Op-Ed Columns

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 ...

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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 ...

Government officials need priorities straight

In recent years, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has picked up the pace in claiming that local governments (and their inefficiency) are the cause of high property taxes in New York state. He has also insinuated that local government officials don’t care about saving taxpayers money or don’t have the will ...

ACA repeal would be costly for rural counties

Whether it’s now, or possibly in 2020, it looks like the repeal of the Affordable Care Act — commonly known as “Obamacare”, may have property tax consequences for Fulton County and other high-poverty rural counties in New York. The ACA is a monstrous piece of legislation with many, ...

What my school means to me

As I take my final steps on my journey through high school, I would like to show how much my school means to me and how much it has changed my life. I go to Fonda-Fultonville High School and I’m a proud senior this year. I have been going to this school since pre-k, which is a very long ...

Repeal of ACA without replacement poses risks at home

With a new year comes new opportunities. In our county this year, we will see many new developments, from shovel- ready sites at Tryon and Hales Mills Road to affordable housing at Estee and a renaissance for the Gloversville Library. We remain focused on keeping government efficient, ...

Mayors should take deep look at issues dragging down cities

When officials from the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown sat down together a month ago at Gloversville City Hall, it was hailed as a new beginning. Unfortunately, problems afflicting both cities are very old and ongoing. In a negative way, the cities have more in common than they may ...

Let ‘em vote! State laws outdated

New York State has an enviable reputation as one of the most progressive states in the nation, with a quality of life second to none. There is, however, one noticeable exception to that progressive reputation today and that is due to its outdated voting laws. While 38 states have approved ...

On funny money, the movie industry and economy

The recent warning from the Gloversville Police Department about the insidious local circulation of “Motion Picture Use Only” funny money — bills used for TV and film productions that feature distorted portraits but otherwise look similar to real currency — has me thinking about real ...

Plea to the public: Please submit your news electronically

People sometimes submit information to the newspaper on handwritten pieces of paper which occasionally get lost, misplaced in the scrapheap of daily news. It doesn’t matter what it is — a senior club’s accounting of its recent meeting or a juicy crime report— it could get ...

Some musings about the times

By James Gyldenvand Since the election, I couldn’t help but think of what Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (historian and former speech writer for President Kennedy) once said in a panel discussion on social change. He said that America experiences a cyclical type of political/cultural change. ...

The cards are on the table

GLOVERSVILLE — With Mayor Dayton King's end-of-February deadline for renegotiating the city's fire department contract looming -- it should come as no a surprise that an active fire fighter, Bill Rowback Jr., has declared himself a candidate for mayor.  Gloversville's fire department ...

Butler: STAR rebate freeze a tax increase

I am calling for the removal of the STAR Exemption freeze on growth to be removed from the state budget proposal. Governor Cuomo had placed in his budget a freeze on the growth of STAR Exemptions which help homeowners with increases to property taxes. In a public hearing held in Albany this ...

GOP inherits divided country

A young, handsome, intelligent man with oratory gifts rivaled only by superbly trained and gifted actors is voted into the highest office in the land. A land already divided by years of foreign wars, economic decline, and general malaise. The promise of reconciliation between disparate groups ...

Downtown specialist hits ground running

My first impressions of Jennifer Jennings, Fulton County Center for Regional Growth’s new Gloversville downtown development specialist, are nothing but positive. The Connecticut native, who studied in London and worked for Schenectady Greenmarket, has an infectious positive vibe about her ...

Something at GHA is seriously wrong

There is something seriously wrong at the Gloversville Housing Authority. First let me say I worked at GHA for 17 years as maintenance supervisor and for the last five of those years as both maintenance supervisor and modernization coordinator, when the two positions were consolidated. I ...