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Opinion

Miners losing insurance

Editorials

Everyone on Capitol Hill seems to want to help retired coal miners whose health insurance and pensions are in dire jeopardy. But disagreement over how to do it may leave the miners and their families out in the cold. Time is running out. By Jan. 1, health care benefits for an estimated 16,300 ...

Remember Dec. 7, 1941

Editorials

Bands had begun saluting the flag as Old Glory was raised. Men were rolling out of bunks, ready for a new day. It was Sunday, so some men of the cloth were polishing sermons to be delivered later that day. It was a Sunday morning just like most others in the tropical paradise that was the ...

Democracy: Majority rule

Editorials

Our American government never was intended to be a democracy. It is a republic, for the excellent reason that the nation’s founders understood the danger in pure democracy. Pure democracy amounts to majority rule every time, regardless of how oppressive that may be to those in the ...

Coping with rising costs

Editorials

The city of Johnstown’s budget process this year brings to mind a quote from billionaire investor Warren Buffet, who once said, in reference to financial crises, “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” In Johnstown the tide has been the city’s ...

Shop local, support area

Editorials

Ever ordered something online only to discover once it arrived that it wasn’t at all what you expected? Or that the merchant was out of the color you ordered and shipped you something different? That would not have happened if you had made your purchase in a local store. Or, have you ever ...

Dems’ massive temper tantrum

Editorials

It was one thing for supporters of presidential candidates George W. Bush and Al Gore to dispute Florida election results in 2000. Then, there were serious questions (remember “hanging chads”) and the entire national election at stake. But now, liberals insisting Democrat Hillary Clinton ...

Good work with parade

Letters to the Editor

I want to congratulate all those responsible for the wonderful parade and Christmas tree lighting in Gloversville. Thanks to Mayor [Dayton] King, Police Chief [Marc] Porter and all who made that evening special. JUDI GISONDI Gloversville

Cheers to this generous community

Op-Ed Columns

Fulton and Montgomery County residents deserve recognition for the way they have come together to support others in the area. Through a mixture of fundraising events, benefits and ceremonies honoring those who have made a lasting impact on the area, the two counties have rallied numerous ...

Thanksgiving dinner at the church

Letters to the Editor

The free Thanksgiving dinner that was held at the Church of the Holy Spirit served about 1,600 dinners. Many thanks to all who provided turkeys, pies and other donations. It takes a lot of people to make this work. We need to keep this going by getting more people involved early in the ...

‘Shovel ready’ for farms, not business

Letters to the Editor

This is my impact statement. I beg your indulgence in what’s to follow. God is not making anymore land, so can we think about saving the 263 acres intended for the regional business park since we already have 500 waiting to be developed at Tryon? I have to believe that there can’t be ...

So much gratitude for being honored

Letters to the Editor

I cannot find the appropriate words to express my sincere gratitude to those involved in planning, preparing and presenting the tremendous honor I received the evening of Nov. 22 at city hall. It is something I will remember and deeply appreciate for the remainder of my life. I am also ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To Ruth Fairbanks. On Sunday, an area veteran was honored by members of the Mayfield Methodist Church with the presentation of a Quilt of Valor. Fairbanks, the creator of the quilt, and Pastor Jerry Oliver presented the quilt to Glen Henry and his family during service. Fairbanks ...

Make student safety a priority

Editorials

Six precious little children were killed on Nov. 21 in a school bus crash in Chattanooga, Tenn. A dozen others were injured badly. Police said the bus driver was driving far in excess of the 30 mph speed limit where the accident occurred. He was arrested. How was it that the young man ...

Classic profile of a lone wolf

Editorials

Precisely what motivated Abdul Razak Ali Artan to injure 11 people in an attack on the campus of Ohio State University may never be known. Fortunately, a campus police officer at the scene for another reason shot Artan dead. It is a reasonable supposition that Artan was one of those “lone ...

Castro’s death an opportunity?

Editorials

Fidel Castro’s death certainly is the end of an era, that of the cult of personality that kept Cubans oppressed and without economic opportunity for decades. But does Castro’s demise signal an end to repressive rule of the island nation? Probably not. For more than half a century, ...

Time to plan ‘Small’ event

Editorials

This past weekend was one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year, featuring both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Black Friday has for decades been the day in which many retailers finally go “into the black” for the year, meaning they finally show a profit thanks to the ...

Climate pact irreversible?

Editorials

French President Francois Hollande declared this week the Paris pact calling for drastic reductions in use of fossil fuels to battle climate change is “irreversible.” Because outgoing President Barack Obama agreed to the deal, Americans must comply with it, Hollande added. Really, ...

Supporting library a good move

Letters to the Editor

What is great about America? My answer was quick. The libraries. Forty-eight years ago, I came to upstate New York during the month of December. I was straight out of college, a new bride coming to be with her husband, a cold land and a new culture. There was no relative or a friend to ...

Save taxpayer dollars, cut PR

Op-Ed Columns

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors sent a snazzy news release to my inbox with lots of quotes from leaders about the county’s “Vision 2026 Summit” on Oct. 25. The Holiday Inn event was deemed a total success, many agree. The problem is that area media — including The ...

Join me in support of Johnstown library

Letters to the Editor

The city of Johnstown, Common Council is considering not funding our Johnstown Public Library for fiscal year 2017. This is a sad situation for the residents of the city of Johnstown, as the library provides so many services to the public. Where else can you go to check out books, DVDs, use a ...