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Letters to the Editor

HUD a Trojan horse for places that don’t want inner-city residents

The U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development, once headed by Andrew Cuomo (a left-wing tyrannical reprobate in my humble opinion), was admonished by the SCOTUS for violating the free speech rights of citizens who opposed HUD-financed housing in their neighborhoods (see “HUD officers ...

People self-righteousness by not complying until virus controlled

It is a sad day for this country and the innocent people who have died and those who cared for them while being afflicted with the COVID-19 virus. People are showing their true colors of self-righteousness when they refuse to comply with CDC guidelines and the request of the government to ...

To sit back and allow virus to invade Hamilton Co. is crazy

Dear sweet Jesus in Heaven, I pray to you to let you know we are governed by crazies in Hamilton County, from Gov. Cuomo to mayor to law enforcement to health department leaders to elected officials, teachers and primary care physicians. To just sit back and allow the virus to invade Hamilton ...

If Stefanik can’t speak truth to Trump she lost right to represent

The World Health Organization has been in the news recently. One reason is because the WHO is a crucial worldwide organization in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The WHO has long played an essential role in combating diseases such as smallpox, polio, leprosy, HIV/AIDS and Ebola. The ...

Authority and power derived from the consent of governed

The federal and state governments have broad powers in the face of the current public health crisis to take reasonable actions which may “temporarily” infringe on your rights.  There are substantial Constitutional implications involved in the executive orders that have been issued. The ...

Law enforcement who enforce shutdown not fit to wear badge

New Yorkers and the residents of other states, most of which have Democrat governors, continue to lock down their economies. Sole proprietors and employees of corporations who have been arbitrarily and capriciously deemed non-essential are suffering from severe emotional and financial ...

I refuse to die because of your ignorance of facts and science

I am not the brightest lamplight on the block, but I do process facts, apparently better than Fox News and its viewers. They prefer alternative facts, one of the most idiotic phrases ever quoted by the ‘Trumpers’. Facts are facts and there are no alternatives to truth, even if your ...

Trump will blame others for his failure while claiming great job

In emergencies — floods, hurricanes, war, terrorist attacks — the federal government has always taken the lead. It alone has the resources and authority to manage large scale responses to national emergencies. How has Trump prepared for this national health emergency? Since 2018, the ...

America needs to wake up: Cannot continue on this path

As President Trump continues to lead this country by making decisions based on gut instinct, many of which have failed, the nation continues to suffer the consequences. His failure to heed warnings from advisers and his refusal to listen to medical experts has put our population in great peril. ...

Why not name this new virus the ‘Leap Year Virus’?

I was listening to President Trump this last Thursday during an update on our world’s big virus problem. He was bragging about how his staff has many people who haven’t had any sleep in days. I think he should be complaining about them as everybody knows you can’t make good decisions ...

President has been complete failure in duty to protect people

I am 81 years old, a veteran and worked for the federal government for 28 years. I have lived during the time of several wars and several presidents. But this is the first time with this pandemic war, when the president has not taken charge and responsibility. This president has tried to make ...

We need to pick up after our pups have done their ‘work’

During this crisis of coronavirus, I’ve witnessed a silver lining: It is, indeed, wonderful to see a large increase of citizens walking their dogs in our neighborhoods. However, keep in mind that we need to pick up after our pups have done their “work.” I have received calls and concerns ...

We need to elect someone who will take responsibility

As a Republican, in the midst of this COVID-19 virus crisis, I am ashamed of Trump’s response to it. He turns press conferences into election rallies, boasts and grandstands. This is not a game show, not a time to brag about ratings or “likes.” It’s a time to get down to brass tacks, ...

War gardens could provide some added protections

Charles L. Pack came up with an idea, in 1917, called the “War Garden” during WWI and it continued into WWII due to the hardship and pressure placed on industry such as transportation and goods. The war garden became a form of accomplishment that provided individual satisfaction / morale ...

Mayfield Church has been running thrift shop for 35 years

Before we all put our lives on hold, The Leader-Herald ran an article about the First Presbyterian Church’s thrift shop — the best kept secret around. They have been in business for 8 years. Well, we at the Mayfield United Methodist Church have been running a thrift shop for 35 years. ...

PrayerPlace here for those who would like to reach out

During this strange time of social distancing, I wanted to reach out and tell you all that I care. I am praying daily for our community. I have started a Facebook group called PrayerPlace for anyone who would like to reach out with any prayer requests. No judgement. All I ask is that you pray ...

Give thanks for food on tables and those who help put it there

Farmers know adversity well. Dealing with the unknown is part of the very nature of what we do every day. Whether it is the weather, fluctuating commodity prices or the issues that come with running a small business, we take what we are dealt and make the best of it. Therefore, New Yorkers ...

Letter to people of Johnstown from Mayor Vernon Jackson

As everyone knows we are experiencing difficult, stressful and anxious times. To all of your working on the frontlines in our healthcare system and those of you working every day in grocery stores, pharmacies, utilities, banks, nursing homes, and restaurants and many other places, because of ...

Choice between stopping virus or protecting economy

President Trump touched more moral hazard when he warned about the “curve that kills” — our sheltering in place — which is stifling the economy, causing massive layoffs. By ending social distancing, he implies the economy would return to normal “by Easter.” However, this could ...

Shameful that district can’t help health workers in time of need

On March 18, Governor Cuomo issued an executive order that mandates school districts develop plans to provide child care for families whose parents and guardians are first responders, health-care workers, or other essential personnel. The March 21, response from the Broadalbin-Perth School ...