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Opinion

Ginsburg will be missed, by some

Editorials

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, is gone. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to Americans with certain political positions — a scourge to others. Already, the battle over a successor has become heated, with ideology ...

It is time to reward our veterans

Letters to the Editor

Since the start of the pandemic, there has been much discussion about those who serve the public as “essential.” High praise should go to those who have sacrificed (some ultimately) to serve the public in this time of need. Since the birth of our great nation, there are also those who ...

Vote against the resolution to abolish the Water Board

Letters to the Editor

Dear city of Johnstown voters: In 2015, city voters, by a wide margin, 817 to 583, voted against a Charter Revision to eliminate the city of Johnstown Water Board. The voters knew then that a separately elected Water Board is the best way to maintain the quality of the city’s water ...

Be safe, be smart, get vaccinated

Editorials

Mention vaccines these days, and chances are the talk will be about when some protection against COVID-19 can be expected. Another killer is about to take the stage, however. “Regular” influenza — actually multiple viruses that vary in threat level, depending on the year — strikes ...

What has happened to the America we grew up in?

Letters to the Editor

What has happened to the America we grew up in? Does anyone wonder why Congress has not stepped up to enact legislation that would permit the president to step in and quell these uprisings? Why do the majority Democrats in the House of Representatives, including Paul Tonko from the 20th ...

We are heading toward a dictatorship; freedom is at stake

Letters to the Editor

Clearly we have left the lessons of World War II in the mud and think that a new Hitler is fascinating. We have had relative freedom in this nation but many of you seem to have no fear of living under a dictator. Actually, you are there now, witnessing the corrosion of our nation’s safety ...

A true shut down will be a real threat

Editorials

Despite an effort by a bipartsan coalition of dozens of members of Congress, agreement on a new COVID-19 relief bill seems no closer than a month ago. More disturbing than the failure of negotiators is what appears to be a willingness to just let the issue go. At least there will be no ...

Vet your candidates carefully

Editorials

Our liberties rest only on the willingness of good men and women to charge into the fray of politics when they think change is needed in government. But merely getting into the battle is not enough. One must be willing to remain engaged. In that light, what happened last week in Georgia ...

Attempting to make us enemies

Editorials

No informed high official in our government disputes that Russia is doing its best to influence the 2020 election, not by hacking into computers and altering vote totals but by sowing dissension among us. In case you hadn’t noticed, that strategy worked very well in 2016 anad has since. ...

Keeping the Stars and Stripes

Editorials

Some in the military brass may have applauded news a few weeks ago that Stars and Stripes, the newspaper circulated worldwide to members of the U.S. armed forces, was being closed. Stars and Stripes, which actually began publication during the Civil War, did not hit its stride until the 20th ...

COVID-19 crisis far from over

Editorials

Remember just a few months ago when some disease analysts who had been predicting COVID-19 would kill 200,000 Americans were being ridiculed by some people? For a time, it appeared the pandemic would claim fewer than 100,000 lives in our country. But on Sunday, the tally had topped 194,000. ...

Stefanik willing to work with both sides

Letters to the Editor

Would be nice to be able to vote for perfect people to represent us politically. Perfection, though a goal, is not attainable, when humans are involved. Consequently, selecting an excellent representative would seem prudent. Basing “excellence” on what that elected official has done for the ...

Trump should invoke Insurrection Act

Letters to the Editor

With cities across the nation rocked night and day with wholesale violence and destruction, and with ineffectual governors and mayors of those afflicted states and cities either unable, unwilling, or too stupid to act, it is high time the president invokes the Insurrection Act. A federal law, ...

President Trump, supporters don’t deserve support

Letters to the Editor

Definitions Webster’s Dictionary: Treason — “The betrayal of a trust;” Traitor — “One who betrays another’s trust.” Earlier in this COVID-19 pandemic, Donald Trump declared the virus was a “hoax” and would magically disappear. Because of this, people ignored it, and many ...

Who is going to take the debt epidemic seriously?

Editorials

Members of Congress and the White House had no realistic option but to approve about $3 trillion in emergency spending to battle COVID-19’s devastating impact on the economy. Even more federal money may have to be appropriated for the purpose. But last week, we were reminded of another ...

No more Elves on the Shelves?

Editorials

Among popular Christmas season activities during recent years has been finding the Elf on the Shelf. The stuffed toy, about 12 inches long, delights children who wonder where in the house he or she may be hiding. Thanks to COVID-19, a good place to start looking for the Elf this year would be ...

We are trying to do our job, without cooperation

Letters to the Editor

The Johnstown Water Board is an independently elected board to oversee the Water Department, it’s employees, and the day to day procedures Every time we are made aware of a leak, whether by an employee, or a call from rate payers, it is attended to immediately. We have put together ...

The Lexington employees and staff are real heroes

Letters to the Editor

During this time when we have been recognizing community heroes and hometown heroes, I cannot just recognize one person. Instead I look at a very important group of people that I would like to recognize. These people happen to be the Lexington employees and staff. These people are important ...

Do we have a right to be worried?

Editorials

Partisan politics continues to delay enactment of a new coronavirus relief measure in Congress. Regardless of your political leanings, that is hurting millions of Americans. Even emergency action taken by the White House has been affected. After negotiators in Congress deadlocked over a new ...