Opinion

War promise would be bad

Editorials

Instead of risking a confrontation with China himself, President Barack Obama has decided to let Vietnam do so over Beijing's expansionism. He did so by lifting an arms embargo in place for decades against Vietnam.Using other countries or even organizations as proxies in such situations is not ...

Cash in on land bank

Editorials

Fulton County might be missing the boat when it comes to the establishment of a Mohawk Valley Regional Land Bank.A land bank is a non-profit entity that obtains possession of undesirable foreclosed properties and then rehabilitates them with the ultimate goal of putting them back on the tax ...

Measure the results too

Editorials

Most members of Congress no doubt comprehend the need for more spending on drug-addiction treatment programs. At the same time, they have a very clear understanding of the government's ability to waste enormous amounts of money without achieving acceptable results.President Barack Obama ...

Lack of voters sad

Editorials

It's a shame more people did not get out and vote Tuesday. Many local residents passed up their opportunity to have a say on a major part of life - education.Thousands of local voters declined to make a choice on their respective school budgets and other proposals on the school ballots.Despite ...

Cat sanctuary should stay

Letters to the Editor

I am deeply concerned by Gloversville failing to renew the permit for the Gloversville Cat Sanctuary.Michelle Lautman has personally gone above and beyond for the cats and the people of Gloversville. Assisting those with limited funds to help cats in need, local strays and the "surprise" cats ...

Slap on the wrists not working

Letters to the Editor

In the May 10 edition of The Leader-Herald, I read of a 17-year-old male who was wanted on three bench warrants out of Gloversville City Court.Question 1: Why is bail being offered to him after his extended disrespect to the law and the possible danger to the public?Question 2: He was given ...

Bigger problems than cat sanctuary

Letters to the Editor

To Mayor Dayton King:I recently read the article concerning Michelle Lautman and her cat sanctuary - and how you want her operation closed.I feel you should be more concerned with the drugs and all the violence in Gloversville instead of her. She is helping the strays and people with their cats ...

Veterans invited to annual parade

Letters to the Editor

The parade committee of the St. Johnsville Memorial Day remembrance cordially invites all veterans to participate in our parade and commemoration ceremonies on Memorial Day, May 30. If you wish to appear in uniform, that would be great. Many veterans do so. Those unable to physically march in ...

Food drive was a success

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the Johnstown Food Pantry, we want to thank everyone who gave so generously to the letter carriers "Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive" on May 14.The amount of food collected was more than 4,800 pounds and will certainly fill our empty shelves. Because of the community support, the food ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To the New York state tax cap. Several years ago, the state started requiring schools to limit how much they can increase the tax levy each year. The levy is the amount of money raised through property taxes. As a result of the tax cap - which is about 2 percent but varies among ...

Don’t ban declawing

Editorials

We're sure plenty of fur will be flying as people debate the merits of a proposed state ban on declawing cats.To us, the proposal seems illogical.On Tuesday, several veterinarians visited the state capitol to lobby for the ban. They said the declawing procedure, which involves cutting through ...

Don’t spend too much

Editorials

Most of us recognize the danger of spur-of-the-moment spending decisions. We guard against marketing strategies intended to make us reach for our credit cards first and ask questions later.Too often that is not the philosophy in Washington, where the cost of imprudent spending can be in the ...

Weapons may aid terrorists

Editorials

One can almost picture Islamic State terrorists in Libya, rubbing their hands together in glee at the thought of restocking their arsenal with advanced weaponry, courtesy of the United States.This country and a few other world powers have revealed a plan to supply weapons to the government of ...

‘Bed tax’ may cost all of us

Editorials

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors recently passed a resolution requesting the New York state Legislature approve home-rule legislation that would allow Fulton County to impose a 4 percent hotel-motel occupancy tax, also known as a "bed tax," which would be added to the bill of individuals ...

Update on road project

Op-Ed Columns

To the residents of Montgomery County: I want to give an update on the status, planning and implementation to the Miami Avenue failure and reconstruction.The history of the Miami Avenue bypass started around 1984. Montgomery County Department of Public Works Department completed the project. A ...

Obama duplicitous

Editorials

Though it should not be unexpected, there are always shockwaves near the end of presidential administrations when someone lifts the veil and we are reminded of the way politicians really think and behave. This time around, the revelations came from Barack Obama's deputy national security ...

Education matters

Editorials

Voters have the opportunity to shape the future of their local school districts Tuesday. They should seize the opportunity.Many people will undoubtably go to the polls intending to cast a vote on their local district's budget.There certainly are some interesting ones this year. Gloversville and ...

Honoring those who blazed a trail

Letters to the Editor

In celebration of Older Americans Month 2016, the Fulton County Office for Aging would like to introduce people to two trail blazers, who were honored at Senior Day on Tuesday.Ms. Irene Hauser is a well known, well loved retired elementary school teacher who continues to blaze a trail for ...

Ready to put education first

Letters to the Editor

My name is Linda Hart, and I am running for an open seat on the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Board of Education.As a longtime resident of our community, I, like many of you, am still awaiting the fulfillment of promises made to students, taxpayers and the future of ...

Thanks for making sale a success

Letters to the Editor

The Friends of the Gloversville Public Library would like to thank everyone who helped make our April Book and Bake Sale a success. Thanks to everyone who made donations of books and baked goods, and to everyone who came to buy. To all our dedicated volunteers, we owe many thanks: Kay Fassett, ...