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Editorials

Big aid hike not the answer

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed $137.2 billion state budget for 2014-15 did not earn high marks from many educators.In the local area, most school districts will see an increase in funding. Yet, some educators said the increases will do nothing to alleviate the schools' financial strain.The $807 ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To those who step up. Here is your chance to be a part of the governmental workings of Gloversville, to contribute your knowledge and make a difference, a chance for business people to become involved with local government. There are vacancies on the following boards: Planning, ...

Trust critical in agreements

On Monday, U.S. officials announced some economic sanctions against Iran are being eased because that country says it is complying with an agreement not to build nuclear weapons.Also on Monday, other U.S. officials announced the United Nations should rescind an invitation for Iran to ...

Streamlining not so easy

Since Gov. Andrew Cuomo was attorney general, he has harped on one thing he repeated in his State of the State speech Jan 8: "We have too many local governments, and we've had them for too long. ... We have a proliferation of government that is exceedingly expensive."It's true, and the carrots ...

Pipeline study going too long

A U.S. decision on whether a pipeline to bring oil from Canada to this country will not be rushed, Secretary of State John Kerry told Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird last week.Kerry insisted "all the appropriate effort is being put into trying to get this done effectively and ...

Sheriff must enforce laws

Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey is one of a number of county sheriffs across New York state who have taken a stand against the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013. Lorey has joined with other sheriffs in a federal lawsuit challenging some of the provisions of the ...

Website shows lack of concern

President Barack Obama and his allies waste few opportunities to assure Hispanics they should rely on the Democratic Party. But the delayed rollout of the Spanish-language website for Obamacare demonstrates just how much the White House really cares.Millions of people in this country speak only ...

Issue creates big distraction

In the long run, the merger of the former Oppenheim-Ephratah and St. Johnsville school districts should benefit students and taxpayers.Unfortunately, though, the newly merged districts did not get much of a honeymoon during their first school year together.In November, the ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To a done deed. The deed to the former Tryon Detention Center is now officially the property of the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency. We are pleased the IDA has not sat idle waiting for ownership but instead has been proactive. In June 2011, when state officials were trying ...

Case easy for court

U.S. Supreme Court justices often are called upon to interpret difficult, highly technical points of law and the Constitution. At least some of them may be grateful a recent case was a no-brainer.It is a case involving President Barack Obama's unconstitutional appointment of members of the ...

More progress needed in state

Gov. Andrew Cuomo used the recent State of the State address partly as a campaign tool, including boasts about his own record.That's nothing unexpected, however. It's an election year, and governors always use this speech partly as a re-election ad.While Cuomo does have accomplishments to brag ...

Accountability absent in?D.C.

Take the money and run. That may well be the motto of officials at CGI Federal, the company that botched the rollout of the Obamacare website - www.healthcare.gov - last fall.Government officials announced last week they are not renewing CGI's contract to handle the website. Another company, ...

Vote may prove costly

Last week, voters in the Northville Central School District struck down a proposed merger with the Mayfield Central School District. By a ratio of more than 2-1, Northville residents said they didn't want a consolidated school district with Mayfield, even though it would have resulted in more ...

Thousands still in danger

When President Barack Obama insisted U.S. troops had been pulled out of Iraq, we warned he was not being entirely candid. Thousands of Americans remain in harm's way there.At one point after American military involvement allegedly ended, the U.S. embassy in Iraq had about 15,000 employees. They ...

Thousands still in danger

When President Barack Obama insisted U.S. troops had been pulled out of Iraq, we warned he was not being entirely candid. Thousands of Americans remain in harm's way there.At one point after American military involvement allegedly ended, the U.S. embassy in Iraq had about 15,000 employees. They ...

Medicinal pot a healthy plan

New York state is not going to pot, despite the recent medical marijuana proposal discussed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his state of the state speech Wednesday.Rather, Cuomo's initiative represents a cautious, common-sense approach to a drug that could help people who need it.Cuomo outlined a ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To an art district. The opening of The Drawing Board in downtown Gloversville gives a clear indication downtown is another step closer to becoming a true art district. Co-owners Brian Benton and Robert Morey started the business after walking into the Micropolis gallery in the Mohawk ...

Mental health a key issue

Prosecuting attorneys in Connecticut have concluded that 20-year-old Adam Lanza "displayed no aggressive or threatening tendencies" before he massacred 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown about a year ago.Thousands of pages of documents involved in an ...

Transit deal needs support

The Gloversville Transit System could be an asset for all of Fulton County.However, for that to be the case, the transit service needs to at least run through the Glove Cities.For more than three years, that has not happened. The bus service, which in 2010 offered 13 routes on weekdays, ran in ...

Relief ideas are good start

Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week released some of the details of his proposed tax-relief plan.We contend the best way for the state to encourage property tax reduction is to provide significant mandate relief to enable local government to lower costs. However, Cuomo's tax-relief efforts do set the ...