Opinion

Stand by Syrian rebels

Editorials

Americans can't be trusted. They don't keep their commitments. That is the message heard loud and clear throughout the world as a result of President Barack Obama's capricious foreign policy.The most recent victims of it are rebel groups fighting both Syrian dictator Bashar Assad's regime and ...

Water Board looks foolish

Editorials

The Johnstown Water Board appears foolish and irresponsible after agreeing to a contract that provided more than $18,000 in buyouts to its clerk.This is the type of problem that may cause the majority of voters in the city of Johnstown to get rid of the independent Water Board on Nov. 3 when ...

Thanks for taking part in Life Chain

Letters to the Editor

Thank you to all who took part in National Life Chain on Oct. 4 by standing in public, holding a pro-life sign and praying to the Lord of Life on behalf of the preborn babies and their mothers. And thank you to those who could not attend but joined in the hour of prayer anyway. What a ...

Westover genuinely cares about town

Letters to the Editor

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge my support for Jim Westover for town of Johnstown supervisor who is running on the independent line in November.Westover is passionate about the town and its residents; as such, he has a tendency to be outspoken on his views and opinions ...

Manure complaints seem quite petty

Letters to the Editor

To the people complaining about horse manure on Montgomery County/town roads: It is very apparent you are referring to the Amish community and not to the general public.I have been on all the roads mentioned and, yes, there is manure on them in spots. But if manure is a continuous problem in ...

Giardino best choice for sheriff

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to encourage voters to support Richard Giardino for Fulton County sheriff on election day.I have known Richard both personally and professionally for approximately 30 years and consider him to be far and away the most qualified candidate for the position.His background in the ...

Summerfest 2015 a huge success

Letters to the Editor

I apologize for taking so long to acknowledge all of the many people who helped with the Johnstown Tourism and Special Events first annual Johnstown Summerfest that was held July 18 in conjunction with the awesome fireworks show sponsored by the Johnstown Area Community Center. The day was a ...

Why is water works not part of gov’t?

Letters to the Editor

Who is paying for the signs telling people to vote "No" on the ballot referendum that abolished the Johnstown Water Board?I certainly hope it is not the Water Board; That would be a "no-no."Why is it that important? I have often wondered why the city's water works was separate in the first ...

Enact useful gun laws

Letters to the Editor

What does it take to open the eyes of the American people to the fact that we are blindsided by our desire to own our own guns. How many innocent children and families must die before we come to our senses?It doesn't take a genius to see the correlation between the number of guns owned in this ...

Disarming Social Security recipients

Letters to the Editor

Have you noticed those mass murders committed by senior citizens? Or the street gangs with their walkers and wheelchairs? No? Then you will likely be surprised that President Barack Obama wants to use the same strategy that he is using to disarm veterans to disarm Social Security recipients. ...

Support for son was heart-warming

Letters to the Editor

As his parents, we would like to send out our heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved in making our son Tracker Wager's chicken barbecue benefit such an enormous success.For every person, from friends and family to total strangers who bought and sold tickets, we thank you.For the businesses in ...

Thanks to friends, nurses, hospice

Letters to the Editor

To all my friends for their cards, phone calls, visits, food, flowers, caring thoughts and prayers: I thank you from the bottom of my heart.Also, thanks to the third-floor staff of nurses, doctors and aides at Nathan Littauer Hospital for their tender, loving compassionate care of Mase.Thanks ...

Darren Smith the best pick for sheriff

Letters to the Editor

After meeting with both candidates for Fulton County sheriff, listening to their future plans if elected, and after careful consideration, I have decided to support Darren Smith to be the next sheriff of Fulton County.Darren Smith is an active law-enforcement officer and court-security officer ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To new development. We're seeing nice progress in Vail Mills. CMK & Associates Real Estate last week broke ground on a 4,320-square-foot office building at the corner of Route 30 and Black Street. Across the street, the Wildlife Sports & Education Museum has proposed a ...

Vaccine policy OK

Editorials

Given all of the challenges people in Fulton and Montgomery counties have to deal with, concerns about vaccines should not be one of them.It was recently reported the U.S. Supreme Court will not hear a challenge to New York state's requirement all children be vaccinated before they can attend ...

No talks with Taliban

Editorials

Earlier this week, first lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter to promote her list of "girl power" songs, ranging from "Survivor" to "Girl on Fire." It was part of her promotion of her "Let Girls Learn" campaign.More than 62 million girls throughout the world do not have adequate access to ...

Veto-proof defense bill

Editorials

When President Barack Obama can blame a "government shutdown" on conservatives in Congress, he spares no demagoguery in portraying them as arch-villains. But when it comes to funding for national defense, that's different.An appropriations bill for the Department of Defense was approved a few ...

More than slogan needed

Editorials

It is great that our local counties have come up with a united slogan for economic development, but now comes the hard part.Fulton and Montgomery counties will need to do a better job of working together, which will involve long-range planning and compromises, if they want to truly be ...

Cheap shots undeserved

Editorials

It would border on the absurd to suggest a West Virginia senator who owns firearms, hunts with them and once ran a campaign spot featuring him using a rifle to blow a hole in an anti-coal bill is "anti-gun." Yet undoubtedly, Sen. Joe Manchin has drawn a large target for that criticism on his ...

Start with realistic plan

Editorials

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors conducts an open budget process, which is good, but the county's routine seems flawed.Instead of requiring county department heads to strictly limit their annual budget requests, they are allowed to propose wish lists, and the elected county supervisors ...