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Opinion

ISIS still lives, however

Editorials

In bygone days, officials in some European nations had a way of emphasizing that their forms of government would endure. When a sovereign died and a new one was being crowned, the cry was, “The king is dead — long live the king!” Sadly, so it is with Islamic terrorists. There was ...

Do not be deceived by something unproven

Letters to the Editor

I was inspired to write a letter to the editor after reading the letter submitted by James L. Cook in the Oct. 14, edition of The Leader-Herald. I couldn’t agree more. The Johnstown City Council also needs change and Mr. Cook should consider running for a council seat there. He is absolutely ...

King deserves another term

Letters to the Editor

A familiar saying is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” We believe this saying applies to Mayor King. Why would we want to elect a different mayor when Mayor King is doing a fine job already? Businesses are moving in to Gloversville. Many grants to improve the city and attract ...

The cover-up will continue if the incumbent is elected

Letters to the Editor

I am running for Broadalbin’s two-year assessor vacancy and letting people know of the cover-up that will continue if the incumbent assessor Joe McDonald is elected for another four year term. He has married in recent years and spends most of his time at his wife’s home in another state. ...

The spector of censorship

Editorials

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, ...

Obesity is a problem

Editorials

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

Support the best candidate — ‘Betsy’ Batchelor

Letters to the Editor

Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Batchelor is the Democratic candidate for the Gloversville Common Council from the 3rd Ward. I am happy to be writing in support of her candidacy. I have known Betsy for fifteen years, and in that time we have worked together on a variety of projects in our community. ...

I thought I taught you better than that

Letters to the Editor

This is an open letter to my former GMS students, their families, and the residents of Gloversville. In my 40 years as a teacher of United States history, I endeavored to equip you with the skills you would need to make intelligent and rational decisions. Among these skills were the ability to ...

Bergdahl broke bond

Editorials

When Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009, he put his fellow soldiers in jeopardy. At least two were wounded in firefights while they searched for him. And, though Bergdahl had no part in the ill-informed decision by former President Barack Obama to exchange five ...

Dayton King has lied and it is time for a new mayor

Letters to the Editor

The mayor is responsible for the city budget and taxes. When imposing taxes on the residents of the city, it’s necessary that he not only adhere to the rule of law, but set a standard, so each taxpayer can look to him as an example. The fact that Dayton King was listed in [Tuesday’s] ...

Don’t return to partisan politics

Letters to the Editor

I took office as mayor in January of 1994 as a Republican. At that time the city was in financial crisis. For the six years immediately prior, the city had experienced annual tax increases averaging 11 percent per year. In spite of these increases, the city was $575,000 in debt. For the ...

Rowback has a plan for Gloversville’s future

Letters to the Editor

I was born in Gloversville at the old Nathan Littauer Hospital. I spent my early years in the west end and went to both Boulevard and McNab schools. My grandfather was the president of Gloversville Federal Savings Bank and was a pillar in this community. If you look hard enough you can find his ...

Nothing less than destruction

Editorials

Islamic terrorists proved Saturday they retain the ability and the bloodlust to commit massive atrocities. Using a bomb mounted on a truck, the al-Shabab organization, linked to al-Qaida, killed 276 people in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. More than 300 others were injured. Such bomb ...

Betsy Batchelor is the right choice

Letters to the Editor

Full disclosure: I am not a resident of Gloversville and cannot vote in the upcoming election for local offices. Nonetheless, I would encourage residents of Gloversville’s 3rd Ward to vote for Elizabeth (Betsy) Batchelor to represent them in the city’s Common Council. Betsy and I ...

Direct the anger toward the group

Letters to the Editor

We all want to blame someone for allowing hate to have a voice in our community, but I assure you the Leader-Herald is not to blame for recent local Klan activity. That blame lies on all of us. All of us who have turned a blind eye to the systemic racism in our country. Our anger on this issue ...

Vote for experience, vote for Klafehn

Letters to the Editor

The voters in the town of Wells have an opportunity to elect an experienced man for town supervisor in November. Bob Klafehn has been a resident of Wells for almost 10 years and was a weekend resident for many years before then. He ran his own business for more than 25 years doing carpentry and ...

Protect the Adirondacks

Editorials

It’s sad but not surprising that the Trump administration is scrapping the Clean Power Plan. Donald Trump said before and after he was elected president that he would do so, and the man he appointed to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, was a longtime warrior against the ...

We can help change global warming

Letters to the Editor

In spite of the fairly cool summer in our area, global warming is here, just ask the folk in the southwest, who have been experiencing temperatures of 110 degrees. Unfortunately, our current administration poo poos this problem, gagging climate scientists and gutting the EPA. So, the fight to ...

Man in to blame for spreading hate

Letters to the Editor

Having read the three articles on the KKK in The Leader-Herald published recently, I wish to thank you. How are we to know who is here and who is not? And, how are we able to change things, if we do not know what to change? Information is a great thing if we take that information, and use ...

No time for learning curve at this juncture

Letters to the Editor

I see the city as split 50-50 at this point, King vs. Rowback, for the upcoming election, therefore I know my opinion is shared by many. Dayton King has done a great job as mayor, the stats and proof is well-documented, and we all know he responds to concerns, valid or not, quickly and ...