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Letters to the Editor

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer (colon cancer) is the second leading cause of cancer death in New York state. Each year, more than 9,000 New Yorkers get colorectal cancer and more than 3,000 die as a result, but it doesn’t have to be this way. With regular screenings, colorectal cancer could be prevented ...

Military veterans should be given school tax exemptions

Generally, those who serve our military are held in high esteem. However, it would appear that some local school boards do not extend the same respect to vets as the general public. According to the superintendent of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District, only 40 percent of school boards ...

Town of Johnstown: 2019 year in review vol. III

Volunteer Fire Departments (VFD) were on edge, while the supervisor conducted a consolidation empowerment grant that was to evaluate the departments, notably during a time of bankruptcy of the local EMS Ambulance Services. Though a study may be beneficial the route taken was unprofessional by ...

Donald Trump is the opposite of what a Christian should be

There is a man who has done the following: 1. Illegally kept blacks out of his apartment building. 2. Fought hard for the death penalty for the Central Park five. They were late released. 3. For many years said President Obama was born in Kenya. 4. He called black African countries, ...

An open letter to Representative Elise Stefanik:

I write this with great sadness, and deep fear for our nation. I have been a Republican my entire adult life, and have never before felt so embarrassed and angry at my party’s leadership. I spent three decades of my career as a judge, standing for the Rule of Law as a force for solving the ...

Town of Johnstown: 2019 year in review vol. II

In the past four years, the failed policies that have been identified hit target and showed in the election. Elections showed a reduction in votes towards supervisor (655), two councilmen (621, 606), clerk (706), and highway supervisor (737) out of a whole number (885), see the Official Fulton ...

Thank you to those who made soups for Loopie’s cook off

I would like to thank all of the people who made and donated their favorite soups to the soup cook off at Loopie’s Irish Pub to benefit the Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The event took place on Jan. 26. Thank you to everyone who attended the event and ...

Global warming is here, and will be getting worse, a lot worse

So you don’t think that global warming is here? The Amazon is on fire, Australia is on fire, California is on fire, and even Alaska burned this summer. Category 4 and 5 hurricanes are more frequent, tornado season lasts much longer, devastating floods have been occurring worldwide, as has ...

Two sets of rules: One for government, one for governed

Article I of the U.S. Constitution vests legislative power solely in Congress. The framers never intended to empower Congress to delegate it’s law-making authority to executive branch agencies (see https://www.gradesaver.com/the-federalist-papers/study-guide/summary-essay-47). Federal Court ...

Tedra Cobb’s ambition is to serve residents of our district

To no one’s surprise, on Feb. 5, the Senate chose not to convict Donald Trump. We did learn some things in the process. One is this: how much Elise Stefanik loves Donald Trump. Or pretends to. When first elected, Elise Stefanik was the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Her mentor was ...

Gloversville sidewalks are not being shoveled or salted

This winter in Gloversville we have had many storms. Unfortunately, most sidewalks are not shoveled or salted. I thought it was a city code that states they needed to be maintained in the winter. If it is a code, then its not being enforced at all. I walk everywhere and unfortunately have to ...

Julius Caesar and pretenses to justify exorbitant demands

These words were written by Julius Caesar over 2,000 years ago, describing Cassius. “Being greatly in debt, he resolved to pay it by laying heavy burdens upon the province: and, according to the custom of prodigals, made his liberalities a pretense to justify the most exorbitant demands. He ...

Kudos to those who attended the annual March for Life

Kudos to the throngs of men and women, boys and girls from all over our nation who made the trip to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life and congratulations to President Trump for being there. But where were our local liberal politicians? Oh, I forgot, they just don’t care! RICH ...

Town of Johnstown: 2019 year in review vol. I

The NYS Comptroller identified management issues via verbal report regarding town operations and a written fuel audit released in December 2019. The comptroller was on and off site from April 15, to Oct. 17, 2019. Per the fuel audit the town is taking measures to assure accountability, ...

Families of Schoharie limousine tragedy grateful for legislation

To your readers: The families of the Oct. 6, 2018, Schoharie limousine tragedy are very grateful that Governor Cuomo has signed into law all of the legislation proposed and passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly. These laws were a necessary first step to address significant safety ...

Gag me with spoon: Democrats’ performance lacked decorum

Disgusting! The performance exhibited by the Democrats in the House of Representatives during the president’s address last night lacked even a hint of decorum. Their behavior was a calculated insult to the president and to the American people — a real slap in the face. The Democrats sat on ...

Some cancers can be prevented and the risk can be lowered

Feb. 4 was Cancer Prevention Day and the Community Cancer Prevention in Action Program (CPiA) has great news to share — some cancers can be prevented and the risk for getting cancer can be lowered. The CPiA is working in your community to increase the adoption of sun safety policies and ...

Cancer Services Program gives facts about cancer screening

The Cancer Services Program of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties has great news to share: some cancers can be prevented, and Feb. 4 was Cancer Prevention Day. The CSP provides breast, cervical and colon cancer screening to eligible, uninsured New Yorkers. These cancer screenings ...

Wasting time dodging and ducking those Democratic darts

No one is flawless — he may be a bit “scruffy” at times, but impeachment? Ban! Since President Trump took office, many significant record breaking improvements have occurred regarding our economy, employment, the stock market, and our military. Now, imagine how much it would have been ...

Roberts rules of disorder: Justice has decision to make

Until he retired, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wavered in his support of both the right-wing and the left-wing blocs. His vote was the tie-breaker in several contentious five-to-four split decisions While Kennedy admirably sided with the right-wing bloc on some decisions I believe he ...