CHEERS - To overdue action. Gloversville Fire Chief Beth Whitman-Putnam has been given the green light to seek bids for a ladder truck. Although the city may have to borrow for the possible million-dollar price tag, there appears to be no alternative. The need for the truck has been an issue for more than two years. It may take another year to buy the truck. The city submitted federal grant applications for the past five years and was denied each time. The federal government has given no reasons for the denials. The mayor, council and taxpayers should not give up on a possible reimbursement for the cost. Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Bill Owens stated, while visiting his new office at Gloversville City Hall, "We talked about a ladder truck today and we are going to be looking around to see if there is anything we can do to assist in that area." Please look harder, Congressman Owens.