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Letters to the Editor

Mayor Jackson: Please vote ‘yes’ on school budget

This letter is to the residents of the city of Johnstown and those others who are part of the Johnstown School District. Both the city Common Council and I urge passage of the proposed school district budget. One of the most important factors a city, town or village needs is a sound, stable ...

It is time to re-open our schools

I worked in schools for nearly 50 years in every capacity. No public school in New York state is set up to deliver effective online instruction across all grades. So if that is the plan, it would be better to close the schools period. Further, opening schools at half capacity, social ...

A longer sentence for my wife and others in nursing homes

A longer sentence at nursing home. Me and the wife were hoping to be able to visit at the homes. My wife spends most of the day in her room at the Gloversville nursing home with the door shut. The room is so small it is impossible to maneuver her wheelchair in there between her bed and wall. ...

Democratic primary was a manipulation of votes

What happened on June 23, 2020? I just voted in the Democratic primary. The same 10 or 12 candidates that were running around the winter months, all dropped out. They’re still on the ticket! I did not vote for Biden, where did my vote go? Has everybody gone blind and deaf? Doesn’t ...

It is in our hands to mold the future of our country

Donald Trump will be defeated this November. He will be defeated because America, and what it stands for, is better than Donald Trump. America was founded by risk takers and we still celebrate risk taking. We took a risk on Donald Trump in 2016. We took that risk in part due to distrust and ...

Number one care appreciated at Ellis Hospital

Number one care appreciated at Ellis Hospital My stay at Ellis Hospital started on June 5, and I was discharged on June 13. I was operated in the morning of June 8 — open heart surgery, quadruple bypass. I had experienced several heart attacks before the surgery ...

Please lead by good example Rep. Stefanik

On Saturday evening, June 20, I watched the Trump re-election campaign kick-off rally in Tulsa, Okla., with great interest. The planned rally in a 19,000 indoor seat stadium during a pandemic in a state with a record number of COVID-19 cases, without mandatory social distancing and protective ...

Roberts rules of disorder part II

The U.S. was created as a representative democracy — a constitutional republic — and the Constitution explicitly grants authority to the legislative branch to make laws and to the executive branch to execute those laws. The judicial branch has no constitutional authority to exercise the ...

The straw that broke the camel’s back

For a very long time I have said that the gap between the rich and the poor, which is the largest in our country’s history, would cause an uprising. The recent tax cut where the very rich and corporations got more than 80 percent of the benefit and the rest of us got a few extra dollars made ...

Ashamed to be an American

The photo taken at Promitory Point in the 1800s, where the two steam locomotives are nose to nose. That photo was set up by the federal government. There are no Asian Americans there in that photo. The Asian Americans did most of the labor on that rail line and they were purposely left out. ...

What’s going on in the nursing homes?

My name is Lewis Page Sr. My wife, Melva, has been a patient in a local nursing home in Gloversville since Dec. 19. I visited her almost every day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. before we were stopped. I am very upset at what has been going on there. For instance, they were short on workers before the ...

The Beatles as therapy

Editor’s note: Mr. Caraco wrote this on Paul McCarthey’s birthday, June 16. It was the summer of 1963 as I remember. We started hearing the music on AM Radio. A music professor would have picked up on the rhythm & blues influence. An expert would hear Little Richard, Carl Perkins, ...

We need to support our law officers

Black Lives Matter. I refer to the editorial “cartoon” (June 4, 2020) which, in this case isn’t a cartoon because it isn’t funny, but it gave me pause. Listed are all the black lives, I’m assuming, that have been taken at the hands of law enforcement. I believe you should also list ...

Republican leadership: An oxymoron

We all know them: jumbo shrimp, military music.... Words with opposite meanings used together, usually amusing. Here’s a new one, not so amusing — Republican leadership. According to Entrepreneur magazine, leadership characteristics include integrity, humility, empathy, accountability. ...

The museum in committed to hearing, recording the stories

American history is filled with examples of ordinary people coming together to make extraordinary change. Our past serves as an irreplaceable guide to creating a better, more just society. The Fulton County Historical Society stands with the Black community in the fight against racism and ...

A better plan for reconfiguring Johnstown district schools?

Dear Ms. Geelan, My name is Heidi Sprouse. I have lived in Johnstown for 26 years. My son graduated from Johnstown in 2017. He had a wonderful experience and we were very happy with the education, staff, and supportive environment Johnstown public schools provided for our child. He has since ...

The diving of our country has to change, vote in November

Are you and I alike or are we different? There are many ways we could answer this question. Now more than ever, we seem to focus on our differences and then dislike, fear or even hate people who are not like us. For now, let me focus on something we have in common and call you “fellow ...

Responding to Napolitano’s editorial

it’s clear the judge does not grasp the meaning of freedom. Apparently, he was not a traffic court judge. I say this because if you have the right to choose, try choosing not to wear a seatbelt, or a helmet on a motorcycle. These should be “freedoms,” but you will get a ticket. Taking ...

Flynn’s behavior cannot be excused

Poor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn — “ cajoled into lying “to FBI agents by a wily investigator and then charged by the FBI,” according to The Leader-Herald’s editorial writer in its May 28 column. The editorial writer then says that while we “should insist on ‘details’ of the case, ...

GJSD budget – vote YES

The GJSD Board of Education, District Administration, faculty, support staff, students and retirees have had an extremely challenging year, not to mention the unprecedented impact of COVID-19. They have made some very difficult, but necessary decisions to secure the financial stability and ...