Letters to the Editor

Don’t return to partisan politics

I took office as mayor in January of 1994 as a Republican. At that time the city was in financial crisis. For the six years immediately prior, the city had experienced annual tax increases averaging 11 percent per year. In spite of these increases, the city was $575,000 in debt. For the ...

Rowback has a plan for Gloversville’s future

I was born in Gloversville at the old Nathan Littauer Hospital. I spent my early years in the west end and went to both Boulevard and McNab schools. My grandfather was the president of Gloversville Federal Savings Bank and was a pillar in this community. If you look hard enough you can find his ...

Betsy Batchelor is the right choice

Full disclosure: I am not a resident of Gloversville and cannot vote in the upcoming election for local offices. Nonetheless, I would encourage residents of Gloversville’s 3rd Ward to vote for Elizabeth (Betsy) Batchelor to represent them in the city’s Common Council. Betsy and I ...

Direct the anger toward the group

We all want to blame someone for allowing hate to have a voice in our community, but I assure you the Leader-Herald is not to blame for recent local Klan activity. That blame lies on all of us. All of us who have turned a blind eye to the systemic racism in our country. Our anger on this issue ...

Vote for experience, vote for Klafehn

The voters in the town of Wells have an opportunity to elect an experienced man for town supervisor in November. Bob Klafehn has been a resident of Wells for almost 10 years and was a weekend resident for many years before then. He ran his own business for more than 25 years doing carpentry and ...

We can help change global warming

In spite of the fairly cool summer in our area, global warming is here, just ask the folk in the southwest, who have been experiencing temperatures of 110 degrees. Unfortunately, our current administration poo poos this problem, gagging climate scientists and gutting the EPA. So, the fight to ...

Man in to blame for spreading hate

Having read the three articles on the KKK in The Leader-Herald published recently, I wish to thank you. How are we to know who is here and who is not? And, how are we able to change things, if we do not know what to change? Information is a great thing if we take that information, and use ...

No time for learning curve at this juncture

I see the city as split 50-50 at this point, King vs. Rowback, for the upcoming election, therefore I know my opinion is shared by many. Dayton King has done a great job as mayor, the stats and proof is well-documented, and we all know he responds to concerns, valid or not, quickly and ...

If there is no convention, do not expect any changes

It’s reported that enthusiasm for a state constitutional convention is waning. I think voters this November should approve the measure on the ballot. How else can we create term limits on legislators, lower the burden of Medicare/Medicaid contributions by counties, deny state pensions on ...

Prom committee thanks everyone who helped

The Mayfield Central School Post Prom 2018 Committee would like to thank everyone who attended our chili contest and junk in the trunk event on Oct. 8. We are pleased to announce the winners of the chili contest. First place went to Henry Hart; second place was awarded to Bryan ...

Think about how using space in the newspaper in the future

I was very upset when I opened Sunday’s Leader Herald, then again Monday and Tuesday. The space allotted to the supposed local kkk along with large color photos was way out of proportion. The location and space given such news overshadowed the good and positive things happening in ...

Support Batchelor’s bid for third ward council seat

I am writing this letter in support of Elizabeth (Betsy) Batchelor’s bid for the 3rd Ward Common Council seat. I have worked with Betsy on the library board since 2005 as a fellow board member. She became my official co-chair for the Capital Campaign in 2014. Betsy has shown time and again ...

Dayton King gets my vote

As a citizen of Johnstown, I am unable to vote for mayor of Gloversville, but if I could, I would vote for Dayton King in a heartbeat. For eight years, Dayton has shown the utmost concern for the citizens of Gloversville, the city’s finances have turned around, taxes have actually gone ...

Upcoming election important for Broadalbin voters

Broadalbin votes “yes” or “no” and much more. The General Election 2017 comes to us with a lot less “hoop-la” than the presidential election of last year. Nevertheless, on Nov. 7, Broadalbin voters will have 15 hours to vote their preference on a number of issues. The “yes” ...

Breast cancer screening accessible in New York

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Under Gov. Cuomo, New York state has taken the most aggressive action in the nation to improve access to breast cancer screening to help more women gain access to the health care and services they need and deserve. On Jan. 1, this legislation commenced ...

Support Clemente for city council post

The Clemente family has been in Gloversville for more than a century and has served this community with distinction. Now, Jamin Clemente, our eldest child, plans to continue in her father’s footsteps as a member of the Gloversville Common Council representing the 3rd Ward of Gloversville, ...

Choose Bachelor for 3rd Ward seat

Hello, 3rd Ward voters. I am writing to emphasize the opportunity that we have to elect an extraordinary woman to represent us on the Common Council. She is smart, hard working, motivated and optimistic, and she loves Gloversville. I know this because she was part of a small group that ...

Experience peace, joy on Oakland Avenue

Check it out for yourself. A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting on our porch. It was a beautiful day, and I was just thanking God for the beauty of his creation and that I get to enjoy it with him. After several people in cars, on bikes, walking and skateboarding had passed by, I was asked by ...

Celebrate acts of kindness by decent people around us

On Friday, while shopping at our local Walmart, I was unaware that my wallet had fallen out of my purse. I heard my name being paged and thought it was my visiting grandchildren who were letting me know they were done shopping. In fact, a lovely man whose name I forgot to ask had brought it, ...

Stay in positive direction, support King for mayor

Dayton King has reached out to the school district to allow the Participation in Government students to host and moderate a debate at the Gloversville High School. He has also reached out to the Chamber of Commerce to see if they would host a debate for the business community as well. This is a ...