Letters to the Editor

City of Johnstown: You’ve just been ‘Trumped’ by Walmart

Walmart’s recent decision to seek huge reductions of their property tax assessments in the city of Johnstown isn’t too surprising, because Walmart imports so many items from China; President Trump’s principal target in his ill-conceived tariff war. According to Johnstown’s City ...

Elise Stefanik has not cared about our district

Fulton County sometimes gets labeled as redneck, angry and ignorant. We may be mostly rural, but that does not make our opinions ignorant. We may be angry at times, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t good reasons. We are not a red or blue district. We are purple, with residents spanning the ...

Stefanik has done great work to help people, businesses

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik has worked tirelessly to help small businesses throughout our district. She has backed efforts for comprehensive tax reform to remove the burdensome regulations that restrict both business and job growth. She voted for H.R. 1312, the Small Business Capital Formation ...

Stefanik was late, but at veterans’ picnic

I think it is very important in this “political season” to get the record straight. People write all kinds of half-truths and not truths in the editorial section Leader Herald. I for one would tell you when this is my opinion and when it is fact. Fact is, at the Marc Butler’s picnic ...

Whom does Elise Stefanik represent?

Ms. Stefanik’s voting record suggests she represents a very wealthy community dependent upon military spending. In fact, her constituents are grounded in the middle class, and many are dependent on federal programs such as the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition ...

Why would any woman relinquish her rights?

It is unbelievable in this day and age that our government thinks it ought to have the authority to set rules about a woman’s body. Have you never asked why there are no such rules for men? Didn’t women fight hard and win the right to govern their own bodies and thinking, their ...

St. Anthony’s groundskeeper is an amazing asset to cemetery

On Sunday, Sept. 2, my boyfriend and I visited St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Johnstown in search of a good friend and former neighbor who passed away late August. It was our first visit to St. Anthony’s and we were very impressed with the beautiful grounds and serene feeling. It was a very ...

Vote for Tedra, vote for the environment

Having witnessed the progress made since the 1970s to clean up our waterways, decrease air pollution, get rid of toxic dumps, prohibit the use of dangerous pesticides, and increase the fuel efficiency of cars, I now fear that we are going backwards under the current administration. We need ...

Robert Smullen, I am proud of you

Robert Smullen is as honest as the day is long. He may have made some mistakes but as I read about the events, it seemed to me as the mistakes are honest mistakes and that Mr. Smullen tries to correct his mistakes. They don’t seem to be made to be mean or to be dishonest. I have known ...

Elise Stefanik was a no show at scheduled veterans’ picnic

On Saturday retiring 118th District Assemblyman Marc Butler had the annual picnic for veterans at the Pine Tree Rifle Club. Congresswoman for the 21st District Elise Stefanik was scheduled to speak but no showed up to the event. This was not only disrespectful to the veterans in attendance, ...

The theme of this letter is about joy

Antiochus Epiphanes wanted to wipe out the all true religion. Great adversity followed. Do Christians need fear adversity? No, the joy of our Lord is our strength — that’s point A). B) Joy is reflected on the countenance. C) Joy is a quiet stillness and contentment of the soul. D) A ...

Think carefully about who you want to represent you

As you think about who you want to represent you in Congress for the next two years, please consider three sets of facts about our current House Representative, Elise Stefanik, and how how they contrast with her challenger Tedra Cobb. First, you may be surprised to learn that Elise Stefanik ...

NRA sues New York over ‘blacklisting’ campaign

The National Rifle Association is suffering grave financial harm that threatens its ability to pursue its advocacy mission because of a “blacklisting” campaign by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York regulators, the gun rights group said in a federal lawsuit. In an amended version of a federal ...

Join me and vote for Mike Smrtic today

For the past several years, I have been honored to hold the title of fire chief for the Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Department. This is a position that comes with great responsibilities and difficult challenges. Throughout many of these challenges, I have been fortunate enough to be able to ...

Sept. 9 through 15, Liberty ARC to honor DSP’s

This week marks the celebration of National Direct Support Professionals Week. Throughout the week of Sept. 9 through 15, Liberty ARC will honor and show appreciation to our dedicated, hardworking and experienced Direct Support Professionals. DSPs are the people you see in the community, ...

Nathan Littauer staff and nurses treated me with care

On Aug. 22, I was a patient at Nathan Littauer Hospital some day surgery. Dr. Nicholas Filippone and staff of NLH were outstanding to me and my needs. I was treated with care, compasion and dignity by all who cared for me. Mydischarge nurse, David Lee and the radiologist, Tammy Parker, were ...

Mike Smrtic is the candidate to endorse

I would like to endorse Mike Smrtic for Family Court judge. I have known Mike for over 20 years as my lawyer and friend. Mike has always communicated clearly and concisely. Mike encourages open communication to achieve mutual understanding. Mike’s professional attitude and caring ...

How do you move an entire country and then where to?

Sept. 8, was the day that worldwide demonstrations were held to “rise for climate, jobs and justice.” We might perhaps have added national security to that list. Last year, I attended a program about climate change and national security. For instance, the drought in Syria, caused by ...

Michael Smrtic is highly qualified for judgeship

To the voters of Fulton County In this upcoming election for Family Court judge, it is crucial to vote for the candidate who is the most qualified and most experienced for the position. As a former Fulton County judge for 10 years and a Supreme Court justice for over 16 years, I understand ...

Thank you for helping make car show a success

The Ephratah Recreation Commission would like to say thank you to all the people who made our car show a success. To all the show car owners thank you. Thank you to a Johnstown area business for the car wash bucket. A special thanks to the Wohlgemuth Road Lexington house for there ...