Letters to the Editor

‘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 ...

If Kavanaugh is approved, all we hold dear is at stake

Brett Kavanaugh is the wrong choice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. If he is confirmed to the Supreme Court, everything that we hold dear as a nation will be at stake. From protecting a woman’s right to choose to dismantling the Affordable Care Act, Kavanaugh could ...

Smrtic has the skills, courage and ethical standards needed

I’ve known Michael Smrtic for approximately 20 years; he was my dad’s attorney for a real estate deal. He later helped my father do his will and my Mom’s will. If any of you knew my late father, you would know he was an excellent judge of character and he thought a lot of Mike. I met Mike ...

Bill just passed could affect property owners on lake

A bill just passed by the State Legislature requires the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District, the state authority that governs Great Sacandaga Lake, to seek out new “beneficiaries” who can be billed for this flood-control reservoir’s operation. It’s obviously aimed at the ...

Thank you to the voters for passing the GJSD budget

Regarding the 2018-19 Greater Johnstown School District Budget: On behalf of the GJSD Board of Education, I would like to express our thanks to the voters of the Greater Johnstown School District for the positive results we received last Tuesday when our revised budget proposal passed with a ...

Nathan Littauer and Albany Med saved my life

Thank God for miracles. In the morning on May 11, I would like to thank Nathan Littauer Hospital Emergency Room for their immediate response and alertness and quickness to my condition that saved my life. I applaud everyone that was involved and appreciate their immiate concern. Everyone ...

Make libraries a part of your summer routine

What can one say about 48 visiting kindergartners from the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville district? They swarmed like locust and chattered like magpies during a recent library visit. It was wonderful having them. The noise level rose a few decibels and that is OK; their enthusiasm was ...

Attempts to discredit Robert Smullen are disgraceful

As a long serving Fulton County Court Judge and Surrogate, Gloversville City Court Judge, and as an Army veteran, and more importantly as an American, I am deeply offended over the mistreatment of our hometown hero, recently retired (2015) Marine Colonel Robert Smullen. The sad people afraid of ...

Thank you to the community that supported SET program

Three years ago, the Greater Johnstown School District began a program which places students in workplace environments within our community. The Student Employment Training (SET) Program has helped a number of students get a better idea of what it takes to be part of the workforce. Without ...

Tedra Cobb is the best choice to win in Republican district

I am writing in support of Tedra Cobb, who is currently running in the Democratic primary for Congress in our district, NY 21. She is a progressive Democrat who can talk to Republicans because she focuses on uniting principles, not polarizing issues. Tedra is the kind of Democrat who can win in ...

Thank you to all who helped place veterans flags

The Gloversville Parade Committee, Robert Perrella, Harold Gordon, Michael Perrella, Linda Bullock, Joni Wilson, Deb Finkle, Linda Fisher and Brian Perrella would like to sincerely thank the volunteers who placed 3,000 flags on veterans’ graves. The following are from the Insurance ...

Sharing the cost of health insurance could help budget

Despite best efforts, the Greater Johnstown School District must raise property taxes higher than anyone would like in order to close the 2018-19 budget gap. All things being equal, school taxes should increase roughly two to three percent or so annually to keep up with inflation. But that is ...

No support given to sheriff or department

Recently Sheriff [Richard] Giardino addressed the county legislature, warning that his department was losing deputies at an alarming rate — some for better paying jobs, others due to retirement. Worse, the county has not signed a contract with the department’s union in several years which ...

Tedra Cobb is the best candidate for Congress

I am writing to express my support of Tedra Cobb’s candidacy in New York’s 21st Congressional District. I have met Tedra multiple times and believe she is not only qualified to lead professionally, but is an exemplary individual whose stable and steady voice is sorely needed. Tedra was ...