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Letters to the Editor

Yogurt processors paying plenty for milk

Regarding the story published Feb. 16 titled "Locals Embrace Farm Bill," most reading this article wouldn't notice the big mistakes made in comments by Fulton County Farm Bureau Vice President Lee Hollenbeck and New York State Farm Bureau spokesman Steve Ammerman. They state the new yogurt ...

Solar subsidy, charge a feel-good waste

Last year I investigated installing a solar-powered photovoltaic system at my primary residence. I discovered the unfavorable economics didn't justify the expense. Even with federal and state subsidies the cost was more than $10,000 for a seven kw system and the payback exceeded 10 years.I then ...

How will more garbage get through city?

We are all glad to hear Fulton County will be taking in Montgomery County garbage, but missing in the discussion is the answer as to how these trucks carrying garbage will get through congested Johnstown.I wrote the county planner suggesting the creation of a long needed arterial down Chestnut ...

Fifty years later, tobacco products still kill

The United States surgeon general says tobacco marketing is a cause of tobacco use. On Jan. 17, the 32nd report on Smoking and Health was released in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first Smoking and Health report released in January 1964.Fifty years later, and we are still watching ...

What about bus service?

It seems as though we have not heard any more about bringing the Gloversville Transit System buses back into Johnstown. Has that idea been forgotten?We hope not, as it would help a lot of people in Johnstown and Gloversville.BETTY DAVISJohnstown

School board members make tough choices

The New York State School Boards Association is in the midst of a statewide campaign that highlights the work of school board members and the vitally important work we do.Nowhere is that more evident than in the annual budget process.This year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a state tax credit ...

Many concerns over establishing casino

Montgomery County officials Ken Rose and Matt Ossenfort stated in a Feb. 4 article in The Leader-Herald they have heard nothing negative from county residents regarding the building of a casino in Amsterdam. Let this letter serve to correct that situation.From a purely economic standpoint, ...

Sheriff should keep his attention on job

All this ranting about the New York?Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement?Act and Fulton?County?Sheriff Thomas Lorey. He was at Tea Party rallies as well? I think this public employee should get back to work.I don't think attending rallies as a spokesman or protesting is in his job ...

Fundraising support for hospice terrific

Over the past several months, Mountain Valley Hospice has conducted a fundraising drive in our community.You may have noticed 5-gallon water bottles at several locations throughout our service area filled with loose change designated to support our mission to patients, families and our ...

Tax-free zones will hurt current businesses

We are being bombarded by advertisements for Gov.?Andrew Cuomo's planned tax-free zones. I imagine we get to pay for that thinly veiled campaign advertisement.How can he possibly believe giving tax breaks to incoming businesses is a good thing? It will do nothing but give them an unfair ...

Power of the Holy Spirit can indwell us

Though the analogy may be an imperfect one, when a caterpillar is metamorphosed into a butterfly, it is iconic or an image of the future resurrection of believers when their vile, sinful bodies (1 John 1:8) will be transformed into sinless, glorified bodies. This is going to be accomplished ...

Trappers need extended permits in park

I like to camp and trap in remote areas of the Adirondack park, mostly to monitor wildlife especially coyote. State Department of Environmental Conservation officers and rangers gave me a ticket for doing this; I need extra extended permits for boats and equipment to do this year- round. I'm ...

Breakfast a great success

The pancake breakfast held at the Mayfield Servicemen's Club was a great success. We would like to thank everyone who attended, with a special thanks to Fuel & Food, Udderly Delicious and Skiff's Dairy for their generous contributions.HANK AKOWICZGloversville

Education system favors bureaucrats

As a rule, I find The Leader-Herald to be a fair and balanced news medium.However, in its editorial Jan. 14 on our recent no vote on the proposed Mayfield-Northville school merger, they address the affect of the vote, not the cause: namely, our New York state education system. Their costly ...

Accept that age of world peace here

Regardless of what one's political party is, we can all be grateful that our present U.S. political administration has so far avoided large-scale, deadly armed conflict.Perhaps our politicians and other leaders around the world realize we are, now more than ever throughout human history, an ...

Wrong to dismiss Smith over endorsement

"Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it; and this I know, my lords, that where laws end, tyranny begins." - William PittThe framers of our Constitution based our government on three separate branches of government: executive, judicial and legislative. Separation of ...

People made walleye tournament a catch

The sixth annual Walleye Ice Fishing Challenge took place Jan. 25 on the Great Sacandaga Lake, with weigh stations in Mayfield at Lanzi's on the Lake and at the Broadalbin boat launch. The tournament once again was a sellout, with 1,750 fishing enthusiasts allowing for 250 more participants ...

Many made career great

After 34 years as a family nurse practitioner and 11 years as a registered nurse, I retired Jan. 2. As most people do during their careers, I often pondered whether my work made any impact on the world.As my retirement became public knowledge, I began receiving cards and notes of appreciation ...

Tobacco industry has deadly marketing tactics

The United States surgeon general says tobacco marketing is a cause of tobacco use. On Jan. 17, the 32nd Report on Smoking and Health was released in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the first Smoking and Health report released in January 1964. This report was the first report to the ...

Editorial going against sheriffs on Act

Regarding the editorial in The Leader-Herald published Jan. 21 about Fulton?County Sheriff Tom Lorey's stance on the NY SAFE Act:The fact is it's not "a number of county sheriffs" against the new laws; it is nearly unanimous with all upstate sheriffs. It amazes me that you, whoever you are (you ...