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Opinion

Communication is key factor

Editorials

By Thursday, 1,561 schools throughout the United States had been closed because of concern that keeping them open might help COVID-19 — the coronavirus — spread. Both at the local level in our areaand among state officials, the COVID-19 situation is being watched warily. It may prove ...

Nurses and staff need to be taken care of

Letters to the Editor

I have been attending the contract negotiations between the hospital and the 1199 union. This union represents several areas of the hospital: LPNs, CNAs, Kitchen, Housekeeping, Engineering, Respiratory Therapy, Laboratory, Radiology, Ward Clerks, and Central Sterilization. Our contract ended in ...

‘It is written’

Letters to the Editor

Christ Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and he was born to a virgin named Mary. For some time, as a grown man, Christ Jesus worked as a carpenter until he launched out on his ministry. Sometimes the time is not right to commence an undertaking. We have to wait for the opportune ...

Call it experience

Editorials

Big tobacco lied for many years about the adverse health effects associated with its product. We know that. It has been proven in court through billions of dollars in settlements by some companies. The same goes for some in the drug industry, who knew even as they were reaping windfall ...

A grave international problem

Editorials

It is tempting sometimes to view North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un as the little dictator who cried missile. Unfortunately, he gets away with his saber rattling too often. He did it again earlier this month, ordering his military to fire three short-range rockets off the country’s east ...

Truth matters in editorial pieces

Letters to the Editor

This letter responds to your unattributed op-ed of Feb. 29 titled “FISA judicial reform a must”. This column, by Andrea Cohen, was published Feb. 28 by the conservative Boston Herald. Cohen’s political bias is all too apparent in the column. In an opinion piece from The Star Democrat, ...

Is the city’s Common Council about to break the law?

Letters to the Editor

Is the Gloversville Common Council about to violate the city charter with a vote on Resolution R-9 to appoint the past councilman from Ward 4, Steven E. Smith, for contracted engineering services? This question is in no way a comment on Mr. Smith’s ability as an engineer, but rather one about ...

Weathering the storm

Editorials

Many of us have little detailed, direct control over our investments, which are in 401K funds and other instruments through which we save money for retirement. But for those who can and do make regular decisions on how their money is invested, this has not been a pleasant week. One headline ...

Biased reporting by the Associated Press

Letters to the Editor

An open letter to the Associated Press: I am a subscriber to the Leader-Herald, an Ogden News publication, and on Feb. 25, an AP article titled “Trump returns to domestic squabbles on his trip to India” appeared on the front page (see ...

Republican goals are to eliminate needed programs

Letters to the Editor

The goals are to gut/eliminate current social safety net programs. Gut/eliminate Social Security (planned after 2020 election). Gut/eliminate Medicare (included in 2021 budget). Gut/eliminate Medicaid (new regulations planned). Gut/eliminate food stamp program (already being ...

Employees are valuable to their employers

Letters to the Editor

Your employees are valuable. If they’re out for a while due to illness or injury, everyone feels it. Aside from the workload becoming heavier, you’re also missing and worrying about a co-worker. While not all illness or injury can be prevented, there is something an employer can do to help ...

The flu is an even greater hazard than COVID-19

Editorials

Other than avoiding people who may have been traveling internationally, there is not much you can do to avoid catching COVID-19, the coronavirus variety that has been in the headlines. There is something you can do to avoid coming down with common influenza, however: Get a flu shot. Doing ...

Ensuring our data will be used only as promised

Editorials

Learning how many people live in the United States — and how they live — is important for any number of reasons. That is why the census is conducted every decade. Information the census collects is of interest not just to demographers. It is used to apportion states’ members of the U.S. ...

We have given the tools — it is up to them to use them

Editorials

A peace agreement signed Saturday between U.S. officials and representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban organization is long overdue, as far as Americans are concerned. We have spent far too much and lost too many lives in what has become the longest armed conflict in our nation’s ...

Top 10 reasons why Socialism stinks

Letters to the Editor

Here are the top ten reasons why Socialism stinks: 1. Leads to wealth-stealing high taxes. 2. Inefficient government takes over production by nationalization of privately-owned companies. 3. It reduces choice — business and personal. 4. Gun control leading to gun confiscation as in ...

Vote for Tedra Cobb and for the Democratic nominee

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in response to S. Peter Feldstein’s letter to the editor that appeared in the Feb. 24 edition of The Leader-Herald. It was right on target with what is going on in this country. The rule of law is now gone with the Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney General, William Barr. Barr does ...

Scouting will recover — we hope

Editorials

Millions of American boys, along with millions of others worldwide, became better men because of the Boy Scouts. For them, the more than century-old organization helped build character and taught valuable skills. But more than 12,000 boys in the scouts became victims of the adults they and ...

Town of Johnstown: 2019 year in review vol. IV

Letters to the Editor

Any good business owner would treat people equally, communicate, and aid and listen to their employees or give good direction in order to promote a positive environment or complete tasks that are highly important to the employer or the employee. That does not happen within the town and mostly ...