CHEERS - To a great response. This newspaper has and continues to support the majority of decisions made by our county leaders regarding the Fulton County Airport. We applaud a recent letter to the editor, authored by John Peck, for expressing what we would have written as our opinion. In his letter, he explained why the airport is one of our area's biggest assets. We suggest you dig through your recyclables and read the letter printed Thursday or go to our website and read it. Thanks, John, for doing the work on this one for us.
JEERS - To the abusers. The Fulton County Department of Social Services' Investigative Unit this week announced the arrests in the past three months of 10 individuals on welfare-fraud charges, including one Gloversville woman accused of bilking the county out of nearly $24,000 in benefits. This 45-year-old woman was charged with third-degree grand larceny, third-degree welfare fraud, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud. The news release said she received $23,297 in temporary assistance, food stamps and child care benefits she was not entitled to. Anyone who fraudulently obtains welfare benefits slaps the faces of people who actually put in a 40-hour work week and pay taxes that pay for welfare programs. The public welfare system needs to be addressed by every state and federal candidate running for office. These 10 arrests represent a small part of a much bigger problem with the system.
CHEERS - To world champions. The Scotia Glenville Pipe Band went to Glasgow, Scotland, to compete in the World Pipe Band Championship. The members came back not only with a tremendous experience, but with first place in the novice juvenile division. Among those giving the award-winning performance were three local young people from the Amsterdam area: Misha Murdoch, Morgan Perry and Reid Perry. Congratulations.