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Opinion

Dislike of U.S., others appears well-intrenched

Editorials

It turns out that hating the United States, Britain and Israel is not just a matter of ideological leanings for some Iranians. It is good business, too. In case you missed it, The Associated Press recently answered a burning (pun intended) question: Where do all those U.S., British and ...

Town of Johnstown: 2019 year in review vol. II

Letters to the Editor

In the past four years, the failed policies that have been identified hit target and showed in the election. Elections showed a reduction in votes towards supervisor (655), two councilmen (621, 606), clerk (706), and highway supervisor (737) out of a whole number (885), see the Official Fulton ...

Thank you to those who made soups for Loopie’s cook off

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank all of the people who made and donated their favorite soups to the soup cook off at Loopie’s Irish Pub to benefit the Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The event took place on Jan. 26. Thank you to everyone who attended the event and ...

Cyber war needs to be taken seriously

Editorials

Some other governments spare no effort to gain advantage over U.S. businesses and consumers. Trade barriers such as tariffs and unreasonable restrictions in the name of product safety are examples. But some — including China — are involved in all-out assaults on Americans. Theft of U.S. ...

What can we do about attacks on officers, deputies and troopers?

Editorials

Within just a few days, four police officers — two in New York City and two in Forrest City, Arkansas — were shot by gunmen. A grim fact of life for law enforcement personnel is that by the time you read this, it may be outdated. Attacks on police officers and sheriff’s deputies have ...

Two sets of rules: One for government, one for governed

Letters to the Editor

Article I of the U.S. Constitution vests legislative power solely in Congress. The framers never intended to empower Congress to delegate it’s law-making authority to executive branch agencies (see https://www.gradesaver.com/the-federalist-papers/study-guide/summary-essay-47). Federal Court ...

Coronavirus most recent in long series of alarms

Editorials

Public health officials in China seemed cautiously hopeful Sunday that the outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus may be on the decline. They explained that the number of new cases reported during the 24 hours ending at midnight Saturday was noticeably lower than the report for the previous 24 ...

Gloversville sidewalks are not being shoveled or salted

Letters to the Editor

This winter in Gloversville we have had many storms. Unfortunately, most sidewalks are not shoveled or salted. I thought it was a city code that states they needed to be maintained in the winter. If it is a code, then its not being enforced at all. I walk everywhere and unfortunately have to ...

Iowa experience ought to be viewed as a warning for apps

Editorials

These days, it seems as if there is an “app” for everything. But the fiasco last week with the Iowa Democratic Party’s presidential nominating caucuses is a reminder that the appeal of new technology needs to be tempered by concern over reliability. Iowa’s caucus process is the first ...

New weapons necessary for national security

Editorials

For generations, the U.S. nuclear arsenal was viewed as the ultimate deterrent. No one would dare attack us, we thought, out of fear of massive retaliation. But deterrence requires that a potential foe believe we might use powerful weapons. The very strength of some nuclear devices makes that ...

Julius Caesar and pretenses to justify exorbitant demands

Letters to the Editor

These words were written by Julius Caesar over 2,000 years ago, describing Cassius. “Being greatly in debt, he resolved to pay it by laying heavy burdens upon the province: and, according to the custom of prodigals, made his liberalities a pretense to justify the most exorbitant demands. He ...

Kudos to those who attended the annual March for Life

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to the throngs of men and women, boys and girls from all over our nation who made the trip to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life and congratulations to President Trump for being there. But where were our local liberal politicians? Oh, I forgot, they just don’t care! RICH ...

Still haven’t gotten that flu shot? You may want to get one

Editorials

So ... getting more worried by the day about the coronavirus epidemic center in China? Officials report more than 560 deaths among the approximately 28,000 patients with the disease, which has spread to 25 countries. Indeed, a few cases of panic have been reported. In one case, a man ...

Town of Johnstown: 2019 year in review vol. I

Letters to the Editor

The NYS Comptroller identified management issues via verbal report regarding town operations and a written fuel audit released in December 2019. The comptroller was on and off site from April 15, to Oct. 17, 2019. Per the fuel audit the town is taking measures to assure accountability, ...

No one wins when public policy becomes a juvenile joust

Editorials

Much food for thought — and debate — was offered by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. Among other things, Trump discussed the strong economy, including achievements such as the lowest unemployment rate for African-Americans on record. ...

Gag me with spoon: Democrats’ performance lacked decorum

Letters to the Editor

Disgusting! The performance exhibited by the Democrats in the House of Representatives during the president’s address last night lacked even a hint of decorum. Their behavior was a calculated insult to the president and to the American people — a real slap in the face. The Democrats sat on ...

Reform should place terrorism offenses in special category

Editorials

Concern about overcrowded jails and prisons, combined with a laudable desire to give people who have made mistakes second chances in life, have prompted many Americans to rethink sentences for criminal offenses. That is occurring at the local, state and federal levels. Indeed, we need to ...