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Letters to the Editor

Media ‘blackout’ on local candidates needs to change

As a resident of Gloversville, I share the concerns of everyone as to the direction of our city’s future. I find it odd that as various cities in upstate New York have mayoral debates and coverage of the candidates by media sources, our city seems to have a “media blackout” on candidate ...

Former mayor would have approved of Maxwell Spritzer

He would have approved. My late husband, Michael Julius, the former mayor of Johnstown, was a great judge of character, as am I. I know if he were still with us, Michael would be working hard to get Maxwell Spritzer elected as 4th Ward Councilman. Maxwell has a lot in common with Mike. Both ...

Endorsement for Julie Garcia given

To the citizens of the 4th Judicial District: My name is Shane Thelen and I am writing this letter as an endorsement of Julie Garcia for the Supreme Court of the 4th District. I have known Julie my entire life as a resident of her hometown of Moriah and as a teacher at Crown Point Central ...

Stefanik let ‘off the hook’ when it comes to healthcare

Last week Representative Elise Stefanik was at a community meeting in Johnstown. I was fortunate enough and Rep. Stefanik was nice enough to respond to my questions on health care and in my opinion her poor voting record on this matter. When I questioned her on her vote to repeal the Affordable ...

No ‘freebies’ are written in the Constitution

Dems and Liberals No where in the Constitution is it written something or anything is free. Yet, liberal Dems think because some Americans are very wealthy, they will give us lots of freebees — food stamps, housing, health care — on and on. Now, by what I read, our national debt is $22 ...

Why does our governor want to ban vaping in New York?

It is beyond my comprehension as to why our “wonderful” governor wants to ban vaping in New York and, in the next breath, talks about legalizing marijuana. Doesn’t make one iota of sense to me. The people in this state who are of legal age, who work and pay taxes, and have used e-cigs ...

Vote Max Spritzer for 4th Ward councilman in Johnstown

I recently had the pleasure of hearing Max Spritzer, candidate for 4th Ward Councilman in the city of Johnstown, speak on why he is running for that office. After listening to him, I have come to the conclusion that Max is just what our city needs to lead us forward into the future. He has ...

Caroga fire auxiliary thanks participants of kayak poker run

President Burton Wilson, of the Caroga Lake Fire Auxiliary, wishes to thank the members of the auxiliary, the members of the Caroga Lake Fire Company, all of the businesses that donated raffle items and/or provided goods at-cost, and most importantly, members of the public for participating in ...

Guy Poulin running for Northampton town council

After severe arm twisting by several friends, I have decided to run on the Independent line for town council. It didn’t take long for the Republican Party to try to strike me down. After examining my Independent opponent’s petition, I found several errors one of which should have made her ...

New York City law crosses the line

Last month the New York City Commission on Human Rights enacted a regulation, inter alia, banning the term “illegal alien” when it is used to intimidate or harass an illegal alien. These regulations prohibit an employer’s request for a green card in the hiring process so long as another ...

Nathan Littauer is showing lack of foresight for many

I would like to comment on the lack of foresight on the part of Nathan Littauer Hospital Administration. I was just informed that as of this coming year, this hospital and its participating physicians, Primary Care Center, etc., will not be part of the WellCare Medicare insurance network. ...

Be an employer that supports the fight against breast cancer

October brings Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and with it a reminder to women to get screened for breast cancer. But did you know that for some women it’s not so easy? I’m talking about the women who may be taking care of their families, working one or more jobs, and simply can’t find a ...

Marsha King Purdue is the choice for Hamilton County

I have known Marsha King Purdue for many years and had an opportunity to deal with her as the District Attorney in her prosecution of two men who burglarized my/our home. Many items both valuable and sentimental were stolen. Thankfully, the New York State Police were able to identify and ...

Tatiana Coffinger is the best choice

Dear Hamilton County voters, All of the undersigned have worked with Tatiana Coffinger in her capacity of law clerk in various courts within the state Unified Court System. A judge must be fair, insightful and balanced. Tatiana has all of these qualities. Even temperament, integrity, ...

Marsha Purdue will serve the people well as court judge

Over my 37 years in law enforcement I worked in several counties and ended up dealing with something like 20 different district attorneys. I met some very good people in these offices and none better than Marsha King Purdue. She is smart, caring, thoughtful considerate and kind. She is a DA who ...

Please support Literacy NY

September, National Literacy Month, is over, but the work of volunteer tutors with Literacy New York—Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties continues all year. As president of our three-county organization, I’m especially proud of our dedicated tutors who teach adult students for free ...

Supporting the arts and the Caroga Lake Music Festival

In 2014, a gift to the town of Caroga has initiated both promising opportunities and frustrating contention. It is ironic that the recent Sherman’s purchase proposal, with 100 percent focus on revival of Caroga Lake through a wide variety of arts, entertainment, education and ...

Many people gathered for National Life Chain on Sunday

Once again our area took part in National Life Chain Sunday. Each fall people that are prolife gather along strips of highways in towns and cities all across America and Canada to pray for an end to abortion. They stand silently and reverently holding signs that say: Abortion kills children, ...

Fracking nothing but a quick fix that will leave mess for others

On Sept. 14, and Sept. 19, I read two editorials in the Leader-Herald supporting fracking to resolve our energy problems which is nothing but a quick fix that will leave the mess for others to try to cleanup. A bumper sticker on my car reads: What happens to the water happens to the people ...

Questions for Leader-Herald from a long-time subscriber

As a long-time subscriber to The Leader-Herald, I have a couple questions: 1. Will the readers/subscribers have a say in the loss of one newspaper per week? 2. Will the subscribers who pay ahead (26 weeks/52 weeks) be reimbursed for that loss? I will say that I am not pleased with the ...