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Letters to the Editor

Power is greed — quit thinking about just yourself

The media seems to be mixed up as far as the role it should be playing in today’s politics. Instead of showing that Congress can work together when they passed the bill on our national parks, the Leader only mentioned Elise Stefanik’s support and not our senators. The Democrats and ...

Return the rims and restore fun and humanity to city

My heart was crushed the other night. Visiting with my parents for several weeks now, I have enjoyed watching the 15-20 teenage boys and girls enjoying evening basketball at the State Street court, Johnstown. On Friday night (July 31) I saw that both rims had been removed. How sad. Such a fun ...

Being critical of Stefanik is due to what we are seeing

Jon Stead, the top Republican official in Fulton County, recently wrote to The Leader-Herald expressing being tired of letters critical of our representative, Elise Stefanik. Mr. Stead suggests this it is “a half-dozen or so people” who are parroting talking points they have been fed by ...

What is happening in our country? Vote Biden, Cobb

Holy cow. Demonstrators in Portland, Ore. were spirited away recently in unmarked vans by federal “secret police,” and the moms who went out to shield them were tear gassed. Is this Nazi. Germany or Communist Russia? These are fascist and communist tactics. What is happening to this ...

City of Johnstown — Who’s in charge?

The recent newspaper articles regarding the city of Johnstown’s financial operations, i.e. lack of adherence to internal controls, accountability, departmental cooperation, “pervasive inaction,” you name it, are very disturbing. To read that the city’s chief financial officer is ...

Stanton’s legacy remains important for our area

There is a very interesting and informative article in the August 2020 issue of National Geographic (pp. 100ff), “Women, a Century of Change” that is important to those of us living in this area. On the second page is a splendid photograph of Colin Jenkins, the great-great-granddaughter of ...

Cobb better choice than Stefanik for NY-21

In Jon Stead’s recent letter to the editor, he criticized the recurring letters to The Leader-Herald from the “same half-dozen or so people penning letters attacking Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.” While I do not believe I have been critical of Ms. Stefanik, I share the legitimate concerns ...

Our country is at a turning point in terms of police protection

What a dangerously stupid notion. You might as well, “Cry ‘Havoc,’ and Let Slip the Dogs of War!,” for that is certainly what would happen if the police were “defunded.” In such a disorganized and dangerous world, civilization itself would soon follow the police authorities — into ...

Broadalbin taxpayers should be able to use Broadalbin Beach

In the world of business, financial investment is usually well planned. A well-developed plan not only looks forward to the rewards but also addresses any potential roadblocks to the plan’s success. Once the financial plan is launched, it is continuously monitored for good results and ...

Stefanik has done little for Johnstown-Gloversville area

I recently read a letter to the editor from Jon Stead on the qualities of Elise Stefanik. I would point out that Mr. Stead may have political motive for writing this letter. More importantly I would remind all how little Ms. Stefanik has done for the Gloversville and Johnstown area. ...

Cobb’s accomplishments have been well documented

It is crystal clear that you and your recent fact-free letter criticizing people for “attacking” Elise Stefanik suffer from severe, intellectual and civic malnutrition. Nourish your intellect. Do your homework, Mr. Stead, because the “half dozen or so, (your tally is off), people ...

Pine Tree Rifle Club to honor veterans with annual picnic

Every year for the past four years, Pine Tree Rifle Club has done a picnic for our area veterans. This picnic is totally free for our veterans, our heroes who have done so much for our great country. We can never thank them enough for the sacrifices that they have made so that we have the ...

Cancer screenings remain important for everyone

‘The Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties would like to remind everyone to schedule their breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screenings now. Cancer is still the second leading cause of death in New York state. Doctor’s offices and healthcare ...

Congresswoman Stefanik represents her district well

If you have read the “letters to the editor” section in recent weeks, you have seen the same half-dozen or so people penning letters over and over attacking Congresswoman Elise Stefanik. It is clear that they are all following the same page of unoriginal talking points they were provided by ...

Elect someone who will truly represent our district

New York 21 deserves mature, clear-headed, compassionate leadership that is not a hostage to vagaries of party loyalty or personal ambition. New York 21 deserves a representative familiar with the needs of the people and environment of this district. New York 21 deserves Tedra Cobb. As a ...

Stefanik doesn’t care about our health care

As we all know Representative Stefanik’s position on health care which is to do nothing except repeal and cut. We can look forward to her next endeavor, cutting back Medicare and Social Security. Yes, that’s right as the excess spending the Congress has been doing on the COVID-19 ...

Please pass the Johnstown school budget, say ‘yes’

On behalf of the Johnstown High School Class of 2020, I would like to thank Mr. Hale and the rest of the graduation committee for their efforts in making this year’s ceremonies nothing short of exceptional. Though it was not traditional this year, the hard work and effort which each person ...

Vote ‘yes’ tomorrow on the school budget

The recent school budget vote in Johnstown was yes — 1,526 votes and no — 1,137 votes. Apparently the quiet majority — people who previously didn’t care to vote — came to life and it resulted in just missing the 60 percent of the votes needed to pass the budget. The closeness of the ...

Why I plan to vote against the GJSD budget

I plan to vote against the Greater Johnstown School District budget for several reasons. There has been no meaningful explanation as to what happened to all the savings that were realized due to the March 2020, COVID-19 school shutdown. Surely there must have been meaningful savings in ...

We need solutions to bring us closer together as a country

As a former county district attorney, a former Superior Court judge and the current sheriff of Fulton County, I believe we are at a critical juncture in this country. The divide between certain segments of society and law enforcement is wider and deeper than it has ever been in our ...