Op-Ed Columns

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 currently — 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 ...

Gloversville resident participates in Women’s March

As a political science student and recent graduate of Hartwick College, I followed the presidential election with a ferocity I mostly reserve for football or hockey. I, as well as my friends and colleagues, watched the ups and downs debate after debate while being politically active. We ...

Elise Stefanik pays her way on health insurance

We were pleased to hear that our northern New York congresswoman, Elise Stefanik, gets her personal health insurance from the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.” Rep. Stefanik said so Friday, Jan. 13 in interviews with North Country Public Radio and the Post-Star of Glens ...

A strong leader must have a vision, plan and purpose

A leader is required to be a visionary. A leader must have a plan and purpose for the organization he manages or country he will be governing. A leader who has vision foresees where his organization or country will be say five years hence. A leader strategically maps out a strategy to ...

With 76 expired political offices for ’17, watch the candidates

People seek elected office for various reasons. You’ll see them in all their splendor this busy campaign year in Fulton County. With 76 expired offices in the county in 2017, the public should be prepared for an army of clipboard-carrying candidates seeking signatures. Many equally ...

With 76 expired political offices for ’17, watch the candidates

People seek elected office for various reasons. You’ll see them in all their splendor this busy campaign year in Fulton County. With 76 expired offices in the county in 2017, the public should be prepared for an army of clipboard-carrying candidates seeking signatures. Many equally ...

Unexploited benefits of Johnstown reval

The recently updated city of Johnstown assessment roll cured numerous inequities in the property assessment roll as the result of 25 years of inflation and untaxed real property improvements, largely a tribute to the combined efforts of our late Mayor Michael Julius and our late City Assessor ...

Our state should invest in direct care workers

The state budget must also invest in New York’s Direct Care Workers. As a father of a son with autism, I know how important the staff who work with my son are to his success and well-being. For many people with developmental disabilities, these dedicated and caring direct care workers ...

Cuomo lays out overly ambitious agenda for 2017

Early January is the time of the year when, traditionally, the governor outlines his policy agenda and budget for the coming year. This year, Gov. Cuomo has less than subtly broken away from tradition, conveniently avoiding delivering his State of the State Address to the Legislature, the ...

Is Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship his next hollow promise?

January is always an interesting time in state government, as the governor and other legislative leaders outline their yearly agendas and priorities. As custom has had it for the 240 years of our state’s history, the governor has made an impassioned plea in his State of the State and budget ...

There’s no money in being a martyr

I suspect many of the readers of this newspaper likely view Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide four-year college tuition-free at New York’s SUNY schools for families earning less than $125,000, at an estimated annual price of $163 million, to be another high-cost government program that ...

It’s tough being a reporter in today’s world

Readers of this newspaper — like many papers across this wonderful land — demand followups to big stories. That’s perfectly understandable. I’m here to say it isn’t always possible, and sometimes has little to do with the aggressive and/or nosey nature of the reporter of ...

PILOTs — a way to discourage solar, wind projects?

In the closing months of 2016, the Montgomery County Legislature passed a law to allow PILOT tax agreements for new solar and wind projects within the county. The Fulton County Board of Supervisors has discussed doing the same thing, which has me wondering whether 2017 will prove to be the ...