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Op-Ed Columns

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, ...

Think of the taxpayer before spending

My wish someday is to see government not treat taxpayers so cavalierly while spending their money. Ha! That goes for all levels of government — federal, state, city ... all the way down. Unfortunately, we see municipalities put on the spot routinely to annually shovel out money when ...

What did the Senate hope to accomplish?

The GOP Health care plan collapsed in the Senate. What did the GOP health care plan hope to accomplish? First, Medicaid cuts was going to be affected. To begin with, Medicaid cuts would have been “political insanity.” Twenty three million Americans would have been without health care ...

City seems to have more strays than usual

It’s early. The sun is just starting to break over the horizon as I slip on a pair of beat up old sneakers. I ease myself out the door, trying to keep the excited, impatient, wiggling mass of black and white fur next to me inside. He cries an agitated whine that sounds more like a steam ...

Time for professional city managers

This past year we’ve seen the following headlines in The Leader Herald: ∫ Johnstown Tax increase remains at 9 percent (11/04/16) ∫ Fulton County budget edges in with 1.6% increase (11/15/16) ∫ County approves 4 percent ‘bed’ tax (3/14/17) ∫ 3.5% levy hike facing voters in ...

America on the path to restoring goodness

Under the guise of freedom, evil in America follows what seems a trajectory of unlimited reign. God always states, “This far and no further.” There will come a time when the verdict of heaven overturns the verdict of time. God will pass judgment on the evil and all who have concealed their ...

Gloversville fire-pit regulations unfriendly

Let’s talk about something that burns me up. Now that outdoor backyard summertime fun is in full swing, let’s examine something that’s not so fun — getting a $25 annual “recreational” fire permit from the city of Gloversville. First, let’s start with the cost. Doesn’t it ...