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Letters to the Editor

Rickson graduates from basic training

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Army Reserve Pvt. Robert K. Rickson has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning.During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first ...

Letter caused confusion, wonderment

I read Patrica Bender's letter to the editor published March 15 regarding "deficits" by recent White House administrations with confusion and wonderment.Confusion as to where on Forbes she found her article - I spent hours trying to find the article she alludes to - and wonder of what the ...

What was Biden doing?

Regarding the issue in Crimea: Where on earth does the vice president get off running his mouth and volunteering my services and my life to defend NATO allies?As a citizen of the United States, I do not condone the actions of President Barack Obama or Vice President Joe Biden.The people of ...

Return all workers to the middle class

A recent editorial by The Leader-Herald discussing the overtime issue currently playing out in the town of Johnstown was surprising. While I personally disagree with the resolution passed by the town, I was more concerned at the editorial board's perception of the condition of working families, ...

Self-esteem important for a good future

The way people look at you is determined by the way you look at yourself.When our esteem gets tested, our image and self-worth may get battered and bruised and sometimes broken beyond repair.There was a time when I considered myself normal and trusted by others. That was before the dreaded C ...

Johnstown Town Board doing its job

Regarding Kelly Bradt's letter to the editor published March 6, claiming Johnstown's Town Board is apparently trying to "destroy the highway department" and "'punish' them by taking away overtime pay." She states: "The highway department has the only employees who work all hours of the day, ...

Gambling can be costly for society

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Empirical studies report the costs on society of one pathological gambler are about $9,000 per year as noted in "The Hidden Social Costs of Gambling" by Earl L. Grinols of Baylor University.To those who play gambling games, please do it responsibly by ...

Get head shaved, help cancer research

St. Baldrick's Foundation is a childhood cancer charity that funds research to help find cures for children with cancer. The foundation raises money for childhood cancer research primarily through head-shaving events. Volunteers, sponsored by family, friends and employers, shave their heads in ...

Princeton Plan a waste

I was dismayed to see the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education had decided to implement the Princeton Plan, or as I prefer to call it the "Princeton Shuffle."From articles in the spring, I had assumed that this was just an idea that was being studied. Now I find that it has been ...

Gloversville council not helping city

This letter is to the Gloversville Common Council: I am one of three members who serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals. This committee is supposed to have five members, but you have chosen not to allow that to happen. This makes conducting business very difficult. Three is a majority, so we can ...

Embrace the grace Christ offers man

"Moses does not run the believer's life. If he did, the believer would be subject to the legal interpretation of the law and would in fact, fail to meet God's standards and would sin in his sight." - Don Wilton, pastor of Spartanburg, S.C., First Baptist Church.Legalism and grace: Paul writes ...

Community shows support

On behalf of the Wheelerville Union Free School PTO, we would like to thank our staff, students and their families for helping make our fundraiser such a success. We recently had a snack food drive to donate to the New York Oncology Hematology Center in Amsterdam, N.Y., for patients who are ...

Republicans also have added to deficit

A recent article in The Leader-Herald described the Republicans in Congress as critical of the Obama administration for government spending and increasing the federal deficit. The Republicans neglected to mention the records of both parties in regard to deficit spending. Here is the record ...

Washington didn’t visit

In response to the letter to the editor published March 9 that was written by Betty L. Younglove: The recently erected historical marker at out colonial jail specifying that General Lafayette rather than General Washington visited Johnstown was paid for jointly by the Fulton County Board of ...

Take part in Kick Butts Day

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. This year, Kick Butts Day will be recognized Wednesday.Reality Check coordinators from Hamilton, Fulton and Montgomery counties will attend Canajoharie's Family Fun Day ...

School official’s arrest raises questions

I have been doing some thinking on the matter of drugs in the Gloversville Enlarged School District.Recently, the assistant superintendent was arrested for allegedly having drugs on his person and in his car - these are facts. He has not been fired from his job, but instead has been placed on ...

Casino in Fulton County?

Just wondering why I'm hearing much talk and some aggressive canvassing for a casino in every other area but Fulton County.Based on our county being the most depressed and having among the highest unemployment rates in the state, it would seem this would be the No. 1 priority for the powers ...

Highway employees deserve better

In response to the letter to the editor, "Other areas to cut in town": Kelly is right on the mark here. The town of Johnstown Highway employees unselfishly work long hours in the winter to ensure our highways are open and safe. How can the board think they could possibly accomplish that without ...

Many helped fundraiser

The Wildlife Sports & Educational Museum would like to thank the following businesses and people that made our fundraiser event very successful.First, the use of the Johnstown Moose Club and cook, Allen Knoblauch and his staff. The 90 businesses that gave us merchandise, gift ...

Take on pre-K was cynical, shortsighted

I read with interest this newspaper's editorial stating the concept of universal pre-kindergarten is fine for progressive constituencies like New York City, but shouldn't be imposed on the rest of us since we have other priorities.Studies have consistently proven that students who have had the ...