Opinion

Money spent against terrorism is well-spent

Editorials

Islamic terrorism is not confined to the Middle East. It is a threat far to the west in Nigeria, too. When President Donald Trump and Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari met last week at the White House, they discussed a variety of topics. Among them were economic issues and ...

Better laws are needed

Editorials

Congress remains all but silent on the glaring gaps in gun laws and the availability of assault weapons. By all accounts, Travis Reinking should not have had a gun. Yet he did, and so four people are dead. It would be easy to shrug off the April 22 shooting in a Nashville, Tennessee, Waffle ...

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

Editorials

Events in Seattle are re-emphasizing a point about economic development that too many government officials seem to have forgotten: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Officials in that West Coast city have said they plan to establish a new “head tax” on businesses that gross more than ...

Be informed about the upcoming school budgets

Letters to the Editor

Hello Johnstown School District residents. Please wake up and get informed about the upcoming school budget. In order to vote, everyone should be informed about why cuts were made and how the school board is trying very hard to have updated buildings, updated programs, and provide a good ...

Being grateful for our first responders

Letters to the Editor

Let’s be grateful. I was discharged from the hospital at 5 p.m. on April 25. It was raining and of course, my daughter wanted to get her 90 year old Mom inside her home as soon as possible. Maybe you’ve already guessed what happened. She couldn’t unlock the door after trying much ...

Food drive is critical to the health of children

Letters to the Editor

Saturday, May 12, marks the 26th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving— the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food drive. Upstate and Capital District Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality ...

Will things ever change?

Editorials

Just how crooked do you have to be to be a crook in Albany? That’s the question that a court will start trying to answer this week as Sheldon Silver, once one of the most powerful men in the state, goes back on trial on charges that he made lots of money by trading public favors for private ...

Do something now in military

Editorials

Many victims of sexual assault or harassment do not come forward because they are afraid of retaliation. One might suppose that if any employer could protect them, it would be the U.S. military. But the number of armed service members reporting they were retaliated against for filing sexual ...

CDC head asks for pay to be reduced

Editorials

Dr. Robert Redfield Jr., the new head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, thinks his pay ought to be cut. The fact it was set where it was by the Washington machine speaks volumes. Redfield took office in March, at an annual salary of $375,000. That is at least $150,000 ...

Thanks to Kanye, groupthink is broken

Editorials

A cultural shift is happening before our very eyes. Entertainment royalty and prominent blacks in American society, long beholden to the Democrat Party, had a rare breakout moment this week, setting the social media stratosphere ablaze. Kayne West, the uber-famous rapper, unleashed this ...

Transparency needed in N.Y.

Editorials

Many words come to mind when discussing politics in New York — corruption, secrecy and cronyism. Transparency is certainly not one of them. Want to know what was discussed in conferences about pending legislation? You are out of luck. Want to know if how many sexual harassment ...

Scott Pruitt — ‘You’re fired’

Editorials

It’s no secret we haven’t always seen eye to eye with Donald Trump. But Mr. President, when you promised to drain the swamp in Washington, we were completely on board. Pull the plug! So how is it Scott Pruitt is still employed? The head of the Environmental Protection Agency personifies ...

Mental Health Association thanks community for support

Letters to the Editor

The Mental Health Association in Fulton & Montgomery Counties would like to extend a sincere thank you to the community for their tremendous show of support of our 20th annual miniature golf and family fun day. The March event was great fun, with more than 400 people enjoying 18 holes of ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To the administration and staff at Gloversville High School for coming up with a compromise for the students during a planned walkout on April 20. Students were given the opportunity to participate in a walkout on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting without the ...

Be mindful of other community members

Letters to the Editor

Contrary to what Mother Nature has been providing us this year thus far, it is spring! With that comes the opportunity to walk your dogs, visit garage sales, and in general, to just get out and about your neighborhood/city. This is a friendly reminder to be mindful of your fellow community ...

The day Molly was attacked continues to haunt owner

Letters to the Editor

As most pet owners will agree, their pet is like a family member. This is exactly how I feel about my dog Molly and why I’m sharing this story. Molly is a 30 pound terrier-lab mix who enjoys taking walks in our neighborhood. On March 25, we took one of those walks down past Jansen Avenue ...

Make sure our schools are safe

Editorials

Safety against violent intruders has become a major concern in planning construction of new schools and renovation of existing ones. That can mean expensive provisions such as “mantrap” entrances and metal detectors. Let us not overlook the little things. A commission investigating the ...

Giving a child alcohol deserves punishment

Editorials

Too often, adults laugh it off when they hear about minors consuming alcohol. Hey, kids will be kids, right? Jason A. Bartley Jr. was a kid, just 17 years old. He never made it to adulthood. Bartley lived in Chillicothe, Ohio. There, last October, he drank too much vodka. He died from acute ...

New York state’s efforts to transform science education

Letters to the Editor

In the early 1990s, many young Americans were not prepared to work in, contribute to, or benefit from our technological society. Mathematics and science achievement scores of American 17 year olds had been dropping steadily and dramatically. In New York state several years of work resulted in ...

Enforce existing laws first

Editorials

Big government’s standard answer for any problem is to insist it needs more power, usually in the form of additional burdensome regulations. Time and time again, however, the public sees clearly that the problem is ineffective enforcement of existing rules. The ongoing scandal involving ...