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Letters to the Editor

District was not transparent about budget and taxes

The Broadalbin Perth Central School District has a budget vote on June 9. That school district mailed out a Special Budget Edition of their Patriot Press newsletter to the residence of that school district. In that news letter, the headlines stated “Proposed budget down $2.2 million” and it ...

Will there be tax write-offs due to the coronavirus?

With many working at home during the COVID-19 virus and predictions that the policy may continue after the lockdown, what does the IRS and state taxation offer as tax write-offs for this expense? It is possible future stay at home workers could realize a hidden wage increase with deductions ...

What about the secondary casualties?

Everyone talks how many test positive and how many died from COVID-19. You know what people are not talking about? They hardly mention the “secondary casualties”. What are the “secondary casualties” of COVID-19? Those are the people suffering and dying because we cannot diagnose and ...

Caretakers doing great job taking care of Ferndale

To the Ferndale Cemetery caretakers, Bob and Keith, the families of lost one’s buried there thank you for the job you are doing. The cemetery has never looked so good. DOUGLAS VANNOSTRAND Gloversville

If we are at war, who’s the enemy?

Two recent letters to the editor in our local paper take the position that we are in an ideological war. If that’s true, in war both sides bear the responsibility for dehumanizing the other. Political conflict is not war. It isn’t treason to oppose the current administration. There is a ...

Stefanik’s behavior is shameful

Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s latest mailing boast about her appearance on Fox News where she has again played politics but claiming a “Failed Policy” by Gov. Cuomo. This is a made up complaint and issue. She has become a Trump talking head who ”Boldly Goes Where No Politician Has Gone ...

Saving money and Planet Earth

Something small that I started doing just a few short months ago is looking at how we view “trash” in our house. It was somewhat unconscious. I was looking at these produce containers thinking “why don’t I use these to start some seeds?” In my brain I was saving money by not having to ...

Melanoma Awareness Month is in May

May is Melanoma Awareness Month. As we find ourselves staying at home, many of us have ventured to the great outdoors to enjoy the sunshine of the new season. While we enjoy the sunshine we would like you to be sun safe because did you know 1 in 5 Americans will get skin cancer? You don’t ...

America is in an ideological war between 2 political parties

America is engaged in an ideological war between two rival political parties — the Democrats and the Republicans. At the moment this war is a cold Civil War but it could go hot (see https://imprimis.hillsdale.edu/americas-cold-civil-war/). The Democrat Party — and there’s nothing ...

Wake up America, we are at war

Yes there is a war being waged in our country right now. COVID-19 has become the last straw, setting those who want more government “safety” and those who want to be “free and brave” against each other. It makes no difference which side you go with, there will be casualties on both ...

King Andrew needs to go away

Honorable King Andrew, it is time to start opening up upstate New York fully. Though we do have some infections, it is nowhere as widespread as in NYC. Keep those people there and allow the rest of the state to re-open. I would also like to point out that you have overstepped your bounds and ...

Main-stream media is trying to ruin Donald Trump

An alarming number of Americans have come to consider the main-stream media’s dog and pony show to be a real show-stopper. I refer — obliquely — to the media’s scheme to destroy the president of the United States. Their strategy is 3-pronged: Discredit, mislead, ridicule. Discredit. ...

Our community is fortunate to have these essential workers

As the executive director of the Mental Health Association in Fulton & Montgomery Counties, I have the privilege of working with so many amazing women and men every day. This has not been ever more apparent than now. I say that because we are an agency that provides residential services ...

Let the politicians live on half pay and see what they say

I have a suggestion I would like you to share with any and all city, county and state representatives that you can contact. It would seem that all mayors, county managers and governors have a problem balancing a budget. May suggestion is, don’t ask the federal government for financial aid ...

Thank you to all the essential workers

We would like to says thanks to the local essential workers for all they do. The Johnstown Price Chopper essential workers are a very hard working group and are kind to older people. HARRIET NELLIS Johnstown

75th V.E. Day anniversary

Today, May 8, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of V. E. Day. On that date, Germany, the last axis European power, surrendered. Italy surrendered in 1943, Romania, Bulgaria and Finland in 1944 and Hungary earlier in 1945. Japan would surrender in September. All but one of the aggressors were ...

Mental well-being is just as important as physical health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Our mental well-being is just as important as our physical health and is an essential part of our overall wellness. Mental health exists on a continuum and can range anywhere from mental wellness to mental illness; where an individual falls on that ...

Please do not vote for anyone who supports Trump’s ignorance

Gadzooks! First, in spite of evidence to the contrary, melting polar icecaps, warming oceans, etc., Trump denies global warming. Then, with COVID-19 victims being kept in refrigerated trucks in New York City and New Jersey because the morgues are overwhelmed, he denies that we have a problem. ...

‘Mowitis’ kills all the wild flowers but brings pollinators

Lately I look out my kitchen window to the south. There is a tall “weed” — plant out there. I found it a couple of years ago. It has beautiful yellow flowers up and down the stem. Yesterday, Mr. and Mrs. wild canary, known as gold finches, were all up and down the stem having a seed ...

Emperor Andrew Cuomo is taking away all our freedoms

It is time to take New York back from the presumptive Emperor Andrew Cuomo. He is slowly taking away all the freedoms granted us by the U.S. Constitution. There was never a law passed by our duly elected Assemblymen and state Senators to lockdown this state. Closing schools, stores, ...