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Opinion

Waste and corruption in handling relief efforts

Editorials

Puerto Rican Gov. Wanda Vasquez is fighting back against the corruption and inefficiency that has hindered efforts to help hurricane victims on her island. Good for her. U.S. officials should provide all the support at their disposal. On Sunday, Vasquez fired the heads of two government ...

Better recycling solutions needed

Editorials

Clearly, the developed world needs to do more about how we dispose of our trash. Just as obviously, the United States, often cited as the chief villain in that regard, is far from alone. For years, much of the plastic waste disposed of by prosperous countries — even much of that officials ...

We need the earth but the earth does not need us

Letters to the Editor

My son said, “we need the earth but the earth does not need us.” So true. What are you doing to help the earth? Mowing, she doesn’t like. A perfect lawn isn’t perfect. She likes wild flowers like we use to have. Daisies, buttercups, violets, dog tooth violets we picked in the woods when ...

Politicians continue to assault the Second Amendment

Editorials

Had 22,000 people showed up in Richmond, Virginia, to demand stronger gun control laws, it is a safe bet that proponents of them would pronounced the crowd to be conclusive proof most Americans want such restrictions. But when a group estimated at that size demonstrated on Monday against new ...

Those who resort to violence must be prosecuted and punished

Editorials

On occasion, politics in our nation becomes an exercise in confrontation. Harsh words are exchanged. Voices are raised. But most of the time, people who disagree keep their distance, recognizing that the First Amendment is no excuse for violence. Last week, a judge in Cincinnati, Ohio, ...

Justice to young American who became a hero

Editorials

Many Americans became heroes on Dec. 7, 1941, during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One of them, a Navy mess attendant, had been told he wasn’t even supposed to fire guns — because he was black. He was Doris “Dorie” Miller, a young Texan serving aboard the battleship USS West ...

Johnstown Retired Teachers committed to the community

Letters to the Editor

I read with interest “GJSD staff stays active in community” (Jan. 13 issue). I wholeheartedly commend the dedication of these Johnstown teachers beyond the classroom. I appreciated that the Leader-Herald highlighted their contributions. I would like to call your readers’ attention to ...

Authority should not be confused with legitimacy

Letters to the Editor

There are now bills that have been introduced in both houses of the New York State legislature, S1278 and A7348 (see https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S1278) that propose to enact “The Automatic Voter Registration Act.” Illegal and legal immigrants who have New York drivers ...

How we pursue King’s dream will be taken note by children

Editorials

This week, many Americans celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., who preached both an unceasing struggle against prejudice and discrimination and use of non-violent methods to win the battle. King’s high-profile leadership cost him his life. Others perished, too, during the struggle ...

Take impeachment seriously, senators

Editorials

Jan. 14 It would be nice to have faith that, as the Senate prepares to receive the articles of impeachment against President Trump and gears up for its role in this rare and momentous process, it will do the right thing. Confronted with a mountain of evidence that an American president abused ...

Don’t let politics distract from what is really going on

Editorials

If you doubt that too many Americans have become preoccupied with President Donald Trump, either favorably or unfavorably, consider a news report this week. It involved Russian computer hackers and Burisma, the Ukrainian natural gas company. “A cybersecurity company says Russian military ...

U.S. Senators should proceed with the trial

Editorials

With the ball in the U.S. Senate’s court regarding an impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, a rather strange debate is occurring among some senators: Should there even be a trial? What are they thinking? After several days of sitting on articles of impeachment approved by ...

Donating blood can help make a difference

Editorials

Among the good reasons for getting a flu shot is to keep yourself healthy enough to be there for the folks who need you this time of year. That is true in a larger sense when it comes to those in need of donated blood — and there are many more than we may think. According to blood banks, ...

Theater of the absurd

Editorials

Gamesmanship appears to be the order of the day in Washington, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spar over ground rules for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, millions of Americans just want the fiasco to end. Without evidence ...