Opinion

Spend the money wisely

Editorials

America’s armed forces are the very best funded in the world. Given the responsibilities the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard must handle, that is appropriate. But years of neglect have left the military in a rebuilding mode. A $700 billion defense appropriations bill signed ...

Time to grow up and be adults

Editorials

This year has seen a very interesting and contentious political battle for the Gloversville mayor’s seat. Incumbent Dayton King was challenged by William Rowback and the political battle seemed more like an internet schoolyard squabble between a bunch of 12-year-olds than two men vying for ...

Loan forgiveness needs to be fair

Editorials

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The car ...

National debt must be addressed

Editorials

Many members of Congress who have opposed the tax reform approved by both houses of Congress insist their concern is increasing the national debt. It’s reassuring that lawmakers are worried about that – finally. It is estimated that during the next decade, the tax cuts will increase the ...

The AMT needs to go

Editorials

Among flaws in the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill that should be corrected before a tax package becomes law is the alternative minimum tax. It is among the most unpopular provisions of tax law. In effect, the AMT was designed to take a second look at people who complete their tax returns, do ...

It is up to us to protect pets during cold weather

Letters to the Editor

Dear fellow citizens, Now that the cold weather is here, please keep watch for animals who are left out in the elements without any way of getting shelter. These animals have no way of helping themselves. They are totally dependent on us to take care of them. Please, keep watch for them, in ...

Thank you to everyone who participated in tree lighting

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the St. Johnsville Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank everyone who came out for Sunday Dec. 3, annual community tree lighting. It is a tremendous pleasure when given the opportunity to work with some amazing people and this year’s event was no exception. Commander ...

How will our local schools be helped by casino revenues

Letters to the Editor

In an AP story by Michael Hill, “Jackpot elusive for three new upstate casinos,” which The Leader-Herald carried, deep in the story came a shocking revelation. “The casino slots and table games have raised $88.8 million. Eighty percent of the money goes to public schools, which have set ...

Together we can keep our children safe

Editorials

They say that parents are the number one influencer in their children’s lives growing up. While that’s usually true, there still are many other factors that influence teenagers and what they choose to do on a daily basis. Friends, teachers, and even strangers impact our youth each and ...

Is this the best we can do?

Editorials

Learning that several members of Congress have been guilty of outrageous conduct involving women is bad enough because of the harm they did and the crimes some committed. Finding out some used taxpayers’ money in attempts to cover up their misdeeds is worse. But compounding the concern felt ...

Just a thought: How about lowering taxes Gov. Cuomo?

Letters to the Editor

I find it humorous that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to waste more New York state taxpayer money by suing the federal government over the new tax plan. This is nothing more than another expensive Cuomo campaign stunt — his motto is ABC — always be campaigning. Cuomo likes to play fast and ...

Jesus is the truth and light

Letters to the Editor

In the last letter, I endeavored to explain the revealing of God’s love seen in his creation, his chastisement, the cross and conversion of men. In this letter, I will explain the “word of God.” First, Jesus Christ is the expression of the word. Christ Jesus, the son of God, was the ...

Abuse of power is dead wrong

Editorials

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned on Thursday. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

Someone close to you could be considering suicide

Letters to the Editor

In America there are many people that suffer with depression. Do you realize that 3,000 people commit suicide a day? The number of people that commit suicide shouldn’t be that huge. Many celebrities such as author Earnest Hemingway and Academy Award winner Robin Williams both committed ...

Wake up America, it’s not the guns, it’s the people

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this in response to Edward A. Bown’s editorial in the Dec. 5, Leader-Herald. I have been a NRA member for years, have had a pistol permit since 1975, am an avid hunter and outdoorsman, a father of two sons, happily married for 42 years and still work in the leather business. I am ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To all the businesses, schools and organizations getting behind the Salvation Army’s toy drive. Mayfield Elementary School held a “Stuff the Sleigh” event on Thursday. Principal Nicholas Criscone said on Thursday almost every student and staff member in the school ...

Thank you for helping make Thanksgiving dinner successful

Letters to the Editor

A big thank you and a hat-tip to the members of the Council of Churches for providing a splendid Thanksgiving dinner for the less-fortunate persons in our community. And another thank you to the people who delivered the dinners on Thanksgiving Day; there were 185 dinners delivered to Forest ...

Response to writer’s letter on welfare system

Letters to the Editor

I feel compelled to respond to Mr. Benton’s letter of Nov. 16, in regard to the welfare system. First of all I worked for over 30 years in Montgomery County DSS most of which was supervisor (principal welfare examiner of the Public Assistance Unit. To say that “Fulton County is easier to ...

Wrapping up Cancer fundraiser located in mall

Letters to the Editor

Wrapping up Cancer is a fundraiser to benefit the Fulton-Montgomery County Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society. We are located outside of Peebles in the Johnstown Mall on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 ...

Local community businesses go out of their way to help

Letters to the Editor

It is nice to know we have businesses in this community that go the extra mile to please their customers. We would like to thank the Holiday Inn in Johnstown for being so willing to meet the needs of our group. What started out as a small group doubled in size before the event. Holiday Inn was ...