Opinion

Keep asking questions

Editorials

Elected representatives should not be admonished for asking questions during public meetings. The public's knowledge is greatly aided by officials who look to get answers for their constituents.This should just be common sense.Unfortunately, as is too often the case, some officials disagree ...

Troops failed by complex

Editorials

Were he alive today, former President Dwight Eisenhower would be angry about a report this week that some Navy SEALs have to share rifles. But "Ike," who also was supreme military commander of Allied forces during World War II, probably would not have been surprised.Just days before he left the ...

Police ready for a riot

Editorials

Perhaps it is a reflection of the rough-and-tumble process Republicans are enduring as they attempt to pick a nominee for president, but for whatever reason, Cleveland police are expecting trouble when the GOP holds its national convention in that city this summer.City officials plan to buy ...

Lead status worth effort

Editorials

On Monday, the Johnstown Common Council voted to apply for lead-agency status for the state environmental quality review process for the proposed regional business park. The park, if built, would require the annexation of more than 260 acres of land now in the town of Mohawk into the city of ...

Feds lacking common sense

Editorials

Some people may wonder whether federal bureaucrats are required to stop at their office buildings' front doors every morning and drop off their common sense before beginning the day's work. That could be one explanation for the lack of said quality shown regularly in Washington.Consider this ...

Cut red tape, keep dollars

Editorials

New York state plans to spend $500,000 to promote New York's winter tourism to Canadians.We think that's more taxpayer money than the state should spend.The state is launching a cross-border advertising campaign designed to attract Canadians to upstate New York's ski areas and other winter ...

There is always help and hope

Letters to the Editor

More than 28 million Americans have seen at least one parent suffer alcohol's serious adverse effects, leading to serious family problems. More than 78 million Americans, or 43 percent of the adult population, has been exposed to alcoholism in the family, according to the National Council on ...

Visitors still enjoyed Walleye Challenge

Letters to the Editor

While the weather didn't cooperate for the contest portion of our ice-fishing tournament, we still celebrated the Eighth Annual Walleye Ice Fishing Challenge with prize drawings that took place on Jan. 30 at Lanzi's on the Lake in Mayfield. The tournament once again was a sellout with 1,750 ...

Common sense legislation missing

Letters to the Editor

Gun-control advocates exploit tragedies for political gain.The White House, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton exploit heart-wrenching situations to push their political agenda. Gun control legislation, including so called "universal" background checks, are not ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To making good use of items in storage. The Gloversville Police Department last week donated a variety of items to the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services and the Gloversville Recreation Commission. The department donated some of the items it has ...

Group must speak for all

Editorials

The task force that will look at how the Gloversville Enlarged School District will use its buildings in the future must represent the entire school system - not only those directly affected by the closing of an elementary school in their neighborhood.That could be a bit of a challenge. Though ...

Gov’t must boost security

Editorials

If you have used the Internal Revenue Service's computerized program to obtain copies of your old tax returns, there is a chance criminals have personal information about you. It has happened to more than 700,000 taxpayers, the IRS admitted this week.It was known about a year ago that computer ...

Probe death of Scalia

Editorials

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's body was found dead Feb. 13 at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a luxury hunting resort about 15 miles from the Mexican border. Scalia was on a hunting trip and was unaccompanied by a U.S. marshals security detail.Pete Vroman, a 28-year veteran of the U.S. ...

No muzzling the watchdog

Editorials

No doubt many politicians, both Republican and Democrat, cheered Donald Trump silently for a comment he made last week. Many of them agree with him that the press in America should be intimidated from reporting the truth about ... politicians.Trump, the leading GOP contender for president, said ...

U.S. must help allies

Editorials

If as many as 200 U.S. troops were killed in a terrorist attack, Americans would demand to know how it could have happened. We would insist on learning whether our soldiers had been supported properly and what was being done to strike back at those responsible for the massacre.Between 180 and ...

State must eye mergers

Editorials

Another year, another reminder in Fulton County of how expensive it is when districts fail to merge.Hopefully, the state will do more in the future to give districts the needed incentive to merge. Paying more in the short run to encourage a merger should be a lot cheaper than the long-term ...

Cut down on meat to help the world

Letters to the Editor

I have previously addressed our use of fossil fuels and their resultant emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, which leads to global warming. Now, I'm going to talk about methane.Methane is more lethal as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. I have seen studies ...

Glad to see sewer board stays

Letters to the Editor

Recently, I wrote a letter to the editor to request the Gloversville-Johnstown Joint Sewer Board not be dissolved.I was pleased to read on Feb. 16 that ending the sewer board was "avoided."I would like to think that my efforts in some small way may have led to such a result, but it appears the ...

Credit cards and ATMs not so good

Letters to the Editor

I'm really glad my credit card doesn't give me much credit. Nothing is ever as it seems.Lately, I found out you have to wrap them in foil or the crooks can read them. How can you use the stupid thing? Then too, you are not supposed to let it out of your sight; that's real handy.Crooks can rig ...

Judge not qualified to overrule pros

Letters to the Editor

Near the end of October, I applied for my New York state pistol permit so I might find employment in the field of armed security. I met the criteria in the application to do so - I don't have a criminal record that would deny me from doing so, and I don't suffer from a mental illness that would ...