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Editorials

Step up aid to Nepal

Nearly a million children in and near Nepal are in "urgent need" of humanitarian aid because of the massive earthquake on Saturday, UNICEF said.By the time you read this, an army of rescue and humanitarian workers from throughout the world will be laboring to help victims of the earthquake. An ...

Hinckley still dangerous

John Hinckley Jr. shot then-President Ronald Reagan in 1981. The attack nearly killed Reagan. His press secretary, James Brady, was left with permanent brain injury.Hinckley pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and has spent most of the ensuing years under compulsory treatment at a mental ...

Time for light at intersection

Sometimes it takes a tragedy to get people to slow down and appreciate what they have in life - and what they should do to protect it.Such is the case with the death of Amber Dumoulin, whose untimely passing has resulted in calls for a traffic light at the intersection of Route 30 and Second ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To making the top eight. Glen's Sawyer Fredericks keeps impressing America with his voice. He advanced to the top eight on NBC's "The Voice" earlier this week after performing the Goo Goo Dolls' love song "Iris." Fredericks, 16, is making a name for himself via the TV show. Win or ...

Probe civil service rules

Drug Enforcement Agency head Michele Leonhart is retiring - forced out of office because members of Congress were angry she had not responded decisively to reports of wrongdoing among DEA agents. They included news some DEA agents in Colombia attended a sex party featuring prostitutes.But ...

Take look at flood maps

Flood insurance is vital for some people. But for those who don't need it and have to pay for it, flood insurance can be an expensive, unnecessary burden.U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer recently spoke in Johnstown about the need for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make "critical updates" ...

Blockade necessary

When then-President John F. Kennedy used Navy vessels to blockade Cuba in 1963, he made it clear they were to prevent Soviet ships from delivering missiles to the island nation. U.S. officials were in contact with Moscow, explaining how such interceptions would work.Are similar lines of ...

Be cautious with debt

Gloversville Finance Commissioner Bruce VanGenderen is recommending the city borrow $1.25 million in the form of a bond anticipation note for capital projects. Some of the projects, such as $427,000 for street paving, are probably necessary and would benefit the city, but the size of this plan ...

Deal needs approval

President Barack Obama takes virtually every opportunity to insist it is Republicans in Congress who are trying to torpedo what he insists is a reasonable plan to keep Iran from building nuclear weapons.It just isn't true.Many lawmakers of both parties are worried about the deal - and they are ...

‘Opt-outs’ out of hand

It appears some teachers in New York state have decided if they can’t go on strike, they will have their students do so. This is the situation confronting residents of New York, as students are caught in the crossfire in a war between the teachers unions and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Many students ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To sweeping the streets. Gloversville was quick to get out the street sweepers as soon as the cold weather departed and the snow melted. Street cleaning is important because it removes debris before it gets into storm drains. In addition, clean streets make localities look better. ...

Fiscal insanity must end

Within a decade, the U.S. national debt, now $18.2 trillion, will soar to $27 trillion, the Congressional Budget Office predicts. Paying the interest alone on that will cost American taxpayers $722 billion a year.Far from curbing deficit spending that builds the debt, Congress and President ...

Start-Up NY fails to deliver

Regarding the Start-Up NY economic development program: We told you so.When the program was created in 2013, we warned the program would allow state politicians to say they are creating jobs while ignoring the underlying issues that discourage many businesses from starting up or expanding in ...

Fighting bureaucracy

True public servants are frowned upon by some in the federal bureaucracy. Anyone daring to rock the boat by going public with evidence of malfeasance risks retaliation.Regardless of laws intended to protect whistleblowers, it takes a good deal of courage to be one. Government employees are all ...

Apply for new funding

New York state's recently enacted budget includes $100 million in additional funding for brownfield redevelopment, with a particular aim toward helping upstate.Our area could certainly use the help, which is why this is one example of increased state spending we support. The legacy of polluted ...

Keep elite units strong

Try as we may, Americans cannot overcome biological realities. Ignoring them in the name of political correctness can have disastrous consequences in some situations.One of them involves elite military units such as the Navy's SEALS and the Army's Delta Force. Members of those groups are ...

Get details before OK

Fulton County supervisors should get more details about how the county would be affected if the county jail were to hold Gloversville's pre-arraigned detainees.No decision should be made until supervisors know how much the idea would cost.Gloversville police Chief Donald VanDeusen approached ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To using the library. Local libraries still serve an important role in the community. A recent report from the Johnstown Public Library offers proof. Library Director Erica Wing said the library received 80,017 visits in 2014, an increase of about 1,500 over the previous year. Program ...

Run real campaign

Plans to officially launch Hillary Clinton's campaign for president clearly are aimed at shielding her from verbal missteps and embarrassing questions, as well as limiting the damage from such encounters.Clinton aides told an Associated Press reporter she will focus on "intimate events" rather ...

Budget push a bad joke

New York state lawmakers should consider a proposal that could improve how the state budget gets approved.Less than 12 hours before the entire budget was to be passed, legislators and the public still hadn't seen details of the most contentious state budget bills. Those who follow New York ...