Opinion

Dan Engel is the epitome of hard work and dedication

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing to inform you and the community about the hard work and dedication that Mr. Dan Engel, director of Veterans Affairs for Fulton County, provides for, and on behalf of, the veterans in Fulton and Hamilton County. Many veterans and their families struggle to navigate the VA and ...

Stop blaming, start protecting

Editorials

The Plattsburgh Press-Republican Aug. 1 When the founding fathers of our remarkable nation wrestled for an astoundingly brief period in 1787 to conceive and compose our Constitution as the outline of our government, they overcame mountainous disagreements to “invent” democracy as we now ...

An open letter to columnist Leonard Pitts

Letters to the Editor

By definition: A racist is a person who believes a particular race is superior to others; a bigot is a person who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics, and is intolerant of those who differ; a thug is a violent person (especially a criminal); and a hypocrite is ...

More steps need to be taken so everyone has access

Letters to the Editor

The Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, and later amended in 2008, promised individuals with disabilities equal access in their communities. Despite these positive changes, many Americans still do not have full access. ...

Flagging future killers

Editorials

The Wall Street Journal Aug. 6 The Dayton and El Paso shootings have spurred familiar calls for more gun control, and by all means let’s have a debate. But the focus should be on denying weapons to the potential killers rather than on gun laws that may be politically satisfying but ...

A complicated solution

Editorials

Really thinking about what we read so often in the wake of mass killings is the only way we Americans can find a way to curb them. Taking the easy way out by concluding, as presidential candidate Joe Biden apparently has, that outlawing so-called “assault rifles” will do the trick, is ...

Zip code issue in Mayfield needs fixing

Letters to the Editor

With increased development in Fulton County, there are bound to be places within a zip code that have the same address. One such place is Woodlane Road. Up until a year ago, GPS pointed Woodlane Road as being in Northampton, but being served by the Mayfield Post Office. The zip code is 12117. ...

Peace can be found in avoidance of extremes

Letters to the Editor

They are Tweedledee and Tweedledum: I am referring to the White Supremacist Coalition (White Supremacists, KKK, and neo-Nazis — and hereafter called WSC) and their arch enemy Antifa (the independent, anti-fascist groups and their supporters). The WSC is unabashedly fascist while Antifa, in ...

What do we know about mass murderers?

Editorials

Exactly why the pitiful, sick weaklings who murdered 31 people in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, committed their horrific deeds may never be known. But as always, the reaction has been calls that the government do more to prevent mass killings. Stricter gun control laws already have been ...

Careful vetting needed now

Editorials

The New York Times July 30 Before President Trump picked Dan Coats to be the director of national intelligence, Mr. Coats spent 24 years in Washington as a member of the House and the Senate from Indiana, serving long stints on both the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed ...

The 1969 Woodstock festival 50 years later

Letters to the Editor

It took a lot of hard work and patience to document an iconic moment in time, but the final product was well worth it. Woodstock at 50, a short documentary produced by Command Voice Journalism, provided me a much better understanding of the times from those that were there. Was Woodstock a ...

Caroga referendum on sale of Sherman’s to the CAC

Letters to the Editor

It was fantastic to see Sherman’s as a hub of activity already this summer rather than the ghost of the past. I look forward to seeing continued life in this wonderful and storied location. I see the vitality and excitement the Caroga Lake Music Festival has brought during the three years ...

Sometimes, good things do happen

Editorials

Sometimes good things can happen in Washington. One did this week when the Senate approved a common-sense bill to help veterans of military service. Among those pushing for the measure, the Veteran STEM Scholarship Improvement Act, S 2011. It was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. ...

The word ‘racist’ is tossed around with wild abandon

Letters to the Editor

I was surprised by Speaker Pelosi’s characterization of President Trump’s advice: in a nutshell, he said, “America: Love it or Leave it.” And Speaker Pelosi said it was “racist.” How so? Remember, this expression was directed against Americans who denigrated our country during the ...

The government is meant to serve the people, not itself

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The Democrat-controlled House has created a massive spending bill that will be funded by taxes and more borrowing (see https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/07/23/us/politics/ap-us-budget-battle.html). In contrast to past budget resolutions, this one has pulled out all the stops. Every ...

Just needs Trump’s signature

Editorials

New York Daily News July 23 The people of Kentucky and Utah should be proud that they have senators representing them in Washington who upheld the honor of their states. Mitch McConnell and Mitt Romney voted with senators from every other state to make to make permanent the 9/11 Victim ...

Voter protection should remain in the states’ hands

Editorials

U.S. senators were told last week that the federal government should have a bigger role in protecting states’ election systems from computer hackers such as those working for Russia. That sounds reasonable. Proposals that Uncle Sam have more power over us almost always do. A report ...

We need to all dream

Editorials

By Mike Myers “You have to dream. We all have to dream.” — Christa McAuliffe Fifty years ago on June 20, between 600 million and 650 million people were watching on television as Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon. What did they say to those watching with them? ...