Editorials

The focus needs to be on the Kremlin

Democrat leaders’ laser-focus on allegations that President Donald Trump cooperated with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election does a great disservice to the nation — and not just because the claims have been proven wrong. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his crack team ...

Approach is wrong

It would be easier to feel sorry for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos if the $17.6 million cut she plans in her department’s budget was going to be rebated to taxpayers or, perhaps, used to help pay down the national debt. But the federal government never, ever spends less. The budget goes up ...

The real threat is from Russia

Many Americans, perhaps millions, became unwitting tools of Russian President Vladimir Putin during the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Some remain susceptible to Russian meddling. There was no conspiracy between the Kremlin and President Donald Trump’s camp during the 2016 ...

Release the report

Attorney General William Barr should have no doubt in his mind about what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report: Release it. Just two considerations need to be taken care of before Barr makes the report available to Congress and thus, to the American people. First is national ...

Do what is best for the American people

At long last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report may be ready for prime time. Attorney General William Barr has been perusing it and, at some point, the document will go to Congress. No doubt it will be leaked to the public within minutes. But Mueller has made it clear his team of ...

Our money should not be used for campaigning

The Times Herald-Record on public funding for political campaigns March 18 Should public money fund political campaigns? Wrong question. It already does. The real question facing legislators in Albany is whether they will let challengers in on the deal. Whenever the question of public ...

This is getting old

The Observer-Dispatch on state school aid March 19 It’s the same game every year. And it’s getting old. And tiring. And sickening. It’s state aid to public schools. Arguably the most important thing we do in this state — educate our kids — becomes a battle every budget ...

GJSD eyes 50% tax levy proposal?

Guest editorial By THOMAS W. SUYDAM I pay my school taxes like everyone else and trust that “adults” are spending the money wisely in our behalf to educate our children, our next generation of adults. Revenues: “Revenues aren’t keeping pace…” Without specificity, I’m left ...

Islamic terrorists, by any name, must be eradicated

The Islamic State terrorist group is finished, at least in Syria, President Donald Trump and some in the U.S. military are proclaiming. Well, good riddance. Unfortunately, however, the mission of civilized human beings the world over is far from accomplished. Trump this week displayed a map ...

Leave McCain alone, period.

Some Americans, including members of Congress, are happy about the success of President Donald Trump’s policies, even as they wish fervently he would learn, well, to keep his mouth shut on certain topics. The late Sen. John McCain, of Arizona, is one of those subjects. McCain was, like ...

A hearty pat on the back

Officials in some environmental groups were not at all happy last week when President Donald Trump signed into law the John D. Dingell Jr Conservation, Management and Recreation Act. But, you say, the act is a major step in protecting the environment. What gives? Indeed, the law, named for ...

HR1796 is needed

Regardless of what you may hear from leftist members of Congress who believe they have a magic wand they can wave over America and — poof! — do away with fossil fuels, the nation will need coal, petroleum and natural gas for many years to come. There simply is no reliable, affordable ...

The importance of doing something meaningful

“Working group” too often is a political term that translates in the long run to talking much about a problem — but doing little. Let us hope a meeting hosted by first lady Melania Trump this week breaks the mold. Mrs. Trump called a meeting Monday at the White House of the Interagency ...

Pass this one, too

The Albany Times Union on campaign finance reform March 11 Do they want to reduce the influence of big money in politics, or not? For years, Assembly Democrats blamed New York’s failure to create a system of public financing of elections on Senate Republicans. Now, they’re blaming ... ...

The status of Sherman’s

Guest column Dear Caroga Citizens, Many town residents have expressed a desire to learn the current status of the Sherman’s property. To begin, we want to make clear that any decision regarding the future of Sherman’s will be put to a public vote. We believe this is the only way to ...

Can Pelosi pull it off?

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to have recognized that the monster she helped create — an ultra-leftist fringe —is a threat to her Democratic Party’s prospects for the presidency in 2020. The question she may be asking herself is whether she retains enough political ...

This ought to upset Dems everywhere

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, established his credentials as a liberal Democrat on most issues long ago. So, his failure to gain traction in an abortive bid for the presidency ought to be viewed by his fellow Ohioans as a disappointment — and by Democrats all over the nation as an alarm ...

The U.S. should lead

We Americans have been very lucky in many ways. One of them involves the truly horrific disease Ebola. Few people in this country have given Ebola much thought since the severe outbreak in Africa during 2014-16. It killed more than 11,300 people, primarily in Guinea and Sierra Leone. Before ...

Re-victimizing the victim

This week we ran a news item in which a woman allegedly hit a man in the face. She was subsequently charged with attempted assault. She is innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. What was bothersome were the social media posts in which people were telling the man to get “a ...

Trust, but verify

The thoughtful among President Donald Trump’s severest critics have had to join with his supporters in giving him a thumbs-up for walking away from a summit meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un several days ago. Trump was right to refuse to be the newest chump in North Korea’s ...