Opinion

Marketing could be local

Editorials

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors has approved hiring public relations firm Gramercy Communications of Troy, the company used by Vireo Health, for a six-month, $30,000 contract to promote county initiatives.The resolution to hire Gramercy stated the firm will be used for a "professional ...

Obama and language

Editorials

President Barack Obama refuses to use phrases such as "radical Islam" or even "Islamic terrorists." What would that accomplish, he asked rhetorically in angry comments on the matter.What would it accomplish? Well, it would be a more accurate, informative description of organizations such as the ...

Mayor makes right decision

Editorials

Mayor Dayton King last week announced he's vetoing a controversial city garbage ordinance. The law would require city residents to put garbage in bags - which must be placed in cans no larger than 48 gallons - and would authorize the city to fine people who fail to put a bag in a trash can.The ...

Award incompatible with mission

Letters to the Editor

St. John's Episcopal Church was blessed to have received a New York state funding award this past December. We thank the city of Johnstown for its support in this endeavor.However, we have determined that the award is not compatible with our mission of serving others in our community at our ...

Medical care important for men

Letters to the Editor

Around the world, people are celebrating June as Men's Health Month. It is also Men's Health Week, a special awareness period recognized by Congress, which ends on Father's Day, today. Men's Health Month is built on the pillars of AwarenessPreventionEducationFamily.Men's Health Month is ...

Is bridge project worthwhile?

Letters to the Editor

A recent article in The Leader- Herald with a headline, "New bridge may be ready in September," was referring to the pedestrian bridge in Amsterdam (known as the "bridge to nowhere"). The cost of this bridge is $16.5 million. Where else is a city the size of Amsterdam spending $16.5 million on ...

Community support appreciated

Letters to the Editor

The Greater Johnstown School District's SET (Student Employment Training) Program has completed its first year. Without the openness and support of this great community, the program could not have gotten off the ground.I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the following businesses, ...

Wine, food festival was a success

Letters to the Editor

The Gloversville Business Improvement District held its second annual Southern Adirondack Wine & Food Festival on June 12, and despite overcast skies and gusty wind, it can still be considered a success.I would like to thank Fulton County Center for Regional Growth, The Adirondack Wood ...

Will ‘The Donald’ be announced?

Letters to the Editor

Having watched several presidents deliver their State of the Union messages over the years, I know that the president is met at the door of the House chamber by the sergeant-at-arms, who then walks halfway down the center aisle, stops and calls out in a loud voice, "Mr. Speaker ... the ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To 'Topper baseball. The Fort Plain Hilltoppers baseball team pulled off a remarkable feat last week. The high school team won the class D state championship - the second state title for Fort Plain baseball in less than 10 years. Led by veteran coach Craig Phillips, the team defeated ...

Learn from grant issue

Editorials

St. John's Episcopal Church in Johnstown received $480,000 in state grants to construct a food pantry. This week, the church announced it's declining the grants because of the conditions associated with them.The church, for example, would have to "refrain from sharing our faith in areas funded ...

Oil tax hike a bad idea

Editorials

President Barack Obama's proposed $10-per-barrel tax increase on oil deserved what it got Friday - a 253-144 vote against it in the House of Representatives. The Senate should follow suit.Implementation of a tax increase at that level would wreck the domestic oil drilling industry. Low prices ...

Tragedy raises many questions

Editorials

Along with the many other questions, some unanswerable, about the mass killings in Orlando is this: The murderer, Omar Mateen, was known by many - perhaps including the FBI - to be dangerous. Could anything have been done to stop him? If so, why was he allowed to drop off law enforcement's ...

GOP late to the party

Editorials

Members of the state Assembly's Republican minority are calling for more oversight of big spending packages like the Buffalo Billion.Republicans want to create a three-person board that includes the state comptroller, state attorney general and state Budget Division director to review ...

Why delay on recalls?

Editorials

We have been accustomed to hearing about recalls of food products because of concerns they may make us sick. But according to a federal watchdog, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sometimes drags its feet on recalls.An extremely unusual "early alert" report on the problem was issued this ...

Cutting taxes a group effort

Editorials

Gloversville can claim aNo. 1 spot. Unfortunately, it's for property taxation.The Empire Center - a non-profit think tank out of Albany - last week reported residents of Gloversville had the highest property tax rate in the Mohawk Valley in 2014, paying $54.02 per $1,000 of home value. The ...

Why vote for Donald Trump?

Letters to the Editor

Regarding why Donald Trump is so popular: The majority of the people believe government stopped representing them.Here is an incomplete list of their grievances: tired of political correctness; tired of illegal immigration and sanctuary cities; tired of a failing education system; tired of a ...

Please obey lower speed limit near FM

Letters to the Editor

It was a great idea that New York state lowered the speed limit from 55 to 45 mph on Route 67 between Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services and Fulton-Montgomery Community College. However, I cannot tell you how many times during the course of the day that cars, ...

Clinton’s comments show he is a bigot

Letters to the Editor

I am a history buff, my wife would say obsessed, so I was watching a documentary on D-Day.I was again struck by the incredible courage and trust in each other that those men showed.Earlier, I had read the comments made by Bill Clinton at a Union County Community College speech. He stated white, ...

Don’t add ‘insult to injury’

Letters to the Editor

I was brought up with the saying, "don't add insult to injury."My sympathies go to Johnstown police officer Edward D. Hart III. Now he has to "fight City Hall" for his job. What do they know about his ailment? They aren't doctors.Johnstown Mayor Michael Julius came to answer questions from us ...