Opinion

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To awareness about depression. The Mental Health Association in Fulton & Montgomery Counties is trying to raise awareness about depression among youths at high school. We don't hear a lot about depression among students, but it's a problem, and it deserves attention. The ...

Get support for bypass

Editorials

Fulton County should not abandon its pursuit of a new highway to the industrial and business parks in Johnstown.Rather, officials should try to bring their counterparts in Montgomery County on board with the idea by addressing some of the concerns with the proposed bypass.The connector highway ...

Beware of manipulation

Editorials

Brutality is only part of the game plan being used so successfully by Islamic terrorist organizations. Manipulative diplomacy - often unrecognized, much less countered by the United States - allows them to play potential foes against one another.Russia provided an example of the terrorists' ...

Who helped terrorist?

Editorials

Belgian police might have captured one of the masterminds of last year's bloody terrorist attacks in Paris sooner, but for the fact he had help - lots of it.After months of searching for Salah Abdeslam, the authorities finally nabbed him Friday in Brussels. Abdeslam allegedly was a key planner ...

Impact on town crucial

Editorials

When the state Department of Environmental Conservation decides which municipality will be the lead agency for the State Environmental Quality Review for the annexation of land from Mohawk to the city of Johnstown, it will be choosing between different approaches to what would be included in ...

Answers still needed

Editorials

It was all a mistake, the Navy told U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. There is no shortage of rifles for Navy SEALs. Those whose rifles were taken so other SEALs could have weapons during deployments have had their guns returned.Earlier this month, Hunter demanded answers after some of the ...

Current pay sufficient

Editorials

The suggestion Montgomery County Executive Matt Ossenfort is underpaid is not supported by the facts.Given the population and financial resources of Montgomery County, the executive is fairly compensated. Barring major changes in the county, the position should not receive a higher salary in ...

What is growing in your garden?

Letters to the Editor

There are many residents of Gloversville and the surrounding areas who grew up here in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. We attended neighborhood grade schools and shopped at family-owned grocery stores. We were the children and grandchildren of immigrants from Italy and Eastern Europe. Our ancestors ...

Change tax code to bring industry

Letters to the Editor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues his browbeating of the public to generate support for his $15-an-hour minimum wage.It has been pointed out by others, and as any first-year economics student knows, the proposal is a disaster looking for a place to happen. Higher wages will result in higher prices ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To an income tax-cut plan. Republican leaders in the state Senate are proposing to cut middle-class income taxes by $3.5 billion. The plan would reduce income taxes for 5 million middle-class taxpayers by 25 percent. The break would be given to single tax filers making between $20,000 ...

Get local info online soon

Editorials

This is Sunshine Week, an annual event that marks the importance of access to public information.In that spirit, we have a couple of suggestions for some of our local agencies.All police agencies should be putting arrest information online immediately.This should not require a lot of work for ...

Obama obeys radical base

Editorials

There will be no drilling for oil or gas anywhere off the 2,069 miles of the U.S. Atlantic coastline, President Barack Obama has decreed.In one fell swoop, Obama has closed a major avenue Americans might have followed toward energy independence. He did it to protect the environment, he ...

Clinton flips on trade deal

Editorials

During a campaign stop in Cleveland last week, Hillary Clinton said President Barack Obama's proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact is a bad deal. She cited provisions allowing tax-free imports of automobiles."It's one of the reasons I oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership," Clinton told ...

Honor legacy of inventor

Editorials

By some estimates, as many as 100 billion emails are sent and received every day all over the world, and each and every one of them owes at least one keystroke to former Vail Mills resident and Broadalbin-High School graduate Ray Tomlinson.In 1971, Tomlinson, while working on one of the ...

Prep response to N. Korea

Editorials

U.S. officials cannot say - or at least, will not - whether North Korea has managed to miniaturize nuclear weapons enough to use them as missile warheads. If that has occurred, it is an extraordinarily serious threat to world peace.North Korean officials claim they have built a nuclear device ...

Take time on ordinance

Editorials

A vacant city is much worse than a vacant building.With that in mind, we urge Gloversville officials to closely review a proposed vacant-building ordinance to make sure it will not harm the very people it's trying to help.Officials have talked for years about battling blight, which is still ...

Thanks for help with fundraiser

Letters to the Editor

The Wild Life Museum in Vail Mills would like to thank the 100 businesses that provide gift certificates, merchandise and food for our annual fundraiser held recently at the Johnstown Moose Club.Also, the museum would like to thank the Moose Club and Ed Sturgess, the cook, in helping with the ...

Funding for trails deserves support

Letters to the Editor

While snowmobiling is great fun in upstate New York, it also represents an $868 million boost to the upstate economy and the economy of New York state in general. The sport draws in thousands of tourists from outside the area including many from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio who fill our ...

Support of mayor, council appreciated

Letters to the Editor

On March 1, Amsterdam Mayor Michael Villa declared March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in the city of Amsterdam and presented a proclamation to the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties.The Cancer Services Program provides breast, cervical and colorectal ...

What is the point of existence?

Letters to the Editor

In this generation, we are simply living to work while we should be working to live.Education is an illusion. Today, we have this idea that with no degree comes no future. In certain cases, this may be true. But, otherwise we are consumed by the notion that a piece of paper defines who we ...