Opinion

Teachers change lives

Editorials

Along with the enormous rewards enjoyed by good school teachers comes terrible frustration. Many wish they could do more for their students. And when the public focuses on the education system's shortcomings, teachers sometimes take it personally.They should not.Last week was National Teacher ...

Drillers must tap policies

Editorials

America's need for natural gas and oil has not lessened. To the contrary, as more and more gas-fired power plants are built, demand will soar.Yet just 415 well-drilling rigs are working in the United States. That is an all-time low.Tactics being used by Saudi Arabia and other oil powers are ...

Human nature immutable

Op-Ed Columns

Our beliefs determine where our values lie. What is valuable to you that you regard in high esteem? What is so precious you would die for it?In the Christian faith, we believers accept on faith Christ Jesus died for men. So, we value the dignity of human life. Contrariwise to Christianity, in ...

Kasich good pick for veep

Editorials

Ohio Gov. John Kasich fought the good fight for his fellow Americans. He should be given the opportunity to continue doing so - and should take it.Kasich bowed to the inevitable Wednesday, suspending his campaign to be the Republican nominee for president. Another contender, Texas Sen. Ted ...

Farley shows dedication

Editorials

New York State Sen. Hugh Farley, whose district includes Fulton County, has been serving in his position for 40 years. During that time, the Republican from Niskayuna has shown true dedication to his office and a sincere interest in serving the public.Farley has been a strong supporter of ...

Consider alternatives to getting abortion

Letters to the Editor

A recent Sunday Leader-Herald front-page article was a very comprehensive factual coverage of the number of women who had abortions in 2014 in Fulton and Montgomery counties, their ages, type of abortion procedures, the ranking of our counties and the number of those abortions that were ...

Relay for Life newly improved

Letters to the Editor

It's May. Time to paint your world purple to fight back against cancer. This year's Fulton Montgomery County Relay for Life is being held on June 3 beginning at 2 p.m. and going until 2 a.m. on June 4. For the second year in a row, it will be held on the grounds of Fulton- Montgomery Community ...

District doing more with less

Letters to the Editor

Thanks to the Greater Johnstown School District business manager, Alice Sise, and her excellent budget vote report, even I could get a handle on the mysterious craft of school budgets. You can get a copy at the schools or at the public library for the May 17 vote.We noted Superintendent Rob ...

Support for event appreciated

Letters to the Editor

The Western Fulton County Seniors of Lassellsville want to acknowledge and thank the center members, friends and the community for their efforts, support and encouragement of our recent spaghetti dinner fundraiser.The endeavor was very successful, and we look forward to active warm-weather ...

Why celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Letters to the Editor

May is here. From coast to coast, American schoolchildren are celebrating Cinco de Mayo. And once again, I ask - why? Translated, Cinco de Mayo means the fifth of May. Mexicans have celebrated that day for 150 years in remembrance of the Battle of Puebla.While the United States was engaged in ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To Sawyer Fredericks. It's been a year since he won NBC's "The Voice," but the 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Glen is still making our area proud. Earlier this week, Fredericks made a guest appearance on "The Voice," performing one of the songs on his new album. He's also embarking ...

Time to look at strategy

Editorials

For weeks, we have warned that feeding U.S. troops into Iraq and Syria in relatively small units risks a massacre of them by Islamic State terrorists. A U.S. Navy SEAL died this week in what may have been an attempt to do just that.Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Keating was killed in a ...

Close gaps in plan first

Editorials

We Americans have big hearts. They go out to people forced from their homes by vicious terrorists, including the Islamic State. But we have wide-open eyes and ears, too. We are aware that in Europe, some groups of refugees from the Middle East, especially Syria, have been infiltrated by Islamic ...

Job policy ridiculous

Editorials

Some employers have very good reasons for rejecting job applicants with criminal histories. For example, you probably don't want your local police department offering jobs to convicted felons. Likewise, it probably is not a good idea for the Internal Revenue Service to consider hiring people ...

Take look at explosives

Editorials

The town of Amsterdam will hold a public meeting May 18 on a proposal to ban the sale, distribution, possession or use of binary explosives. Binary explosives - often used for target practice on targets with brand names such as Tannerite and H2 - are made when two stable compounds, usually ...

‘Jessie’s Law’ can save lives

Editorials

Jessie Grubb fought a long battle against opioid addiction. She nearly won. But the 30-year-old woman fell through one of the many cracks in how we Americans handle substance abuse, and it killed her.During a town hall meeting on substance abuse last fall, President Barack Obama heard Grubb's ...

Levy hike unfortunate

Editorials

The Gloversville Public Library should have checked out a way to reduce the tax-levy increase in its proposed budget.While the proposal for the 2016-17 fiscal year reduced expenses overall, it's asking for a lot more from local taxpayers. The $505,098 proposed budget has a proposed tax levy of ...

Kids learn about community helpers

Letters to the Editor

Miss Bobbi Jo's PreSchool (Johnstown) enjoyed a "We Love Our Community Helpers" event at the Johnstown Area Community Center.After an exciting unit, learning about the many people that make our community wonderful, students (ages 3 and 4) gathered at the JACC to meet some of those important ...

Amazing Math Race a great program

Letters to the Editor

On April 7, Broadalbin-Perth Intermediate School held its third annual Amazing Math Race.What a fun-filled evening for more than 80 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders as well as the 30-plus adult volunteers. The middle school gym was also filled with cheering family members. This was a wonderful ...

Easter Egg Hunt a great success

Letters to the Editor

The Easter Egg Hunt this year was a great success. We had a lot of fun and a great turnout.We would like to thank Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Zimmerman, The Mohawk Valley Group of Morgan Stanley, Glove City Realty and Empire Automotive Solutions for their monetary donations.We also would like to thank ...