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Editorials

Stipulations are costly

As chairman of a special U.S. Senate committee investigating logistical aspects of how the U.S. was conducting World War II, then-Sen. Harry Truman made it clear he was not out to second-guess generals and admirals. His mission, Truman said, was merely to ensure they had the tools they believed ...

Get project under way

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., often is in demand for weekend interview programs. That is because he is plain spoken, uses common sense to analyze policy questions and is not afraid to speak the truth - regardless of whether Republicans or fellow Democrats, even President Barack Obama, like ...

Put focus on MERS threat

Several years ago, the book and resultant movie "Outbreak" sparked some public interest in diseases that spread like wildfire and are virtually impossible to treat. Now, it seems, people are more interested in zombies.But a reminder of the potential for a very real worldwide plague came last ...

Investigate allegations

Veterans Administration officials have testified in Congress that there is no basis for allegations of corruption and mismanagement that may have killed as many as 40 veterans at a VA hospital in Phoenix.Not good enough, lawmakers should respond.Reports of the problem surfaced after a doctor, ...

Data needed on hate crimes

Institutionalized bigotry was abolished years ago in the United States. Yet, as we are reminded regularly, some Americans' hearts still are closed to the idea of equality.Occasionally, that manifests itself in violence. To our knowledge, no jurisdiction in the nation takes that lightly. Police ...

City manager worth study

It's important for people to have a form of government that serves them best. It's part of the American tradition to consider making changes to how a government works, in order to make sure it responds to the will of the people.With that in mind, we are fine with Gloversville officials ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To a good day of fishing. The Gloversville Recreation Commission presented the annual Youth Fishing Derby at Wohlfarth's Pond in Gloversville last Saturday, and it was a great success. Dozens of youths dropped their lines into the pond during the free event, all in search of bites. ...

Punish gov’t lawbreakers

You've seen it happen dozens of times: A government official breaks the law. He or she is "severely reprimanded" and forced to resign. And there the episode ends.A Federal Election Commission lawyer has resigned after being caught breaking the very laws he was supposed to enforce.FEC officials ...

Too quick to put out e-cigs

We can understand elected officials wanting to protect the public's health, but they should have all the facts before they make a decision.Consider the recent ban on electronic cigarettes in county-owned buildings in Montgomery County."The issue of e-cigarettes was brought up by a few ...

IRS a model of ignorance

It is no wonder the federal government is confused about what is fair and right, when it comes to consideration of the Social Security Administration's now-halted program in which tax refunds were seized to recoup decades-old overpayments. The Internal Revenue Service is a model of the right ...

Be careful with contract

The situation with the town of Johnstown's highway department may be getting worse. After the Town Board decided to limit overtime pay for town employees to only instances in which an employee has worked more than 40 hours in a week, the members of the highway department want to unionize.The ...

Secrets keep us in the dark

It is understandable the armed forces, the nation's intelligence agencies and the White House want to avoid disclosure of information that may be harmful to national security. But too often, secrets kept by the government have less to do with security than keeping Americans in the dark about ...

Be careful about pay

City of Johnstown officials should be careful in considering whether members of the Water Board should be paid.Board President Nicholas Cannizzo Sr. and Vice President John Pradelski recently asked theJohnstown Common Council to approve pay for the Water Board's five members, who are all ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To a possible casino. This week, we found out there is indeed a developer that wants to build a casino on land near the state Thruway in Montgomery County. The Toronto, Canada-based Clairvest Group filed a $1 million application fee with a state agency in an effort to get a license for ...

Keep IRS out of cars

Most Americans can understand why law enforcement and national security officials want access to information about us - though there are serious, in some cases overriding, invasion-of-privacy concerns.But the Internal Revenue Service? No way. That clearly crosses an unacceptable line.Several ...

Promotion key to tourism

In our area, the potential for economic development can be limited.Whether it is the lack of infrastructure - such as water and sewer service - or stringent regulations governing land use, such as what landowners in the Adirondack Park encounter, there can be significant obstacles to improving ...

Obama’s debt will cost U.S.

Americans seem to have become numb to worry about our astronomical national debt, already at $17.5 trillion. So don't expect much reaction - especially among liberals in Congress - to news President Barack Obama's administration has underestimated how much the debt will grow.During the next 10 ...

Consider role in fire dept.

Although the number of volunteer firefighters in New York state has been slowly increasing over the past few years, after dropping from 110,000 to 85,000 from 2000 to 2010, the effort to recruit new members to these vital volunteer departments is still important. There is a local need for more ...

Uncle Sam’s hand heavy

At times it seems few in the federal government worry much about enforcing the law. Millions of illegal immigrants are evidence of that.Then, out of the blue, a few bureaucrats decide to show just how heavy Uncle Sam's hand can be.It happened at the Social Security Administration, which used ...

Cooperation key to effort

Fulton County is looking at a possible plan for a limited regional water and sewer system throughout the county.The effort may be a good one. The key, at this point, will be for all of the localities in the county to review the idea in a cooperative fashion. The county will need to start ...