Opinion

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To the bell ringers. You're familiar with the ring. You hear it when you enter and leave some of the businesses in the area. It's called the Red Kettle Campaign, and it's part of the Salvation Army. The annual campaign, which kicks off around Thanksgiving and continues through the ...

Buy local year-round

Editorials

It's Christmas Eve, and for most people, holiday shopping is over.While we are always happy to see people shopping at local businesses during the holiday season, we want to encourage people to keep shopping at our local small businesses, year-round.The same local businesses in Fulton and ...

Why buy from a foe?

Editorials

One wonders what President Franklin D. Roosevelt's reaction would have been had, in 1936, a federal bean counter suggested to him that taxpayers' money could be saved by purchasing engines for U.S. warplanes from Japan. Roosevelt probably would have had the person fired.But these days, many ...

Local groups can use help

Editorials

As Christmas fast approaches, we felt it was a good time to remind everyone of the importance of giving back to the community and making contributions to our local charities whenever possible. There are many worthy organizations and churches in our area that lend a helping hand, providing many ...

U.S. left in dark by allies

Editorials

How is it possible that leaders of 34 nations, including allegedly close allies of the United States, could form a military alliance without Washington knowing about it?U.S. intelligence officials have some explaining to do. Members of Congress should demand answers - and they had better be ...

State gov’t needs sunlight

Editorials

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should support more transparency in government, especially after two of the "three men in a room" got nailed for corruption.Now is not the time to nitpick every little issue with legislation designed to improve the public's access to information from state ...

Do research before voting

Letters to the Editor

According to recent national polling data, Donald Trump remains decisively the top Republican candidate running for president, commanding a towering lead of more than 20 points from his next closest rival in some polls. This fact would not be so disturbing if it were not the case that Trump has ...

Parade, stroll helped downtown shine

Letters to the Editor

The advent of the holiday season in Gloversville began this year with the combined Home for the Holidays tree lighting and downtown stroll and the holiday parade. The evening was very successful in downtown Gloversville's Business Improvement District thanks to Karen Coppola bringing her ...

Global warming demands attention

Letters to the Editor

I have been writing about the crisis that is global warming. One of the biggest problems we face in doing anything about it is the fact that our congressmen are bribed by big business, under the guise of "campaign contributions," to pass legislation benefitting big business, which leads to the ...

‘Secret Santa’ helps deck the hall

Letters to the Editor

For some years now, a "secret Santa" has been placing a very large, beautiful Christmas wreath on the side of our Perth Town Hall several weeks before Christmas.We have no idea who he or she is, but we all want that person to know it is very much appreciated by myself and the other town ...

Thanks for help with parade

Letters to the Editor

The city of Johnstown Parade Committee would like to thank all those who helped out in any way with the "Home for the Holidays Parade" held recently in the city of Johnstown.Special thanks to the participants in the parade and the many downtown merchants who remained open during the parade and ...

Trees for Troops sees great response

Letters to the Editor

This letter is to acknowledge with enthusiastic appreciation the response my local district office has experienced with the Trees for Troops project.My office, along with local businesses, many area schools, service clubs, and many of the senior citizen clubs as well as individuals, offered ...

Turn to scriptures to find a friend

Letters to the Editor

Like a biting wind, bereaved heartbroken people feel the chill of loneliness. For example, a widowed woman who has lost a husband who died in the Iraq-Afghanistan war will never this side of earth hear the warmth of his laughter or the sensitivity and kindness of his words and ...

Sad the city doesn’t support seniors

Letters to the Editor

Regarding the financial situation of the Gloversville senior center: It's really sad when a community doesn't support its seniors.Apparently, Johnstown values the benefit of supporting its senior center, but a city the size of Gloversville doesn't.Shame on you, Mayor Dayton King and ...

Miller Street bridge can stay closed

Letters to the Editor

I hear there are talks about opening the Miller Street bridge.Don't we have pavement enough? It would be very expensive. How about the taxes?And the traffic. As it is, the cars go by like a speedway a lot of the time.Now at least they have to slow down to make a turn or stop.We don't need more ...

Thanksgiving dinner a big success

Letters to the Editor

The free Thanksgiving dinner held at the Holy Spirit Church in Gloversville was a big success.The Council of Churches would like to thank everyone who took part in it. About 1,200 dinners were served, delivered, taken out or eaten there. It is nice to live in a community where people take the ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To the spirit of giving. Toys for Tots, food and clothing drives and other charitable programs for people in need are going strong in our area this holiday season. People in our communities clearly are generous, especially at this time of year. Many of these programs involve volunteers ...

Let’s hope for a fresh start

Editorials

You knew it would only be a matter of time until Albany changed the way it looked at the Common Core curriculum.Last week, a task force report called for the standards to be "revisited to reflect the particular needs and priorities of state and local school districts and, building upon the ...

Taliban won Bergdahl deal

Editorials

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be tried by a general court-martial on charges he deserted his unit in Afghanistan and engaged in misbehavior before the enemy, the Army revealed this week. For Bergdahl, the trial will settle the question of whether he should be punished for what he did.But on a more ...

Claims merit investigation

Editorials

More than 50 military intelligence analysts have said their conclusions about battling terrorists in Syria and Iraq were altered by U.S. Central Command officials to exaggerate successes against groups such as the Islamic State.Members of Congress revealed Friday they will investigate the ...