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Editorials

Meal rules bittersweet

School districts can offer healthier food, but that doesn't mean students will eat it.While that doesn't mean more nutritious meals should be abandoned, officials should take another look at the federal rules for school lunch and breakfast programs.Greater Johnstown School District Food Service ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To accountability. In quick action by the administration of Fulton-Montgomery Community College, students were told anyone smoking in their rooms would be dismissed from the college. While smoking has always been prohibited, smoking caused two recent fires. This prompted stronger ...

Closing parks hurt areas

In all likelihood, an Interior Department report this week was intended by President Barack Obama as another slap at conservatives in Congress. During the government "shutdown" last fall, he blamed them for all sorts of havoc.If the report on national parks during the shutdown was issued with ...

Drug issue a serious one

A school is no place for drugs. We think everyone would agree with that.Similarly, those who are found to have illegal drugs should not be working as educators.Recently, Gloversville Enlarged School District Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Frank Pickus was charged by ...

Wily Putin bests Obama

U.S. officials' blustery but empty reaction to Russian intervention in Ukraine sums up failures in foreign policy by President Barack Obama and his administration. In effect, the White House has made the mistake of attempting to shoot first - with an empty gun - while not even asking questions ...

Help others before illegals

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated that if the New York State Senate passes the Dream Act, he will sign the legislation into law. We urge him to reconsider that choice.The Dream Act would spend $27 million to expand the state's tuition assistance program to students who are illegal immigrants. The ...

Help others before illegals

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has indicated that if the New York State Senate passes the Dream Act, he will sign the legislation into law. We urge him to reconsider that choice.The Dream Act would spend $27 million to expand the state's tuition assistance program to students who are illegal immigrants. The ...

Close some bases abroad

Americans may be paying more for defense while getting less in troop strength, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hinted last week.During a speech at the Pentagon, Hagel said plans are for the active-duty U.S. Army to be cut from its current 522,000 soldiers to as few as 440,000. The Army has not ...

Council must obey the law

Sometimes, internal political conflict turns Gloversville Common Council meetings into a circus sideshow. As an example, look what happened at the Common Council meeting Tuesday.The council and Mayor Dayton King spent nearly 90 minutes behind closed doors in a meeting that was intended to be a ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To Garrett Boblowski. We needed to get this Glebe Street Elementary School third-grader's name out there. Garrett, in conjunction with the 100th day of school, completed a 100-mile run. Equipped with a GPS, this amazing boy clocked the 100 miles to raise money for the Leukemia ...

Remember the laughter

Few of the expensive films Hollywood has produced, now in the past, stand the test of time. But remember "National Lampoon's Animal House"? "Stripes"? "Groundhog Day"? "Caddyshack"? "Vacation"?Go ahead. Laugh, or at least smile. Those were funny movies - and years from now, they'll still make ...

Get deal for park done

It's good to see economic development officials from Fulton and Montgomery counties have not abandoned the plan to develop a regional business park.Now, we hope local officials will get together and reach agreement on the basics of the plan this year.Recently, Fulton County Center for Regional ...

Expected cuts happening

About 16 million older Americans rely on Medicare Advantage policies to supplement their government health insurance. We have warned for years that drastic cuts in federal funding for Medicare Advantage were part of the Obamacare scheme.President Barack Obama and his allies have accused those ...

Revaluations bring fairness

The city of Johnstown is considering a property revaluation. The city's equalization rate has fallen to 73 percent, which isn't the lowest in Fulton County but is still in need of improvement. When a municipality's equalization rate falls below 100 percent, it means some of the property in the ...

Feds like blank checks

How would you react if your bank gave you an open-ended credit limit - and assured you that within a year or so, no matter how much you had borrowed in the interim, it would be increased?Banks don't do that because their executives are well aware of what would happen. But Congress ...

Plan needs private funds

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to fund more college classes in prisons earned poor marks from several state senators - and the public - last week.Any law-abiding resident paying off a student-loan bill - or their child's - understands why people are upset by the proposal.However, the chief flaw ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To reducing polling locations. The Gloversville Enlarged School District is considering reducing the number of district polling places utilized during budget votes and school board elections. There are currently six polling locations and it is being suggested this be scaled back to ...

Quiz the diplomats

For most of U.S. history, presidents of all political parties have used ambassadorships to other countries for political reasons. Sometimes they reward friends. Sometimes they get political rivals out of the way.Now the American Foreign Service Association, a group of professionals at the State ...

Licenses too pricey

A lifetime membership usually is something you would analyze with skepticism before you rush to sign up. That goes for an announcement last week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo giving New Yorkers and visitors the opportunity to purchase lifetime licenses to fish, to hunt and to visit state parks.The ...

Obama has odd priorities

Say one thing for President Barack Obama: When he sets priorities, he sticks to them.Take the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline, which could help the U.S. hold gasoline prices down and provide thousands of jobs. Obama has delayed it for more than five years, even though the State Department says ...