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Letters to the Editor

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 ...

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month and although many may not realize it, trafficking happens here in our communities. Human trafficking is nothing less than a form of modern day slavery. Its victims are forced, coerced, defrauded and exploited for sexual purposes, compelled ...

The sky is falling: Democrats’ battle cry is ‘Abuse of power’

Abuse of power! Abuse of power! It’s the Democrats’ new battle cry. Yet, assuming that Trump had abused his power in the first place, such abuse is not a criminal matter let alone an impeachable offense. (I’m aware that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, for one, was impeached for corruption ...

Democrats in Virginia could catalyze next bloody rebellion

In Virginia, a racist governor who would violate his Hippocratic Oath by allowing late-term aborted live babies to die, and the Democrat-controlled statehouse, seek to “steer the state to the left on abortion, gun control, public benefits for illegal immigrants, LGBT issues, taxes and ...

In the eyes of the world, we are inhumane, untrustworthy, selfish

“Make America Great Again”? Hah! The world considered Nazi Germany to be the “evil empire” when they locked up Jews in concentration camps. What does this say about Trump’s policy of separating families at the border, families fleeing drought, starvation, and violence, and locking the ...

We need the earth but the earth does not need us

My son said, “we need the earth but the earth does not need us.” So true. What are you doing to help the earth? Mowing, she doesn’t like. A perfect lawn isn’t perfect. She likes wild flowers like we use to have. Daisies, buttercups, violets, dog tooth violets we picked in the woods when ...

Johnstown Retired Teachers committed to the community

I read with interest “GJSD staff stays active in community” (Jan. 13 issue). I wholeheartedly commend the dedication of these Johnstown teachers beyond the classroom. I appreciated that the Leader-Herald highlighted their contributions. I would like to call your readers’ attention to ...

Authority should not be confused with legitimacy

There are now bills that have been introduced in both houses of the New York State legislature, S1278 and A7348 (see https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/S1278) that propose to enact “The Automatic Voter Registration Act.” Illegal and legal immigrants who have New York drivers ...

Why does a governor travel except in state which he governs?

While the middle class in Upstate New York suffer under fiscal programs that seem to only benefit New York City, our governor has decided to visit Puerto Rico to tour the recent earthquake devastation. As a taxpayer, I need to ask, why the governor of New York needs to travel anywhere except ...

‘For Whom the Bells Toll’: In remembrance of precious children

On Friday, Jan. 24, buses from the Capitol District area will be bringing people to Washington, D.C. to join in the annual March for Life, in remembrance of over 61 million babies whose lives brutally ended in abortion. Locally on Wednesday, January 22 (the 47th year of Roe vs. Wade), ...

Keep the belief in the reality of Jesus Christ in your life

The following narrative, though old, ancient and very true contains some profound truths on faith. I must write about it because like one of the protagonists in the narrative, we at some points in our lives doubted the reality of Jesus. To begin with, for several sorrowful frightened ...

Thank you to those who made contributions to Ft. Plain Library

On behalf of Fort Plain Free Library staff and members of the Board of Trustees, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to all of the local businesses, families, and individuals who made contributions in support of our specialty basket raffles and our holiday open house on Dec. 1. ...

Ways to prevent cervical cancer — vaccination and screening

If you could prevent cancer, wouldn’t you? You can. In fact, there are two ways to prevent cervical cancer — vaccination and screening. Most cervical cancers are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Being vaccinated against HPV could prevent most cervical cancers. The HPV vaccine is ...

Act of kindness a welcome ray of hope for mankind

It was a normal Sunday on Dec. 29, early afternoon in Hannaford, an impending ice storm for the next day or so, where I was astonished and overwhelmed to tears when a young lady and her husband in line ahead of me surprisingly paid for my groceries. I had gone to the 14 items or less line in ...