Opinion

Doing more harm than good

Editorials

Understand this about the $4.5 billion Democrats in Congress refused to grant President Donald Trump’s administration this week: It could have prevented an enormous amount of suffering among the very people leaders of the party claim to defend: illegal immigrants. Trump had included the ...

Let’s remember all of them

Editorials

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...

How was this a good idea?

Editorials

One wonders why anyone in the U.S. justice system thought Thursday, less than a week before Americans honor those who died defending our freedom, was a good time to release John Walker Lindh from prison. Lindh, the “American Taliban,” spent more than 17 years in prison after being ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

JEERS — To the Greater Johnstown School District School Board for its shameless act to try and influence voters during the vote on Tuesday for the $38.7 million budget that would have raised the tax levy by 35 percent. Instead of being able to directly enter the gymnasium at the initial ...

State must seek alternative forms of energy

Editorials

The Middletown Times Herald-Record on New York’s rejection of a proposed natural gas pipeline May 20 The decision by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to reject a proposed 37-mile pipeline connecting natural gas fields in Pennsylvania to New Jersey and New York is big ...

Editor missed the mark on response to library vote letter

Letters to the Editor

The editor’s reply to my letter about the poor dissemination of the upcoming library tax increase vote was right on target for a small town paper. [Her] reply was that it was advertised multiple times in The Leader-Herald, which I am sure it was. Sadly the editor missed the point of my letter ...

Place blame where it should be; shame on the taxpayers

Letters to the Editor

Taxpayers should be ashamed. I understand why taxpayers of Johnstown voted the budget down but it was wrong to do so. They blame teachers for the budget issues which is wrong of course. The blame squarely falls on the previous boards and superintendents who failed to do the jobs that they ...

Short term insurance has benefits

Editorials

The Wall Street Journal on the benefits of short-term health insurance House Democrats last week voted to reverse a Trump Administration rule that the left has branded as promoting “junk insurance.” So note that the vote arrives the same week as a fresh analysis about how short-term health ...

We should not be forced into avoidable conflict

Editorials

Any number of individuals, organizations and even nations in the Middle East would not be displeased in the slightest at a military conflict between the United States and Iran. Islamic terrorist groups, for one, understand that would divert U.S. assets from targeting them, to at least some ...

Time to make ourselves clear

Editorials

Israelis understand that, at least under President Donald Trump’s administration, they have a staunch, valuable ally. Now it is time to make it clear to the Palestinian people that Washington wants to help them, too. Many enemies in the Middle East desire to wipe Israel off the map. The ...

Vote for Patrick Leo for Mayfield’s Board of Education

Letters to the Editor

Even though I don’t have a vote in the upcoming Mayfield Board of Education election, I would like to recommend Patrick Leo as the best candidate for the single seat up for election. My children went to Mayfield schools and I personally think the system is the best around. It is and always ...

Wishing Mr. Bowe luck against the use of eminent domain

Letters to the Editor

I have been following the story of Mr. Robert Bowe’s battle with the Fulton County supervisors and the Fulton County Industrial Development Agency over Mr. Bowe’s land in Hales Mills. I may not have the exact location but I am moved by a taxpayer who has property of value who expects to ...

Nothing to show

Editorials

The Times Herald-Record on the threat from North Korea May 8 Democrat or Republican, conservative or progressive, every United States president in recent history has taken the same approach to North Korea. Avoid dealing directly with the ruling regime because official recognition is what ...

Giardino has proven his worth, vote for him in June

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to express my support for Richard Giardino in his bid for re-election as Fulton County Sheriff. I have known Rich both personally and professionally for many years. No one has more extensive experience than Rich. From his duties as a volunteer firefighter, a village police ...

Family of Kimberly Williams thanks all for their support

Letters to the Editor

The family of Kimberly Williams would like to thank all who came out to support her at the Ephratah Rod and Gun Club on May 12. Although the weather was rainy, it was a great turnout. Special thanks to all the area business in Fulton and Montgomery counties, as well as Greg Baldwin, Michele ...

Eminent domain is seizing private property wrongly

Letters to the Editor

The takings clause of the Fifth Amendment states “ .…nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation,” and it applies to the federal government. Section 1 of the 14th Amendment reaffirms the 5th Amendment and applies to state and local officials. Around 2000, ...

The dropping birth rate

Editorials

Whether to have children is an intensely personal decision for women and couples. But it is becoming a social, economic — and political — issue, too. Birth rates in the United States have dipped to historic lows. Last year’s rate was the lowest in 32 years. And analysts point out that ...

Female veterans’ needs are not met

Editorials

After generations of foolish failure to understand the contributions women can make to national defense, the U.S. armed forces finally seem to have awakened to the previously untapped potential. Important issues regarding how females can serve the nation best in uniform may remain to be worked ...

Take no shortcuts

Editorials

It has been said and written that horror stories about the 1980 Mariel Boatlift were exaggerated. Of the about 125,000 Cubans who left their island and came here then, only a small percentage were criminals set free from jails and patients released from mental hospitals by then-Cuban dictator ...