Editorials

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 ...

Deal may be good

Last week we learned city of Gloversville officials may be nearing a new labor agreement with the city's police union, which has been without a new contract since 2010.The details of the potential agreement have not yet been revealed, but city officials have said the new deal will actually be ...

Rescind subsidies

No wonder many insurance company executives supported President Barack Obama's virtual takeover of the U.S. health insurance system. And no wonder that, despite ample evidence Obamacare is a crashing failure, so few are talking about refusing to participate.Obamacare's rotten foundation rests ...

Work remains for counties

Fulton and Montgomery counties have reached an agreement regarding Montgomery County's use of the Fulton County Landfill. Could this be a sign of greater cooperation between the two counties?The Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday approved a 10-year deal with Montgomery County to allow ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To one round of appointments. This week, the Gloversville Common Council approved the appointments of four Ethics Board members, leaving only one vacancy. The method of appointing residents to the Ethics Board was changed via a public vote in the general election last November. The ...

Assaults must stop

Many senior leaders in the armed forces admit the military has a serious problem in how it handles sexual assaults. Why isn't something being done about it?An Associated Press investigation of more than 1,000 reports of sex crimes involving U.S. military personnel stationed in Japan during a ...

More needs than pre-K

What a bandwagon there is for full-day pre-kindergarten. First, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on it, then New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered to implement it statewide at state expense. Then President Barack Obama made it part of his State of the Union speech, saying his ...

Tax dollars funding push

It would be difficult to top the White House media blitz on Obamacare as an example of taxpayer-funded government propaganda. Still, President Barack Obama seems determined to try - on climate change.From one-sided "lesson plans" for schoolchildren to speeches claiming Obama's plan is necessary ...

New standards should stay

It seems like everywhere you look, the Common Core education reform is coming under attack.Last week, both Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos, with the backing of the powerful New York United Teachers union, called for a moratorium of at least two years on ...

Economy still struggling

Manufacturing has rebounded in the United States, President Barack Obama assured us during his State of the Union speech. Not really.Manufacturing barely expanded last month, in a sign that sector of the economy is far from as healthy as the president claims. During January, orders for new ...

Consolidation worth a look

Gloversville and Johnstown should study the feasibility of consolidating police and fire departments.While the effort may not lead to a merger, reviewing the matter still would have value for residents of the two cities and Fulton County.During his recent State of the County address, Fulton ...

Cheers and jeers

Publisher's note: A colleague of ours, Mitch Allen, who lives in Ohio, wrote the following. We cheer him for his insights, and we also mourn the direction our country has gone in this regard. Cheers to Mitch for reminding us.JEERS - To how we decide who's a "celebrity." "In the ...

Schemers must be prosecuted

Members of Congress are beginning to hear about an outrageous scheme that may have cost taxpayers as much as $100 million. Prison terms, perhaps hundreds of them, would be a good way to deter similar scandals in the future.Investigators say the scheme involved people signed up as "recruiting ...

Respect local opinion

State officials may be willing to gamble that a casino will boost Montgomery County's fortunes, but local residents should have a say in whether their municipality should take part in the game.Economic development officials in Montgomery County recently indicated they are hoping municipalities ...

Pipeline will bring benefits

Throughout his term as president, Barack Obama has insisted his administration could not allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to carry Canadian oil to the U.S. unless the State Department signed off on it.On Friday, the State Department revealed - at last - that it can find no reason ...

New gov’t getting pricey

After only a month in existence, the new form of government in Montgomery County has proven itself to be a job creator, although it's creating taxpayer-funded county government jobs.The new positions include: an executive secretary earning a salary of $45,020 to help the newly elected county ...

Bureaucrats a problem

Among those responsible for the government's war on coal and reasonable electricity prices was a now-retired U.S. Environmental Protection Agency official named John C. Beale. At one time, he was the agency's highest-paid employee.Beale is set to serve a 32-month prison sentence for defrauding ...

County needs trash plan

The idea Montgomery County will deposit its garbage at the Fulton County landfill brings to mind the old phrase about one man's trash being another man's treasure.However, the notion Montgomery County's long-term trash problem can be solved by the Fulton County landfill is garbage.The situation ...