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Editorials

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To raising awareness to domestic violence. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States. Nearly three in 10 women and one in 10 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence or ...

Research diseases

In all likelihood, you have never heard of Hendra Virus Disease or Chapare Hemorrhagic Fever. You probably do know about Ebola, however.Ebola has been in the headlines because of a massive outbreak of the disease in Africa. Thousands of people have perished from it.Now, the United States has ...

Answer right question

A news release sent last week from state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli offers an insight as to why New York state continues spinning its wheels.DiNapoli's news release trumpeted a report with the obvious news that local government capital spending on roads, bridges and water and sewer systems ...

Improve intelligence

President Barack Obama admitted Sunday what most observant Americans already knew: Once again, U.S. intelligence agencies failed to "connect the dots" on a terrorist group. And once again, U.S. officials had too much confidence in foreign allies.Obama conceded the threat from Islamic State ...

Measure not independent

On Nov. 4, voters will have the opportunity to change the way New York state draws its election districts. PropositionNo. 1 would replace the current system of allowing the majority party in the state Assembly and Senate to draw up and approve its own districts once every 10 years with a ...

Security issue unbelievable

Omar J. Gonzalez was carrying a knife when he recently stormed into the White House.What if he had been equipped with a bomb?Gonzalez, a military veteran, clearly is mentally unbalanced. As yet, his state of mind when he invaded the White House and what he intended to do there has not been ...

Keep plan in public view

Fulton County residents should take notice when they hear public officials are meeting secretly about public issues.Select Fulton County and Gloversville officials recently met privately to go over matters related to the county's Smart Waters proposal. They seemed to be conscious of the fact ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To recording local history. The new nonprofit Parkhurst Field Foundation is on a mission to uncover and document compelling sports history at the site of what is now Parkhurst Field, home of Gloversville's Little League. Through extensive research, group founders Mike Hauser and Dave ...

Eye goals of conflict

When our armed forces go to war, Americans rally in support. To ensure their sacrifices are not in vain, we as a people also owe it to them to examine the goals and strategy of the conflict.Air attacks have been launched against Islamic State terrorist forces in Syria and, to a lesser extent, ...

Learn about projects now

A couple of local school districts are eyeing capital projects.Now is the time for voters to start becoming acquainted with what is in the projects, before they are asked to vote on them.The Greater Johnstown School District is still working on determining what will be in its final capital ...

Take look at ‘frack’ study

Many people seem to view "fracking" as synonymous with drilling for natural gas and oil. But there is a difference - and it may involve a wild goose chase, so to speak, over contamination of water wells and other sources of ground water.For generations, energy companies simply drilled holes ...

CRG needs new direction

The Fulton County Center for Regional Growth has hired a new president, Saratoga County consultant Ronald Peters. He replaces former CRG CEO and President Mike Reese, who resigned Aug. 15.Peters appears to have an interesting set of credentials, having proven himself in economic development ...

Monitor kids’ Internet use

Parents are advised regularly and strongly to monitor their children's online activities. The Internet is a jungle in which many predators stalk naive youngsters.On Aug. 10, a 16-year-old girl who lived near Charleston, W.Va., was reported missing. On Saturday, her body was found on the Ohio ...

Bypass may boost safety

The proposed bypass from Montgomery County to Fulton County could be useful for many reasons.While officials in Fulton County have mainly talked about how the new highway could aid economic development, it also may have a safety benefit.An engineering firm studying the possibility of building ...

Cheers and jeers

CHEERS - To upping the penalty. The Johnstown Common Council is proposing a tougher penalty for city property owners who fail to mow their grass. A hearing on it will take place Oct. 6. The proposal says if a property owner refuses or neglects to cut his grass, the city engineer will notify the ...

Rebels may be dangerous

Most of President Barack Obama's proposal for destroying the Islamic State terrorist group seems logical. Unfortunately, U.S. officials have boxed themselves into a corner to the point there are not many options.But part of the president's plan is an invitation to disaster, as Sen. Joe Manchin, ...

Local teacher an inspiration

We've heard a lot about Latin teacher Charlie Giglio's accomplishments at Gloversville High School in recent years: He re-energized the Latin program and increased enrollment. He connected the students with the University in the High School program at the University at Albany. He organized an ...

Mandates to blame

Mayor Dayton King made the right decision in discontinuing the city's "oil and stone" treatment of city streets. We acknowledge the oil and stone effort was an honest attempt by Department of Public Works Director Kevin Jones to fix more city streets on a limited budget, but that attempt has ...

Worried about ‘lone wolf’

Let us hope Department of Homeland Security officials took note of recent remarks by their boss, Jeh Johnson, on a major terrorism threat.Speaking to the American Bar Association, Johnson, who is secretary of the agency, reviewed various types of terrorism challenges. Indeed, the department has ...

Cleanup a priority

President Barack Obama's administration seems to have billions of dollars to throw away on unrealistic "alternative energy" subsidies - but not enough to clean up dangerous mistakes from the last foolhardy attempt to find an energy panacea.Nuclear power once was proclaimed as the answer to ...