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Opinion

Response to writer’s letter on welfare system

Letters to the Editor

I feel compelled to respond to Mr. Benton’s letter of Nov. 16, in regard to the welfare system. First of all I worked for over 30 years in Montgomery County DSS most of which was supervisor (principal welfare examiner of the Public Assistance Unit. To say that “Fulton County is easier to ...

Wrapping up Cancer fundraiser located in mall

Letters to the Editor

Wrapping up Cancer is a fundraiser to benefit the Fulton-Montgomery County Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society. We are located outside of Peebles in the Johnstown Mall on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 ...

Local community businesses go out of their way to help

Letters to the Editor

It is nice to know we have businesses in this community that go the extra mile to please their customers. We would like to thank the Holiday Inn in Johnstown for being so willing to meet the needs of our group. What started out as a small group doubled in size before the event. Holiday Inn was ...

Was there bias for Clinton?

Editorials

Veteran FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok has been pulled out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in our election, it was revealed during the weekend. Strzok reportedly was involved in an exchange of text messages that showed bias against ...

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Editorials

Seventy-six years ago, 2,403 Americans died in the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The surprise aerial attack by Japan was a pivotal event not only for the United States, but for world history as well. The unprecedented attack was the final straw that thrust the United States into World War II and ...

Scandal could do some good

Editorials

The scope of sexual misconduct allegations happening these days is truly amazing. It’s far from over, we believe, but it’s stunning how many mighty have fallen in such a short time, especially since the recent accusations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein triggered the #MeToo social ...

Let Americans keep their money

Editorials

Many members of Congress who have opposed tax relief as approved by both houses of Congress insist their concern is increasing the national debt. How reassuring that lawmakers are worried about that — finally. It is estimated that during the next decade, the tax cuts will increase the ...

Original founders didn’t know about automatic weapons

Letters to the Editor

Many decades ago, we lost our freedom of speech (our First Amendment right). I’m English and long ago my friends called me a Limey and I called my Italian friends, Wops; Polish friends, Polacks, etc. in jest. Maybe if we had a National Speech Association, we could still bust on each other. We ...

The war against drugs should be approached differently

Letters to the Editor

This is the second letter in a series of three illustrating how we, the Libertarian Party, are different and will hopefully be another option for voters next election. This second issue is that of marijuana legalization, and on a wider scope, an end to the war on drugs. Let me first state ...

Preserve the Great Lakes

Editorials

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

Working to stop the opioid epidemic in our area

Letters to the Editor

Catholic Charities of Fulton and Montgomery Counties hosted an Opioid Prevention Education Community kick-off event for anyone living or working in Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie, and Herkimer on Nov. 29 at the Paul Nigra Center in Gloversville. Participants for this event learned about how ...

As openly gay, reader questions hatred

Letters to the Editor

I have a few questions to ask. Why are people so homophobic? Why do you hate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender Americans? What did the entire the LGBTQ community ever do to you? As a very proud, openly gay American man I really want to know if there are people in Fulton County and ...

Just a little change for a good cause

Editorials

It is a familiar sight this time of year. A kettle suspended from a tripod in front of our local markets and department stores while a Salvation Army Red Kettle volunteer braves the cold and rings a bell. The Salvation Army provides help to those who need it all year, whether it is us, our ...

Were Fulton County leaders true to their words?

Op-Ed Columns

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 ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To the Live Aid fundraiser held Thursday night. Fulton and Montgomery county communities and the Amsterdam Latino community came together for “Live Aid: Rebuilding/Never Broken, Fulmont For Puerto Rico” fundraiser at Amsterdam High School. Everyone had one goal in mind — help ...

Freedom of speech should be universal

Editorials

Conservative speaker Lucian Wintrich clearly should not have done what he did when protesters disrupted a speech he was trying to present Tuesday night at the University of Connecticut. To judge by a video showing the altercation, police were right to charge Wintrich with breach of the ...

New assessor thanks supporters for their votes

Letters to the Editor

I wish to thank the residents of the town of Broadalbin for supporting me for the office of assessor. I look forward to serving with the present assessors, Laurie Bollock and Joe McDonald in the assessor’s office. The residents of Broadalbin have shown good faith in the three member assessors ...

Two sides to every story

Editorials

Conservative speaker Lucian Wintrich clearly should not have done what he did when protesters disrupted a speech he was trying to present Tuesday night at the University of Connecticut. To judge by a video showing the altercation, police were right to charge Wintrich with breach of the ...

Words are one thing

Editorials

It would be bad enough had the North Korean missile launch this week been just another case of dictator Kim Jong-un rattling his saber for domestic political reasons or merely because he enjoys frightening and angering people. But the vast majority of military rockets used in test firings are ...