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Opinion

Kudos to prize winners

Editorials

Conventional wisdom — even its more intuitive cousin, common sense — sometimes needs to be tested scientifically. This year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in economics are living proof of that. Michael Kremer of Harvard University and Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of the Massachusetts ...

Endorsement for Julie Garcia given

Letters to the Editor

To the citizens of the 4th Judicial District: My name is Shane Thelen and I am writing this letter as an endorsement of Julie Garcia for the Supreme Court of the 4th District. I have known Julie my entire life as a resident of her hometown of Moriah and as a teacher at Crown Point Central ...

No ‘freebies’ are written in the Constitution

Letters to the Editor

Dems and Liberals No where in the Constitution is it written something or anything is free. Yet, liberal Dems think because some Americans are very wealthy, they will give us lots of freebees — food stamps, housing, health care — on and on. Now, by what I read, our national debt is $22 ...

Right or wrong, it’s too late to alter the situation

Editorials

Members of Congress who want to “overturn” President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria are engaging in an absurd performance of political theater. Many lawmakers, both Republican and Democrat, have been critical of Trump’s decision to abandon Kurdish separatists in ...

Why does our governor want to ban vaping in New York?

Letters to the Editor

It is beyond my comprehension as to why our “wonderful” governor wants to ban vaping in New York and, in the next breath, talks about legalizing marijuana. Doesn’t make one iota of sense to me. The people in this state who are of legal age, who work and pay taxes, and have used e-cigs ...

Vote Max Spritzer for 4th Ward councilman in Johnstown

Letters to the Editor

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Max Spritzer, candidate for 4th Ward Councilman in the city of Johnstown, speak on why he is running for that office. After listening to him, I have come to the conclusion that Max is just what our city needs to lead us forward into the future. He has ...

Guy Poulin running for Northampton town council

Letters to the Editor

After severe arm twisting by several friends, I have decided to run on the Independent line for town council. It didn’t take long for the Republican Party to try to strike me down. After examining my Independent opponent’s petition, I found several errors one of which should have made her ...

Toughen penalties for threatening mass violence

Editorials

The Observer-Dispatch Oct. 9 A bill to be introduced in the state Legislature that would be more definitive on the crime and toughen penalties for those caught making threats of mass violence against schools and other places where groups of people gather is long overdue. It should be one ...

Where there’s smoke…

Editorials

If there is a smoking gun in the case of former Vice President Joe Biden’s involvement with Ukraine, it is being held by his son, Hunter. Democrats in Congress and many in the media insist neither Biden did anything wrong in relation to Hunter’s membership on the board of Burisma ...

What can be mitigated?

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s decision to pull a few dozen U.S. troops out of an area of northern Syria controlled by Kurdish military forces is being criticized widely, by both Republicans and Democrats. It is being portrayed as a betrayal of a staunch ally in the war against Islamic ...

For the safety of passengers

Editorials

Not all whistleblowers are involved in the attempt to impeach President Donald Trump. Some are worried about a more critical matter — the safety of airline passengers. Ethiopian Airlines former chief engineer, Yonas Yeshanew, is seeking asylum in the United States after resigning from his ...

New York City law crosses the line

Letters to the Editor

Last month the New York City Commission on Human Rights enacted a regulation, inter alia, banning the term “illegal alien” when it is used to intimidate or harass an illegal alien. These regulations prohibit an employer’s request for a green card in the hiring process so long as another ...

Don’t make it a political vendetta

Editorials

It seems few days have gone by recently without some new revelation regarding the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry that targets President Donald Trump. Clearly, the president and some of his allies used their positions in efforts to advance Trump’s political prospects. Whether ...

Nathan Littauer is showing lack of foresight for many

Letters to the Editor

I would like to comment on the lack of foresight on the part of Nathan Littauer Hospital Administration. I was just informed that as of this coming year, this hospital and its participating physicians, Primary Care Center, etc., will not be part of the WellCare Medicare insurance network. ...

Marsha King Purdue is the choice for Hamilton County

Letters to the Editor

I have known Marsha King Purdue for many years and had an opportunity to deal with her as the District Attorney in her prosecution of two men who burglarized my/our home. Many items both valuable and sentimental were stolen. Thankfully, the New York State Police were able to identify and ...

Is what the judge did right?

Editorials

What happened in a Dallas, Texas, courtroom last week ought to be celebrated as an unexpected triumph of compassion — not slammed as an alleged case of misbehavior by a judge. If you have not heard about the trial of ex-Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, you should. And you should look at ...

Americans need ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy

Editorials

Fans of “alternative energy” — more on the quote marks in a moment — have begun worrying aloud about President Donald Trump’s aversion to wind power. They fear it will affect federal energy policy. It should not, of course, though it did during former President Barack Obama’s ...