Opinion

We still must be on guard

Editorials

Even as Iranian leaders were seeking Americans’ trust over nuclear weapons, they may have been plotting violence in this country. Two Iranians, Ahmadreza Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, have been arrested by the FBI. Both are U.S. residents. The two are accused of spying on Jewish groups and ...

Consider the statistics

Editorials

World health officials are worried that measles may be making a comeback. During the first six months of this year, Europe alone reported more than 41,000 cases of the disease. Thirty-seven victims died. Contrast that with U.S. statistics: This year, there have been just 107 instances of ...

Smrtic has the knowledge and temperment for job

Letters to the Editor

Veterans understand what it means to have honor, to live by a code, and what it means to take an oath to put others first. Anyone who knows Mike Smrtic knows that he is exactly that kind of family man and that kind of attorney and will undoubtedly be a that kind of judge. As a vet I will ...

Thank you to everyone who helps support the Civic Band

Letters to the Editor

As conductor of the Gloversville Civic Band, I wish to thank all of those who have made our summer band series such a success. The board of the Gloversville Citizens Band, our many corporate and private sponsors, Department of Public Works, the mayor, government officials and candidates have ...

Milkweeds are an important component of the ecosystem

Letters to the Editor

When I moved here, milkweeds were coming up wild. They are beautiful. Let them grow for the monarch butterflies. The flowers smell like perfume. As I sat on my porch last evening, I saw a small black butterfly; so cute. Did you ever stop to think as you mow everything down, you are actually ...

Incumbent is saying outright lies about opponent

Letters to the Editor

I don’t know if you flip through the TV channels like I do when I don’t know what I want to watch but the other night a political ad caught my attention because it was so negative. It was Elise Stefanik’s attack on Tedra Cobb. I know politics has always been a dirty business, so when I ...

Safeguarding children must be our priority

Editorials

Pope Francis took precisely the correct attitude in his letter responding to a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by priests in Pennsylvania. Released Monday, the missive admitted that too many in the Roman Catholic church “showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned ...

Thank you Bill Ackerbauer

Letters to the Editor

Thank you, Bill Ackerbauer, for obtaining the grant for the Thursday night concerts in the Johnstown Sir William Johnson Park at the Charles J. Jenner Memorial Band Shell. I got to see three of the four concerts. They were spectacular! I hope that you can continue the concerts next year. ...

YouTube’s new policy

Letters to the Editor

YouTube’s announcement in March of a new firearms content policy is troubling. National Shooting Sports Foundation suspects it will be interpreted to block much more content than the stated goal of firearms and certain access any sales. Especially worrysome is the potential for blocking ...

Mike Smrtic is the right choice

Letters to the Editor

The position of Family Court judge requires a thorough understanding of the law and experience working in the Family Court System. But equally as important are the attributes of integrity, compassion, ethics and understanding. Mike Smrtic is an experienced attorney who has spent many years ...

Trump is right on this one decision

Editorials

Even his fiercest foes ought to be able to see the wisdom of a decision last week by President Donald Trump. Apparently, some do not. About $230 million in “stabilization” funds the United States had agreed to spend in Syria will be withheld, Trump decided. Money for humanitarian purposes ...

Snowflakes need to get over their outrage

Letters to the Editor

Irony of the Left! The left wants us to believe President Trump is a national security risk while a Chinese spy drives Diane Feinstein for 20 years. While Podesta gets caught in a phishing hack with his password as “password.” While Hillary bleach bits 30,000 e-mails under subpoena ...

Our own town hall needs to be fixed to correct its blight

Letters to the Editor

To whom it may concern: Year after year, we have heard the word blight mentioned during town board meetings at Caroga Lake. Yes, there are some homes in the area that are in need of repair, and undoubtedly, they should be refurbished. However one must not overlook the blight here in the town ...

Justice must be found

Editorials

Many of the Roman Catholic priests accused by a Pennsylvania grand jury of molesting hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children since the 1940s cannot be brought to justice. Some are dead. For most of those still alive, statutes of limitations have passed, meaning they cannot be ...

Let him keep the feather

Editorials

It's hard to see any harm in letting Gov. Andrew Cuomo keep the eagle feather recovered on a long-ago family outing on Saranac Lake. But how to get around the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act? That obscure 1940s federal statute prohibits non-Native Americans from disturbing, taking or ...

Legislation should be separate acts

Editorials

Quietly, with little fanfare, legislation made its way through both houses of the state Legislature to include bereavement leave as part of the state’s Paid Family Leave legislation. Encouraging bereavement leave is important; few will argue that we all need time to grieve the loss of a ...

Gerard McAuliffe is the right candidate for family court

Letters to the Editor

In his bid to be elected Family Court judge, Gerard McAuliffe has stated, “I believe that the family unit is the fabric of our society. Strong family values are the backdrop that shape our community.” One who espouses these values is needed, greatly, in our leadership community. I believe, ...

Our president does not respect anyone and is racist

Letters to the Editor

Leaders should always value the lives of all its people and treat everyone equal. But the leader of the free world, the incumbent president of the United States, the honorable Donald J. Trump doesn’t respect everyone at all. In the 21st century I never thought that the current opponent of the ...

Airport security needs re-examining

Editorials

Since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, federal officials have devoted an enormous amount of effort and resources to making airline travel safe. In general, they seem to have done a good job. But last Friday, a mentally disturbed ground crew member stole a 76-seat plane from the airport ...