, Rebecca’s family starting when I was 11, through our dad’s early passing ...

It is difficult to afford college or get a decent job

As a resident of Johnstown for most of my life, I’ve noticed a lot of negative impacts in the area and it’s not getting better. My generation has it very hard and the opportunity is very limited in Fulton County. When I was a high school student, I always planned on furthering my ...

A little humor from Will Rogers

I believe that there is no more of an appropriate time then to quote what Will Rogers (a humorist) said in 1923. Every time Congress tells a joke, it becomes a law and every time they enact a law, it becomes a joke. ANTHONY FERRARO Gloversville

Hand in Glove with hope for the cities’ future

Last week, I traveled to Johnstown High School with my wife, Patsy. We planned to spend time sampling the work of JHS seniors who had been encouraged by their teacher, Mr. Sean Russo, to participate in the Fulton County Museum and Historical Societies’ Hand in Glove Student Art and Essay ...

Easter will soon be upon us, receive the holy sacraments

Man’s greatest gift is God’s unmerited favor, grace. We would never seek God if God had not first sought us. Because of grace, it takes humility for a man to bow his knee at the foot of the cross and say, “God be merciful to me, the sinner.” Let us explore this topic of grace. 1. ...

Conserve gas, oil, electricity and give up beef

Instead of hearing from me about global warming, lets hear from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, president of the G8 Conference in 2005. “The time to act is now. Its plain that the emission of greenhouse gases is causing global warming at a rate that began as significant, has ...

People need to remove their rose-colored glasses

I never heard of a burlap canvas bag. Did you? Editors should make sure they know, just as we should when we write a letter. Socialism, my mother taught me, did not do war. Is that still true? I guess not, if it ever was. She said Communists believe in war. Is that still true? I am ...

Socialism, a call to arms?

Recently America has witnessed an avowed Socialist, now embraced by a number of worn-out old-guard Democrats, elected to Congress. Her name is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka AOC, Occasional-Cortex and Ocrazio. Ms. Cortez and her ilk, which includes the likes of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Hugo ...

An apology and a warning for town residents

I would like to apologize to the audience and to Trish Isabella for my interruption of her presentation to the Caroga Town Board discussing her assessment of the roof condition on town hall. I was speaking louder than normal but I did not threaten the board or use foul language. I merely was ...

The editorial blamed the wrong party in shutdown

In an editorial on Feb. 13, I believe that [the columnist has] put forth a false idea about who is responsible for the recent government shutdown. In the first place, in December when the GOP controlled both houses of Congress, the president told the GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell that he ...

Writer endorses Richard Giardino for sheriff

I have known Sheriff Rich Giardino most of my life. I’ve known the Giardino family forever. I’ve always found Rich to give 100 percent to everything he does. He has the experience, as not only a police officer, but an attorney, ADA, district attorney, county judge, and sheriff for the ...

Columnist gets the facts wrong

In her recent column titled “A monument to powers” (Leader-Herald, Feb. 16), Linda Chavez states as fact, “Immigrants, including those who have come here illegally, are less likely to commit crimes than people born here.” I suggest that Ms. Chavez read (or reread) 8 U.S. Code 1325 (a) ...

Columnist failed to consider income tax inequality

In his recent column “The state of the Disunion” (Leader Herald, Feb. 6), Dr. Reich ranted that the biggest problem facing the United States is income inequality and states that President Trump has “made the super-rich far richer at the expense of average Americans.” What Dr. Reich ...

Writer is misguided concerning airport plane

The article, “Airport awarded grant for new sign,” in the Feb. 3, edition garnered an online comment from Jack Smolic. Mr. Smolic had one word to say about the sign but had much more to say about the XA3D Skywarrior used by the Navy that sits at the entrance to the airport. He seems to ...