Opinion

Show support for veterans

Editorials

About 890,000 veterans live in New York state, and nearly three-quarters of them served during wartime, according to a recent report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.Not only should we thank these veterans whenever we have the chance, we also should show them our support by demanding our ...

U.S. better because of immigration

Op-Ed Columns

Thanks to the presidential candidates, immigration is once again at the forefront of the national agenda. Unfortunately, the focus on unauthorized immigrants threatens to cast a pall over the whole issue.As we continue the debate, we would do well to remember that a willingness to welcome ...

Get state its fair share

Editorials

While it is hardly surprising that New York state pays more in taxes to the federal government than it gets back in federal spending, a recent report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli still provides some eye-popping statistics detailing just how badly New York is being taken advantage of.New ...

Fetuses deserve life

Op-Ed Columns

Nothing is more precious than observing a fetus on a sonogram. A sonogram reveals an image of life in the making. A sonogram, for example, reveals a fetus in motion. The termination of a pregnancy by teenage girls can devastate them and they may contemplate suicide. Guilt is a cause for ...

Monitor media time

Editorials

Many people still remember a time when it was the number of hours children spent in front of "the boob tube" that was worrisome. Technology has made that an old-fashioned concern.Now the kids have television, computer games, social media and the Internet in general to distract them.A new study ...

Officials must communicate

Editorials

City of Johnstown officials and the Johnstown Water Board must do a better job of communicating with each other in 2016.On Tuesday, the city electorate voted 817-583 - according to unofficial Fulton County Board of Elections results - against a proposition to accept changes in the city charter. ...

Parents must take stand on education

Letters to the Editor

It is time to take back education for our children.The merger of the Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville school districts has increased our children's school day to nine hours.I have a 7-year-old who boards the bus at 6:55 a.m. and doesn't return home until at least 4 p.m. Couple that with ...

Thanks to staff, donors for help

Letters to the Editor

Public Library would like to thank the following people for their generous support of this year's Friends Week activities and ninth annual Basket Raffle.This year's basket donors are: Mary Louise Armstrong, Pat Donovan, Gloversville Teachers Association, Polly Hoye, Board of Trustees, GPL, Lynn ...

Many helped make book sale a success

Letters to the Editor

The Friends of the Gloversville Public Library would like to thank everyone who helped to make our October Book Sale another success. Many thanks to all who donated books and baked goods for our sale, and to our loyal customers who love to shop with us. Thanks also to Barbara Madonna and our ...

Community was big help to fundraiser

Letters to the Editor

The Western Fulton County Seniors of Lassellsville want to acknowledge and thank the center members and the community for their efforts, support and encouragement of our recent spaghetti dinner fundraiser.The endeavor was very successful and we all had a lot of fun. We look forward to making ...

Work together to help Johnstown

Letters to the Editor

The city of Johnstown voters have sent a clear message regarding the proposed city charter revisions - specifically, the proposal to eliminate the Water Board.Now is the time for all involved parties to put their differences aside and have a cooperative, thoughtful and respectful discussion ...

Results show every vote counts

Letters to the Editor

The election-night results for Broadalbin reinforce that every vote counts, especially at the local level. There is a two-vote difference in the race for highway superintendent that will be decided by absentee ballots.There is a lot of talk on social media about the defeat of the proposition ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To a million bucks. The Gloversville Public Library announced last week it's getting a $1 million donation from the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation. The money brings the library closer to reaching its capital fundraising goal of $7 million. So far, the campaign has raised $3.5 million. ...

Be careful with wage

Editorials

At the end of 2015, the minimum wage for New York state is scheduled to go to $9 per hour.But Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing a proposal that would lead to the state having a minimum wage of $15.Before New York state politicians raise the minimum wage, they should consider that it may hurt more ...

Opportunity with deal

Editorials

Conservatives in Congress made a mistake by approving a two-year federal budget. President Barack Obama could barely contain his glee over the measure.Now, no matter how much attention is focused on government spending, lawmakers will have to wait two years to use the budget as a tool to reduce ...

Criminal histories matter

Editorials

America has been a land of second chances for many people. For that reason, President Barack Obama's call for better efforts to integrate ex-convicts into society probably will resonate among many.There is a practical side to the question, too: It is better for society to enjoy the ...

Be good hosts for film

Editorials

By now, many of the residents of Fulton County are aware a movie involving actor Johnny Knoxville is being filmed locally. Although Fulton County officials have tried to honor the wishes of the film company, word has gotten out that scenes have been shot at the Fulton County Landfill, the ...

Feds must obey rules

Editorials

Many of us are aggravated by "robocalls" to our cell phones from people attempting to sell us things or convince us to donate to allegedly worthy causes. But federal law limits such calls, especially from debt collectors.As so often is the case, however, the federal government does not want to ...

Participate in process

Editorials

Local government often affects people more than state or national government. That's why it's so important for local voters to get to the polls Tuesday.This is a busy year for local elections. Voters will make a lot of decisions - and all of them will be significant.Among the highlights in ...

Young restores belief in politicians

Letters to the Editor

Once in a while you find someone who restores your belief in politicians. Greg Young is that kind of person.From the very first time I met Greg, I knew he wasn't your average politician. Greg listened to what I had to say and provided a thoughtful response. I have watched Greg question the ...