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Letters to the Editor

American actions in the Black Sea

During the past week, the tensions between the United States and Russia have worsened significantly. In 2014, Russia invaded the eastern section of Ukraine, a separate country and Russia’s neighbor to the southwest. This invasion included the takeover of the Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula on ...

Some tax can be deducted

The bad news for smokers — each pack has a state tax of $4.35 plus an eight percent sales tax or a 100 percent tax on a cheap brand. The good news: That combined tax should be deductible from income taxes. In the above case — over $2,600 a year. The comparable news — the gasoline tax ...

Haven’t we learned anything from history?

When I was young and in my early grades in elementary school, I was taught that America was the melting pot of the world. Meaning to me anyway that we were a great mixture of people. We didn’t look alike, thank God, but were a nation of many different ethnic groups and culture. This is ...

Common Council ethics thrown to the wind

What I witnessed Wednesday, April 7, in Gloversville City Hall was an exercise in pure bias by the Gloversville Common Council against Councilman-at-Large William Rowback Jr. in that members of the council delegated themselves as an investigative body to investigate allegations made by ...

Don’t cut services that keep children safe

“The aid, care and support of the needy are public concerns and shall be provided by the state — as the legislature may from time to time determine,” according to the New York State Constitution. Taking care of children in need is a responsibility we all share. The proposed executive ...

Audit critical of the city of Johnstown: Where’s the beef?

Audit critical of the city of Johnstown: Where’s the beef? A few days ago, I filed my designating petition to run for Johnstown’s City Treasurer position in November as a Democrat. I will be running against the victor of the June Republican primary between two 30-something contenders ...

In celebration of Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize and applaud two of Gloversville’s finest. The first one, Mayor Susan Hammond was Gloversville’s first and only female mayor to date. Mayor Hammond served the residents of Gloversville from ...

Not enough transparency, action coming from DeSantis

It has been said that actions speak louder than words, and never has this been more applicable than the last 90 days of Mayor DeSantis’ administration. Just days prior to announcing his candidacy for another term, Mayor DeSantis launched a witch hunt investigation against his presumed and now ...

Global warming will lead to more deadly viruses

Hate — it’s still with us, now directed at Asians, in part because of Trump’s labeling of the COVID virus as the “China Virus.” Perhaps it ought to be called the “Trump Virus,” as it was his downplaying of it that helped it spread so fast throughout the states. Meanwhile, it has ...

Help stop cancer: Raise the tax on cigarettes

As an oncologist in our region, I want to do everything in my power to protect others from cancer. That’s why I joined the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for their virtual Cancer Action Week. While we couldn’t travel to Albany, we still made some noise virtually. ...

Your congresswoman voted against you

This letter is addressed to all Republican voters in the N.Y. 21 Congressional District. Your Congress person voted against the following. 1. $1,400 for most of you and your children. For a family of four this would be $5,600. 2. Voted against $1.62 million for Gloversville. 3. Voted ...

Council’s actions wreaks of misconduction

In response to Mayor DeSantis’s recent letter and his attempt to defend the city’s decision to privatize the collection of city trash, I’d like to say that it doesn’t matter how much the city saves. The cost of the service is not the source of discontent among the residents. The way ...

A rebuttal to a rebuttal

In his March 20, letter Sidney Harring states that “Of all things New [Yorkers] might criticize the two Cuomo governors for, I think the closing of the Indian Point power plant and the blocking of the [Shoreham] plant are low on the list.” Would that be all New Yorkers? Most? Some? The ...

Letter long on words, short on substance

This is in response to the letter written by reader Heimerdinger challenging people to respond to his anti-green energy rhetoric. To start with, his letter is long on words, but short on substance. He starts by condemning the end of nuclear power. Really? Has he not heard of Chernobyl, ...

Green energy is an investment in America’s future

I’m not sure how far The Leader-Herald wants to take a discussion between two readers over New York’s need for green energy, but I can respond easily to Charles Heimerdinger’s letter of last weekend in three paragraphs: The core of his focus appears to be that nuclear energy is the only ...

Privatization of trash collection is a win/win for all

Trash collection in house is the most expensive and time consuming aspect of city DPW operations. It requires six workers full time 52 weeks per year. Garbage trucks are out daily racking up extensive stop and go miles. They break down constantly which is itself very costly. Replacing a truck ...

Employers can help employees get health screenings

As an employer you may not be seeing your employees everyday like you used to you, but you can still have an important impact on their health. In addition to providing safe workspaces and policies to reduce the spread of COVID-19, you can put in place a paid time off for cancer screening policy ...

Today is Global Recycling Day, are you everything you can?

There is an emphasis placed on recycling plastic, so it is important to understand how to recycle plastic properly. Plastics numbered 1 and 2 can be recycled in most curbside programs while materials like number 6 plastic cannot be recycled in most places.  Recycling plastic is important, ...

There is no open communication in Gloversville city government

Referencing a letter to the editor, “Open Government is the Focal Point of Rowback’s Campaign,” I saw the exact same things that Mr. Szabo saw. There is no open communication in our city government. What was even more discouraging were all the unanswered questions that were in the chat ...

New York has a lot to lose by moving quickly to green energy

In his March 5, letter to the Leader-Herald, Sidney Harring stated that New York has nothing to lose by moving quickly to green energy. With all due respect Mr. Harring, your letter is long on words and short on details. So let’s discuss a very real situation. Like his arrogant father ...