JEERS - To no changes. It's December again, and the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown are starting to enforce their winter on-street parking bans. Again, we urge the cities to change their winter parking rules. Residents in Gloversville may not park on city streets between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., while in Johnstown, no cars may park on city streets between midnight and 6 a.m. If either city truly wants to make life a little easier for its residents, it should end the winter parking ban. By allowing people to park on at least one side of the street overnight during the winter, as many other cities do, Gloversville and Johnstown would make people feel like the cities are trying to help them, not frustrate them. The parking bans create an inconvenience for many people, and force some motorists to park on lawns or walk several blocks to a public lot or rented parking space. We suggest that in 2013, the cities discuss the winter parking rules in June so they do not continue to be rubber-stamped year after year in November.
CHEERS - To no tax increase. The Gloversville Common Council on Tuesday adopted the 2013 budget, which includes no tax increase or layoffs. A?total of $543,324 from the city's growing fund balance was partially used to achieve this. Mayor Dayton King's praises for the work of department heads and council members should be echoed by others. The mayor also offered a prediction: "I'd be willing to say next year we will reduce taxes in the city of Gloversville." He may have been too quick to make that statement, but we hope it comes true for Gloversville and other localities.
CHEERS - To community spirit. Yes, it's a fact many things in our area have changed, some good, some not so good. But one constant is the sense of community and generosity. The critics who say the "newspaper" only prints negatives are not reading the entire paper. We are proud to publish the recent photos and news releases reflecting the caring spirit of local people during this holiday season. Among them:?Pleasant Avenue Elementary students raised money for a classmate, Nathan Littauer Hospital employees donated to Fulmont Community Action Agency, What Women Do of Caroga Lake donated to Nathan Littauer, a local library collected donations for a food pantry, and the list goes on. The spirit of giving is as strong as ever in our area.