Op-Ed Columns

The Fed has failed to help

In order to find a solution, we have to describe the problem accurately. In searching for the causes of inflation, a strange method of fighting inflation was noted. The Federal Reserve Bank, which was in charge of the economy, was raising interest rates and caused a recession. Instead of ...

Think of real gift for Christmas

From Eugene Peterson's contemporary language translation of the Bible come these words: At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, "Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?" Jesus replied, "Seven! Hardly! Try seventy times seven." [Matthew 18: ...

Exploring ‘Happy Accidents’

With a forward by Carol Burnett, the serendipitous events of Jane Lynch's life are told by the comedian in her 2011 memoir, "Happy Accidents," published by Hyperion.I had to admit I started this book about a year and half ago. It has taken a very long time to finish this because the weather was ...

Body and brain work to curb pain

This week, I decided to skip the questions I have been asked recently and focus on an event that happened to me recently.I have a patient who came in to see me for pain control. The patient has had a rough few months after being diagnosed with cancer, undergoing chemotherapy and then developing ...

An Acropolis on the arterial

For all those who may have been living under a rock over the summer months, I need to tell you, in case you haven't heard, the Walmart Supercenter is open for business. With much fanfare, I will add.It is the high water mark of recent commercial development that has transpired along the ...

Residents, businesses see community’s value

Voices of Community, By PAUL CONNELIEAs the new school year gets under way, high school students across the region are nervously leafing through their newly issued chemistry textbooks. One of the many things they're about to learn about are the different states of matter - simplistically ...

Several ways to address elbow inflammation

MR. GOODEMOTE: I am 95 percent positive that I have tendonitis. I was told it is "tennis elbow." I have had tenderness, aching, burning at times, and just constant pain in both elbow areas for about 18 months. I am a hairdresser. I've been doing this for 25 years. My question is: Can the injury ...

What Johnson Hall and chicken wings have in common

It does not often occur, but on occasion I am asked to name my favorite examples of local architecture. I am sad to say that I don't really have a strong list of must-see favorites. Singular structures that can thoroughly wow tourists and locals alike are a rare breed in the Fulton-Montgomery ...

Service 101: Tips for customers and waiters

When dining out, my diet-conscious friend requested her salad without the sprinkled cheese. The waitress responded, "We don't do that" and walked away."Don't do what?" I thought. "Don't put cheese on the salad? Don't make the salad first before adding the cheese? Or don't honor customers' ...

Local health column ready to resume

Recently I asked permission to start writing for The Leader-Herald again, and thankfully they agreed. But this time will be different than last time. This time, I have been given a word limit, which will make my brother (and others, I'm sure) happy, because I tended to get wordy. Also, this ...

Lighthouse offering a valuable service

The Lighthouse is a community residence dedicated to providing women suffering from chemical dependency with a supportive living environment and treatment necessary to effect their recovery and return to a productive, fulfilling life.The Lighthouse provides services to 12 women who are ...

Group aims to encourage new business development

The major goal of the CEO Roundtable is to create a business- friendly climate in the Fulton and Montgomery County region. Through this goal, we hope to help create an environment that sustains and grows already established businesses and encourages new business development. Supporting this ...

Well-designed parks boost quality of life

For all our needs to protect ourselves from the elements with buildings, we still hold a latent desire to be outside, soak in the sun and do something, or maybe, not do something.When I was a kid, being outside was an assumed condition of life; it is just what we did as kids. Outside was ...

Keep eye on safety this season

Baseballs, paintballs, golf balls, power tools, lawn mowers, slingshots, fishhooks, fireworks, firearms and elbows in the eye are all major contributors to eye injuries that are in steady supply during the outdoor fun of summer.A recent survey of eye MDs by The American Academy of Ophthalmology ...

Education requires families

By JOHN METALLOIt seems like it's been since forever we have been trying to improve the public schools in America, and closer to home, in New York state.It is time to be honest with the people our schools serve: we have failed in our improvement efforts. Presidents, governors, congressmen and ...

We can plan for success without a crystal ball

When I was a kid, I used to wonder if there was anything real about objects of prediction such as crystal balls. They were always such an essential tool of witches and wizards. However they worked, they provided their masters with amazing vision beyond their immediate time and space. Imagine ...

Research paper not the answer

Lately, I've found most of the comic relief I need in my day in the morning newspapers when reading about the next big thing that will solve the problems with New York state's public schools.Recently, another big joke came my way out of the New York State Education Department.New York's high ...

Success on Main Street starts with you and me

So I have been attending some recent workshops sponsored by the CEO Roundtable about how to revitalize Main Street. It is an interesting dilemma for our local cities, having these perfect little gems of public space, without having one iota of awareness of how to make them work.Main Streets are ...

Urban renewal led to misery on Main Street

When I was a teenager I had a friend who lived downstate and was in Niskayuna visiting her grandfather. We made a plan to have her drive from Schenectady to Johnstown for an afternoon visit. The directions seemed easy enough. Take Route 5, turn right at Route 30A in Fonda and head straight into ...

Pros, cons of plan looked at

For quite some time, but with greater diligence over the past year and a half, the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education has investigated the concept of grade-level grouping. This approach would realign the district's elementary schools from traditional neighborhood schools to ...