Opinion

A fresh start in 2019

Editorials

On paper, 2018 was a difficult year. As we were discussing what should be the Top 10 stories for this year’s Year in Review publication, we were stunned at the number of “bad news” stories over the number of good news. Locally, there were many tragic deaths from drug overdoses, suicides ...

Senior citizen luncheon deemed a big success

Letters to the Editor

The Gloversville Senior Center along with Capital District Physicians Health Plan held a free senior citizen lunch on Dec. 12. The volunteers at the Gloversville Senior Center are proud to announce that we passed out 150 free homemade lunches consisting of roasted chicken breast, mashed ...

Time appreciate those who are usually overlooked

Letters to the Editor

This is a bit overdue but still needs saying. As our country slides steadily into the abyss, my thoughts fall upon 2019, which I predict will be the worst one yet for me as 2018, was from start to finish. First off, I wish that more people would appreciate those tireless workers out there who ...

Do not revictimnize the victim

Editorials

Recently, The Leader-Herald ran an article about a Montgomery County sheriff deputy who allegedly broke into his estranged wife’s home in the middle of the night to “talk” with her about their break down of their marriage. Ray Waldynski allegedly entered the home while his ...

The ban on bumpstocks

Editorials

The Lexington Herald-Leader on a ban on bump stocks — Dec. 21 The U.S. Justice Department’s recent ban of bump stocks — devices that allow semi-automatics to fire at a faster pace — is welcome news after congressional gun-safety efforts stalled earlier this year. Fulfilling a ...

Porch thieves and packages

Editorials

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican on package thieves Dec. 21 It’s shocking to learn how low some humans will stoop to compromise others to advance their own situations. Speaking of stoops, porch pirates are a recent example of that point. As has been reported in various media this season, ...

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 ...