Letters to the Editor

Most young adults do not know how to count change

I had several experiences similar to this one. I’m exiting the Thruway (before I got E-ZPass) and my toll was $2.25. I handed the clerk (a recent high school grad) a $5 bill and a quarter. She counted one, and then a second quarter. I then said, “I want three singles!” She had a dumbfound ...

Love for Jesus and following God’s word is the key

You are not far off, John. But here are a few things to consider. We are under the law. The concept of grace replacing the law comes from man not from God. The Bible was originally spoken by God and written down in Hebrew. When translated into English, the Hebrew word Torah was translated as ...

The handprint of God is on every page of the Bible

Martin Luther commenced the Protestant Reformation when he posted his 95 Theses way back before the 18th century. To summarize his propositions, he felt strongly: 1. Men are not under law, but under grace. 2. Men are not saved by works of righteousness. 3. Faith operates through ...

Elise Stefanik has never had our best interest in mind

The race for the 21st Congressional District of New York is coming up this coming November which incumbent Congresswoman, the honorable Elise Stefanik is running for a third term. But I, Joseph Benton, believe that it’s in the best interest of all registered voters that reside in the 21st ...

The school budget will keep good programs for students

Education is important to the lives of many young people within our community. School is not only a place where students can enrich their lives, but also a place where they can be themselves. The basic educational system in Johnstown provides students with the necessary resources to enter this ...

Saddened by the resignation of state Attorney General, others

I was deeply saddened upon hearing of the recent departure of New York Attorney General, just as I was when Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York as well as Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota stepped down. We now live in a seriously messed up society which will never be normal again. This whole ...

Global warming is not a myth or ‘fake news’

In 2010, Donald Trump spoke of Global warming as “a con,” later tweeting that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” More Nazi-style propaganda? I think this is “fake news” about the Chinese who, on ...

We need to put a stop on tax hikes

I received in my mail two tax proposals for the library and the school system — library begging for two percent; school begging for 4.9 percent. This is on top of a big, big, big tax hike in January. No one ever explained to the taxpayers of Fulton County where all that money went. No one ...

JAVAC’s growth hurt the organization

To my best recollection I convey the following to you concerning JAVAC. In 1970 JAVAC was formed by concerned citizens of Johnstown. Their first ambulance call was in the beginning of 1971. They did not have much money or equipment. What they had was through donations and fundraising. Emergency ...

Be informed about the upcoming school budgets

Hello Johnstown School District residents. Please wake up and get informed about the upcoming school budget. In order to vote, everyone should be informed about why cuts were made and how the school board is trying very hard to have updated buildings, updated programs, and provide a good ...

Being grateful for our first responders

Let’s be grateful. I was discharged from the hospital at 5 p.m. on April 25. It was raining and of course, my daughter wanted to get her 90 year old Mom inside her home as soon as possible. Maybe you’ve already guessed what happened. She couldn’t unlock the door after trying much ...

Food drive is critical to the health of children

Saturday, May 12, marks the 26th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving— the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food drive. Upstate and Capital District Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality ...

Mental Health Association thanks community for support

The Mental Health Association in Fulton & Montgomery Counties would like to extend a sincere thank you to the community for their tremendous show of support of our 20th annual miniature golf and family fun day. The March event was great fun, with more than 400 people enjoying 18 holes of ...

Be mindful of other community members

Contrary to what Mother Nature has been providing us this year thus far, it is spring! With that comes the opportunity to walk your dogs, visit garage sales, and in general, to just get out and about your neighborhood/city. This is a friendly reminder to be mindful of your fellow community ...

The day Molly was attacked continues to haunt owner

As most pet owners will agree, their pet is like a family member. This is exactly how I feel about my dog Molly and why I’m sharing this story. Molly is a 30 pound terrier-lab mix who enjoys taking walks in our neighborhood. On March 25, we took one of those walks down past Jansen Avenue ...

New York state’s efforts to transform science education

In the early 1990s, many young Americans were not prepared to work in, contribute to, or benefit from our technological society. Mathematics and science achievement scores of American 17 year olds had been dropping steadily and dramatically. In New York state several years of work resulted in ...

The public knows the real truth

As a representative for the town of Johnstown, I would anticipate all of our local officials speak truthfully — in general. WENT and The Leader Herald attempted their best to provide accurate news based upon discussions or interviews. On April 23, I heard the news broadcast that was aired ...

Don’t fall for fast slogans and promises

Last month, I wrote about Hitler using propaganda to accuse the newspapers of publishing “Jewish lies,” and comparing it with Trump’s “fake news.” This month, slogans. Hitler learned about slogans from the social Democrats (Communists), whom he hated. Repeat something often enough ...

Let’s appreciate what we have and have here

I imagine you’ve heard at least someone say “I don’t believe this weather! We’re supposed to have spring now.” I don’t think these folks have noticed that there are those in other parts of our country who have endured tornatoes and hurricanes, lost their homes, not to mention ...

Rowback needs to quit being a sore loser

I, Joseph Benton, strongly believe that we should put the campaign behind us and stop this bickering of these ethic violations that were filed by former Gloversville mayoral candidate. This former mayoral candidate is nothing more than a sorry loser who is so mad that he lost the election by ...