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Editorials

Spending plan not practical

More and more of what Americans work hard to produce is being taken out of our pockets and sent to Washington. Runaway government growth means higher taxes for us and a collossal national debt to be paid off by our children and grandchildren.President Barack Obama wants to continue the trend of ...

Restart commission

If Gov. Andrew Cuomo is serious about tackling corruption, he should work to restart the Moreland Commission - or start a new group with the same powers to gather information about violations.The governor appointed the investigative commission under New York's anti-corruption Moreland Act in ...

Do more to limit spending

President Barack Obama and others attempt to bolster their argument for higher taxes and bigger, more expensive government by noting deficit spending has been reduced from the $1 trillion-plus levels of just a few years ago. Some conservatives, with spending plans of their own, are eager to ...

Town should seek deal

The recent court ruling allowing Gloversville to annex part of the town of Johnstown should serve as a warning to the town of Mohawk: The city of Johnstown may be able to annex your land for the purposes of building a regional business park with or without a tax-sharing agreement in place, and ...

Restore fiscal sanity

Barely had "sequestration," the government spending limits Congress put in place Jan. 1, 2013, celebrated its second anniversary when President Barack Obama urged throwing any restraint to the wind.Last week, Obama urged Congress to approve $74 billion a year more in spending than allowed under ...

Term limits would help

It's good Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has relinquished his leadership post after federal corruption charges were lodged against him. New leadership untainted by scandal should help state government get on with its work in the short term.However, in the long term, state officials must ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To an increase in sales tax revenue. Fulton County did well with its fourth-quarter sales tax revenue. The county saw a $400,000 increase from the year before, and Gloversville - thanks to help from the Walmart Supercenter - saw a $231,000 increase. Fulton County's sales tax revenue ...

Remember ‘Never again’

Seventy years ago this week, Soviet army troops stormed through the front gate of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in southern Poland. What they found stunned many of the battle-hardened soldiers.More than 1.1 million men, women and children were murdered by the Nazis at ...

Details about plan needed

St. Mary's Healthcare should look more closely at whether the location it is considering for a drug rehabilitation center is the right place in Gloversville.In addition, the hospital should provide the public with more information about its plan to move the rehabilitation center into the ...

Forfeiture needs limits

When asset forfeiture power was added to the tools law enforcement agencies have several years ago, some people applauded the move.Then they began hearing of what can only be considered abuse of the authority. It has become clear limits are needed.Asset forfeiture allows law enforcement ...

Leave age where it is

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will submit legislation this year that would raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York state from 16 to 18. The legislation would shift nonviolent offenses for those younger than 18 to family court and move serious violent-crime cases for that age group ...

New rules to hurt industry

American ingenuity and hard work have tapped an energy bonanza that is helping to dispel the last vestiges of the "Great Recession" while boosting local and state economies in several parts of the nation. As predicted, President Barack Obama's reaction is an attempt to make it more difficult ...

Noise rules must be clear

Part of life in a city is dealing with a reasonable amount of noise from your neighbors. Of course, determining what is reasonable can be tricky, but it's something many municipalities have to tackle if they want people to have a good quality of life.However, as is so often the case, it's not ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To a great pageant. The annual Miss Fulton County Scholarship Pageant will take place Jan. 31 at Gloversville High School. Every year, a big crowd turns out to see this pageant, and there's a good reason for that. It's a well-organized event, it showcases impressive talent and it's fun ...

Watching a true hero

It has been said many Americans no longer revere true heroes and don't have as much time for patriotism as did our ancestors. It may be difficult to convince those involved with making the movie "American Sniper" as well as those who have stood in line to see it.The Clint Eastwood film tells ...

Gimmicks fall short

It's good that Gov. Andrew Cuomo can see something needs to be done about spurring economic development and reducing New York's high property-tax burden.However, it's unlikely his latest gimmicks would provide much real long-term help for taxpayers or economic development. He announced his ...

Promised land in sight

During the past year, it has become clear race remains an important point of separation for many Americans. Specifically, allegations that some law-enforcement officers and agencies treat blacks differently than whites have brought to the surface complaints that had simmered for decades.This ...

Reform will aid business

We applaud Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to sign legislation reforming the Wage Theft Prevention Act. The reform, signed by Cuomo on Dec. 28, stiffens penalties against wage theft while eliminating a needless and costly requirement that employers provide annual wage rate and pay statements to ...

Pipeline will bring jobs

Members of the House of Representatives have approved a measure that would force President Barack Obama to allow construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Senators are expected to follow suit.Obama already has vowed he will veto the measure.Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., expressed his ...

State should back Tryon

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors was justifiably upset last month when the state's recent regional economic development council grant process failed to provide money for the continued development of the Tryon Technology Park and Incubator Center.Since the closure of New York state's Tryon ...