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Editorials

Fed up with mail delivery

Reflecting widespread dissatisfaction with changes made by the U.S. Postal Service during the past few years, U.S. Rep. David McKinley has gained impressive, bipartisan support for a resolution to stop the decline in mail service.McKinley, R-W.Va., is sponsoring a House resolution intended to ...

Pursue ideas in new plan

Gloversville officials should pursue ideas laid out in the 2015 comprehensive plan.On Tuesday, the Common Council approved the new plan, which includes recommendations for improving the city.The city's previous comprehensive plan was adopted in 2003. City officials have been working on the new ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To the idea of a traffic committee. Gloversville council members may form a committee to review the city's parking regulations. One council member pointed out some streets allow parking on both sides, while others allow no parking or parking on only one side. The committee also may ...

Partisanship blocks work

President Barack Obama blames Republicans for gridlock in government. They just won't compromise, he claims.Really? During just the past week, Obama has vetoed the Keystone Pipeline bill, threatened to veto any GOP change in education laws and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...

Mandates need cutting

New York's towns, villages, cities and counties can be sure of one thing - they will get precious little help from New York state in shedding the costs that are choking their budgets.In December, the state's Mandate Relief Council ended with nary a whimper. There were no shocking revelations of ...

U.S. can save lives

President Barack Obama has made it clear he believes the route to peace in our time leads through a campaign of making people in other nations like Americans. Nothing accomplishes that like saving lives abroad.Later this month, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is to visit Washington. ...

Reforms to aid justice

Judge Jonathan Lippman, the chief justice of New York's highest state court, has proposed reforming the grand jury process in the wake of the controversial decision by a grand jury not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo following the choke hold death of Eric Garner. Pantaleo had placed ...

Destroy terrorism

Neither Iraq nor Syria was the site of Islamic State terrorists' most recent atrocity. It was in Libya that they kidnapped and beheaded nearly two dozen Egyptian Christians.That prompted the Egyptian government to dispatch warplanes for strikes against IS?targets in Libya. It also resulted in ...

Consider new tactics

Gov. Andrew Cuomo needs to reconsider his tactics. We jeered the governor last month for failing to specify how much state aid he was proposing for schools. He said lawmakers have to pass education reforms before he'll commit to his proposed $1.1 billion increase in aid to schools. We noted ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To a heck of an outdoor show, and its organizer. The 10th annual Adirondack Outdoorsman Show took place last weekend at the Johnstown Moose Lodge, bringing in hundreds of people eager to learn more about fishing, hunting, canoeing and shooting. Mike Hauser, the show's organizer, ...

Change mindset

When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, they went in with the most sophisticated technology available. Helicopters, jet fighters, tanks, "smart" bombs, etc., were the envy of most other armed forces in the world.But our troops did not have enough personal body armor and armored vehicles. As a ...

Realistic limits needed

The more territory they capture, the more recruits they get and the more money they accumulate in their war chest, the more likely Islamic State terrorists are to launch an attack on the U.S. homeland or to massacre a large number of Americans overseas. No reasonable person with knowledge of ...

State can fill the Gap

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to increase education funding by $1.1 billion, and we think the place he should start is by eliminating the costly Gap Elimination Adjustment policy enacted in 2010.The GEA cut state aid funding for upstate school districts and, although the GEA has been slowly ...

Falsehoods sway nation

It should surprise no one that the "if you like your insurance, you can keep it" president may have lied about his stance on same-sex marriage so the issue would not derail his bid for the White House in 2008.In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama said this in an interview: "I believe marriage is ...

Health law a hazard

Millions of Americans already have learned that Obamacare is hazardous to their financial health. Now, as federal income tax returns are being prepared, as many as 4 million more may find the law taking a bite out of their bank accounts.But the process of enforcing onerous provisions of the law ...

Give OK to MMA

The fall of Assemblyman Sheldon Silver from his speaker post could be a big win for fans of mixed martial arts in New York.Silver has been viewed as a key - perhaps the key - obstacle to getting the state to permit mixed martial arts bouts. Last year, the state Senate passed a bill to make New ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS - To the Knights of Columbus. The Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville has been raising money to make desperately needed repairs. The effort received a big boost last week with the announcement the international Knights of Columbus will give the shrine $500,000 and the Capital ...

Initiative may save lives

Sen. Shelley Capito, R-W.Va., has hit the ground running with an initiative that could save lives throughout the United States.Just weeks after ending a distinguished career in the House of Representatives, freshman Sen. Capito is tackling an important - and very tough - issue.Capito wants to ...

Gap might shrink services

At all levels of government, policy makers are bombarded with conflicting messages - lower taxes and preserve services.We see it in Washington, D.C., with ongoing debates over entitlement spending. We have seen it in Albany with debates over education funding. We have seen it locally in budget ...

Aid to Jordan needed now

Islamic State terrorists have beheaded Christian children, buried prisoners alive and crucified people, often videotaping their atrocities and sharing them with the world.Why, then, did it seem to shock so many people that the Islamic State burned a Jordanian pilot alive?Condemnation of the ...