Opinion

Being pro-choice is not the same as pro-abortion

Letters to the Editor

I, Joseph Benton, am pro-choice. There is this belief if you are pro-choice you are pro-abortion. That isn’t even true at all, so I want to reassure the people of Fulton County, New York just because the fact that I am pro-choice doesn’t mean I am pro-abortion. It just means that I stand ...

Now is the time to start thinking about the next election

Letters to the Editor

November is the month during which we think about elections, and even though the state and federal elections for our Congressional representatives don’t take place until next year, it is never too soon to begin considering for whom to vote in the next election. It seems pretty clear to me, ...

Consider the consequences

Editorials

It is unlikely we will ever know why a family in rural Jefferson County, W.Va., took the risk they did during last weekend. None of them — a man, woman, teenager and toddler — survived. Their bodies were found Sunday, along with a generator that was being used inside their home. Carbon ...

Tax relief should be for everyone

Editorials

One sometimes wonders if there is a limit to the absurdity of complaints about tax reform proposals. Apparently not. On Monday, Tax Policy Center analysts revealed that, as The Associated Press phrased it, “the Senate tax overhaul bill would produce tax increases for half of all taxpayers ...

We have paid to know more

Editorials

When most men are found to have harassed or attacked women, they pay a price. It may be dismissal from a job. It may be a hefty lawsuit judgment or out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, that helps predators escape criminal prosecution. You will not be surprised to learn things are different in ...

Put the money where the problem is

Editorials

As incredible as it may seem, federal funds from one program meant to combat substance abuse are doled out based on states’ populations, not the severity of their drug epidemics. That is simply insane. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Maggie Hassan and ...

Tax reform bill includes some losers

Editorials

Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

Thank you to my supporters

Letters to the Editor

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of the city of Johnstown who supported me in the recent election. Not having an opponent certainly made it easier, but seeing the total votes I received told me that the people still took the time to vote. This year has been a ...

Editorial needs a rebuttal

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to the editorial on Nov. 5, because if anything needs a rebuttal, that editorial does. Now, I like a good tax cut as much as the next guy, but this GOP-sponsored tax bill is anything but a good tax cut, unless, of course, you’re rich. To start with, the tax brackets ...

Don’t jump to conclusions

Editorials

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

Reaction to coup right

Editorials

U.S. officials have taken the traditional stance regarding this week’s military coup in Zimbabwe: This country does not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations, they said. That simply is not true. In essence, it amounts to diplomacy-speak for, “We’re not certain what happened ...

Who is really watching who?

Letters to the Editor

The election of William Rowback as Gloversville’s new mayor brings up the question as to whether he, as a retired fireman, will be permitted to vote on civil servant contracts. He will be supported by his pension and this should create a conflict of interest. Which brings up the question as ...

Who is really the winner

Letters to the Editor

Have you ever wondered where all the lottery money goes? I think a lot of us have. Jack Kennedy said, “Too much is given, much is demanded;” so true. Money should make us have an easier life but a lot of times it’s not true so we have the saying, “money is the root of all evil.” ...

Thank you to everyone who honored our veterans

Letters to the Editor

To FFCS, its board of education, those who organized the assembly for veterans, Charles Lenig and the school band, Superintendent Tom Ciaccio, Greg Furlong, Larry Coddington, my fellow VFW members, Dennis Cotter, Dan Stevens and their wives, my special friend, Joe Sullivan, Wendy Sullivan for ...

Time to pass the Republican tax plan

Letters to the Editor

The Republican Tax Plan will explode the national debt screams the liberal TV ad. I listened to the peevish ad and wonder what liberal media mountebank wrote this specious advertisement and ask: when did liberals become national debt hawks? In the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, not ...

Tax reform bill needs some reform

Editorials

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Welfare system in need of reform

Letters to the Editor

On the topic of welfare, I truly believe that people who never worked a day in their life, should not be getting help from the government. People who work minimum-wage jobs and live in poverty try to go to Fulton County Department of Social Services to get the help that they need but DSS tells ...

VanDeusen thanks his supporters

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank the voters in the town of Johnstown for their overwhelming support of me on this past Election Day. I am truly honored by and appreciative of the support I received. I look forward to serving each and everyone of you in this position as we address the issues facing our ...

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful

Letters to the Editor

Thanksgiving — a time to be thankful for what we have been given. At the senior center in Gloversville, we have many individuals and organizations that have helped us over the years, the list would cover pages. My dad always said, “Keep it short,” so for now I’ll pick two. Several of ...

Local shelters best for cat adoption

Letters to the Editor

My name is Julie Case, aka Kittigurl. I help people with cats and have for almost 28 years. I was asked to foster for kitten angels, that was fine but I was put down and yelled at and talked down to and told I had to listen. They are not a no-kill agency. I tried to discuss three cats they ...