Letters to the Editor

Kids exposed to gambling more than ever

Did you know that it is illegal in New York state to sell lottery products to young people younger than age 18? Do you know why? Youth Gambling International found that young adults are three times more likely to have problems associated with gambling than adults. According to the New York ...

Get involved with PTA

The school year is approaching in a few weeks, and there is great anticipation that this year is going to be very "different" than past years with increasing performance standards for teachers as well as students. This change could possibly create much stress for everyone, from administrators, ...

Nobody above the law

Former Fulton County Historian Peter?Betz seems to feel his infraction of the law is funny; I'm sorry, I don't get the joke. Where I come from, stealing is stealing. It's fun to make light of the whole thing by calling it the "tempest in the tea pot," but it really was not yours to take. It ...

Letter got facts of culvert issue wrong

In a recent letter to the editor in The Leader-Herald published July 28, what was stated was wrong. It said the town of Broadalbin Highway Superintendent Lance Winney never called the proper agency about the road closure on Union Mills Road. Winney personally called the Fulton County ...

Thanks for attending sale

I would like to thank The Leader-Herald for its coverage of the Friends of the Northville Public Library annual book sale. Like last year, the profit was 60 percent more than in previous years. Joan Crean, our book expert, procurer, and sorter, was instrumental in the success of the sale. We ...

Event fundraiser Sunday

On Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Perthshire, AJ's Gang will have a fundraiser to raise money for epilepsy. There will be various vendors, raffles, food and more. There is no fee to get in.Epilepsy is a serious neurological disorder that affects 50 million people worldwide with up to 50,000 ...

Grateful for care hospice gave husband

I want to take this time to thank all of the staff at Mountain Valley Hospice for helping me in taking care of my husband, Ralph "Rex" Whitbeck, who passed away on July 19, 2013, at home. The staff was knowledgeable, understanding and caring. They cared about and for me as the caregiver and ...

City’s fate will affect many

There has been some griping about non-Gloversville residents chiming in about the mayoral race. Gloversville is not an isolated island in the sea of Fulton County. Some people are summer residents in the city, and are certainly affected with the success or failure of Gloversville and pay the ...

Don’t take honesty to point of rudeness

Remember sun-dried tomatoes? They were the talk of the town some years ago. Today, "authenticity" is the talk of the town.Authenticity means being true to your real self - not the self that wears a mask. This makes good sense when the issue is important: "I oppose such-and-such on these ...

Carbon tax just hot air

In response to Elli Sparks' letter to the editor and this so-called proposed carbon tax: Please tell us how the climate impacted the water evaporating?People need water to drink, and population growth takes from that very water source. Do you also propose reducing the population?The Earth runs ...

Thanks to departments for blight work

We hear so many negative things about the city of Gloversville, like prosperity being low and taxes being high.One of the byproducts of the current economy is that many houses are for sale and some are unoccupied. I have one such house next door to mine. It has been empty for about a year and ...

No local workers for job?

I just read that an out-of-state contractor will be doing the roof on a local public building.Are you kidding me? They could not find local or regionwide contractors to do the work? I think they should have tried to seek local people and put a little more effort into this.Make sure they are ...

‘Great deals’ can turn out to be bad ones

In today's economy, we all look for sales prices, coupons, and buy-one-get-one-free offers. We like to do what we can to save money when we shop, whether for groceries, clothing, gifts, or household items. The better the deal, the more likely we are to purchase the item, buy in greater ...

Tournament great success

The 11th annual Broadalbin Youth Commission Golf Tournament, held at the Fox Run Golf Club on July 19, was a great success. The funds raised are essential to maintain the quality of the year-round recreation and athletic programs for the youth of our community and advance the development of ...

Money raised at show will help kids

On behalf of the Ephratah Recreation Commission, we would like to thank everyone who helped make our car show a success.A big thank you to the following for donations for our raffles: Saltsman's Hotel, Brookside Tavern, Brittany's Diner, Christman's Auto, Ephratah Service Center, Kretser Auto ...

Candidates may not know what city needs

It would seem we're in for yet another popularity contest posing as an election. The candidate with the most signs, or donations, the cutest smile, or the most Facebook "friends," is destined to win. Yet we, the voters, receive nothing from those who would lead us regarding the substance of ...

Wandering a serious issue

The tragic death in July of a Schenectady resident with Alzheimer's disease underscores a symptom of this disease that family members may not think about - wandering. The fact is more than 60 percent of those with dementia will wander at some point. "Wandering" may not sound dangerous, but a ...

Being historian was enjoyable experience

I wish to thank attorney Michael Albanese of Gloversville, as well as other common-sense members of the legal and judicial professions of both counties, plus many fellow Fulton County citizens who voiced appreciation for the public service-related duties I discharged during my 6 years as ...

Love put Jesus on cross

The cost of man's redemption at the cross was not cheap grace. Grace is a free gift, God's unmerited favor. The law of love spells grace. The law of love is the fulfillment of the 10 Commandments at the cross. Christians are imperfect, only forgiven. We are empowered by the Holy Spirit, the ...

Do homework, ask questions before voting

This is not a letter to tell you whom to vote for. It is a letter to ask you to do your homework before you vote.While there are people out there who are not residents of the city of Gloversville writing letters to give Mayor Dayton King their support, I am a resident of the city. There are ...