Opinion

Taxpayers may not feel so ‘posi+ive’

Letters to the Editor

Fulton County Posi+ive: So the new slogan reads.But perhaps the residents of Fulton County should be feeling less than positive about the use of their tax dollars?I recently read Fulton County spent $13,000 to develop the new advertising slogan: "Fulton County Posi+ive."A simple Google search ...

Remember history or it will repeat

Letters to the Editor

I have been here since 1949. I remember walking home from Boulevard school and waving to the water department workers, who waved back, as they were cleaning the storm basins with shovels.I have not seen them doing that for many years. Perhaps that is why there is flooding.Rain and sweeping puts ...

Mercy for animals missing in action

Letters to the Editor

A story published Jan. 29 said the Montgomery County Legislature tabled a proposed law to improve animal-cruelty preventionFrom what I gather, some people have chewed on this issue for more than a year (which is unbelievable).Do you not realize how important animals are to all of us, including ...

Church has chance to rise from ruins

Letters to the Editor

In 1996, the non-profit Gloversville Theater Corp. was formed by a group of committed volunteers. Through the generosity of Rick Ruby, they acquired title to the Glove Theatre for $1. For months thereafter, volunteers met regularly to work at cleaning, painting and rebuilding what was left of ...

Smoking merits ‘R’ for movies

Letters to the Editor

Overall, 50 percent of all top-grossing U.S. films featured tobacco imagery in 2015. Thirteen percent of G/PG films, 47 percent of PG-13 films and 69 percent of R-rated films showed tobacco. Youth-rated films featured 607 tobacco incidents in 2015, fewer than half the number audiences saw as ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To better attendance. Students with poor attendance have a smaller chance of succeeding at school. The Gloversville Enlarged School District, which has been dealing with a low graduation rate, recognizes the importance of good attendance and has been taking measures to fight ...

Academy a positive

Editorials

Regardless of whether the Gloversville Enlarged School District lets the Adirondack Academy use one of its buildings, it's worth noting the program is a worthwhile one that has a proven track record of turning troubled students around.About 140 students in grades six to 12 from 17 school ...

North Korea must stop

Editorials

Any nuclear war, even if it involves a limited exchange of, say, 10 warheads on both sides, would be a terrible thing. But it would be much, much worse if the number of mushroom clouds on the horizon was in triple digits.U.S. intelligence analysts say North Korea, the most unpredictably ...

Sanders a sincere candidate

Op-Ed Columns

I watched the Republican debate on Saturday and found that most of the candidates appeared more interested in getting elected than in improving the country. Despite the weird approach of Donald Trump, he appeared to have a better grasp of international economics than the others, but his ...

Kasich tells the truth

Editorials

It is safe to say the college-student vote went primarily to Democrat candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday.Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who came in second in the Republican primary, probably did not receive much support on Granite State ...

Pay getting out of hand

Editorials

The wages of the five highest-paid employees in the city of Johnstown each topped more than $78,000 for 2015, with the most going to police investigator James Rodecker, who was paid $91,124. The wages were higher in Gloversville, where the five employees paid the most each earned more than ...

Gov’t leaves bad taste

Editorials

The blame game was in full swing last week as Congress held hearings on the Flint, Mich., water fiasco. There, people drank water tainted with lead for months before anyone did anything to deal with the threat.On Wednesday, lawmakers heard a round of cover-your-behind accusations from local, ...

Voters have good ideas

Editorials

Voters in New York state have the ability to correctly assess a situation - even if the people they elect are still trying to catch up.A poll released Monday showed most New York voters say it's time for the state's 213 legislators to be considered full-time, with their current $79,500 base ...

Picture was unnecessary

Letters to the Editor

I would like to make The Leader-Herald aware that I feel extremely bad judgment was used in printing a large picture in the Jan. 31 newspaper of a young migrant boy who lost his life while at sea.The article itself was horrifying. There was no need to include the picture.Please use better ...

Editorial on walkers took wrong step

Letters to the Editor

I find myself opposed to your editorial published Jan. 30. In the "Cheers and jeers" you were critical of citizens - both young and old, I presume - who walk in the city streets.Perhaps you don't realize it, but due to our winter season this year many of our sidewalks are just plain impassable ...

Thanks to deputy for his assistance

Letters to the Editor

On Jan. 27, I was driving on North Perry Street and I noticed my brake peddle went almost to the floor (my brake line broke). I turned onto the Glue Factory Road to get out of traffic or to park the car.Not far up the road was a Fulton County deputy sitting in his car. I stopped and told him my ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To helping others abroad. The spirit of kindness and generosity is alive and well in our area. One example: the Mayfield Central Presbyterian Church's mission trip to the rural village of Pachaj in Guatemala. More than 30 local volunteers will head to Pachaj on Feb. 13 with suitcases ...

Let pros fight in N.Y.

Editorials

Hopefully, the seventh time will be the charm for mixed martial arts in New York.The state Senate recently voted for the seventh straight year to end the state's ban on the sport.As the Associated Press noted, New York is the only state that still prohibits professional matches, though fighters ...

Cap taxes on gasoline

Editorials

The steep decline in gasoline prices is reflected in local sales tax revenues, an illustration of how highly taxed gasoline is locally.Montgomery County's sales tax declined by the highest percentage in New York state for the fourth quarter of 2015. The decline was 8.3 percent, a $619,171 loss ...

Gov’t must cut spending

Editorials

Spending by Americans was flat in December, but they socked money away in savings accounts at the highest rate in three years, the Commerce Department reported this week.Meanwhile in Washington, President Barack Obama and Congress continued to increase government spending. Just in case you ...