Op-Ed Columns

Budget proposal filled with downstate spending

By Marc W. Butler After spending some time poring over the governor’s budget proposal, it leaves me with the same sense of disappointment as it is filled with downstate-heavy spending, costly programs, and hidden tax increases. The governor has spent his early weeks of the year setting ...

Op-ed did not use the facts

Much has been said about the new federal tax plan. Most of it hyperbole, lacking in facts.The most recent was an op-ed by Star Parker. For example, she cites Bernie Sanders, whom she calls the “most famous socialist” as saying this is a massive attack on the middle class and a boon for ...

Were Fulton County leaders true to their words?

Okay, time to look back and see if anything Fulton County’s leaders said at the start of the year came true. Let’s take stuff the heads of the county Board of Supervisors and the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown said in January and regurgitate it in December. We’ll start with ...

The spector of censorship

By RAFAEL POLO I am tired. Yes, I am tired of current education administrators, politicians, and media analysts telling us how to think and act. I’m from a fortunate generation that had teachers that taught us logic and highly encouraged us to read all points of view. To read fiction, ...

Think of the taxpayer before spending

My wish someday is to see government not treat taxpayers so cavalierly while spending their money. Ha! That goes for all levels of government — federal, state, city ... all the way down. Unfortunately, we see municipalities put on the spot routinely to annually shovel out money when ...

What did the Senate hope to accomplish?

The GOP Health care plan collapsed in the Senate. What did the GOP health care plan hope to accomplish? First, Medicaid cuts was going to be affected. To begin with, Medicaid cuts would have been “political insanity.” Twenty three million Americans would have been without health care ...

City seems to have more strays than usual

It’s early. The sun is just starting to break over the horizon as I slip on a pair of beat up old sneakers. I ease myself out the door, trying to keep the excited, impatient, wiggling mass of black and white fur next to me inside. He cries an agitated whine that sounds more like a steam ...

Time for professional city managers

This past year we’ve seen the following headlines in The Leader Herald: ∫ Johnstown Tax increase remains at 9 percent (11/04/16) ∫ Fulton County budget edges in with 1.6% increase (11/15/16) ∫ County approves 4 percent ‘bed’ tax (3/14/17) ∫ 3.5% levy hike facing voters in ...

America on the path to restoring goodness

Under the guise of freedom, evil in America follows what seems a trajectory of unlimited reign. God always states, “This far and no further.” There will come a time when the verdict of heaven overturns the verdict of time. God will pass judgment on the evil and all who have concealed their ...

Gloversville fire-pit regulations unfriendly

Let’s talk about something that burns me up. Now that outdoor backyard summertime fun is in full swing, let’s examine something that’s not so fun — getting a $25 annual “recreational” fire permit from the city of Gloversville. First, let’s start with the cost. Doesn’t it ...

Is Stefanik really a liberal Democrat?

I recently read an article regarding Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s town hall meeting with about 100 of her constituents. Stefanik was voted into office by conservatives, which outnumber the liberals in her district. After a short time in the power halls of Washington, it appears that ...

Mayor Weitz’s letter to Fultonville trustees

Throughout February and March, I campaigned in the village on a platform of setting a new path for Fultonville’s future. A future built on investment in aging infrastructure and providing tools to local property owners to bring new life and vibrancy to our downtown and neighborhoods. On ...

Concession stand too expensive for area

There is a conversation that only graduates of Johnstown High School will have if they find themselves attending an event at Knox Field and find themselves buying something from the concession stand, and it starts with something along the lines of,  "I wrote my name right over .... there! It's ...

Defunding Planned Parenthood dumb move

President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress have pledged to defund Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that has been in existence in this country since 1916. I can’t envision a dumber idea! Their argument is that Planned Parenthood performs abortions and provides ...

Mine was a country that tore down walls

Attending the Fulton Montgomery Community College “Searching for Sanctuary” event on Monday, I was struck by something one of the event speakers said about the perceived differences between how France and the United States treat immigrants and refugees. Albany Episcopal minister James ...

Sometimes being a reporter is exciting, sometimes, really not so much

People often say to me, “Oh, you’re a reporter ... That must be exciting.” Yes, to some extent, it’s true, it’s true. But other tradeoffs, if you will, definitely take some of the luster off the job. Even though we’re in small town America —and most daily news is like watching ...

Trump thinking of own interests

You proposed in your editorial that if Obama had bugged Trump Tower, it was serious and should be investigated. It was an idle claim because it could hot have been done without a court order. You seem to think that Trump’s claims have credence. A partial list of his fraudulent claims is ...

‘New Amsterdam’ has a nice upstate ring to it

Recently, at an anti-SAFE Act rally at the Johnstown Gloversville Holiday Inn, Assemblyman Marc Butler, R-Herkimer, talked about his proposal to split the controversial state gun law into New York City and then the rest of the state. Butler’s bill would repeal 13 sections of the SAFE Act ...

Standing up for the Second Amendment

For approximately 120 years, progressives’ virulent attacks on the U.S. Constitution, customs, and traditions have gone unchallenged. Should the progressive movement succeed in watering down or removing the Second Amendment, which is the center of gravity in our Constitution; the ...