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Learn lessons from shooting

Editorials

No one disputes that the death of a woman at the hands of Minneapolis police was a terrible mistake. There was no ill intent. Nevertheless, Australian Justine Damond, who had been living in Minneapolis, is dead. She leaves behind a grief-stricken fiance and scores of people who remember her ...

Don’t allow program abuse

Editorials

Innocent until proven guilty? Not under the old asset forfeiture programs many police departments and prosecuting attorneys used for years. Extreme abuses ranging from confiscating assets of people who had nothing to do with crimes to tying up cars and other belongings before defendants ever ...

Promoting ‘Plan B’

Editorials

If you have a private health insurance policy, would you call your agent and cancel it just because there is a small chance you might find something better? Of course not. That would be crazy. At some point after your policy lapsed, you would be prey for anyone eager to sell you any coverage ...

City seems to have more strays than usual

Local News

It’s early. The sun is just starting to break over the horizon as I slip on a pair of beat up old sneakers. I ease myself out the door, trying to keep the excited, impatient, wiggling mass of black and white fur next to me inside. He cries an agitated whine that sounds more like a steam ...

McCain needs our prayers

Editorials

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Cheer and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — to all of the emergency management agencies that swiftly responded to the Mancini Oil Co. fire in Fonda on Tuesday. The fire destroyed two buildings, resulted in couple of injuries and tied up traffic on Route 30A for hours, but it could have been much worse had it not been for the ...

Repeal plan necessary

Editorials

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to table a health care reform bill was a matter of simple mathematics. With Democrats solid against the measure and a few Republicans joining them, McConnell, R-Ky., simply did not have the votes to pass the bill. But the setback has merely ...

New policies adding jobs

Editorials

Liberals in the “we told you so” crowd frequently attempt to have their politics both ways. With President Donald Trump, they are gleeful in claiming he has not kept his promises to coal states — while neglecting to remind Americans many of the challenges facing fossil fuels are of ...

Turn attention to national debt

Editorials

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Look closely at Russia

Editorials

Of course contacts between Russian officials attempting to influence last year’s presidential election and those around President Donald Trump need to be investigated. That would be a perfect opportunity to explore other aspects of Moscow’s meddling in our affairs. It is strange — ...

New Senate reform bill due

Editorials

Health care reformers, not to mention tens of millions of other Americans who understand money does not grow on trees, are caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. The rock is this: President Barack Obama’s signature health care takeover law encouraged states to expand the ...

Who has the bolder vision?

Editorials

Now that we have more details of Montgomery County’s 12-point Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Plan, it’s becoming increasingly clear how bold the vision is in Montgomery County compared to Fulton County’s state-mandated Countywide Shared Services Initiative. Montgomery County was ...

Stubbornness can lead to harm

Letters to the Editor

Bureaucracies are infamous for saying, “this is the way things are done and the way they’ve always been done” to explain ineptitude. But such intransigence can also harm. One example of this historic stubbornness to change is a mile stretch along the Glebe Street Extension (Route 148) ...

Time for professional city managers

Op-Ed Columns

This past year we’ve seen the following headlines in The Leader Herald: ∫ Johnstown Tax increase remains at 9 percent (11/04/16) ∫ Fulton County budget edges in with 1.6% increase (11/15/16) ∫ County approves 4 percent ‘bed’ tax (3/14/17) ∫ 3.5% levy hike facing voters in ...

Be safe this summer with common sense

Letters to the Editor

It’s summer time and we all have busy schedules. Those things we put on the list last year have been waiting for this time. Something we need to make sure we put on the top of the list is understanding about summer safety. We all know if we are going to be out in the sun, we should make sure ...

The new health care can exclude many

Letters to the Editor

I attended one of the expert health care panels presented by the governor’s office last week. Of the many points raised, one particularly caught my attention. You see, I am the mother of an 11-year-old cancer survivor. In the parlance of insurance speak, that means my child has a ...

Thanks Boroson for 25-years of service

Letters to the Editor

As the former chairman of the Gloversville Housing Authority, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dorothy Boroson for her 25 years of dedicated service as a commissioner of the authority. She exemplifies all the attributes anyone could ask for in a representative position. It was ...

Road traveled damaged car

Letters to the Editor

My husband and I traveled home from North Carolina to visit family in June. We stayed for two and a half weeks before returning back to North Carolina. We have family in Gloversville, Lassellsville, and Dolgeville that we visited on a daily basis. The road traveling from Johnstown to ...

Democrats must face reality

Letters to the Editor

Obamacare must go. The editorial in July 5, so true. B.O. thought he could lie really well. Insurance companies are in business to make money. They had billions of dollars saved but B.O. care is sucking them up. How many times in your life did you work with no insurance? I know I ...

The stars of the flag have a history, too

Letters to the Editor

I liked Hints from Heloise’s July 2, 2017, article about the flag. One part states that there has to be a star in the top left blue corner for each state added. This wasn’t always true. During the War of 1812, there were 18 states, but the “Star Spangled Banner” had 15 stars and ...