Opinion

We can all make this a better world to live in

Letters to the Editor

Evil people will always find a way to achieve their purpose, no matter the measures of control set up by the world. Society can however push back against the darkness that allows this evil to thrive. We need to actively seek to change who we have become. We are desensitized to violence. We know ...

Online vehicle transactions hurt the local economy

Letters to the Editor

Reminder: If you process your motor vehicle transactions online or by mail, you are taking your tax dollars out of the county. Anything not processed in your local motor vehicle office results in all of your hard earned dollars going to the state. When a transaction is processed locally, the ...

The flag and the weather

Editorials

It has been brought to our attention that some people are leaving their flags out all hours of the day and all kinds of weather, so we thought a little flag ettiquette may be appropriate. According to the official United States Flag Code, previous to Flag Day, June 14, 1923, there were no ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — Real estate agents know the meaning of curb appeal. If a client likes what they see when they first drive up to a piece of property, they are more likely than not take it to the next step and see if the home is what they are looking for. Locally, area business people, council ...

Innocent until proven guilty

Editorials

On Wednesday, Gloversville Mayor Dayton King was arrested. Again. This time he allegedly used the city’s postal meter to send personal and outside business mail after hours, and, according to state police information officer Kerra Burns, the amount was less than $500. He is also accused of a ...

Prescribed opioid abuse is a national epidemic

Letters to the Editor

Prescribed opioid abuse is a national epidemic. Deaths have tripled since 1999 from the abuse of certain prescribed medications. In New York, it has been proven that for every 100 New York residents there are 37 prescriptions written for opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone. These drugs ...

Voters and candidates

Editorials

The question raised by the 1972 movie “The Candidate,” starring Robert Redford, is whether winning a political campaign is worth compromising or even sacrificing your values. That is the sort of question traditionally ignored in American politics, but it seems especially relevant to us ...

Give a little this season

Editorials

Most of us are lucky enough to not have to worry about where our Thanksgiving meal is going to come from. Unfortunately, there are literally hundreds of people in Fulton County who live alone, don’t make enough money, are unable to drive or do not have transportation in order to enjoy the ...

Grateful for all the support I received

Letters to the Editor

Never in a million years did I think I would have heard the words “you have cancer.” But I did one morning in April of this year. I had just turned 21 years old and was waiting to get called back to a job that I loved, dealing with some back pain that I thought was a result of playing ...

There is a rat poison that will kill your pets

Letters to the Editor

People should be made aware that there are rat poisons available now that contain the active ingredient Bromethalin. If ingested, there is no antidote for this poison. There are antidotes for the anticoagulent type rat poison. Anybody with a dog or cat should avoid products that contain this ...

Honoring our veterans

Editorials

One hundred years ago yesterday, the conflict many hoped was “the war to end wars” drew to a close. For decades, Nov. 11 each year was observed as Armistice Day. Now, we know it as Veterans Day, honoring those among us who have served at any time in the armed forces. Though the last ...

Don’t go down the rabbit hole

Editorials

Liberals are predicting that the Supreme Court’s conservative majority will rewrite laws according to their policy preferences. So someone should point out that the conservatives this week behaved as if laws mean what they say regardless of the policy outcome. In Mount Lemmon Fire District ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To the group of Mayfield students and their advisors, Eileen Rovito and John Caraco, for continuing to help keep the Rice Homestead looking nice. Each year, students from Mayfield Central School District go the historical home and help rake leaves and clean up the grounds in ...

A story of beavers and volunteers

Editorials

We often hear a lot about the integrity, bravery, and commitment of those who serve their communities as volunteer firefighters. What we hear about less often is the dangers of beavers. Yes, beavers. Those two things combined in my life Tuesday night, as unbeknownst to me, a colony of beavers ...

Time to pick up the signs

Editorials

For weeks, small forests of signs promoting dozens of political candidates have been demonstrations of the vigor of our system of government. Now, they are just litter. Some candidates and their supporters started the process of picking up their signs on Tuesday evening. It is pleasing to ...

Are you paying attention?

Editorials

It really is a question about how much children mean to us. Are they precious enough for us to pay just a little bit of attention while we are driving? Not for some people — and that includes a few right here in our area. We doubt there is a school bus driver in our area who has not ...

Staggering results

Editorials

A survey by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, released earlier this month, produced sobering results: Only 36 percent of Americans would be able to pass the citizenship test that is given to immigrants. Passing, by the way, requires a score of a mere 60 percent. Americans, it ...

Dayton King’s letter had several errors

Letters to the Editor

There are several errors of fact in the recent letter to the editor of this newspaper from Dayton King, who urges people to vote one way and then lie to their friends, families and neighbors about whom they voted for in the upcoming State Assembly race. The facts of this matter are that the ...

The importance of support for one another

Letters to the Editor

At one time or another, all of us as individuals, have felt alone. We have felt the feeling of there being nowhere to go or no one to turn to for the support that you both want and need. Friends and family offering supporting ears to listen or arms to wrap around you in comfort don’t get ...

A ‘word’ from our president, we wish

Editorials

By KATHLEEN PARKER Network announcer: We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for this special message from the president of the United States. My fellow Americans. I want to speak to you tonight as I’ve never spoken before, maybe ever — from my heart. I stand before you both ...