Opinion

What is the cost to turn lights on?

Letters to the Editor

I am wondering if someone can tell me what the cost is of turning on your automobile headlights? I am convinced there must be a price, although I haven't noticed a coin slot for payment, as there are more and more drivers travelling our state's roads who neglect to put their lights on under ...

Officer went above, beyond call of duty

Letters to the Editor

This is a shout out to the Johnstown Police Department.Sometimes we don't realize how much they do for our community. Being a senior citizen who has lived in this community most of my life, I am comforted to know they are there when you need them.This past winter, someone broke my backdoor ...

State must learn to focus

Editorials

The Empire State has many problems, but officials have recently focused their efforts on a multibillion-dollar fix for an airport coming off a record year.As local residents and officials struggle with unemployment, failing roads, crushing mandates and an ever-frustrating education system, ...

Army must stay effective

Editorials

Army Capt. Kristen Griest and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver made history last week. They became the first women to make it through the Army's rigorous Ranger training program.Now, they may be part of making even more history as the Army studies whether combat tasks still off-limits for women, such as ...

HUD must verify incomes

Editorials

Perhaps you have done well during the past few years. When you got married, you and your spouse didn't have two dimes to rub together. Your low family income qualified you easily for government-subsidized housing.Then both of you worked hard and moved up. Regular pay raises boosted your income. ...

Taxpayers need savings

Editorials

The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Board of Education recently voted to lower the district's voter-approved 1 percent tax levy hike to a zero percent increase for the 2015-16 school year.The 1 percent increase would have raised the district's $4.8 million property tax levy by $48,000. The ...

Water Board working

Op-Ed Columns

In an effort to dispel some of the misinformation that has been in the media over the past months concerning the Johnstown Charter Review Commission and the dissolvent of the Johnstown Water Board, the board members wish to present the following information to the water users and taxpayers of ...

Honor the doughboys

Editorials

Frank Buckles is smiling. And, reunited in the hereafter with his fellow doughboys, he may well be telling them, "See, fellas! I told you they wouldn't forget us!"Let's hope Buckles keeps smiling as the dream he pursued for so many years - a national memorial to America's World War I service ...

Burned homes need attention

Editorials

Gloversville should consider adopting a program to demolish some of the burned-out homes in the city - even if the city ultimately has to pay for the work.In a recent story, Gloversville officials noted the problem the city has with about a dozen homes that are now empty after being severely ...

Jack Wilson the best choice for supervisor

Letters to the Editor

I am writing this letter to the Republican voters in the town of Johnstown to ask everyone to vote for Jack Wilson for supervisor on Primary Day, Sept. 10. The town needs Jack as supervisor because of his leadership and his ability to get people to work together. Jack is highly qualified and ...

Obama, Kerry have work to do

Letters to the Editor

It would seem to me that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have their work cut out for themselves to get the Iranian nuclear deal through the Senate.I say this using simple arithmetic. They need 34 of the 100 senators' votes to override the expected Republican attempt to ...

Civic band had a successful season

Letters to the Editor

I wish to take this opportunity to thank all those who made the Gloversville Civic Band summer season a success.Kudos to the board of the Gloversville Citizens Band, the Department of Public Works, Lexington Center, The Leader-Herald, Front Page Gloversville, town councilmen/supervisors and the ...

Thanks for help after fall from bike

Letters to the Editor

On July 23, my grandson and I were on our way to the bike path in Johnstown. While on Briggs Street, after crossing the street, I lost control of my bike and fell to the ground, injuring my ankle.While my grandson was trying to call 911, I was screaming to any car that passed that I needed an ...

Sira has skills to be great judge

Letters to the Editor

I know Louise Sira, personally and professionally, as we have worked together throughout most of the time spanning Louise's career in the Fulton County District Attorney's Office and in volunteer capacities that followed my retirement in 2006 from a 38-year paralegal career as confidential ...

Sherman’s site set for rejuvenation

Letters to the Editor

We hope Caroga Lake will sort out the gift of the former Sherman's Park, for it may be sitting on rejuvenation. This thought occurred to me while enjoying a chamber music concert at St. John's Episcopal Church by two dozen superlatively trained classical musicians.This group was assembled by ...

Get involved to stop underage gambling

Letters to the Editor

I currently work at HFM Prevention Council as a prevention educator. I am writing to express my concern about underage gambling in New York state, and to encourage others to join me in supporting the 2015 YOU(th) Decide project in conjunction with local youth groups, agencies and the New York ...

Louise Sira will not disappoint

Letters to the Editor

On Sept. 10, the Republican voters of Fulton County must make an important decision: Who will be our next Fulton County judge and surrogate?There are two candidates. One is a lawyer. The other is a lawyer and your current district attorney.I am speaking for Louise Sira as a friend. I know ...

Why no justice for Galusha family?

Letters to the Editor

Yet another year has passed since the senseless murder of a wonderful young man, Brian Galusha.Still, nothing is being accomplished to bring his killer to justice, especially when everyone around Fonda and Fultonville knows who the people are who perpetrated this horrible crime.I can't imagine ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To fair season. The summer vacation season may be close to ending, but fair season is just getting under way. The Bannertown Fair in Mayfield began Thursday and will end today, but not before the fair's annual parade, which will begin at noon today. On Sept. 1, the annual Fonda Fair ...

Child poverty a problem

Editorials

Newly released numbers from the 2015 Kids Count Data Book compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation should have New Yorkers scrambling for solutions. According to the report, there are 82,000 more children living in poverty in New York than there were in 2008. Nearly one-quarter of the state's ...