Opinion

Original founders didn’t know about automatic weapons

Letters to the Editor

Many decades ago, we lost our freedom of speech (our First Amendment right). I’m English and long ago my friends called me a Limey and I called my Italian friends, Wops; Polish friends, Polacks, etc. in jest. Maybe if we had a National Speech Association, we could still bust on each other. We ...

The war against drugs should be approached differently

Letters to the Editor

This is the second letter in a series of three illustrating how we, the Libertarian Party, are different and will hopefully be another option for voters next election. This second issue is that of marijuana legalization, and on a wider scope, an end to the war on drugs. Let me first state ...

Preserve the Great Lakes

Editorials

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

Working to stop the opioid epidemic in our area

Letters to the Editor

Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties hosted an Opioid Prevention Education Community kick-off event for anyone living or working in Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, and Herkimer on Nov. 29 at the Paul Nigra Center in Gloversville. Participants for this event learned about how ...

As openly gay, reader questions hatred

Letters to the Editor

I have a few questions to ask. Why are people so homophobic? Why do you hate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender Americans? What did the entire the LGBTQ community ever do to you? As a very proud, openly gay American man I really want to know if there are people in Fulton County and ...

Just a little change for a good cause

Editorials

It is a familiar sight this time of year. A kettle suspended from a tripod in front of our local markets and department stores while a Salvation Army Red Kettle volunteer braves the cold and rings a bell. The Salvation Army provides help to those who need it all year, whether it is us, our ...

Were Fulton County leaders true to their words?

Op-Ed Columns

Okay, time to look back and see if anything Fulton County’s leaders said at the start of the year came true. Let’s take stuff the heads of the county Board of Supervisors and the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown said in January and regurgitate it in December. We’ll start with ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To the Live Aid fundraiser held Thursday night. Fulton and Montgomery county communities and the Amsterdam Latino community came together for “Live Aid: Rebuilding/Never Broken, Fulmont For Puerto Rico” fundraiser at Amsterdam High School. Everyone had one goal in mind — help ...

Freedom of speech should be universal

Editorials

Conservative speaker Lucian Wintrich clearly should not have done what he did when protesters disrupted a speech he was trying to present Tuesday night at the University of Connecticut. To judge by a video showing the altercation, police were right to charge Wintrich with breach of the ...

New assessor thanks supporters for their votes

Letters to the Editor

I wish to thank the residents of the town of Broadalbin for supporting me for the office of assessor. I look forward to serving with the present assessors, Laurie Bollock and Joe McDonald in the assessor’s office. The residents of Broadalbin have shown good faith in the three member assessors ...

Two sides to every story

Editorials

Conservative speaker Lucian Wintrich clearly should not have done what he did when protesters disrupted a speech he was trying to present Tuesday night at the University of Connecticut. To judge by a video showing the altercation, police were right to charge Wintrich with breach of the ...

Words are one thing

Editorials

It would be bad enough had the North Korean missile launch this week been just another case of dictator Kim Jong-un rattling his saber for domestic political reasons or merely because he enjoys frightening and angering people. But the vast majority of military rockets used in test firings are ...

Help support the Alexander-Murray Bill

Letters to the Editor

The debate in Congress over whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has been put aside, at least for now. It is time for the federal legislators to shift their focus to other pressing health care topics, providing the opportunity both for progress and to work together across the ...

If allegations are true, Conyers should go

Editorials

Using the power conferred upon one by voters to harass women sexually is reason enough to be dismissed from Congress. Add to that using taxpayers’ money in attempt to cover up wrongdoing, and the case for removal is ironclad. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., is accused of doing both things. His ...

Keeping faith and being thankful

Editorials

It is a sad state of affairs that it seems like a day doesn’t go by that there isn’t a shooting, drug overdose, terrorist attack, weather event, domestic violence incident or a sexual harassment accusation. It is happening with such frequency that it is hard to keep track of them all. It ...

Legislators need to do more cutting on the budget

Letters to the Editor

County 14 percent tax increase — no way! A public hearing on the proposed budget will be 1:30 p.m. Nov. 28, at the County Office Building. People do work during the day — who do they expect to show up? Why not have it at 6 p.m. or better still why not a Saturday or even a ...

Thank you to the Boy Scouts for all the food collected

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the Council of Churches Food Pantry, I want to express sincere gratitude to the Boy Scouts who conducted the Johnstown food drive on Nov. 11. The Boy Scouts collected 1,600 non-perishable food items for the food pantry. The food pantry relies on donations to feed the needy ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To all the churches, organizations and volunteers who gave of their time this week to make sure as many people as possible had a Thanksgiving meal. It is not an easy feat for any organization or church to cook a full Thanksgiving meal for thousands of people, but it was done. There ...