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Opinion

Schools reopening face-to-face

Letters to the Editor

Because I believe that teachers and students will be more at risk to contract the COVID-19 virus if they are required to return to school reopening face-to-face this fall. I’d like to make it absolutely clear that I disagree with schools reopening in September. My opinion is based on ...

The Democrats were disgraceful

Letters to the Editor

If anyone watched the House Congressional Judiciary Committee hearing with Bill Barr, the attorney general of the United States, you probably were appalled by the behavior of the Democratic committee chairman/members. If you were not appalled, you should have been. Congressional hearings are ...

Paying the price for being foolhardy

Editorials

It was understandable, if not prudent, that when COVID-19 seemed to be on the run earlier this summer, many Americans decided it was time to go back to what was normal early this year. We are paying the price for that foolhardiness now. Unfortunately, those paying the grimmest toll had little ...

Maybe heads should roll

Editorials

Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. So goes the United States Postal Service’s motto. No one said anything about lack of funding. Despite his denials, President Donald Trump is being accused by some ...

Trying to get back on track

Editorials

Fall classes already have begun at some colleges and universities. During the next few weeks, hundreds more will attempt to do so. COVID-19 is enough of a threat in many states that some institutions of higher learning will not be allowing in-person classes, at least at first. Students will ...

Get back on track — immunize your kids for HPV

Letters to the Editor

You may know the human papilloma virus vaccine for its prevention of cervical cancer. Now it’s approved for use against head, neck and throat cancer. More than 35,000 HPV-related cancers are found each year — 13,500 are cancers of the throat. The Cancer Prevention in Action Program (CPiA) ...

We need to replace Trump follower, Elise Stefanik

Letters to the Editor

It is no secret that President Trump is an appalling human being. His lies, broken promises, corruption, delusions of greatness and general incompetence has this country on the bring of becoming a failed state. Trump surprises us almost daily with yet another example of why he is the worst ...

Funding for local health departments a must have

Editorials

For many years, local public health agencies were viewed by many Americans as centers for anti-smoking campaigns, immunizations for children in low-income families, enforcers of restaurant cleanliness rules and similar activities. Suddenly last winter, all that changed. Now and probably for ...

On and on the bickering goes

Editorials

Politics often seems to be an all-or-nothing contest — even when the American people are those who will get nothing. Whatever happened to common-sense compromise? When did putting off a battle in order to help the people survive a war become a bad idea? It was reported Aug. 7 that talks ...

Power is greed — quit thinking about just yourself

Letters to the Editor

The media seems to be mixed up as far as the role it should be playing in today’s politics. Instead of showing that Congress can work together when they passed the bill on our national parks, the Leader only mentioned Elise Stefanik’s support and not our senators. The Democrats and ...

Make America smart again

Editorials

Thank heaven for those gullible Americans. Let’s hope they never wise up. If they do, we’re out of jobs. One wonders whether that thought crosses the minds of Russian disinformation specialists who have had so much success sowing dissention in the United States. If not, it should. We ...

School programs can be safely held

Editorials

Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff As state associations have been developing plans for a safe return to high school sports, the NFHS and other national organizations have been working overtime to preserve opportunities for millions of students in the performing arts during the COVID-19 ...

Return the rims and restore fun and humanity to city

Letters to the Editor

My heart was crushed the other night. Visiting with my parents for several weeks now, I have enjoyed watching the 15-20 teenage boys and girls enjoying evening basketball at the State Street court, Johnstown. On Friday night (July 31) I saw that both rims had been removed. How sad. Such a fun ...

Being critical of Stefanik is due to what we are seeing

Letters to the Editor

Jon Stead, the top Republican official in Fulton County, recently wrote to The Leader-Herald expressing being tired of letters critical of our representative, Elise Stefanik. Mr. Stead suggests this it is “a half-dozen or so people” who are parroting talking points they have been fed by ...

Washington at impasse to help citizens

Editorials

Politics often seems to be an all-or-nothing contest — even when the American people are those who will get nothing. Whatever happened to common-sense compromise? When did putting off a battle in order to help the people survive a war become a bad idea? It was reported Aug. 7 that talks ...

Only Congress can

Op-Ed Columns

By JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of Appropriations made by Law.” — U.S. Constitution, Article I, section 9 Congress and the White House have been at loggerheads for weeks on the next phase of federal aid to those suffering ...

Trump and the military

Op-Ed Columns

By ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS Under President Barack Obama, and President Bush before him, America’s admirals and generals have utterly failed to prepare us to fight adversaries such as Russia and China. The worst kept secret in the Pentagon is that the U.S. military may well lose a war to ...

We are supposed to protect the children

Editorials

Virtually every passing day demonstrates to us that we don’t know enough about COVID-19 to combat the virus effectively. Research on it — and on identifying other emerging disease threats — needs to be a higher priority. At the very top of the action list should be how the coronavirus ...