Letters to the Editor

Place blame where it should be; shame on the taxpayers

Taxpayers should be ashamed. I understand why taxpayers of Johnstown voted the budget down but it was wrong to do so. They blame teachers for the budget issues which is wrong of course. The blame squarely falls on the previous boards and superintendents who failed to do the jobs that they ...

Vote for Patrick Leo for Mayfield’s Board of Education

Even though I don’t have a vote in the upcoming Mayfield Board of Education election, I would like to recommend Patrick Leo as the best candidate for the single seat up for election. My children went to Mayfield schools and I personally think the system is the best around. It is and always ...

Wishing Mr. Bowe luck against the use of eminent domain

I have been following the story of Mr. Robert Bowe’s battle with the Fulton County supervisors and the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency over Mr. Bowe’s land in Hales Mills. I may not have the exact location but I am moved by a taxpayer who has property of value who expects to ...

Watch for the ‘poppy ladies’ to help support the veterans

Watch for the “poppy ladies” Who are they? “Poppy ladies” are members of the American Legion Auxiliary. They are wives, widows, daughters, nieces and granddaughters of veterans. Here in Northville, the American Legion men and auxiliary use to march in parades, host bingo and run the ...

Giardino has proven his worth, vote for him in June

I am writing to express my support for Richard Giardino in his bid for re-election as Fulton County Sheriff. I have known Rich both personally and professionally for many years. No one has more extensive experience than Rich. From his duties as a volunteer firefighter, a village police ...

Family of Kimberly Williams thanks all for their support

The family of Kimberly Williams would like to thank all who came out to support her at the Ephratah Rod and Gun Club on May 12. Although the weather was rainy, it was a great turnout. Special thanks to all the area business in Fulton and Montgomery counties, as well as Greg Baldwin, Michele ...

Eminent domain is seizing private property wrongly

The takings clause of the Fifth Amendment states “ .…nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation,” and it applies to the federal government. Section 1 of the 14th Amendment reaffirms the 5th Amendment and applies to state and local officials. Around 2000, ...

More should be done to keep public aware of budget votes

Today (May 10) I learned that there was a public vote held May 8, approving an increase in the tax levied upon Gloversville property owners for the Gloversville Public Library. As a property owner in Gloversville, I would like to ask how and when this public vote was advertised. I did a simple ...

Do we want more misuse of school money?

I’m writing this letter with regard to the OESJ School District and the pending school vote. The building project for the elementary school called for a new auditorium even though there was already an auditorium at the high school. How much is it going to cost for heat, air conditioning, ...

The governor has bowed out of education oversight

With the passage of a new law that removes the mandatory use of state testing results in the evaluation of teachers (a totally wrong-headed idea), it appears that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has finally given up his attempts to control the education system in New York and to punish the teachers’ union ...

There is no excuse for Trump’s and Stefanik’s failures

All members of Congress take the following oath upon entering public service: “I solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” While the presidential oath is not identical, we expect him to govern by the same ...

Past administrations have caused this tax levy mess

When I first heard about the tax increase proposed by the Greater Johnstown School District, I was shocked and said no way would I vote for that. I attended a presentation by the superintendent, asked questions, did some research on my own, and although I still didn’t like the idea of the big ...

Help is needed to keep Memorial Day tradition alive

To the friends in our community: The Gloversville Parade Committee has continually worked to ensure the tradition of remembering our veterans and those in our armed services. With the state of the world, it is even more important to continue to remember and support those who have kept us safe ...

Nothing but a sham and smear job against the president

United States attorneys are principal officers of the federal government and in accordance with the Appointments Clause of the Constitution are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Five U.S. Code 1211 (b) is the statute which authorizes that only the president can appoint a ...

Thank you for helping out the veterans

To all veterans in Montgomery County: How do you thank 20 to 30 kids, teachers and parents that came April 13, and raked, cleared up our whole yard. Teachers, Kathlyn McCarthy and Sheri Boardman and the Future Farmers of America and Junior Future Farmers of America from Fonda-Fultonville ...

Sounds like the board is using scare tactics

When Johnstown school district taxpayers hear that 78 percent of the school budget goes to employees, in salaries and benefits, one wonders why the board chooses to eliminate sports and kindergarten if the proposed 35 percent tax increase is defeated in the election. This sounds like the ...

Third annual ‘Zach and Zack’ scholarship tourney a success

The third annual “Zach and Zack” (Zachary Biron/Zackery Holmes Memorial Scholarship) bowling tournament was held March 30 at Arterial Lanes in Gloversville. Zach Biron and Zack Holmes are two of our local young men that were taken from us way too soon. This tournament was started in 2017 ...

‘Thank you’ to everyone who helped me when I fell

I would like to thank everyone who helped me when I fell in the Hannaford parking lot — the manager, employees and customers, the gentleman who helped me up, the EMT who assisted me and the ladies who took care of my groceries. I am doing fine and thank you all again. ...

Smaller schools are the solution

They will never stop a lot of “big shots and big wigs.” Love them so they can “feather their nest.” It use to be an honor to serve our country. Not now, look out, “there are a lot of wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Our New York state Thruway was supposed to be paid for by dues. ...

A little ironic sarcasm on huggers and sniffers

I never thought it would happen to me, but the police finally caught me—the “politically correct” police, that is. The crime: friendliness— "The act of being a friend and showing it.” Now I have to “un-friend’ someone. It’s hard because I hate to lose a friend. I don’t have ...