Opinion

Show support for local basketball

Letters to the Editor

A very intense and entertaining Foothills battle took place Wednesday, as the Broadalbin-Perth Patriots visited the Amsterdam Rams. The 6-point Rams victory was hard fought and well earned, setting up another very important game Tuesday night, when Scotia-Glenville will host the Rams. This game ...

Training outsourced to college students

Letters to the Editor

Each day we hear corporate America demanding students be better trained.At one time, corporations such as G.E. trained their own workers. But not now; that training has been outsourced to the students.In turn, the students are forced to run up unholy student loans, hoping to be adequately ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To Thomas Williams. We are fortunate to have World War II veterans living among us in local counties. One of those veterans is Williams, who this week received a long-overdue medal, the Bronze Star. Williams, who grew up in Amsterdam, volunteered for the military when he was 19 years ...

Lawmakers can fill gap

Editorials

One way New York state lawmakers can help our local school districts is to end what's called the "gap elimination adjustment."The adjustment essentially skims aid from schools and redirects it toward the state's budget. Officials have said the move has collectively cost school districts in the ...

U.S. hurt by health law

Editorials

Like shady used-car salespeople who need to meet quotas, federal officials in charge of the Obamacare program are far more concerned with numbers than quality care for customers. That attitude has created nightmares for many Americans.Billing errors, missing health insurance cards and other ...

Who’s afraid of safety?

Editorials

Already approved by the House of Representatives, a bill requiring rigorous screening of Syrian and Iraqi refugees who want to come to the United States is being taken up by the Senate. President Barack Obama has said lawmakers should save themselves the effort. He will veto the measure if it ...

Proposal to aid justice

Editorials

The Justice Center, established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the purpose of investigating the deaths of developmentally disabled people, isn't doing its job, according to some advocates for the disabled. A recent freedom of information law request revealed documents that showed most of the nearly ...

Obama’s bad job claim

Editorials

Drop a few hydrogen bombs on Mount Everest and you could proclaim that nearby K2 is the highest mountain in the world.Ridiculous? How about President Barack Obama's boast that the solar power industry now "employs more Americans than coal"?Perhaps. But to make it happen, Obama used billions of ...

Cuomo’s solution worse than problem

Letters to the Editor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is again assailing the citizens of New York state with advertisements touting one of his political solutions to an economic problem.The money wasted on the failed Start Up NY campaign apparently wasn't enough. He is now proposing an across-the-board increase in the minimum ...

Thanks for helping Project Angel

Letters to the Editor

Project Angel at the Gloversville Middle School had another successful year in bringing Christmas joy to many in our community.The Gloversville Middle School Parent Teacher Organization and Environmental Club sponsor Project Angel, but numerous people supported us with their generous donations ...

Hospital CEO must listen to concerns

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this on behalf of the registered nurses at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville.I am a retired registered nurse who worked for 42 years at NLH. We joined the New York State Nurses Association as our representing union many years ago, and I, myself, was on the negotiating ...

Shame on nurses for their demands

Letters to the Editor

I am a registered nurse with 40 years of hospital experience who worked full time in an area hospital. I have never worked at Nathan Littauer Hospital or been associated with the hospital and have never worked where there was a union. I am now retired.There was a time when NYSNA was not a ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To rising graduation rates. The rates at most local schools are showing improvement. The increases likely are the result of changes schools have made to keep more youths in school through their senior year. According to the state Education Department, Broadalbin-Perth's graduation rate ...

Voters can have say

Editorials

While we elect our leaders, we also expect some important decisions to be made directly by the voters.When it comes to the fate of the former Sherman's Amusement Park in Caroga, we think town officials should seriously consider holding a referendum on any choice that is made for the ...

Nuclear war a real threat

Editorials

Nuclear war is a "real and growing danger," former defense Secretary William Perry warned recently. There can be no reasonable argument about that.What is open to question is what U.S. officials are doing to guard against a nuclear attack, either in a war or by a terrorist organization or ...

Clarification required?

Editorials

Whether the science on energy-related issues is settled apparently depends on whether it is politically correct. If a study is not critical of the fossil-fuel industry, well, perhaps the government had better try again until it gets an acceptable result.In June, the Environmental Protection ...

Changes to improve curriculum

Op-Ed Columns

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 ...

State must let plant grow

Editorials

On Thursday, New York state's much-anticipated medical marijuana market opened for the first time, allowing the legal sale of marijuana in medicine form, including capsules, vaporizers and liquids. So far, the market is pretty small, with only 71 patients signing up for the necessary permits as ...

U.N. has no credibility

Editorials

Japan's ambassador to the United Nations warned Wednesday the world body will lose credibility if it does not respond decisively to North Korea's claim it has tested a hydrogen bomb.The ambassador is wrong, unfortunately. The United Nations has no credibility left to lose regarding nuclear ...

Try mittens, not iron fist

Editorials

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to solve a problem - getting the homeless off the streets in freezing weather - with an iron fist instead of using the warm mittens that are needed.New York's governor recently issued an executive order that would require communities to reach out to their street ...