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Letters to the Editor

Stefanik willing to work with both sides

Would be nice to be able to vote for perfect people to represent us politically. Perfection, though a goal, is not attainable, when humans are involved. Consequently, selecting an excellent representative would seem prudent. Basing “excellence” on what that elected official has done for the ...

Trump should invoke Insurrection Act

With cities across the nation rocked night and day with wholesale violence and destruction, and with ineffectual governors and mayors of those afflicted states and cities either unable, unwilling, or too stupid to act, it is high time the president invokes the Insurrection Act. A federal law, ...

President Trump, supporters don’t deserve support

Definitions Webster’s Dictionary: Treason — “The betrayal of a trust;” Traitor — “One who betrays another’s trust.” Earlier in this COVID-19 pandemic, Donald Trump declared the virus was a “hoax” and would magically disappear. Because of this, people ignored it, and many ...

We are trying to do our job, without cooperation

The Johnstown Water Board is an independently elected board to oversee the Water Department, it’s employees, and the day to day procedures Every time we are made aware of a leak, whether by an employee, or a call from rate payers, it is attended to immediately. We have put together ...

The Lexington employees and staff are real heroes

During this time when we have been recognizing community heroes and hometown heroes, I cannot just recognize one person. Instead I look at a very important group of people that I would like to recognize. These people happen to be the Lexington employees and staff. These people are important ...

The Census count is important to our county

Fulton County administrative officer Jon Stead graciously replied to a question: What is the monetary value over a decade for each citizen? I was concerned because, so far, the county has not been fully counted and the Census Bureau declared it will close before schedule. Unfortunately, the ...

2020 election is important to preserve our Constitution

The upcoming election on Nov. 3 will be extremely important in regard to preserving over 240 years of our Constitution and democracy Over the past four years, we have seen the current U.S. president use his power to obstruct justice. Use foreign powers to interfere in our election and is ...

Your vote is precious, the most powerful change agent

Your vote is precious. It is what separates our democracy from an autocracy/dictatorship because, as John Lewis said, “The vote is the most powerful non-violent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” Your vote is under ...

Stefanik enables the president to do so many wrong things

The upcoming election on Nov. 3 will be extremely important in regard to preserving over 240 years of our constitution and democracy Over the past four years we have seen the current U.S. president use his power to obstruct justice. Use foreign powers to interfere in our election and is ...

Elise Stefanik is not speaking out about voter suppression

Dear Readers, We are all rightfully proud of our family members and ancestors who served in the world wars, or in Korea or Vietnam. They fought to protect democracy abroad and they fought to make sure democracy remained protected here at home. But democracy here at home has never been ...

Stefanik accepts all of Trump’s policies

Rep. Stefanik correctly encourages us to thank all the people in the North Country who have gone above and beyond to get us through the threat of COVID-19, ie., healthcare workers, doctors, farmers, truck drivers, and teachers to name a few. What she neglects to say loud and clear is ...

Schools reopening face-to-face

Because I believe that teachers and students will be more at risk to contract the COVID-19 virus if they are required to return to school reopening face-to-face this fall. I’d like to make it absolutely clear that I disagree with schools reopening in September. My opinion is based on ...

The Democrats were disgraceful

If anyone watched the House Congressional Judiciary Committee hearing with Bill Barr, the attorney general of the United States, you probably were appalled by the behavior of the Democratic committee chairman/members. If you were not appalled, you should have been. Congressional hearings are ...

Republicans will be voted in to ‘stabilize’ the ‘madness’

Mr. Stead has been accused of being politically motivated in favoring Elise Stefanik. Tell me Jim Novatney and Rosemarie Shepherd’s letters to the editor are not politically motivated. Ms. Stefanik is not a carpetbagger. She is extremely intelligent, honest and having grown up in a farm ...

Stefanik has done nothing to help us; vote for Tedra Cobb

The following are several issues that our NY21 member of Congress has said nothing about or has supported Donald Trump. 1. Trump took billions of dollars out of the defense budget to build his wall, while many of our military are living in substandard housing. The court ruled this was ...

Get back on track — immunize your kids for HPV

You may know the human papilloma virus vaccine for its prevention of cervical cancer. Now it’s approved for use against head, neck and throat cancer. More than 35,000 HPV-related cancers are found each year — 13,500 are cancers of the throat. The Cancer Prevention in Action Program (CPiA) ...

We need to replace Trump follower, Elise Stefanik

It is no secret that President Trump is an appalling human being. His lies, broken promises, corruption, delusions of greatness and general incompetence has this country on the bring of becoming a failed state. Trump surprises us almost daily with yet another example of why he is the worst ...

Power is greed — quit thinking about just yourself

The media seems to be mixed up as far as the role it should be playing in today’s politics. Instead of showing that Congress can work together when they passed the bill on our national parks, the Leader only mentioned Elise Stefanik’s support and not our senators. The Democrats and ...

Return the rims and restore fun and humanity to city

My heart was crushed the other night. Visiting with my parents for several weeks now, I have enjoyed watching the 15-20 teenage boys and girls enjoying evening basketball at the State Street court, Johnstown. On Friday night (July 31) I saw that both rims had been removed. How sad. Such a fun ...

Being critical of Stefanik is due to what we are seeing

Jon Stead, the top Republican official in Fulton County, recently wrote to The Leader-Herald expressing being tired of letters critical of our representative, Elise Stefanik. Mr. Stead suggests this it is “a half-dozen or so people” who are parroting talking points they have been fed by ...