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Editorials

Put thought into strategy

One has to wonder how much effort the White House put into coming up with the official name for the war against Islamic State terrorists. Clearly, more thought went into that than into a strategy to actually fight the IS.With much pomp and ceremony, the name - "Operation Inherent Resolve" - was ...

Take lesson from winner

For most of us, the work Nobel Prize winners do in fields such as science and economics is impenetrable. They write about exotic reactions among various chemicals, models to predict how economies will react to certain stimuli, etc.But Frenchman Jean Tirole's Nobel Prize in economics is easy to ...

County policy too generous

Montgomery County keeps taking steps in the wrong direction.Already this year, the county government adopted a budget for 2015 that raises taxes and creates a new fee.Now, the county Legislature has approved a new policy for non-bargaining personnel that seems out of touch with the reality of ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To yogurt. Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week signed legislation making yogurt the official snack of New York. We support the designation, considering yogurt has healthy ingredients and it's a growing part of Fulton County's economy. Yogurt maker Fage has a factory in the Johnstown Industrial ...

Climate not the problem

Many serious challenges face the U.S. armed forces. But Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, no doubt acting at the behest of his boss, President Barack Obama, thinks climate change is a top concern."Our militaries' readiness could be tested and our capabilities could be stressed," Hagel claimed ...

Business as usual in state

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been fond of claiming the state is open for business.In reality, it is just business as usual.Consider a couple of recent announcements by the governor.Cuomo wants to create a new state Office of Faith-Based Community Services to help religious organizations that provide ...

Re-examine measures

The Ebola situation in Dallas shows there are serious failures in our health care network.As readers already know, the Liberian man who died in a Texas hospital after flying into the United States was not handled properly. He went to the hospital complaining of symptoms consistent with Ebola. ...

Transparency helps public

As the number of news stories about the Ebola virus spreading into the United States increases, it is reassuring to know local hospitals and health care agencies are preparing for the possibility the disease could spread to this area. Our story in The Sunday Leader-Herald, "At the Ready," ...

Flu shots can save lives

Concern about exotic diseases is high because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. News a Liberian man visiting Texas brought Ebola here and died heightened the worry among many Americans.But what of a disease that has killed far more Americans - influenza? Has protecting yourself against the ...

Flu shots can save lives

Concern about exotic diseases is high because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. News a Liberian man visiting Texas brought Ebola here and died heightened the worry among many Americans.But what of a disease that has killed far more Americans - influenza? Has protecting yourself against the ...

Stay within the tax cap

People are frustrated with the state's tax-levy cap, and rightfully so.The measure, which was introduced with much fanfare, fails to stop new government spending, some of which is beyond the control of local elected officials.Yet, despite the problems with the tax cap, officials should try to ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To Richard Russo. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who was raised in Gloversville and now lives in Maine, has been showing public appreciation for his hometown area recently. In October 2013, he spoke at Fulton-Montgomery Community College during the college's 50th anniversary ...

Pitch a good reminder

Brian Keaton made history Saturday in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a professional baseball game. He and his brothers-in-arms have made much more important history on other fields, however.Prior to a game between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants, Keaton ...

More than pink to wear

The way things are headed, pink will be considered a common fall color.That's a good thing. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and pink T-shirts and other pink items - whether they are on superstar athletes or our local high school competitors - help a great cause.In addition, people ...

Newspapers aid society

Virtually every profession, industry and special interest has its own annual celebration. Did you know October is National Popcorn Popping Month?Many observances are purely for fun. For example, last Thursday was Name Your Car Day.Others remind us of concerns such as the battles against various ...

Give fighter a real chance

Former kickboxer Vic Trippodo's dream of transforming the vacant Quinn's Paper Boxes building at 93 S. Main St. into an amateur boxing and mixed martial arts arena/fitness center highlights a problem that many small cities face when trying to diligently enforce city codes while also promoting ...

Avoid same mistake

With headlines about Ebola, the Secret Service and Islamic State terrorists monopolizing the news, some Americans may have missed an extraordinarily significant report last week.On Tuesday, U.S. and Afghan officials signed an agreement allowing American combat troops to be stationed in ...

Bus service a good option

Giving people more options is far from the worst thing a government can do.With that in mind, we are pleased to see Johnstown appears on the path to making bus transit service available in the city again.Gloversville Transit System buses to Johnstown stopped running in November 2010 after the ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To raising awareness to domestic violence. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. Nearly three in 10 women and one in 10 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence or ...

Research diseases

In all likelihood, you have never heard of Hendra Virus Disease or Chapare Hemorrhagic Fever. You probably do know about Ebola, however.Ebola has been in the headlines because of a massive outbreak of the disease in Africa. Thousands of people have perished from it.Now, the United States has ...