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Opinion

JCOPE’s corrupting power

Editorials

Albany Times-Union It was always a reasonable guess that appointees of various top politicians on the state’s ultra-secretive Joint Commission of Public Ethics were protecting their patrons and their patrons’ cronies from investigations. Now the speculation is over. The public got a ...

Don’t cut services that keep children safe

Letters to the Editor

“The aid, care and support of the needy are public concerns and shall be provided by the state — as the legislature may from time to time determine,” according to the New York State Constitution. Taking care of children in need is a responsibility we all share. The proposed executive ...

In celebration of Women’s History Month

Letters to the Editor

In celebration of Women’s History Month, I’d like to take this opportunity to recognize and applaud two of Gloversville’s finest. The first one, Mayor Susan Hammond was Gloversville’s first and only female mayor to date. Mayor Hammond served the residents of Gloversville from ...

We are not out of the woods yet

Editorials

The Washington Post Spring [is here], 121 million doses of vaccine have been administered, and Americans are eager to get back to normal after a year of fighting the coronavirus pandemic. President Biden recently raised the prospect of a festive Independence Day. What could go ...

We must be prepared

Editorials

The Denver Post The grocery store shooting that killed 10 people in Boulder [March 22] has driven home what we’ve long suspected: Today America is a country where every resident must be prepared at all times for a deadly assault. Americans once enjoyed domestic peace. The Columbine High ...

Yes to pot on one condition

Editorials

Newsday It’s time for New York to legalize adult use of marijuana, but only if safeguards about driving while impaired are incorporated into the legislation. Some of the reasons why this change is needed have been true for many years: The substance can be less addictive or harmful than ...

Not enough transparency, action coming from DeSantis

Letters to the Editor

It has been said that actions speak louder than words, and never has this been more applicable than the last 90 days of Mayor DeSantis’ administration. Just days prior to announcing his candidacy for another term, Mayor DeSantis launched a witch hunt investigation against his presumed and now ...

Global warming will lead to more deadly viruses

Letters to the Editor

Hate — it’s still with us, now directed at Asians, in part because of Trump’s labeling of the COVID virus as the “China Virus.” Perhaps it ought to be called the “Trump Virus,” as it was his downplaying of it that helped it spread so fast throughout the states. Meanwhile, it has ...

Find the balance, New York

Editorials

Albany Times Union The Issue: With a budget due soon, New York faces a deficit and hard choices about how to close it. The Stakes Passing the buck could harm communities, schools, and entities that help the needy. As the state’s April 1 budget deadline approaches, here’s a word ...

Help stop cancer: Raise the tax on cigarettes

Letters to the Editor

As an oncologist in our region, I want to do everything in my power to protect others from cancer. That’s why I joined the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for their virtual Cancer Action Week. While we couldn’t travel to Albany, we still made some noise virtually. ...

Your congresswoman voted against you

Letters to the Editor

This letter is addressed to all Republican voters in the N.Y. 21 Congressional District. Your Congress person voted against the following. 1. $1,400 for most of you and your children. For a family of four this would be $5,600. 2. Voted against $1.62 million for Gloversville. 3. Voted ...

Council’s actions wreaks of misconduction

Letters to the Editor

In response to Mayor DeSantis’s recent letter and his attempt to defend the city’s decision to privatize the collection of city trash, I’d like to say that it doesn’t matter how much the city saves. The cost of the service is not the source of discontent among the residents. The way ...

Stefanik is embarrassing herself

Editorials

Glen Falls Post-Star By selling anti-Andrew Cuomo T-shirts, can coolers, lapel stickers, bumper stickers, posters and hats on her congressional campaign website, Elise Stefanik has entered a new realm of partisanship. Browsing the cheap products in her online “store,” dominated by ...

School budgets and seniors

Editorials

GUEST EDITORIAL We can all agree that discrimination against anyone for any reason is unacceptable, yet discrimination still exists. In the past year discrimination against blacks became a siren call for changes to law enforcement. There is a similar problem with how New York funds the ...

A rebuttal to a rebuttal

Letters to the Editor

In his March 20, letter Sidney Harring states that “Of all things New [Yorkers] might criticize the two Cuomo governors for, I think the closing of the Indian Point power plant and the blocking of the [Shoreham] plant are low on the list.” Would that be all New Yorkers? Most? Some? The ...

Letter long on words, short on substance

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to the letter written by reader Heimerdinger challenging people to respond to his anti-green energy rhetoric. To start with, his letter is long on words, but short on substance. He starts by condemning the end of nuclear power. Really? Has he not heard of Chernobyl, ...

Nursing home reform needed

Editorials

Newsday Over the last year, there have been many stories like Carole Major’s, the former licensed practical nurse from Ronkonkoma who died after contracting COVID-19 in a local nursing home. Except Major, 78, entered the facility for rehab treatment just this January, and died late last ...

Fed money only inspires Legislature to spend, tax

Editorials

New York Post As we predicted the other day, the Legislature is looking to take advantage of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s weakness to push tax hikes that New York can’t afford. Three days after OKing a full impeachment inquiry, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie announced a mind-numbing $208.3 billion ...

Can Cuomo continue to lead?

Editorials

New York Times The governor has lost his political allies, and the public’s confidence is falling. Few political families have had more of an impact on New York politics than the Cuomos. Father and firstborn son both had public service woven deep in their DNA, and both developed a ...