Letters to the Editor

Response to writer’s letter on welfare system

I feel compelled to respond to Mr. Benton’s letter of Nov. 16, in regard to the welfare system. First of all I worked for over 30 years in Montgomery County DSS most of which was supervisor (principal welfare examiner of the Public Assistance Unit. To say that “Fulton County is easier to ...

Wrapping up Cancer fundraiser located in mall

Wrapping up Cancer is a fundraiser to benefit the Fulton-Montgomery County Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society. We are located outside of Peebles in the Johnstown Mall on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 ...

Local community businesses go out of their way to help

It is nice to know we have businesses in this community that go the extra mile to please their customers. We would like to thank the Holiday Inn in Johnstown for being so willing to meet the needs of our group. What started out as a small group doubled in size before the event. Holiday Inn was ...

Original founders didn’t know about automatic weapons

Many decades ago, we lost our freedom of speech (our First Amendment right). I’m English and long ago my friends called me a Limey and I called my Italian friends, Wops; Polish friends, Polacks, etc. in jest. Maybe if we had a National Speech Association, we could still bust on each other. We ...

The war against drugs should be approached differently

This is the second letter in a series of three illustrating how we, the Libertarian Party, are different and will hopefully be another option for voters next election. This second issue is that of marijuana legalization, and on a wider scope, an end to the war on drugs. Let me first state ...

Working to stop the opioid epidemic in our area

Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties hosted an Opioid Prevention Education Community kick-off event for anyone living or working in Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, and Herkimer on Nov. 29 at the Paul Nigra Center in Gloversville. Participants for this event learned about how ...

As openly gay, reader questions hatred

I have a few questions to ask. Why are people so homophobic? Why do you hate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender Americans? What did the entire the LGBTQ community ever do to you? As a very proud, openly gay American man I really want to know if there are people in Fulton County and ...

GOP control of local government has only led to higher taxes

Going to the polls this month was a depressing affair. In the city of Johnstown, every race from the mayor on down to the water board had only one option to vote for and all were of the same party. This type of mentality has led residents to where they are today, facing skyrocketing tax hikes ...

New assessor thanks supporters for their votes

I wish to thank the residents of the town of Broadalbin for supporting me for the office of assessor. I look forward to serving with the present assessors, Laurie Bollock and Joe McDonald in the assessor’s office. The residents of Broadalbin have shown good faith in the three member assessors ...

Help support the Alexander-Murray Bill

The debate in Congress over whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has been put aside, at least for now. It is time for the federal legislators to shift their focus to other pressing health care topics, providing the opportunity both for progress and to work together across the ...

Lion’s Club says ‘thanks’ for support during food drive

The Gloversville Lions Club would like to thank the Gloversville Hannaford supermarket for allowing the club to collect food for the local food pantries on Nov 12. They collected three shopping carts full of non-perishable items as well as collected $217 in donations. The Gloversville Lions ...

Legislators need to do more cutting on the budget

County 14 percent tax increase — no way! A public hearing on the proposed budget will be 1:30 p.m. Nov. 28, at the County Office Building. People do work during the day — who do they expect to show up? Why not have it at 6 p.m. or better still why not a Saturday or even a ...

Thank you to the Boy Scouts for all the food collected

On behalf of the Council of Churches Food Pantry, I want to express sincere gratitude to the Boy Scouts who conducted the Johnstown food drive on Nov. 11. The Boy Scouts collected 1,600 non-perishable food items for the food pantry. The food pantry relies on donations to feed the needy ...

Being pro-choice is not the same as pro-abortion

I, Joseph Benton, am pro-choice. There is this belief if you are pro-choice you are pro-abortion. That isn’t even true at all, so I want to reassure the people of Fulton County, New York just because the fact that I am pro-choice doesn’t mean I am pro-abortion. It just means that I stand ...

Now is the time to start thinking about the next election

November is the month during which we think about elections, and even though the state and federal elections for our Congressional representatives don’t take place until next year, it is never too soon to begin considering for whom to vote in the next election. It seems pretty clear to me, ...

Thank you to my supporters

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of the city of Johnstown who supported me in the recent election. Not having an opponent certainly made it easier, but seeing the total votes I received told me that the people still took the time to vote. This year has been a ...

Editorial needs a rebuttal

This is in response to the editorial on Nov. 5, because if anything needs a rebuttal, that editorial does. Now, I like a good tax cut as much as the next guy, but this GOP-sponsored tax bill is anything but a good tax cut, unless, of course, you’re rich. To start with, the tax brackets ...

Who is really watching who?

The election of William Rowback as Gloversville’s new mayor brings up the question as to whether he, as a retired fireman, will be permitted to vote on civil servant contracts. He will be supported by his pension and this should create a conflict of interest. Which brings up the question as ...

Who is really the winner

Have you ever wondered where all the lottery money goes? I think a lot of us have. Jack Kennedy said, “Too much is given, much is demanded;” so true. Money should make us have an easier life but a lot of times it’s not true so we have the saying, “money is the root of all evil.” ...

Thank you to everyone who honored our veterans

To FFCS, its board of education, those who organized the assembly for veterans, Charles Lenig and the school band, Superintendent Tom Ciaccio, Greg Furlong, Larry Coddington, my fellow VFW members, Dennis Cotter, Dan Stevens and their wives, my special friend, Joe Sullivan, Wendy Sullivan for ...