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Opinion

Respect the flag

Letters to the Editor

The other day, as I drove down Route 29 and through Broadalbin, not much had changed  except  a little snow and cooler weather — but there was one, and only one, very important change. The American flag at the Post Office was respectfully lowered to half staff and was the only flag out of ...

It’s tough being a reporter in today’s world

Op-Ed Columns

Readers of this newspaper — like many papers across this wonderful land — demand followups to big stories. That’s perfectly understandable. I’m here to say it isn’t always possible, and sometimes has little to do with the aggressive and/or nosey nature of the reporter of ...

Hope renewed for bus service

Letters to the Editor

When I looked at the front page of my Sunday Leader-Herald on Dec. 11, I was so happy to see that our new mayor as of Jan. 2, Mayor Vern Jackson, will be discussing renewing bus service in Johnstown again. I spent a lot of time on letters to the editor, attending and speaking at the Common ...

Year in review: Councilman Rizzo addresses issues

Letters to the Editor

By TIMOTHY RIZZO As the year ends, I would like to share the accomplishments and concerns as councilman for the town of Johnstown. As elected, my core values were to promote the town for a better outcome with honesty.  There were times of contradiction, different views, and at times ...

Winning really matters

Letters to the Editor

This is our historic moment to go on the offensive — to restore the full measure of freedom throughout our nation: Passing Right-to-Carry reciprocity, ending state and local firearms and ammunition bans, ending gun-free zones on military bases and ensuring our right to self-defense once and ...

Thank you for support of benefit

Letters to the Editor

The family of the late Jerry Marshall Sr. would like to thank everyone who participated in our benefit to raise money for the American Heart Association, with your support we raised $1020 this year. Special thanks to everyone who donated to the raffles, to the bowlers and their families, ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To new beginnings. While the world welcomed the beginning of a new year, two area families celebrated the beginning of life. St. Mary’s of Amsterdam delivered the first area baby at 9:29 a.m. on Jan 1. Trentyn Burnhardt-Martell, a 5-pound, 13-ounce, 18-inch baby boy was welcomed by ...

Need for charity exists year round

Editorials

As the bills for Christmas present spending come in next month, many of us will scratch our heads and wonder, “Where did all the money go?” Those who try to keep charitable organizations running wonder the same thing. Many of them stretch their budgets to — and sometimes past — the ...

Ethics panel decision right

Editorials

Apparently it was not only Democrats who didn’t get the message on Nov. 8. Some Republican leaders in Congress may have missed what voters were saying, too. On Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so ...

Can’t say no to Uncle Sam

Editorials

Federal officials were crowing about Obamacare in December, noting that 6.4 million people have signed up for subsidized health insurance during this year’s enrollment period. That is 400,000 more than for the same period last year. Despite higher premiums and far less choice in insurance ...

Johnstown needs ethics board

Editorials

The ongoing controversy over whether Scott Miller should be sworn in as Johnstown councilman-at-large, has confirmed for us at least one thing: the city of Johnstown needs to appoint an ethics board. On Monday, Miller was not sworn in at the city’s organizational meeting after the Fulton ...

Trump should prioritize VA

Editorials

The body of a military veteran was left in a Veterans Affairs health care facility shower room for more than nine hours before someone finally had it moved to a morgue, the Tampa, Fla., Bay Times reported last month. Then, once their negligence came to light, some staff at the Bay Pines VA ...

Tax relief without debt

Editorials

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...

Spirit of humanity rarely experienced

Letters to the Editor

On the Thursday before Christmas, while leaving the Johnstown Price Chopper parking lot, I fell. My right knee was so badly sprained, I could not get myself up. Two young women from separate vehicles ran to help me, one who said she worked in health care. She was able to get me standing, ...

PILOTs — a way to discourage solar, wind projects?

Op-Ed Columns

In the closing months of 2016, the Montgomery County Legislature passed a law to allow PILOT tax agreements for new solar and wind projects within the county. The Fulton County Board of Supervisors has discussed doing the same thing, which has me wondering whether 2017 will prove to be the ...

Flashing yellow lights a problem

Letters to the Editor

Have you noticed, as I have, that there is a new fad gaining popularity everywhere on the roads? It involves the use of flashing yellow lights on vehicles that are clearly not engaged in providing emergency services. For example, the other day I saw a blue, sub-compact car with a sign on its ...

Sometimes it’s challenging to be POSI+IVE

Op-Ed Columns

I appreciate the Paper’s editorial of Dec. 20 comparing and contrasting the Fulton and Montgomery counties’ respective economic development units’ efforts to secure state funding awards for the benefit of economic growth and betterment accruing of the adjoining counties.  It serves both ...

Endorse the Second Amendment

Letters to the Editor

Rights positions of President-elect Donald J. Trump are all that we would want them to be. America will be a safer place with our Second Amendment rights endorsed, better respected and protected. These are his own words: “Defend the Second Amendment of our Constitution. The right of the ...

A place every other place wants to be

Op-Ed Columns

Picture this... Johnstown and Gloversville filled with people of all ages — millennials just starting off on their own, families raising young children, baby-boomers looking to settle down after retirement. Around the downtowns are restaurants, locally-owned shops, entertainment venues and ...