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Opinion

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — to a smart vision, a great partnership and excellent execution. The Gloversville Public Library opened Monday in its temporary home at the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth while the 100-year-old Andrew Carnegie library is renovated. The CRG will be the library’s home for ...

Rethinking school times

Editorials

Studies by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine should serve as a wake-up call for both parents and school officials. They echo calls by some parents in our area for public education officials to rethink school scheduling. In more than a few schools, teenagers and even younger children are ...

Stand up now for our miners

Editorials

In little more than a week, thousands of retired coal miners and their families will lose their health insurance unless Congress does something to prevent it. Lawmakers, prodded if necessary by President Donald Trump, should view action as an obligation. Estimates of the number of people ...

Trump critics now cornered

Editorials

President Donald Trump’s critics insist he does not understand Washington politics and insists on getting his own way too often for the country’s good. Oh, really? Trump had been requesting that Congress approve funding to start work on a barrier to illegal immigrants crossing our ...

Enforcement of law is vital

Editorials

Some government officials are being condemned by millions of Americans for a strange reason: They are enforcing the law. That makes no sense except to those who have forgotten our very freedom is based on rule by law, not by the whims of powerful individuals or whatever happens to be the ...

Obamacare: Put it all on the table

Editorials

With a new move to repeal and replace the Obamacare health insurance law gaining steam, President Donald Trump and members of Congress already are being urged to not go too far. Trump is being urged by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and organizations representing the health care and health ...

Johnstown drowning

Editorials

The city of Johnstown continues to drown in water problems, and they’re dragging the rest of the county down with it. Fulton County Administrative Officer Jon Stead recently said the proposed interconnections between water systems in Gloversville and Johnstown appear to be dead despite the ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — to a job well done. Four volunteer fire companies responded like champions to a shed fire last Friday that could have turned into something much worse. Upon responding to the roaring blaze at 104 Holly Lane off Progress Road in the town of Johnstown, firefighters from Berkshire, ...

Red lines now meaningful

Editorials

President Donald Trump is being criticized for dropping complaints about currency manipulation by China, while he attempts to gain Beijing’s help against North Korea’s rogue regime. It is true that China’s currency manipulation has been harmful to some U.S. businesses and workers. At ...

Can we really trust China?

Editorials

‘Gotta behave,” President Donald Trump warned North Korea this week. Also on Monday, Vice President Mike Pence cautioned Pyongyang that “the era of strategic patience is over.” During the weekend, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson telephoned Chinese leaders to talk about tension ...

Don’t awaken sleeping giant

Editorials

Seventy-five years ago Tuesday, people in Tokyo, Japan, looked up and saw something they had been assured was not possible: American B-25 bombers flying low as bombs spilled from them onto the city. Japan’s surprise attack at Pearl Harbor was supposed to have been the kickoff of an ...

VA ignoring suicide rate

Editorials

Depression among military veterans too often leads to them commiting suicide, in numbers some view as a crisis. Apparently the Department of Veterans Affairs does not consider dealing with it a priority. A few weeks ago, the VA inspector general released a report highly critical of the ...

Trump battles bureaucracy

Editorials

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump lifted the government hiring freeze he ordered when he took office. A more targeted “drain the swamp” plan will be implemented, the White House reported. Big government has continued to get bigger for some time, despite presidents’ pledges to hold ...

Fulton County springs a leak

Editorials

May 3 is the deadline for submission of sealed bids by contractors hoping to perform emergency repair action of the “significant leakage” in the Fulton County Office Building’s main roof, at 223 W. Main St. So, the emergency repair of a major roof leak, which has reduced Fulton ...

Letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor

Gloversville school changes puzzling Are Gloversville schools failing our children? The decision the Gloversville School Board made to change the way elementary education is administered is very puzzling. The budget for the 2016-17 school year was $60,851,238. Projected savings from ...

Mine was a country that tore down walls

Op-Ed Columns

Attending the Fulton Montgomery Community College “Searching for Sanctuary” event on Monday, I was struck by something one of the event speakers said about the perceived differences between how France and the United States treat immigrants and refugees. Albany Episcopal minister James ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — to a cleanup effort. Volunteers and members of local and state organizations will be out in force April 22 for the 12th annual Canal Clean Sweep. This caring group will be picking up debris and sprucing up areas along the Erie Canal corridor, including the Schoharie Crossing State ...

Alternative medicines

Editorials

Many of us have found generic medicines to be good alternatives to more expensive brand-name drugs. But sometimes, they are not available. If we need a certain pharmaceutical, we have no choice but to pay the higher price for the brand-name version. There may be good, acceptable reasons for ...

New justice, right choice

Editorials

One sentence in the Associated Press story about the Monday swearing in of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court makes it clear he was the right choice for the position. Gorsuch, 49, is known as an “originalist” or a “strict constructionist.” According to the AP, that means he ...

Moscow plan worrisome

Editorials

Russia’s saber rattling in reaction to a U.S. cruise missile strike on a Syrian airbase was to be expected. For the most part, it was nothing about which to be concerned. But one of Moscow’s actions is exceedingly worrisome. After the U.S. attack, Russian officials said they were severing ...