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Editorials

Re-evaluate public pensions

Local lawmakers would be wise to support the drumbeat for pension reform at the state level.A prolonged rise in the stock market has allowed a decrease in local contributions to the Employees Retirement System and the Police and Firefighters Retirement System. Thomas DiNapoli, state ...

Listen to professionals

As leaks from the Pentagon grow in the wake of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's decision to step down, it becomes apparent part of the problem has been White House micromanaging of the military.President Barack Obama is commander-in-chief of the armed forces. He has the authority to tell ...

Governor’s plan overkill

In the wake of the historic 7-foot snowfall in Buffalo last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has criticized the federally funded National Weather Service for not doing enough to predict the damaging storm. Cuomo says his $18.7 million initiative to install 125 weather sensor stations throughout the ...

EPA must be accountable

White House aides say that if Congress attempts to establish new requirements that the Environmental Protection Agency disclose information such as the scientific basis for its rulings, President Barack Obama will veto the measures.Obama's aides say such requirements could delay or even prevent ...

Leave pay where it is

One of the main reasons it is good to be a lawmaker in New York state: you can basically vote yourself a raise.Top lawmakers have said they may seek a special lame-duck session next month to consider the issue.Various news outlets reported Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other state lawmakers were ...

Cheers and jeers

JEERS - To holiday season scammers. 'Tis the season for scams, unfortunately. Amid the hustle and bustle of the season, be careful about the hustle. Remember, some people are out there trying to steal your money. There are many types of holiday thievery. For example, in the "grandparent scam," ...

Support small businesses

Small Business Saturday is this weekend. The campaign encourages people to take advantage of local, independent shops, showing that a concerted effort to do so boosts each community's economy.As you might imagine, we support this idea wholeheartedly. We hope Small Business Saturday, begun by ...

Many ways to help others

As people sit down and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, we hope they take the time to remember there are others who could use some help.It's an important point to think about because the needy exist in every community, including our own.Thankfully, their are many ways to help give back. Among the ...

War must be won

Kenyans on the bus stopped by armed men at dawn on Saturday knew they were in trouble when their assailants demanded each recite the Shahada, part of Islamic scripture. Those who could not were taken off the bus and told to lie down in a line.Then two men went down the line, shooting men and ...

Find best fit for jobs

Officials in the Glove Cities should be looking to find the best possible fit for all their jobs, especially for positions that no longer require city residency.Recently, a Gloversville man was named the new city of Johnstown engineer, effective Dec. 1.He was able to be appointed thanks to a ...

Energy deals must be wiser

"Green" energy sources such as solar and wind power are the answer to all our needs, some claim. If Americans would just use more of them, we could shut down all our coal-fired power plants, claim some opponents of fossil fuels.Californians had an opportunity to demonstrate the wonders of solar ...

Obama wrong on immigration

President Barack Obama has an interesting way of dealing with about 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States: Simply declare about half of them are not illegal.In the process, Obama has issued an open invitation to millions more people to come here illegally. He will do little or ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To watchdogs. Some Fulton County government officials may not care to hear from them, but members of the Solidarity For A Better County Government serve a notable role in the government process and our local democracy. The members attend meetings of the county Board of Supervisors and ...

Release data on bird kills

It turns out alternative energy companies, supposedly kinder than kind to Mother Nature, have some dirty not-so-little secrets. At least one of them wants to keep it that way.Americans learned last year that President Barack Obama's administration had given the wind energy industry a break no ...

Timing off on bonuses

Officials in our local governments seem to feel they are obligated to give raises every year.As much as we all might like the idea, the sad fact is not every business, nonprofit agency or municipality can afford to increase the pay of its workers annually.A Montgomery County committee recently ...

Use more fund balance

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors is working on the county's 2015 proposed budget, which could result in a hefty tax-rate increase in Gloversville.On Monday, the board trimmed some spending from the $87.6 million tentative budget and applied an additional $800,000 of the county's fund ...

Blank check a bad idea

Just a few weeks ago, the World Health Organization estimated it would cost $1 billion to control the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. President Barack Obama wants Congress to provide $6.2 billion to battle the disease.The White House proposal includes money for infectious disease control ...

Bureaucrats don’t get it

It took less than a week for some of the bureaucrats in President Barack Obama's administration to demonstrate that in regard to the Nov. 4 elections, they just don't get it.Or they just don't care.Among the reasons Democrat candidates for Congress did so badly in the elections was many ...

Look closely at bail issue

The Gloversville mayor and police chief got everyone's attention recently when they said City Court is not being tough enough on crime.Not surprisingly, that claim was disputed by some people and supported by others.For the sake of Gloversville's residents, we hope city officials are able to ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To a parade. What better way to kick off the holiday season than with a parade? The Johnstown Holiday Parade will take place again this year at 7 p.m. Nov. 21. Thanks to organizer Karen Coppola's efforts, local residents will have a chance to see a line of holiday floats, emergency ...