Opinion

Making healthcare decisions is difficult, so prepare

Letters to the Editor

April 16, 2018 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. In furtherance of St. Mary’s mission and values, particularly our respect for human dignity, we encourage individual awareness of and participation in advance healthcare planning and decision-making. Making healthcare decisions is ...

NRA advocates need to stop acting like babies

Letters to the Editor

The Second Amendment to the Constitution provided the right to have and use firearms. The Founding Fathers never saw, or even imagined, today’s assault rifles. Their purpose for the Second Amendment was to enable citizens to assist the local militias should a state or this new country come ...

New York needs to allow early voting too

Letters to the Editor

Earlier this year the Democratic Caucus of the New York State Elections Commissioners Association formally endorsed early voting in New York state. The support for this voting reform was nearly unanimous within our caucus. The time is now for New York state to enact this vital reform. There are ...

‘The love of money is the root of all evil’

Editorials

That headline is quote from the Bible, in St. Paul’s letter to Timothy. It’s also, according to the Pardoner in Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” the theme of all his sermons, even though he admits he is a greedy man who is only a traveling preacher because it pays so ...

Pay to play is still the way

Editorials

Despite the ethics laws, grandstanding, good-government groups and newspaper editorials, nothing has stopped pay to play in Albany. Recent example No. 1: A jury convicted Joseph Percoco, a top advisor and close friend to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of taking bribes in exchange for helping companies do ...

Lawmakers may have to cut their vacations short

Editorials

When the 2018 session calendar for the state Legislature came out last year, experienced participants in and observers of New York state government did a gulp when they saw the end of March and early April. The deadline for getting the 2018-19 state budget approved by the Legislature is ...

These are dire times

Editorials

These are dire times for the North Atlantic right whale. A record number of the whales — 17 — died due to ship strikes or gear entanglements last year. Meanwhile, scientists who have been tracking the mammals noted the birth of a mere five calves over the same period. The troubling trend ...

Country without borders is no country

Letters to the Editor

As to the letter by Don Wager to the editors, dated Feb. 18: Although it was an excellent and informative and he stated these immigrants where here to assimilate; he did not say they came here to invade such as the Muslins immigrants do. Muslins do not assimilate. Their religion forbade it. ...

A debate worth having

Editorials

When the kids were talking, we were listening. They had us. And we think they had some of the politicians. In Florida, the Legislature acted and did some meaningful reforms that both Republicans and Democrats could support. But here in New York, it’s still about politics. The ...

Let the investigation go its own way

Editorials

When Donald Trump entered the race for president, he was introducing a new component into our form of government. He was making the leadership of the executive branch practically out of whole cloth — a non-Washington element that had appeal for many of his supporters. After all, too much ...

Let the investigation go its own way

Editorials

When Donald Trump entered the race for president, he was introducing a new component into our form of government. He was making the leadership of the executive branch practically out of whole cloth — a non-Washington element that had appeal for many of his supporters. After all, too much ...

Come out of hiding. Now.

Editorials

Your 2.2 billion active users globally, 230 million of them in the United States, deserve an accounting from you personally of how a data firm tied to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was able to mine information from more than 40 million profiles on your social network without their ...

Come out of hiding. Now.

Editorials

Your 2.2 billion active users globally, 230 million of them in the United States, deserve an accounting from you personally of how a data firm tied to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was able to mine information from more than 40 million profiles on your social network without their ...

It is vitally important to get colon cancer screening

Letters to the Editor

With increasing health promotion programs in the workplace, more companies are implementing health and wellness strategies to reduce health care costs. Escalating health care costs continue to remain an issue of concern for health professionals and employers. Colorectal cancer awareness month ...

It is vitally important to get colon cancer screening

Letters to the Editor

With increasing health promotion programs in the workplace, more companies are implementing health and wellness strategies to reduce health care costs. Escalating health care costs continue to remain an issue of concern for health professionals and employers. Colorectal cancer awareness month ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To the Gloversvillle Police Department for its fast work on Thursday following a home invasion. One of the department’s officers happened to be pulling up to 69 Yale St. on Thursday afternoon for request to perform a welfare check. About the time he was exiting his patrol ...

Timing is everything

Editorials

In politics, timing is everything and no one could have timed it better than Cynthia Nixon with her announcement this week that she will be challenging Andrew Cuomo for the Democratic nomination as governor of New York. In Albany, this is the time of year when the two houses square off, when ...

We gave Lystek a chance and we don’t want them

Letters to the Editor

In response to town of Glen Supervisor John Thomas who asks the residents of the town of Glen to give the Sewage Sludge “Recovery Plant” a chance. We did. For six months we attended Lystek’s informational meetings. Three of them to be exact. We read their letters that appeared in the ...

Think about how the dairy cows are treated

Letters to the Editor

Farming; some thoughts Cows are mothers: They have the same problems that we do giving birth. Out west they live on the range. Last year a big blizzard about this time. Some farmers and ranchers lost cows and calves. About a week ago, my son-in-law went to check his beef cattle. There was ...