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Editorials

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To Wheelerville school. Wheelerville students and members of the Caroga community decided to step up and support a good cause: Angel Flight. School Superintendent Richard Ruberti said students collected money by setting up coin buckets in local stores and seeking donations from fellow ...

Bombings a sign of failure

With this week's one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing comes the realization that it might not have occurred had U.S. intelligence agencies merely heeded warnings from Russia.Months before the bombing killed four people and injured hundreds, Russia's intelligence agency alerted ...

Commission should stay

Convening the so-called Moreland commission to investigate and prosecute corruption of public officials was one of the better things Andrew Cuomo has done as governor. Shutting it down prematurely is one of the worst.We suspect it will haunt him for a while. Public trust in politicians is ...

Learn more on attackers

Sometimes it must seem to the public that the more researchers learn about homicidal teenagers, the less we really know.For example, we suspect many people understand that quite a few violent rampages by teenagers and pre-teens involve "loners" - youngsters with few or no friends, who just ...

Make use of tablets

The Montgomery County Legislature decided to replace its old system of paper photocopied resolutions with tablet computers. It's perhaps fitting Montgomery County's new form of government would be the first in the area to adopt this new technology, but we think the Fulton County Board of ...

Fight against mental illness

Programs to help U.S. servicemen and women suffering from mental challenges, including post-traumatic stress disorder, have been around for decades. Clearly, more effort needs to be put into them.After Army Spc. Ivan Lopez shot and killed three people and wounded 16 others before killing ...

Let’s embrace Darling Field

Gloversville's Darling Field has been a place where generations of city residents have learned to play.However, the park has seen better days.While some may be tempted to write off the field as a lost cause, we urge city officials to improve the (mostly) green space so it can have a future as ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To ending an impasse. The Gloversville Common Council and Mayor Dayton King this week appeared to end their rift over the mayor's effort to appoint members to city boards. Some council members became frustrated with the mayor earlier this year after he refused to reappoint zoning board ...

Spending way to poorhouse

Tax Freedom Day for Americans, on average, is April 21 this year. That is the day on which, according to The Tax Foundation, we as a nation will have earned enough money to pay our local, state and federal tax bills.Since President Barack Obama took office, Tax Freedom Day has grown later and ...

New diploma made to work

In every high school's graduating class, there is a population of students who want to join the workforce rather than go to college.Force-feeding those students the same classes as classmates who plan to attend college wastes students' and teachers' time and could end up harming the businesses ...

Sailing not child’s play

Adults have every right to take risks, as long as they understand that if taxpayers have to foot the bills to get them out of jams, they will be liable for part or all of the cost.But putting children in jeopardy through bad judgment is something else again.In March, Californians Eric and ...

Measure would help

Recently, the New York State Senate passed a bill meant to address the low percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes who are tested for drugs and alcohol. According to a 2004 federal report examining state laws and practices for blood-alcohol testing for drivers involved in fatal crashes, ...

Obama plays numbers game

It is not really amazing what a combination of coercion and giveaways can accomplish in a year.Obamacare has been a stunning success, President Barack Obama and others assured Americans recently. Why, they bragged, 7 million people had signed up for it.Even knowing whether the White House is ...

Cameras must get into courts

We've been unnecessarily shut out of yet another courtroom.James F. Dibble, 29, is on trial in Fulton County Court, accused of murdering his mother at her home in Ephratah last year.This newspaper requested the court let its photographer take pictures of the trial. After all, the public has a ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To trying to save the shrine. The Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville has launched a campaign to raise $1 million. The shrine needs the money to pay for many critical renovations, including the replacement of roofing and windows in the main coliseum. According to the organizer ...

Claims must be addressed

Veterans Administration officials insist they are making progress in reducing the time those who have served our country in uniform must wait for decisions on disability benefits. The claims backlog allegedly has been cut by 40 percent during recent years.But the agency has a backlog of 368,000 ...

Keep track of funds

It's just a basic fact of life: People have to be able to keep track of money.Let's hope the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency - and all our municipalities and government agencies - can do the same thing.The IDA is trying to find out what happened to a $51,700 payment the agency says ...

Keep track of funds

It's just a basic fact of life: People have to be able to keep track of money.Let's hope the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency - and all our municipalities and government agencies - can do the same thing.The IDA is trying to find out what happened to a $51,700 payment the agency says ...

Tax relief welcome

The 2014-15 New York state budget may have its share of controversial spending and programs, but it should give average taxpayers a degree of satisfaction.Yes, it's an election-year budget, some of the tax breaks are gimmicks and we will continue to live in a state that spends and taxes far too ...

Taxpayers punished

Last week, Gloversville's Board of Education voted to appoint Helen Stuetzel as interim assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, at a pay rate of $425 per day. It will be Stuetzel's job to fill in for Frank Pickus, the Gloversville Enlarged School District's assistant ...