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Op-Ed Columns

How can they be called good cops?

By Leonard Pitts For two weeks now, outrage has convulsed America: pundits, preachers, protesters, and at least one “severely conservative” GOP senator all raising their voices to condemn police brutality. Yet, here’s the startling truth: No one has made a stronger case against the ...

Let them risk their lives

By JOHN STOSSEL Deaths from COVID-19 are dropping, but we probably can’t resume normal life until someone develops a vaccine. Experts say it will take at least 12 to 18 months. Why so long? Because to make sure a vaccine works, researchers must recruit lots of volunteers and wait for ...

Romney didn’t win, did he?

By Jonah Goldberg “Romney didn’t win, did he?” That was former Senate Democratic majority leader Harry Reid’s response to whether he regretted lying about then-GOP presidential nominee — and now Utah senator — Mitt Romney. Reid accused Romney on the Senate floor in 2012, when ...

Joe, just say Amy

By KATHLEEN PARKER It is rarely a good idea to make campaign promises that put you in a box or could go very wrong, as nearly every president can attest. Joe Biden must have skipped that chapter in the campaign how-to handbook. He’s now stuck with vows to appoint women and minorities to ...

A marketing decision

By Jonah Goldberg The first thing to remember about vice presidential picks is that they are marketing decisions. That is, once a candidate has been deemed qualified to be president, the only thing that matters is what the choice says about the person at the top of the ticket. It wasn’t ...

With death toll mounting, Trump keeps tweeting

By Leonard Pitts Always before, there have been words. Always before, someone crafted them with writerly skill and gave them to the president to give to us. Always, before. When seven people died aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, President Ronald Reagan spoke of how, just that morning, ...

A different candidate

By JOHN STOSSEL We have a choice! Next presidential election, we don’t have to decide between two big-spending candidates, neither of whom has expressed much interest in limited government. Now, we have a third serious choice. This week, Dr. Jo Jorgensen, a psychology lecturer at ...

Economic recovery and Congress

By GEORGE F. WILL From the University of Chicago’s Becker Friedman Institute — named for Milton Friedman and Gary Becker, two of the university’s 30 Nobel laureates in economics — comes this warning: Recovery from the pandemic’s economic damage will be protracted and perhaps made ...

Cashing in on contact tracing

By MICHELLE MALKIN Look out. An “army of contact tracers” is about to be unleashed on America. Corporations, political lobbyists and government bureaucracies all win. Privacy, freedom and family autonomy all lose. Big time. You may have already heard of the aptly named House Bill 6666, ...

Caroga Town Board special statement

On Oct. 17, 2019, the town was served with a lawsuit brought by John Livingston (Livingston lawsuit) to stop the referendum on Sherman’s and stop the sale of Sherman’s to the Caroga Arts Collective. It should be noted that in an email last year, Mr. Livingston advised the board that the ...

Assault on Western civilization

By WALTER WILLIAMS Western civilization was founded on a set of philosophies that focus strongly on the sanctity of individuals and their power of logic and reason. This belief led to a desire to trust things that could be proven to be true or legitimate, from government to science. ...

Democrats want to insure illegals, don’t care about vets and middle class

By BETSY MCCAUGHEY It’s official. Democratic Party Chair Tom Perez confirms the Party fully endorses free health care for illegal immigrants. That puts illegals ahead of veterans struggling to qualify for civilian care, middle-class working stiffs priced out of Obamacare and baby boomers ...

‘Real America’ inside the Beltway

By SALENA ZITO It is often said our nation’s capital is filled with wealthy college-educated elites operating in a company town where everything is transactional. They are a clubby set of folks who can “fail up” in their profession and rarely interact meaningfully with anyone who ...

GJSD eyes 50% tax levy proposal?

Guest editorial By THOMAS W. SUYDAM I pay my school taxes like everyone else and trust that “adults” are spending the money wisely in our behalf to educate our children, our next generation of adults. Revenues: “Revenues aren’t keeping pace…” Without specificity, I’m left ...

A witch hunt or investigation by a brutal book?

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO The nation has paused this week from its toxic political battles to remember the kindness and gentleness of President George H.W. Bush. He was kind to Bill Clinton, who defeated him in 1992, and to Ross Perot, whose unusual entry into the presidential race that ...

Budget proposal filled with downstate spending

By Marc W. Butler After spending some time poring over the governor’s budget proposal, it leaves me with the same sense of disappointment as it is filled with downstate-heavy spending, costly programs, and hidden tax increases. The governor has spent his early weeks of the year setting ...

Op-ed did not use the facts

Much has been said about the new federal tax plan. Most of it hyperbole, lacking in facts.The most recent was an op-ed by Star Parker. For example, she cites Bernie Sanders, whom she calls the “most famous socialist” as saying this is a massive attack on the middle class and a boon for ...

Were Fulton County leaders true to their words?

Okay, time to look back and see if anything Fulton County’s leaders said at the start of the year came true. Let’s take stuff the heads of the county Board of Supervisors and the cities of Gloversville and Johnstown said in January and regurgitate it in December. We’ll start with ...

The spector of censorship

By RAFAEL POLO I am tired. Yes, I am tired of current education administrators, politicians, and media analysts telling us how to think and act. I’m from a fortunate generation that had teachers that taught us logic and highly encouraged us to read all points of view. To read fiction, ...