Opinion

Not enough punishment

Editorials

A New Jersey woman who used a knife to intimidate two 4-year-olds pleaded guilty several days ago — and was placed on probation. Incredible. Adetokunbo Akinnaso, 64, directed a child care center. When the two children were taken to her office for disciplinary reasons, she brandished a ...

Time for a change of leadership

Editorials

Typically, I do not write a mid-year review but as of the meeting held on Aug. 20 at town of Johnstown, it is required, due to the direct attacks that were staged between the Town Supervisor and the Fulton County Republican Committee. Note, all Board Members of the town of Johnstown are ...

Is winning a free ticket?

Editorials

Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer will lose about $725,000 as a result of the suspensions he has served and will serve. If that seems like a lot, consider that it is less than one-tenth what Meyer is expected to be paid this year. Is the punishment for what Meyer did — or, ...

Citizens Against Local Landfills continue the fight

Letters to the Editor

Citizens Against Local Landfills is expressing deep concern about recent developments in Montgomery and Fulton counties regarding the hallmark waste disposal agreement that the counties put into place following the dissolution of Montgomery Otsego Schoharie Waste Management Authority, the ...

Gerard McAuliffe is best candidate for judgeship

Letters to the Editor

I highly recommend voting for Gerard McAuliffe for Fulton County Family Court judge because I worked in law enforcement for 31 plus years. I was actively involved in all aspects of criminal investigations as well as Department of Social Services investigations and Family Court proceedings. In ...

Michael Smrtic is a consummate professional

Letters to the Editor

I was asked to document my experience as a local attorney who specializes and concentrates a large portion of my litigation practice on family law matters and matrimonial action. I have three decades of experience and have handled, litigated, tried and/or negotiated well over 2,000 family ...

The persisting problem

Editorials

The arrest of an illegal immigrant for the murder of an Iowa college student is adding fuel to the fire of calls for a revamped immigration policy. Perhaps Americans should look first at enforcement of existing rules. Cristhian Behena Rivera, 24, is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts near ...

Deterring hackers works

Editorials

No doubt many eyes are on Moscow after the revelation this week that an attempt to hack into the Democrat National Committee’s computers was thwarted. Coming two years after Russian hackers stole information from the DNC database, the new attempted electronic B&E does raise questions ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

JEER — To the continuing and escalating tensions at the town of Johnstown and Palatine board meetings. Monday’s Johnstown Town Board meeting and Palatine’s Wednesday meeting both were argumentative and distracting from business that comes before the boards. In Johnstown, issues ...

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 ...