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Opinion

Infringing on the rights of innocent Americans

Editorials

More than a million people in our country are “known or suspected” terrorists, according to the government, in a claim that reaches astronomical heights of imbecility. It makes sense for U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to maintain a list of people who truly pose threats to ...

Don’t throw up our hands and quit

Editorials

We Americans are renowned worldwide for our ingenuity and resourcefulness. When we encounter challenges, we find ways to overcome them. That makes proposals by several Democratic candidates for president quite puzzling. Where, pray tell, is the can-do American spirit? Five of the ...

Let’s not forget the Bahamas

Editorials

What happened to people in the Bahamas during the weekend is difficult to comprehend. For a full day and a half, Hurricane Dorian parked itself directly over Grand Bahama and Abaco islands. Sustained winds as high as 185 mph, torrential rain and 20-foot storm surges brutalized our neighbors ...

Columnist’s statement was wrong

Letters to the Editor

In a recent Op/Ed column (Leader Herald, Aug. 31, (Saturday/Sunday), page 6A), Judge Andrew Napolitano states, “A tariff is a sales tax that, because it has not been enacted by Congress, as the Constitution requires of all federal taxes, is unconstitutional.” He is wrong. Article 1, ...

Smells like a money grab

Editorials

Syracuse Post-Standard Aug. 25 New York state is reaching into your pocket again, this time for $25 to replace your license plates if they are 10 years old or older. Add $20 if you want to keep your license plate number. With more than 3 million old plates on the road, the fee is expected ...

Stiff fines for robocallers

Editorials

How many times after your phone has rung have you looked at the caller ID, seen it was an in-state number, and answered — only to have a recorded voice offer you help in paying off your student loans? Welcome to ‘robocalls,” those annoying automated communications that at times seem to ...

Investigation must continue

Editorials

A few of the women victimized by the late Jeffrey Epstein got their day in court on Tuesday, and some expressed frustration that they will never see him there. Epstein, the rich sexual abuser who committed suicide in jail earlier this summer, was to have been tried on various charges that he ...

Repeating history?

Editorials

Let us hope and pray the world is not about to witness something like what happened 30 years ago in Beijing. If it happens again, this time in Hong Kong, there will be absolutely nothing the United States or anyone else can do to stop it. During late spring and early summer in 1989, an ...

Hallucinatory economics

Editorials

One need not be a fan of fossil fuels or of reasonably priced electricity generated by them to roll one’s eyes at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sander’s version of the “new green deal.” Sanders has released his “climate plan.” It envisions spending $16.3 trillion in ...

Speed limit needs to be addressed on dangerous road

Letters to the Editor

Once again this past weekend there was a bad accident at the intersection of Route 122 and West State Street Extension, in the town of Johnstown. I have lived above this area of road my entire life and cannot understand why, after the countless, dangerous accidents both on the curve and ...

We must all do more to stop racism

Editorials

Despite comments by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden this week, racism is not an “institutional” aspect of life in the United States. But it does exist — and that simply is unacceptable. We as a people need to do more to stamp it out. No form of bigotry, including the ...

Street needs a little ‘lawn care’

Letters to the Editor

So I was driving down North Street recently after dropping off my son and couldn’t believe what I saw. It appeared that the street has a miniature median running down the middle of it. From about West Street down to near Arlington Avenue there is a crack in the middle of the street and there ...

The right’s left turn

Editorials

Wall Street Journal Aug. 18 Republicans are worried about their re-election prospects in 2020, and one result is a frenzy to “do something” on high drug prices. Yet two of the latest ideas are standbys of the left: foreign importation and pricing penalties, which are more about politics ...

So much for the governor’s energy plan

Letters to the Editor

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for 70 percent of New York’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2030 (see https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Standard/Renewable-Portfolio-Standard/RPS-Documents). The following example shows why replacing a conventional power ...

Leopard cannot change its spots

Editorials

“Medicare for all” sounded to a substantial number of Americans like a wonderful it, until they learned and thought more about it. Democratic candidates for president noticed the shift. Now, some who backed the proposal initially are altering their rhetoric. In essence, “Medicare for ...

We cannot prevent evil by passing more laws

Letters to the Editor

You published an editorial from The Wall Street Journal, titled, “Flagging Future Killers,” which rightly bypasses gun control, since no gun ever pulled its own trigger. Beyond that, the dangerous folly of gun control is self-evident from the statistically demonstrable fact, that gun ...

Board of Regents should take its time

Editorials

Adirondack Daily Enterprise Aug. 17 The discussion over whether or not New York state should continue requiring its students to pass five Regents examinations before graduating from high school misses a larger point. For too many students, the work they do from kindergarten through 12th ...

It is all about the money

Letters to the Editor

The Johnstown Water Board is in the business of selling water to individuals and businesses. The water board has a procedure in place for design and installment of water mains and service laterals. The board requires qualified people to do the work. There will be no shortcuts or exceptions to ...

Writer responds to Monday editorial

Letters to the Editor

Response to editorial of Monday Aug. 19 “Taking steps to prevent tragedy” Having fought the issues of gun control and the SAFE Act in the case of Kampfer vs Cuomo, 14-110. Your editorial is way off. This society, in this country, has created its own monster. Today’s society is a ...