Letters to the Editor

Thank you for assistance at recent fire

On Feb. 10, the Gloversville and Johnstown Fire Departments were once again summoned to work at the scene of a large building fire at the former tannery of Tradition Leather on West Eleventh Avenue. The fire was well on its way to destroying the all wooden structure on arrival of the first due ...

The Lystek plant is a bad idea

Lystek Glen Park Organic Materials Recovery Center or Lystek Sewage Sludge Processing Following are facts. Sources are given in parentheses. This plant proposed for the Glen Canal View Business Park will process sludge from sewage treatment plants into “fertilizer.” The process consists ...

A country without borders is not a country

Immigration? I, am, so sick and tired of the Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, media and some swamp Republicans representing (undocumented) immigrants that snuck into this country illegally. We have immigration laws that are on the books, and for too many years, have not been enforced. Now ...

Sewage sludge processing plant a bad deal for Glen

In reading and listening to the commentary of the few area residents that are actually for the proposed Sewage Sludge Processing Plant in the town of Glen, it appears they are focused on two things: Jobs and taxes. Specifically, their commentary — which often uses a demeaning and ...

State budget lacking for those with psychiatric disabilities

In Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal, $10 million was allocated towards the community-based mental health housing system. However, even though we are grateful to be in the budget, we have not received increased funding in decades. As the executive director of Catholic Charities of Fulton ...

Newspaper shouldn’t politicize its headlines

Sir, today I read your front page article headlined as follows: “Trump: FBI, DOJ have ‘politicized’ probe in favor of Democrats.” Immediately, I decided to read the actual article by Miller, Jalonick and Day which was released by the AP News Service. The AP headlined this very same ...

Concerned about Lystek trucks entering Route 5S

Since December, it has been consistently reported that the facility proposed for the town of Glen by the Canadian Sewage Waste-to-Fertilizer company, Lystek would result in the addition of 10 to 20 trucks per day to our community’s local traffic. On December 21, 2017, Glen Supervisor-Elect ...

Personal communication make difficult by cell phones

We’ve been to the moon, have cell phones that do everything but cook and clean but God’s creation called “people” have slid back from what they were created to do. I have a “what’s wrong with this picture” example. I saw two couples sitting at a basketball game. All four ...

U.S. leadership matters around the world

I would like to share my experiences to give locals some insight into a world that exists outside Fulton County. I lived in Europe, primarily Greece, for nearly a decade and when I first arrived in 2006, President George W. Bush was despised. I met people who had thrown Molotov cocktails at the ...

McAuliffe best candidate for county court judge

With the race for the Fulton County Family Court Judge approaching, I want to announce whom I believe is the best candidate to sit on the bench. I, Joseph Benton, fully endorse attorney Gerard McAuliffe to succeed outgoing Fulton County Family Court Judge the honorable, Edward Skoda. Attorney ...

Comments made at meeting were made as taxpayer

At recent public meetings, my statements regarding the Lystek Inc. move into the Glen Canal View Park, in Fultonville, represent a concerned taxpayer and neighbor, and not the Fonda-Fultonville School Board. Thank you. BONNIE COUTURE Fultonville

‘SAFE Act’ wants to arm children

On the news this morning there was something very disturbing, the New York State Legislature has voted to put high powered rifles in the hands of 12 year old children and allow them to hunt deer and bear in New York state and the reason given is that this would help offset the loss of declining ...

The name of a ‘business’ park matters

Names matter. For the better part of 20 years, every time I traveled Route 5S between Main Street and Riverside Drive, I would go past the sign for the Glen Canal View Business Park. Some have lately been referring to this as an “industrial park.” That limits our park. “Industrial” ...

President not representative of American way of life

The president of the United States a few weeks ago proved again that he is nothing more than a racist bigot. During a bipartisan meeting in the Oval Office President Donald J. Trump used a racial slur towards immigrants that come from Africa and Haiti. I’m embarrassed as an American ...

For our ecosystems, time is now to give up fossil fuels

Indigenous people have lived close to the land for eons. Making their living partially or wholly by subsistence they are in tune with nature. They know when a storm is brewing (without National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather), they know how and when to plant and when to harvest, ...

HFM Prevention Council earns peer engagement grant

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has recently awarded HFM Prevention Council a grant to offer Peer Engagement Services in Fulton and Montgomery counties. According to OASAS, the primary goal of the Peer Engagement Specialist is to utilize their own ...

The mayor prefers only his Facebook ‘friends’

The mayor threw me under the bus. On Tuesday, Jan. 9, I heard that Mayor Dayton King had not reappointed me to the Gloversville Transit Commission. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, I called the mayor’s office to ask why. The following dialogue ensued: The mayor: I don’t reappoint people who ...

Fulton County veterans deserve a full time representative

I am both a federal retiree and an Air Force veteran. About 18 years into my federal job two things happened. 1. A law was passed that if I received a federal pension, I would receive only half of my earned Social Security when I retired. 2. A law was passed to lower federal retirement ...

Dangerous business wants corporate welfare

A wise man once said, “If you want to be rich, take care of what you have.” Of course we all know that this is a metaphor. If we want to have the riches of family, friendship, a healthy and rich community, then we need to attend to them. Our beutiful and historic Mohawk Valley is ...

Lystek is not good for Montgomery County

This is a response to the paid Lystek advertisement in the Leader-Herald on Jan. 6. Lystek International Ltd. is the American operational arm of Lystek International Inc. (i.e. “Lystek”) – a Canadian Subsidiary owned by the massive Ottawa-based Conglomerate “R.W. Tomlinson ...