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Opinion

COVID-19 is reason for concern

Editorials

So, how worried should I be about COVID-19? What do I need to do to keep myself and my loved ones safe? There is reason for concern about COVID-19, the coronavirus that has spread to 50 countries after breaking out in China. As of Thursday morning, the disease had killed about 2,800 people. ...

God help us and bring leadership with a conscience

Letters to the Editor

As an upstate resident, my heart truly breaks for the downstate and metro populations; we have watched horrific policies put in place that are literally destroying our communities and all the while the downstate area is being completely victimized by their leaders. All the evil and ...

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Letters to the Editor

Colorectal cancer (colon cancer) is the second leading cause of cancer death in New York state. Each year, more than 9,000 New Yorkers get colorectal cancer and more than 3,000 die as a result, but it doesn’t have to be this way. With regular screenings, colorectal cancer could be prevented ...

COVID-19 is one more of any number of wake-up calls

Editorials

A key indicator of confidence in the economy, the Dow Jones Industrial Average on the New York Stock Exchange, dropped by more than 1,000 points Monday — primarily because of fear about a cousin of the common cold. It is COVID-19, the name public health officials have given to the strain of ...

The example Johnson set will live on

Editorials

Though she lived an incredibly full 101 years, the death of Katherine Johnson came as a bit of a surprise — and some sadness. Giants like she was seem as though they will be with us forever. And Johnson was, truly, an American giant. Despite all the challenges that came with being born a ...

Will the #MeToo movement stop with Weinstein?

Editorials

Harvey Weinstein may be going to prison for a long time. Good. His years of victimizing women should be punished. This week in a New York courtroom, Weinstein was found guilty of rape and sexual assault against two women. He is to be sentenced, to as long as 29 years in prison, on March 11. ...

Trump pardons, commutations send clear signal

Editorials

Newsday Feb. 18 Presidents have the constitutional right to pardon whomever they choose. That power has led to questionable decisions by presidents from both parties over many years. And those chosen for mercy or redemption say something about the presidents who make them. That’s the ...

New Yorkers caught in immigration dispute

Editorials

Post Star Feb. 16 We wondered if it was possible to take a stand on the state’s “Green Light Law” without getting into a knock-down, drag-out debate about United States immigration policies. Probably not, but we were game to try. The “Green Light Law” passed by the New York ...

Military veterans should be given school tax exemptions

Letters to the Editor

Generally, those who serve our military are held in high esteem. However, it would appear that some local school boards do not extend the same respect to vets as the general public. According to the superintendent of the Broadalbin-Perth Central School District, only 40 percent of school boards ...

Town of Johnstown: 2019 year in review vol. III

Letters to the Editor

Volunteer Fire Departments (VFD) were on edge, while the supervisor conducted a consolidation empowerment grant that was to evaluate the departments, notably during a time of bankruptcy of the local EMS Ambulance Services. Though a study may be beneficial the route taken was unprofessional by ...

Spectrum must improve communication and redundancy

Editorials

Syracuse Post-Standard Feb. 18 New York regulators should hold Spectrum’s feet to the fire over its poor response to a service interruption affecting 2 million customers in the Northeast earlier this month. Spectrum’s TV, internet and phone services went down Feb. 7 and 8 when snow ...

An open letter to Representative Elise Stefanik:

Letters to the Editor

I write this with great sadness, and deep fear for our nation. I have been a Republican my entire adult life, and have never before felt so embarrassed and angry at my party’s leadership. I spent three decades of my career as a judge, standing for the Rule of Law as a force for solving the ...

‘Red flag’ laws need to be handled with care

Editorials

So-called “red flag” laws have been suggested by some as at least a partial answer to keeping firearms away from those who might use them to harm themselves or others. But experiences in Florida, which has had such a statute for nearly three years, indicate a variety of concerns about ...

Avenatti downfall ought to be a lesson

Editorials

Political controversy is seen by some people not burdened by consciences solely as an opportunity for fame and fortune. It seems attorney Michael Avenatti belongs in that category. Avenatti’s big chance came when the California attorney latched onto a prize client: Stephanie Clifford, more ...

Reliance on new technology can be risky

Editorials

The once-a-decade collection of information about Americans may well go down in history as the first digital Census. Let us hope it also is not recorded as an electronic fiasco. Officials at the U.S. Census Bureau will be utilizing tons of state-of-the-art technology in gathering information ...

If officials agree to withdrawl, Taliban will continue attacks

Editorials

Prospects for an agreement that could lead to withdrawl of all American troops from Afghanistan are “very promising,” U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Saturday. U.S. emissaries have been talking with leaders of the Taliban organization, which once ruled Afghanistan, for ...

New diseases may be biggest threat to humankind

Editorials

China’s experience with the deadly new coronavirus labeled COVID-19 has “bought the world time” to plan our own strategies against the disease, the head of the World Health Organization commented a few days ago. Well, yes. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is correct about ...

Dislike of U.S., others appears well-intrenched

Editorials

It turns out that hating the United States, Britain and Israel is not just a matter of ideological leanings for some Iranians. It is good business, too. In case you missed it, The Associated Press recently answered a burning (pun intended) question: Where do all those U.S., British and ...

Town of Johnstown: 2019 year in review vol. II

Letters to the Editor

In the past four years, the failed policies that have been identified hit target and showed in the election. Elections showed a reduction in votes towards supervisor (655), two councilmen (621, 606), clerk (706), and highway supervisor (737) out of a whole number (885), see the Official Fulton ...