Letters to the Editor

A bit about oil and our dependence on it

A bit about oil. The lowest cost oil comes from the Middle East, where it is readily accessible, which makes it cheap. Dambisa Moya in “Winner Take All” states that “most oil, Norway excepted, is controlled by powerful, often fabulously wealthy, frequently tyrannical ruling families or ...

Two-tiered justice system is to be reviled, not revered

There is compelling evidence that Jussie Smollett filed a false police report. This offense is a misdemeanor punishable by jail, a fine, and probation. Given that the evidence was compelling and that Smollett was indicted by a grand jury, his case would normally be heard in a court of law where ...

Praise the Lord’ should be applied to everyday life

Baruch HaShem. It means in Jewish language “praise the Lord.” Applied to every day life, we wake up from a night’s sleep with a celebration of a new day. We have breath in our lungs and our heart is circulating blood through our arteries and veins. From a scriptural standpoint, we can ...

Background checks for all gun sales

In the months leading up to the Democrats’ takeover of the House, Republicans warned of the Left’s desire to start overturning the Second Amendment. One of the first acts of the new majority was to introduce H.R. 8 to require a background check for every firearm sale. In other words, a bill ...

Clean water needs to be a top priority

Would you drink a glass of water with a straw made of 100 percent lead? It is possible that you already do. The thought of lead-contaminated drinking water may conjure up images of the terrible situation in Flint, Mich., but in communities across the nation, including locally, many of the ...

With sadness, JAVAC now a thing of the past

I am sad to announce that as of March 26, the Johnstown Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps (JAVAC) has officially closed their doors. The Johnstown Fire Department commenced coverage for the city as of Jan. 7, and will be the primary Emergency Medical Service provider for the city of Johnstown. ...

Individual healthcare planning, decision-making

April 16, 2019, is National Healthcare Decisions Day. In furtherance of St. Mary’s Mission and Values, particularly our respect for human dignity, we encourage individual awareness of and participation in advance healthcare planning and decision-making. Making healthcare decisions is ...

OFA: March is National Nutrition Month

The Fulton County Office for the Aging Senior Nutrition Program recognizes March as National Nutrition Month. We join the statewide efforts to deliver high quality, nutritious meals to older New Yorkers as part of the national March for Meals campaign. New York is a leader in providing the ...

State budget, as it stands, will hurt local taxpayers

The state budget currently being negotiated by state lawmakers will be a real negative for local taxpayers. It includes the Internet Fairness Act, which will require New Yorkers to pay sales taxes on more of their online purchases. At the same time, it takes the local share of those tax ...

Erroneous letter to the editor title

My letter to the editor, published in the March 22, 2019 edition of The Leader-Herald newspaper, was erroneously titled “Renegotiate the bargaining agreements and get tough.” Due to what I view as a Leader-Herald web-site issue, the title I submitted was not utilized. I have spoken with ...

GJSD: Everyone must give for the greater good

The Greater Johnstown School District is in dire straits as it considers a potential 50 percent tax levy increase. Major missteps that have brought the district to this point include: overuse of fund balance, i.e. “under-taxing” and not keeping up with the cost of doing business and ...

Water Board should consider hiring in house

On March 11, I made a presentation to the city of Johnstown’s Water Board. The topic was their beginning the process to hire a water superintendent. My presentation was to ask the Water Board to seriously consider hiring “in house.” Section C-6.2. titled “water superintendent”of the ...

Why is the state so late to refund taxes

For the third year in a row, the state is late on giving back refunds. I filed my taxes in February, and got my federal refund a week later. I still haven’t gotten my state refund. Two years ago I didn’t get my state refund until August. Last year it was May. Returns should be sent ASAP. ...

Making a mockery of citizenship

There are now three Congressional districts that are represented by women whose loyalty to the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights in particular, is highly questionable. Two districts are represented by anti-Semitic Islamists (Rashida Tlaeb and Ilhan Omar), and the other district is ...

Innocent until proven guilty

In this country there are many people who have been alleged to have committed crimes which leads to their arrest. But that doesn’t mean the individual actually committed the crime. Most recently celebrities such as Empire actor Jussie Smollett was indicted on 16 disorderly conduct felony ...

The real neglect must be placed on state’s doorstep

Facing dire financial circumstances, Johnstown’s school superintendent Dr. Patricia Kilburn predicted higher school taxes while holding out the hope of closing a second grade school because of lower enrollment. But what seemed lacking in her presentation were major structural changes yet, ...

Who really are the Democrats?

They were the party that supported, backed and were members of the KKK. There were the party that backed and still support Planned Parenthood, even though their founder set it up to restrict the number of black babies being born in this country. Now they even support and have passed laws in ...

March is colorectal cancer awareness month, get screened

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, so on behalf of the Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties, I’d like to share some valuable information and clear up a few myths about colon cancer. All men and women ages 50 to 75 years old should be screened ...

The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round

On Feb. 28, 2017, the Gloversville Common Council awarded a contract for a regional transportation study to RLS Associates of Dayton, Ohio. (Leader-Herald March 6, 2017). The state Department of Transportation approved the study in January 2017, to look into the feasibility of creating a ...

Two caucuses amount to racism against white men

The Civil War was fought to end slavery and subsequently the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments gave slaves citizenship status. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 ended segregation in public places and banned employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national ...