Opinion

Just ask the Carrico girls

Editorials

Good news seems rare enough these days that when “an absolute miracle” occurs, it ought to be noticed. That is how Humboldt County, California, Sheriff William Honsal summed up the conclusion of a frantic search during the weekend. It seems that on Friday afternoon, Leia Carrico, 8, and ...

It is difficult to afford college or get a decent job

Letters to the Editor

As a resident of Johnstown for most of my life, I’ve noticed a lot of negative impacts in the area and it’s not getting better. My generation has it very hard and the opportunity is very limited in Fulton County. When I was a high school student, I always planned on furthering my ...

A little humor from Will Rogers

Letters to the Editor

I believe that there is no more of an appropriate time then to quote what Will Rogers (a humorist) said in 1923. Every time Congress tells a joke, it becomes a law and every time they enact a law, it becomes a joke. ANTHONY FERRARO Gloversville

Why a Space Force now?

Editorials

President Donald Trump continues to insist the United States needs an entirely new branch of the military, a Space Force. It is worth asking what on earth — or off it — that would accomplish. Trump seems to have watered his proposal down, just a bit. Now, he is willing to have the Space ...

Stepping outside the rank and file

Editorials

Watertown Daily News March 3 Being a loyal member of the GOP on Capitol Hill doesn’t mean you always have to agree with the president. U.S. Rep. Elise M. Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, demonstrated that Tuesday by officially disapproving of a recently enacted national emergency. She joined ...

Hand in Glove with hope for the cities’ future

Letters to the Editor

Last week, I traveled to Johnstown High School with my wife, Patsy. We planned to spend time sampling the work of JHS seniors who had been encouraged by their teacher, Mr. Sean Russo, to participate in the Fulton County Museum and Historical Societies’ Hand in Glove Student Art and Essay ...

Time to try something different

Editorials

It may be time for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to try Plan B. His initial strategy in dealing with President Donald Trump ­—trying to get something for nothing — flopped badly. Trump and Kim held their second face-to-face meeting this week in Hanoi, Vietnam. But Trump departed ...

Conserve gas, oil, electricity and give up beef

Letters to the Editor

Instead of hearing from me about global warming, lets hear from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, president of the G8 Conference in 2005. “The time to act is now. Its plain that the emission of greenhouse gases is causing global warming at a rate that began as significant, has ...

People need to remove their rose-colored glasses

Letters to the Editor

I never heard of a burlap canvas bag. Did you? Editors should make sure they know, just as we should when we write a letter. Socialism, my mother taught me, did not do war. Is that still true? I guess not, if it ever was. She said Communists believe in war. Is that still true? I am ...

Trust, but verify

Editorials

Let us hope President Donald Trump agrees with his predecessor Ronald Reagan’s policy in dealing with promises of disarmament: “Trust, but verify.” To that, Trump ought to add, “and quickly.” In pursuit of the worthy goal of lessening the threat to peace posed by North Korea, ...

The attitude is inexcusable

Editorials

It seems some of Jussie Smollett’s fellow performers on the “Empire” television series have chosen to give him their unqualified support. Why on earth would they do that? If Chicago police are correct, Smollett committed a despicable crime. They say he paid two men to stage an attack on ...

A plan is needed

Editorials

Pope Francis said all the right things during an extraordinary conference to discuss sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and coverups by their superiors. But what he did not say has some observers, both inside the church and out of it, upset. Francis summoned 190 Catholic bishops and many ...

Mueller report about ready

Editorials

After nearly two years of work, special counsel Robert Mueller is nearly ready to release his report on whether some Americans cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election. It already is known that Moscow devoted resources to both a social media-based propaganda ...

Socialism, a call to arms?

Letters to the Editor

Recently America has witnessed an avowed Socialist, now embraced by a number of worn-out old-guard Democrats, elected to Congress. Her name is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aka AOC, Occasional-Cortex and Ocrazio. Ms. Cortez and her ilk, which includes the likes of Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Hugo ...

Bail reform is a good idea

Editorials

The Daily Star on bail reform Feb. 19 There is a huge income inequity in jails in New York. Those who are poor and arrested on a minor crime often end up sitting in jail until trial because they can’t scrape together the money for bail. But those who have the funds can be out as soon as ...

Give her the same respect

Editorials

One of the attitudes that differentiates most Americans from the vicious murderers of the Islamic State terrorist group is compassion. IS killers consider it a weakness. We take pride in it. Perhaps we ought to show Hoda Muthana some of that compassion. Muthana once lived in Alabama. A few ...

An apology and a warning for town residents

Letters to the Editor

I would like to apologize to the audience and to Trish Isabella for my interruption of her presentation to the Caroga Town Board discussing her assessment of the roof condition on town hall. I was speaking louder than normal but I did not threaten the board or use foul language. I merely was ...

Gun laws need to be enforced

Editorials

Local, state and federal advocates of more limits on firearms ownership and use might do well to take aim at another method of curbing the mayhem caused by gun violence — enforcing existing laws. Just a few days ago, five people were killed and six others wounded when Gary Martin pulled ...

Put the brakes on

Editorials

Slapping stiff import duties on imported cars and light trucks would almost certainly set off a trade war handicapping U.S. automakers. Yet President Donald Trump reportedly is considering such action — in the name of national security. Perhaps the president thinks tariffs would help ...