Op-Ed Columns

Brazil pulled off Olympics

Rio summer olympic games concluded with a spectacular closing ceremony.Prior to and during the games, many concerns were expressed including water safety, Zika virus, robberies, safety and security of the players. Health advisories were issued. Many urged WHO to cancel the games because of ...

Buying better than leasing

By ROBERT A. DELILLIOn Thursday, registered voters residing in the Greater Johnstown School District will have the opportunity to cast ballots on two separate propositions regarding the proposed purchase of a storage and maintenance building and the proposed expenditure of money from the Bus ...

Nature of humanity questioned

For many people, life seems cruel like a cold, biting wind that gnaws away at you.We can experience a range of emotions when we feel the bitter coldness of life. Circumstances, other people and life experiences can leave us angry, bitter, unforgiving, even hostile. Our anger may be directed ...

Update on road project

To the residents of Montgomery County: I want to give an update on the status, planning and implementation to the Miami Avenue failure and reconstruction.The history of the Miami Avenue bypass started around 1984. Montgomery County Department of Public Works Department completed the project. A ...

Human nature immutable

Our beliefs determine where our values lie. What is valuable to you that you regard in high esteem? What is so precious you would die for it?In the Christian faith, we believers accept on faith Christ Jesus died for men. So, we value the dignity of human life. Contrariwise to Christianity, in ...

Gov’t can help workers

The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has been promoting an increase in the minimum wage to $15 per hour. Businesses have been objecting to this increase because it would reduce or eliminate their profits.This is the usual approach, wanting wages to remain low, even to the point of workers ...

Prejudice will hurt innocents

For many people in the world, life is a matter of survival. If we have any sensitivity, human lives matter. But, people can be heartless, prejudiced and insensitive. In the 1960s, we white people segregated black people in the deep southern states in the name of skin color. Now, a replay of ...

Let’s take action on autism

Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the country, and there is a crisis for support services that needs immediate attention.As the father of a teenage son with autism, I hope parents, siblings, friends and other caretakers of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder across the ...

Sanders a sincere candidate

I watched the Republican debate on Saturday and found that most of the candidates appeared more interested in getting elected than in improving the country. Despite the weird approach of Donald Trump, he appeared to have a better grasp of international economics than the others, but his ...

Changes to improve curriculum

After recently graduating from high school, I have some concerns and proposed reforms for local school curriculum. There should be an expanded curriculum concerning business, entrepreneurship, investing and personal finance. Financial knowledge is becoming more and more esoteric in our society ...

Subsidy for Fed costly

There is continuous concern about cutting federal spending through the action of Congress. This concern is justified. We do need to cut unnecessary spending.However, the implication is often that we should cut benefits that help pay for living expenses and health care for people who are in a ...

U.S. better because of immigration

Thanks to the presidential candidates, immigration is once again at the forefront of the national agenda. Unfortunately, the focus on unauthorized immigrants threatens to cast a pall over the whole issue.As we continue the debate, we would do well to remember that a willingness to welcome ...

Fetuses deserve life

Nothing is more precious than observing a fetus on a sonogram. A sonogram reveals an image of life in the making. A sonogram, for example, reveals a fetus in motion. The termination of a pregnancy by teenage girls can devastate them and they may contemplate suicide. Guilt is a cause for ...

Be vocal — shop local

During the last two years, the Fulton County Board of Supervisors has placed a great deal of emphasis on economic development and the growth of existing local businesses in our area. The board launched innovative new initiatives to jumpstart investment and sponsored smaller grant programs that ...

Immorality a corrupt seed

Declining morals are causing social upheaval in America. Americans are becoming a divided people. Consider for a moment the lyrics to a secular song containing the following words: "For united we stand, divided we fall." In my estimation, the United States is becoming a fractured nation: ...

Water Board working

In an effort to dispel some of the misinformation that has been in the media over the past months concerning the Johnstown Charter Review Commission and the dissolvent of the Johnstown Water Board, the board members wish to present the following information to the water users and taxpayers of ...

Road study misleads residents

Recent news of the Fonda Connector Study and the announcement of the meeting this Wednesday at Fulton-Montgomery Community College have been on radio station WENT 1340-AM. These announcements have stated repeatedly that the study's goal is to have heavy truck traffic bypass the village of ...

Lexington helps parents with ‘heartbreaking service’

M. Scott Peck, a famous psychiatrist and bestselling author, gave the best description of parenting I have ever heard. He said that parenting was "a lifetime of heartbreaking service." Even when things go well, parents are never sure if they did enough, said enough, and spent enough time ...

Testing what really counts

For months, "opting out" has been the torch and pitchfork tirade echoing around schools in my region. In their quest to show Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature their displeasure about standardized testing and teacher evaluations, lots of parents and the teachers' union have ...

Testing what really counts

For months, "opting out" has been the torch and pitchfork tirade echoing around schools in my region. In their quest to show Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature their displeasure about standardized testing and teacher evaluations, lots of parents and the teachers' union have ...