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Editorials

Cheers and jeers

JEERS - To welfare cheats. Every so often, the social services departments in Fulton and Montgomery counties remind us about people who are arrested for welfare fraud. This newspaper published a long list of alleged offenders in Fulton County in the Jan. 13 edition. People who conspire to ...

Sadly, U.S. missed march

By the dozens, world leaders flocked to Paris during the weekend to join a march in solidarity with, well, civilization. They joined as many as 1.3 million French people upset and angry about Islamic terrorist attacks on a newspaper and a food market catering to Jewish Parisians.French leaders ...

Fix problem with plowing

A frustrating aspect of living in Gloversville is going to the trouble of getting your vehicles off the street to comply with the overnight on-street parking ban - and waking early in the morning to see the streets have not been plowed.What is the sense of having people park off the streets if ...

Obama fails to get message

American voters sent a clear message last fall. Apparently, President Barack Obama wasn't paying attention.To judge by his actions during the past couple of weeks, the president missed what voters throughout the nation said in November. In defeating dozens of Democrat candidates for Congress ...

Get to know neighbors

The recent discovery of the body of Hope B. Ruller, 94, in her home on James Street in Gloversville highlights the importance of members of the community interacting and engaging with their neighbors.Ruller's body had been decomposing in her house for months before she was discovered, ...

Much ado about Boehner

Much is being made in the press about an alleged rebellion among Republicans in the House of Representatives.It amounts to much ado about nothing strategically important to GOP leaders.At the heart of the matter is the vote taken recently for speaker of the House. Incumbent Speaker John ...

Opportunity missed

The "Empire State" was not built by timidity. Sadly, too many of our leaders are fearful of what they - or their bureaucrats - don't understand, and lack the vision to see how New York state can demonstrate to the nation how things should be done.For an example, look no further than the ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To reviewing the charter. Johnstown plans to review and revise its charter, which was last revised in 2001. The charter provides the legal framework for organizing and operating city government. For example, it defines the duties of city officials and explains how to pass the city ...

‘Charlie’ still alive

We Americans are a cynical, irreverent people. Except for those who have succumbed to political correctness, we tolerate - even encourage - severe verbal attacks on our political leaders. We laugh at and often are prompted to think about satire directed at them, our social customs, even our ...

Tips to beat the cold

The current bitterly cold weather is a reminder special precautions need to be taken to stay safe at this time of year.That does not mean people have to stay indoors; far from it. Skiing, skating, sledding, tubing - this can be the best time to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, despite Mother ...

Amendment could help

Most New Year's resolutions are broken soon after being made. Our national resolution, made several times during the past decade or so, to stop spending beyond our means is an excellent example.At more than $18 trillion and climbing swiftly, the U.S. national debt is a threat to our prosperity ...

New commish needs skills

The New York State Board of Regents faces a critical decision in the coming months as it chooses the next state education commissioner.John King Jr. recently resigned from the position to take a senior advisory position in the U.S. Department of Education. King oversaw the state's successful ...

Watch deals for workers

Cutting the size and therefore the cost of government is a promise politicians at all levels make. Reducing the number of people employed by government is a key to the process.But the powerful federal bureaucracy, aided and abetted by Congress and presidents of both parties, has found ways to ...

Wage hike may cost jobs

On Wednesday, New York's minimum wage rose from $8 to $8.75 an hour, giving a boost in pay to some 700,000 workers.New York lawmakers approved the increase in 2013 as part of a series of steps to bring the wage to $9 on Dec. 31, 2015.However, the minimum wage could go even higher if lawmakers ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To a reading program. The Gloversville Public Library is encouraging the public to vote for the winning book in the annual Gloversville Reads program. People have until the end of the month to cast their votes through either SurveyMonkey, found at the library's website, or in person at ...

Wasteful craziness

When he warned Americans about what has come to be called the "military-industrial complex" in 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower left out a vital component - politicians. Clearly, they could rein in waste in defense spending, but they refuse to do so.The $1.1 trillion spending bill approved by ...

Missile force a top priority

Nuclear weapons proliferation may mean that, if anything, the United States needs a strong, flexible deterrent force. Air Force officials finally are admitting there are questions whether their missile system measures up.One of the keys to the U.S. nuclear arsenal is the network of underground ...

Committee system fine

The Montgomery County Legislature is considering restructuring its committee system in a way that could make the county Legislature less open to public scrutiny.Currently, five of the nine members of the county Legislature serve on each of its committees. The number of members is important ...

Shake up Secret Service

Unless the Secret Service is shaken up at the very top, the agency charged with protecting the president and other top officials will not correct problems that threaten its mission, an investigation has concluded.After scandal after scandal - including lapses in which the president was put at ...

Be ready for casino

The plan for the Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor in Schenectady is exciting for Schenectady County, but it also will create opportunities for Fulton and Montgomery counties.The $300 million casino, to be built by the Galesi Group of Rotterdam and Rush Street Gaming of Chicago, ...