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Opinion

For now, be the villain, and say ‘No’

Editorials

By Mike Myers No one wants to spoil the party. For that reason, Thanksgiving Day and the ensuing weekend will include big, traditional family get-togethers, just as they have for many years. For some people, Thanksgiving rivals Christmas as their favorite time of the year. It’s easy to ...

Consider the consequences before shutting down businesses

Editorials

With the coronavirus coming back strong, a number of governors have already ordered new — or rather, renewed — steps to combat the disease. Most are reluctant to mandate widespread business closings, however. There are very good reasons for that. Our economy may not be able to withstand ...

Extraordinary efforts needed to protect nursing home patients

Editorials

Thankfully, we have learned — at the cost of tens of thousands of possibly preventable deaths — that COVID-19 finds nursing homes to be good hunting grounds. At one time earlier in the epidemic, more than half the nation’s deaths from the disease in many state were among residents of ...

Biden should be briefed

Editorials

American presidents need to hit the ground running, especially when it comes to national security. We have too many enemies in the world to let our guard down for even a few hours. President Donald Trump continues to challenge results of the Nov. 3 election through court challenges. That is ...

Let’s make Gloversville great again; support Code Blue

Letters to the Editor

“Baby it’s cold outside,” so the song says. Some of us may be saying that to each other as the winter months start to settle in. That is why it saddens and unsettles me, that our city is not allowing the code blue shelter to open this year. The folks who put this shelter together should ...

No right to be wrong with your facts

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 12, an editorial that appeared in the The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisian was published in your paper with the following statement directed at Joe Biden, and I quote, “Instead, you need to prepare for dealing with the country’s version of the despicable Illinois Speaker of the ...

The people have spoken

Letters to the Editor

President Lincoln in March 1861 appointed William Henry Seward as his Secretary of State. Seward had been one of several Republican contenders for the presidency in 1860. He had big ideas and an even bigger ego. Shortly after his appointment Seward, approached Lincoln in private, proposing ...

Biden should clean-up ‘the swamp’

Editorials

More than a few people who voted for Joe Biden as our next president were not unhappy with one aspect of incumbent President Donald Trump, we suspect. It was his pledge to battle the federal bureaucracy on behalf of the American people. Trump calls it “the swamp” — and there is ample ...

Adopt a rational energy policy

Editorials

Joe Biden is not yet president-elect officially, but it seems clear he will be the nation’s next chief executive. The sooner he clarifies his agenda — especially regarding energy — the better. It is probably no coincidence that within days of the election, some energy companies began ...

Asylum seekers need an easier route to the U.S.

Editorials

U.S. policy regarding the granting of asylum to would-be immigrants ought to be based on the facts of their situations — not on technicalities. Yet, according to an Associated Press report, many asylum seekers are falling victim to just that. According to the AP, the new policy “forbids ...

What lies ahead for President-elect Joe Biden

Editorials

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan What lies ahead for President-elect Biden Congratulations, President-elect Biden. You’ve made your share of history already, from receiving the most votes for U.S. President in history to your running mate, who becomes the first woman and the first ...

Bless each and every one

Editorials

We call them “citizen soldiers” because for most of the year, they are not in uniform but instead, among us at our workplaces, schools and elsewhere in our society. But this year, many are on the front lines of a war being fought not with firearms and other implements of combat, but with ...

Preventing underage gambling with partnership

Letters to the Editor

In March of this year, the HFM Prevention Council partnered with the New York Council on Problem Gambling to participate in the YOU(th) Decide project to work to prevent underage gambling in Fulton County. Agency staff have been raising awareness among youth, parents and community leaders ...

Honoring our veterans

Editorials

How fortuitous it is that this week, while the attention of millions of Americans seems focused on controversy, we take time out to honor those about whom we are in complete agreement: veterans of military service. No matter how we view politics, we are united in revering the men and women ...

Remember the caregivers, their responsibilities are hard

Letters to the Editor

This November, during National Family Caregivers Month, we recognize the impact of caregiving and honor the more than 16 million Americans caring for someone with Alzheimer’s. As a caregiver for my husband, who has an unspecified dementia, I can testify that under the best circumstances, ...

Salute to our veterans for their service

Letters to the Editor

On this Veterans Day 2020, on behalf of the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region, I salute our veterans, currently active men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. As a son of a Navy veteran, I am in awe of their courage and commitment to service. Their sacrifices are ...

Not enough was done

Editorials

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Oct. 26 Last week’s admission by Purdue Pharma of criminal responsibility for its role in fomenting and exploiting the nationwide opioid epidemic might be extraordinary, but it’s not satisfactory. Yes, Purdue has agreed to a remarkable $8.3 billion fine. But ...

Voting: A courageous act to share

Editorials

By SUZANNE SCHNITTMAN While this year’s election and the 100th anniversary of woman suffrage that America is marking in 2020 are fresh in our minds, let’s wish Elizabeth Cady Stanton a happy birthday. On Nov. 12 Elizabeth, who was born in Johnstown in 1815, would have turned 105 years ...

Is the Census Bureau guilty of crimes?

Editorials

Census Bureau officials’ claim the agency was able to collect information from 99.9 percent of the households in America strains credibility. It would during normal times, not to mention the middle of a deadly epidemic. If officials in several states, cities and organizations are right, the ...