Letters to the Editor

Gerard McAuliffe has what it takes to be a family court judge

Having worked in the sheriff’s office for 22 years, I met and worked closely with most, if not all, of the attorneys in the area. My first contact with Gerard McAuliffe was when he was an attorney working with the Public Defender’s Office. Over the years I witnessed Gerard’s passion for ...

Global warming is real and we need to be pro-active

It’s summer, 2018, and the Northern Hemisphere is burning. Is this a surprise? Well, not to me. It’s just another indication of global warming and we can expect more to come in the future. How hot is it? In our own area, we have been under “heat advisories” several times this summer, ...

Tedra Cobb will be a solid leader in Congress

If you are a local voter, chances are good that you voted for Donald Trump in November 2016. You may have voted for him because you liked his business experience and expected him get the economy working for everyone. You may have voted for him because he would disrupt the status quo and root ...

The Leader-Herald jumps to an unwarranted conclusion

This letter is in response to the editorial published on Sunday, July 29. The Leader-Herald’s attitude was that Trump’s critics had egg on their faces because the EU “appeared” to cave. Really? Appeared? And with that non-fact, and with absolutely no evidence, just a possibility, the ...

Our country is falling prey to terror organizations

Re: Today’s America vs. U.S. Constitution Opening the newspaper or reviewing the news on the Internet or even listening to the news on the television shows how this country is falling prey to organizations such as ISIS. With the onslaught of disrespect against the president of the United ...

Not marking the no passing zones is dangerous

Recently I drove from the Rockwood area to Johnstown on Route 29. A paving project was in progress for about two to three miles. Temporary marking on the new blacktop consisted of a white line on each outside edge of the road and dashed yellow lines in the middle of the highway. This dashed ...

Molinaro may seem like an answer, but he isn’t

Molinaro may seem like an alternative to Cuomo but the more you look at him the more alike they appear. He uses words like “smaller government” but while county executive he grew the Dutchess County government spending from $393 million in 2013 to over $480 million in 2018. He has no ...

The election is not about party loyalties, it is about ethics

When I met Tedra Cobb last August, it was immediately apparent to me that she is a person of ethics, commitment, and experience. I am the parent of a son with autism, and I work with people with disabilities, so disabilities rights are personal to me. Tedra is not a big money corporate ...

The Trump administration’s war on the conservation

The news that the Trump administration intends to end the automatic protection for threatened animals and plants as well as limiting habitat safeguards meant to shield recovering species from harm has created a growing firestorm of anger among dedicated bedrock wildlife protectors, conservation ...

Library welcomes new summer ‘faces’

There are a couple of new “summer” faces at St. Johnsville’s Margaret Reaney Library. Miss Samantha, our library page, has proven to be a quick study competently handling the four times a week Interlibrary Loan delivery. Delivery is the way we request from and fill requests for ...

Efforts are being made to re-open Broadalbin Beach

Yesterday, I once again wrote to Robert Stegemann, Regional Director of the DEC in Ray Brook, Essex County, asking for a meeting to discuss the outlook for any future operation of a beach on the Sacandaga in town of Broadalbin. Several attempts to meet in the past year have not been ...

Michael Smrtic is the most qualified for position

I have practiced family law in Fulton County for 29 years. I changed my party enrollment from Republican to Democrat back in 2008, so I will not be voting in this primary (although my husband is still an enrolled Republican and he can cast a vote), but as an attorney who appears in Family Court ...

Understanding the Democrats vengeance is important

Wake up call? When are the citizens of this country going to wake up to the hypocrisy and the outright lies from the Democrats and the main stream media. They have been so obsessed with taking down Donald Trump before and since the election. Since the Helsinki summit they have even become ...

‘Stupid’ politicians need to get off of Trump’s back

I have a slant on the Trump-Putin relationship that I haven’t heard anywhere else. To begin with, if we go back 80 years to World War II, who helped us the most in beating Germany? Russia! Great Britain took the brunt of the war but it was Russia that helped us the most. Down the road I ...

Don’t shop at places that put restrictions on firearms

Take your money elsewhere. Firearms and Ammunition industry economic impact report (NSSF2018) (Nationally) total economic impact $51 billion. I subscribe to numerous gun magazines . I am a National Rifle Association member and a U.S.M.C. veteran during a very unpopular time and war. I have ...

I plan on supporting Robert Smullen

After careful consideration I have decided that I will support Robert Smullen for our next assemblyman. As you know Marc Butler decided not to run for re-election. Marc has been an outstanding assemblyman, and as I stated in the past, he is a tough act to follow. I thank Marc for his many years ...

Thank you for your patience during recent equipment issues

The Travers Diner has been closed due to necessary repairs for day-to-day operation. Multiple equipment failures occured during the recent heatwave. We have been working with local professionals to make possible a re-opening in the upcoming week. We thank you for your continued ...

Politicians should have been doing their jobs

OK, the Russians tried to disrupt our election in 2016 — just like Obama did to Israels’ last elections! The real “story” is that our intelligence and police agencies let us down during Obama’s terms. The heads of our agencies like Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Lynch, McCabe, Strzok and ...

Smullen is the man to elect to represent Fulton County

It is heartening to see a man like Colonel Robert Smullen run for State Assembly in Fulton County. It has been a long time since Fulton County has been represented by a local assemblyperson. Col. Smullen is a lifelong resident, 24-year Marine veteran who was advanced to colonel with his duties. ...

City being bled to death by political, economical forces

What to make of Johnstown’s council appeasing the county, “which desires a ‘regional water system’” (Leader-Herald) by allowing the county to pay city rates for water it then sends all over creation? What happen to the former 1.5 times rate? Is not the city being exploited by the ...