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Opinion

Meddling should be not tolerated

Editorials

Voters in every state, including ours, ought to be outraged at what is going on in Maine. There, massive outside intervention in an election is occurring — and the Russians have nothing to do with it. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, made headlines last year when she announced she would ...

Tougher gun laws do help prevent mass shootings

Letters to the Editor

Let’s talk about mass shootings and what can be done to prevent these recurring tragedies. Think a good guy with a gun will stop a bad guy with a gun? They won’t. Thirty-two seconds was how long it took Dayton police to kill a lone gunman. Thirty-two seconds was also enough time to kill ...

Getting results

Editorials

A new complaint is coming from President Donald Trump’s critics — though the wiser politicians among them probably will hesitate before saying too much. Some analysts were predicting this week that the federal government’s budget deficit during the coming fiscal year will exceed $1 ...

Roundabout will be a nightmare

Letters to the Editor

Construction started on the Mayfield roundabout. I think it is a big mistake. Growing up in Westchester County, I remember the roundabout called the Hawthorne Circle. It connected the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Taconic Parkway. It was deemed dangerous, and removed in 1971. I see similar ...

Our kids don’t stand a chance

Letters to the Editor

I am a fan of Johnstown High School sports. I go to lots of games and I am thrilled at the success many of the teams have. Now I watch the coaches and administrators struggle to find funding for these sports. The cause is obvious — people are leaving the city and there are now insufficient ...

Time to go 100 percent clean energy

Letters to the Editor

Up with 100 percent clean energy. That’s right, electricity run by solar, wind, water, tidal, and geothermal power. This should be cheaper. It cuts out the middle man — the fossil fuel companies that spend money to mine it, transport it, to a plant, then burn it to create electricity. Clean ...

Tariffs may be working

Editorials

Beijing just blinked. True standoffs, with both sides unyielding over their differences, seldom occur. Most of the time, one side sticks to its position for a time, then signals it may be amenable to compromising in order to avoid further unpleasantness. Sometimes we say that, in such ...

Someone needs to challenge Elise Stefanik

Letters to the Editor

In 2015, Representative Elise Stefanik voted in favor of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (see www.congress.gov/and clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll226.xml), a cowardly bill that became law and turned the Treaty Clause of the Constitution (Article II, Section 2, Clause 2) on its head. (See ...

A big ‘thank you’ to Townsend Leather

Letters to the Editor

Thank you, Townsend Leather, for caring about your appearance, for caring about Johnstown, for not only recycling the old Diana Knit building, but doing it beautifully. It’s exciting to see an old factory come to life again and be productive. The windows are amazing! Thank you to all the ...

Free speech comes with responsibility

Editorials

Utica Observer-Dispatch Aug. 9 Rep. Anthony Brindisi pretty much summed it up. “Social media has changed the way people communicate and has opened a Pandora’s box for abuse and harassment in ways we could not have anticipated. This case is an example of that and we must be ...

The ball is in the Taliban leaders’ court

Editorials

Getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan would be quite a coup for President Donald Trump. It would give him a foreign policy advantage going into next year’s election — one no Democratic candidate could criticize. But would it also be setting the stage for a bloodbath? Would it mean a ...

A couple of bumps in the road

Letters to the Editor

It’s nice to be a citizen of the United States of America but sometimes there are bumps to go over on the way through life. Right now the citizens of Johnstown are going through a couple of such bumps. One is our school system’s problems concerning the financing to get a decent ...

With love from Sherman’s

Letters to the Editor

There has been a lot happening in the last few years and a lot of people have raised their voices and I have sat back quietly. I have listened and I have tried to understand, but now I feel it is time for me to have a voice and I would like to use it to express my gratitude. There was a time ...

Give to your community because you want to

Letters to the Editor

Community, what does that word mean to you? Most of you have your heart in the right place, just not your heads. The answer is serving. When was the last time you served your community? If it takes you awhile to think about it, probably not recently. Your community has probably helped you ...

Trying to get along

Editorials

Ohioans have a specific reason for concern about mass murderers. The current round of angst regarding them was sparked in part by the deaths of nine people in Dayton, at the hands of a deranged gunman who was prevented from killing even more by the swift action of police, who shot him ...

There are good cops

Editorials

Police officers and sheriff’s deputies are accused regularly — and as a class — of being too eager to use violence, especially against African-Americans. Those who have that attitude ought to consider what happened Wednesday night in Philadelphia. During the day there, police went to a ...

The owners should be accountable

Editorials

Law enforcement authorities agree that one key to curbing certain types of crime is to sever the supply-and-demand link. Fewer drug addicts means less demand for pushers and thus, fewer of them, for example. Federal officials don’t seem to be doing a very good job of that in regard to ...

‘Joking’ about killing someone is deadly serious

Editorials

An Oregon man is lucky his idea of testing the Second Amendment did not result in his death. Another man, in Ohio, may be about to learn amassing an arsenal, then talking about mass shootings, isn’t funny at all. What on Earth is wrong with these people and, sad to say, what appears to be ...

More insight is needed

Editorials

The apparent suicide of rich pedophile Jeffrey Epstein while in federal custody continues to make headlines. For a time, the murder of vicious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger at a federal prison in West Virginia was big news. But what about the other prisoners who die violently while in ...