Opinion

Statewide effort needed

Editorials

The fight to protect our natural resources from invasive species has gotten a lot of attention over the past several years. New York’s trees need similar attention. Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal ...

Find out how to help prevent suicide

Letters to the Editor

If not you, who? No one wants to think that any of their loved ones or friends would ever contemplate taking his or her own life. The unfortunate fact is that suicide occurs in the lives of people from all walks of life, those who have happy, stable families and people whose familial ...

Thank you for the support shown

Letters to the Editor

To all who provided support: I wish to express my deepest appreciation to all who attended the Guiding Eyes for the Blind fundraiser on Aug. 13, at Karen’s Produce. The fundraiser was a great success. I would like to thank all who donated; the Leader-Herald for the beautiful article; my ...

The real story behind the sewer lines

Letters to the Editor

An interesting history is involved in the sewer line break near East Pine Street. It was originally laid to bring all sewage, especially tannery sewage, into Gloversville’s new “state of the art” sewage treatment plant that began operations about 1905. Residents who lived in and around ...

League thanks all who supported them

Letters to the Editor

The Marine Corps League Adirondack Detachment 787 would like to extend a thank you to the community for the overwhelming generosity and support during the recent fundraiser held at Gloversville Walmart on Sept. 4. The day was a big success and the community support was overwhelming. All ...

Global warming is not a hoax

Letters to the Editor

Global warming a hoax? No way, Jose. We just had two category 4 hurricanes hit the U.S. within three weeks of each other, with another one out at sea. This broke all records. Why did this happen? Because, in spite of our cool summer in the northeast, the overall earth temperature is warmer, ...

Diplomacy isn’t working

Editorials

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. On Tuesday, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations. Trump reiterated the philosophy that helped get him elected president. While embracing ...

Turn attention to Venezuela

Editorials

President Donald Trump has been accused of using hyperbole too freely. But his speech to the United Nations Tuesday did not fall into that category. Sadly, he merely presented the facts. “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing,” Trump told U.N. delegates. That ...

Pelosi bitten by movement

Editorials

For a fleeting second or two, it might have seemed possible to feel sorry for House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Or not. Pelosi’s problem Monday was of her own making. During an appearance in her home district, San Francisco, on Monday, Pelosi and a couple of ...

Know your Constitution

Editorials

Sunday marked the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Sept. 17 is federally designated as Constitution Day, and this coming week is Constitution Week. Most reasonable people, be they liberal or conservative, ...

Reliance on plastic bags

Editorials

Society needs to reduce its reliance on throwaway plastic bags. They aren’t biodegradable. Instead, they break down into small pieces and enter the environment, where they can absorb chemicals and be injected into living organisms such as fish. “One single plastic bag can form billions of ...

Priorities need to be set

Editorials

Most reasonable people — be they liberal or conservative — would agree the Constitution provides a basic guide to government and outlines the rights given to American citizens. That may be all they agree on. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are bandied about with regular frequency ...

Mine study makes sense

Editorials

For eight years, it seemed as if then-President Barack Obama had unleashed every weapon in the bureaucracy’s arsenal against the coal mining industry. Then, Obama invented some new tools to harass coal country. In that context, President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back the regulatory ...

Don’t forget Virgin Islands

Editorials

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse than what is ...

Clearance plan isn’t working

Editorials

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Financial services owe security

Editorials

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Things that are slipping away

Editorials

While you and I have been busy with our everyday lives, a number of folks have slipped out of the American scene. For instance, in those long-ago days before refrigeration, we all had ice boxes. That’s when we depended on the ice man to make frequent visits. These days, I can’t remember ...

Doubling down not the answer

Editorials

A few years ago, New York took a gamble on casinos to provide an economic boost. In 2013, state voters approved a constitutional ballot referendum that allowed the state legislature to authorize as many as seven new casinos in the state. The proposition was couched as an economic development ...

The KKK are in our neighborhoods

Letters to the Editor

I’ll admit to being a skeptic when I first heard of the KKK kitty litter fliers going around Fulton County. I thought perhaps these were some edgy teenagers out for a sick laugh. However, on Sept. 2, I witnessed two people with white supremacist clothing out in public. One was a man ...

Bill Rowback inspires young people

Letters to the Editor

I just graduated from high school. Like many young people in our city, I always wanted to leave Gloversville after I graduated. Before now, I never really paid attention to politics. Politicians always appeared to me to be a group of people with smooth answers for everything. That all changed ...