Opinion

To be great, stabilization is necessary

Editorials

Newsday on President Donald Trump Dec. 22 For a nation to be great, it must be stable. For its people to be content, they must believe that their institutions are trustworthy and competent. But the events of this week exposed the nation’s growing instability under the increasingly ...

Gov. Cuomo’s legislature power

Editorials

When the state Legislature goes to work in Albany in January, we hope that lawmakers will keep in mind that their actions will affect all New Yorkers, not just those who support the party with the most clout. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Dec. 17 announced a long list of things he’d like to see ...

Thank you to everyone who helped our organization

Letters to the Editor

Once again the officers and members of Catholic Daughters Court Catherine Esther 1264 would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the people in the area communities who contributed items and money to the holiday collection for veterans and deployed military. We wish to thank the NBT ...

Don’t worry about power outages — it’s only Santa

Letters to the Editor

My wife mentioned there had been a couple brief power outages in the last couple days; a few seconds at the most. I told her I had quite unexpectedly run into Santa. Not that guy at Walmart; Santa. He was getting a latte at Dunkin’ Donuts, wearing a disguise, but I knew right away who he ...

The Trump investigations

Editorials

New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood nailed it Tuesday when she explained the significance of President Donald Trump agreeing to dissolve his namesake foundation amid a state probe into allegations that he used the charity for his own benefit. “This is an important victory for the ...

The power of the U.S. Senate

Editorials

The alarm bells have been sounding all week in the United States Senate, and we all need to be paying attention. This isn’t about the accusations of presidential misdeeds, ongoing corruption and overwhelming partisanship, but about a political body once considered the “greatest ...

Bill could infringe on rights

Editorials

A newly proposed handgun bill proposed by state Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, isn’t practical. The bill would allow authorities to search social media and internet usage for any “red flags,” similar to those that have preceded some mass shootings. Permit applicants would have to ...

Some good news lately

Editorials

While the world seems to be falling apart with what seems like more children and animals being abused and killed, wars being fought in nearly every corner of the globe and many more struggling paycheck to paycheck, there are lots of good news we often do not hear about. The really wonderful ...

Let’s marvel at InSight

Editorials

Let’s take a moment to marvel at what we can do when we are at our best. NASA’s InSight lander successfully touched down on Mars [earlier this month], a few minutes before 3 p.m. Eastern time, ending a journey of more than six months and 300 million miles. The path to the successful ...

Don’t forget others in Christmas prep

Editorials

Time is short for those of us who have fallen behind on our Christmas shopping. As we cope with the struggles of everyday life while trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone on our lists, let us not neglect to take care of the one task that ought not to require any thought: ensuring Santa ...

Wake-up property owners in Broadalbin

Letters to the Editor

While it is understandable due to increased operating costs that the town has incurred, taxes may realistically have to rise. For the board to vote without prior notification to property owners or having a referendum of the plan to raise taxes by 177 percent is preposterous. The Broadalbin ...

League of Women Voters concerned about Broadalbin

Letters to the Editor

The League of Women Voters of Schenectady County is very concerned about voting accessibility in the town of Broadalbin. The Broadalbin Municipal Complex on Union Mills Road in the town of Broadalbin does not meet the requirements of the Americans for Disability Act, a federal law passed in ...

Congress should safeguard black lung program

Editorials

Of course Congress should safeguard a federal program to help victims of black lung disease. But no amount of money from Washington can do more than ease the suffering of those afflicted by the malady and their families. So lawmakers also ought to be looking into why black lung, known ...

The price to pay in Broadalbin

Editorials

The town of Broadalbin officials have taken some heat lately for an hefty 177 percent increase in taxes. The increase, while no fault of the present board or town Supervisor Sheila Perry — previous administrations adopted unbalanced budgets and did not plan for the future — is a tough pill ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To the first Mayfield Christmas Parade on Saturday. The village pulled together the holiday event and it was well-attended by many, including people from areas outside of Mayfield. The festivities, which included Mayor Jamie Ward reading “T’was the Night Before Christmas”, ...

A ‘short take’ on the Jamel Khashoggi tragedy

Letters to the Editor

Just a short take on Jamel Khashoggi, a former foreign journalist for the Washington Post, who was a former member of the Saudia Arabian higher echelon of the Saudia government. Khashoggi was not a citizen of our country, nor did he want to be. He used his journalist base to air his dislike ...

Should have been handled differently

Editorials

Everyone agrees: Friday’s incident at the Brooklyn HRA office, where cops fought to pry a baby from his screaming mom, should never have happened. And there’s a ton of blame to go around here. Police Commissioner James O’Neill immediately ordered an investigation into the nightmare, and ...

Not in this lifetime again

Editorials

As U.S. presidents born nearly a century ago, the late George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter each reached the age of 94. Observing Carter seated in the front row during Bush’s Wednesday funeral, we couldn’t help but reflect on how dramatically the nation’s political landscape has changed ...

Local animal shelters are priceless

Editorials

A recent Leader-Herald article about a Gloversville man getting jail time for abusing a kitten missed the mark when giving credit to which agency took care of kitten following the abuse. While the Gloversville Animal Control was the agency that first responded to the incident and found the ...