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Opinion

Support CLMF and the CAC on Nov. 5

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing to express my appreciation and support for the Caroga Music Festival and for the proposed transfer of the Sherman’s property to the Caroga Arts Collective. The music festival has been a positive addition to the region since its beginnings eight years ago and I believe the ...

Operating within limits

Editorials

Former President Barack Obama’s abuse of executive orders to get his way when Congress refused to go along with him — or when he simply did not want the American people to know what he was doing — was wrong. President Donald Trump’s critics now point to the fact that his use of ...

A vote for Spritzer will ensure a two-party system

Letters to the Editor

Voters of the 4th Ward in Johnstown have an opportunity to elect Maxwell Spritzer as councilman for the city’s 4th Ward. Mr Spritzer is willing to devote his time and talents to make Johnstown a city to be proud of. He will work to keep our taxes under control and add ideas and plans to make ...

Vote ‘yes’ on Nov. 5 for CAC to purchase Sherman’s

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 5, there will be a referendum item on the Town of Caroga ballot which will decide whether or not to sell the Sherman’s property to non-profit Caroga Arts Collective (CAC). Since 2012, led by executive director Kyle Barrett Price, whose family roots in Caroga run deep, Caroga Arts ...

Rizzo all the way for the town of Johnstown

Letters to the Editor

First four years at the town of Johnstown have been interesting. Identifying lack in accountability, oversight, controls, management, and failed policies. This is all due to the prior administrations and historical bad practices from the good old boys, who will attack you if you’re not part ...

What is behind resurgence?

Editorials

We know no one in our area who reacted to the attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue nearly a year ago with anything other than sorrow and anger. We doubt that you know anyone with a different opinion, either. But a microscopically tiny number of people viewed the assault, in which 11 worshippers ...

Let’s get the message to Stefanik by voting

Letters to the Editor

Did you notice that our Representative Elise Stefanik came to Johnstown, on Oct. 10, for one of her “Coffee with Your Congresswoman” events? You may have missed it because her office announced the event with only two days notice. You also might have missed it because the meeting was in the ...

Rebuttal: Doing things the right way at Caroga Lake

Letters to the Editor

It is indeed a very big undertaking to create a music and arts festival anywhere, especially if memories of “the way it used to be” abound. Is there a right way to get started? What should come first? The festival or the supporting services? The design and vision for a series of ...

Fool me once, shame on you — fool me twice, shame on me

Editorials

Russian trolls who have been successful, probably beyond their wildest dreams, in sowing discord among Americans may be getting a good chuckle out of an announcement by Facebook. Officials at the widely used social media company said this week they will increase efforts to keep Facebook from ...

Casting my vote for Paul Roalsvig

Letters to the Editor

On Nov. 5, I will be casting my vote for Paul H. Roalsvig to become Hamilton County’s next district attorney. I’ve known Paul since he moved to Long Lake with his family 10 years ago. I’ve known his wife’s family for a very long time. On a personal note, Paul and his family now live ...

The real price of drug abuse

Editorials

The standard measuring stick for determining the human cost of the drug abuse crisis tends to be the number of lives claimed by it — more than 70,000 annually in the United States. As we have pointed out, that exceeds the total number of U.S. deaths in the Vietnam War (58,220). But an ...

Max Spritzer has the passion and vested interest

Letters to the Editor

I have heard many area residents comment that there should be more young people involved in politics. Well, here is a chance to light a fire on the Johnstown City Council. Max Spritzer is running for the 4th Ward Council seat and I am so happy to see someone with not just experience for the ...

Thank you for making fundraiser a success

Letters to the Editor

On Sept. 18, the hot dog stand, Mustard’s Last Stand located in the park on Main Street, Johnstown, held a fundraiser for the James Brennan Humane Society. To say it was a success would be a understatement. With help from friends, volunteers, and the public, we exceeded our expectations. ...

Must not be forgotten

Editorials

It has been just two years since the #MeToo movement came on the national stage. Its founder and others concerned about sexual assault and harassment worry that the issue has been sidetracked by candidates for president next year. #MeToo founder Tarana Burke is doing something about that. ...

What happened to Melchior Park?

Letters to the Editor

I was home visiting my family [the weekend of Oct. 12] and decided to go for a wander around the neighborhood. I walked into Melchior Park on Kingsboro Avenue. I was remembering the wonderful days when we played there until the lights came on. I tried to wander some of the paths inside of the ...

Chris Shambo lacks judgement to be a DA

Letters to the Editor

I have never met Chris Shambo, the Republican candidate for Hamilton County district attorney, nor am I familiar with his professional work as a private lawyer. For all I know he might be the second coming of Perry Mason or Jack McCoy. However, the profanity-laced, misogynistic statements ...

Failure to innovate is dangerous

Letters to the Editor

Much discussion and debate has evolved over months regarding the Caroga Arts Collection and Shermans in Caroga Lake. I believe in people and ideas that strive to make changes for the betterment of people and their communities; who attempt to enlighten or change minds or foresee something we ...

If viable options exist

Editorials

Encouraging people in pain to use opioids for relief if there are effective alternatives is, in a word, insane. Yet the federal government does just that, according to two U.S. senators from states hit hard by the drug abuse epidemic. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Sen. Jeanne ...