Opinion

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 ...

Medicare Advantage a great program

Letters to the Editor

When you're facing major health issues, like my husband and I are, your doctors become part of your family. It's a question of trust, and to change providers after so many years would be quite tough.Proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage could do just that: drive out doctors, hospitals and care ...

Much to note with Eye Donor Month

Letters to the Editor

March has been designated Eye Donor Month by the Eye Bank Association of America and has also been proclaimed as such by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for the state of New York. This marks the 53rd consecutive year that Eye Donor Month has been recognized as a state and national issue.Many people take ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To our firefighters. The response to the two building fires in Gloversville on Tuesday was a good example of how our local fire departments combine their efforts to limit the spread of a major fire and keep people safe. The fires, which police say are the work of an arsonist, destroyed ...

Sheriff’s plans sound

Editorials

There's a new sheriff in town - actually, for all the towns in Fulton County.New Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino brings with him a lot of plans for his department, many of which sound good.Giardino, who took over at the beginning of the year, noted the department used to have more ...

Technology driving issue

Editorials

Justice Department lawyers insist gaining access to information on a cellphone used by a dead terrorist is a critical matter of national security.But Apple Inc. officials maintain giving the government access could jeopardize the privacy of millions of people who use similar phones.At issue is ...

Prejudice will hurt innocents

Op-Ed Columns

For many people in the world, life is a matter of survival. If we have any sensitivity, human lives matter. But, people can be heartless, prejudiced and insensitive. In the 1960s, we white people segregated black people in the deep southern states in the name of skin color. Now, a replay of ...

Bureaucracy wanting more

Editorials

How worried are you about the Ebola virus? You remember, Ebola - the disease that was in the headlines in 2014.How about the Zika virus? Yes, the one making news now.Chances are you would like your government to do more to protect you from Zika than from Ebola - but, perhaps needless to say, ...

Pensions must be sustainable

Editorials

A recent report from the Empire Center shows the average New York state teacher who retired after working 30 years for the state's public schools collected an average of $67,476 per year in pension income, which is not subject to state income tax or federal payroll tax. These pension recipients ...

Let’s take action on autism

Op-Ed Columns

Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability in the country, and there is a crisis for support services that needs immediate attention.As the father of a teenage son with autism, I hope parents, siblings, friends and other caretakers of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder across the ...

Dissidents abandoned

Editorials

President Barack Obama has said that when he visits Cuba in March, he will discuss human rights abuses by that brutal regime. He should not be surprised when Cuban President Raul Castro promises to look into it - but does not.Castro is familiar, after all, with the Obama strategy on dealing ...

District right to delay change

Editorials

Sometimes, people need time to consider changes. That appears to be the case in the Gloversville Enlarged School District, where a proposal by officials to possibly close elementary schools and rent out space to a BOCES program caused a degree of public concern and opposition.With that in mind, ...

Stefanik, Schumer protect program

Letters to the Editor

I used to be very politically aware, but I admit I've become cynical and discouraged by the mess Congress has made of things.When I hear good news out of Washington, however, I want to take a moment to acknowledge it.Sen. Charles Schumer and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik have been opposing funding ...

Bureaucracies frustrate electorate

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the item, "Anger motivating voters to support Trump," published Feb. 5:Fulton-Montgomery Community College President Dustin Swanger begins the column stating it is clearly not his place to speak against any political candidate in his official capacity as a community college president, ...

Thanks for 10 years of support for event

Letters to the Editor

The Margaret Reaney Memorial Library Board of Trustees in St. Johnsville would like to let everyone know its annual spring fundraiser, Flapjacks and Fairytales, has been postponed. Unfortunately, after 10 years, we find ourselves in a transition period and are exploring options for a fall ...

Pharmacy delivers old-fashioned service

Letters to the Editor

I recently had to refill some medications and I called Palmer Pharmacy in Johnstown, which I have done business with for more than 13 years.I used the automatic system it has and left a message about my new insurance carrier.A young man who works at Palmer called me and said that there was a ...

Town needs voice on annexation plan

Letters to the Editor

While there are some good points in the potential revenue-sharing "deal" that was recently presented by some Montgomery County legislators, the major sticking point is a requirement that the town of Mohawk give up its right to make a decision on the annexation.The town of Mohawk cannot agree to ...

Thanks to the community

Letters to the Editor

We, the family of Irwin R. "Sonny "Seeley, would like to take the time to thank everyone who donated to the scholarship we set up at Gloversville High School.The support of the community, family, friends, classmates and teammates has been overwhelming to our family. We will be handing out our ...