Opinion

More than timber and stone lost in Notre Dame

Editorials

Committed Christians believe in an all-powerful God whose majesty and beauty cannot be comprehended, much less matched. Yet on rare occasions, humans are moved to incredible feats of creation as testaments of the depth of their faith. More than 850 years ago, on an island in the Seine River ...

A spoiled, dangerous man

Editorials

Much of what governments keep secret from their people should be revealed. It is in the nature of public officials to keep knowledge that may threaten them quiet. But there is a difference between that and information that jeopardizes the security of an entire people. There are good reasons, ...

Smaller schools are the solution

Letters to the Editor

They will never stop a lot of “big shots and big wigs.” Love them so they can “feather their nest.” It use to be an honor to serve our country. Not now, look out, “there are a lot of wolves in sheep’s clothing.” Our New York state Thruway was supposed to be paid for by dues. ...

A little ironic sarcasm on huggers and sniffers

Letters to the Editor

I never thought it would happen to me, but the police finally caught me—the “politically correct” police, that is. The crime: friendliness— "The act of being a friend and showing it.” Now I have to “un-friend’ someone. It’s hard because I hate to lose a friend. I don’t have ...

Seek the federal funds

Editorials

President Donald Trump revealed two pieces of big news Friday — one of them of enormous importance to millions of Americans who do not yet enjoy technology taken for granted by many of their neighbors. Some of those second-class tech citizens live right here in our state. Trump talked about ...

America can be totally carbon-free in energy arena

Letters to the Editor

Daily we hear politicians touting green plans to save the planet by banning things like hair spray, plastic bags and plastic straws. Good for sound bites in the media maybe but not doing much for the people or the planet. It is time to get serious about the carbon emissions in the USA and to ...

Leader-Herald carrier helped save husband’s life

Letters to the Editor

My husband and I would like to thank our Leader-Herald carrier for what he did on March 14. My husband was trying to move his plow around in the yard when the truck jumped out of gear and backed over his legs leaving him helpless on the ice and water covered ground. If it had not been for ...

If it occurred, we need to know

Editorials

Attorney General William Barr dropped something of a bombshell during testimony in Congress this week. But what he said should have come as no surprise. Though Barr was supposed to be testifying to a Senate committee considering the budget, questions turned to special counsel Robert ...

Why didn’t we get 40% pay raises?

Editorials

The Niagara-Gazette on pay raises for state politicians April 4 Raise your hand if you got a 40 percent raise this year. Raise both hands if you ever received a 40 percent pay hike in your entire life. How many struggling New York business owners, homeowners and residents could raise ...

We need to support the GJSD Budget

Letters to the Editor

Recently I expressed specific concerns regarding the GJSD’s proposed 2019-2020 budget and associated tax levy increase. Since that time, I met with Superintendent Patricia Kilburn and Assistant Superintendent Ruthie Cook to discuss my concerns. They addressed each of them. First, a final ...

Military intervention would be imprudent

Editorials

Venezuelans are suffering terribly from the socialist government of dictator Nicolas Maduro. There is no doubt whatsoever about that. Many Americans feel sympathy for them. But there has to be a limit on how far our government will go to help the Venezuelans. Thus far — at least, to the ...

Cohen’s cheap sordid tricks

Editorials

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, is making a sleazy attempt to save his own skin by pandering to Democrats in Congress. They should turn him down flat. Cohen was caught red-handed in a variety of misdeeds by federal investigators. Last year, he pleaded ...

Cuban leaders still committed to Castro-Style rule

Editorials

Former President Barack Obama seemed to believe that treating Cuba’s totalitarian regime as if it were not an enemy of liberty would encourage the country’s leaders to live up to our chief executive’s hopes. That did not happen. News of a breakthrough in allowing Cubans at least some ...

If Homeland Security needs help, it should be forthcoming

Editorials

Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen’s resignation Sunday had tongues wagging all over Washington and in the news media. Why did she step down? Personal differences between her and President Donald Trump? One of those power struggles among White House aides? Frustration that her ...

Questionable hiring at Northville CSD

Letters to the Editor

The Northville Central School District will approve a very questionable hiring at [tonight’s] April 9th board meeting at 5 p.m. The district had a Computer Service Specialist retire on Feb. 1 and the district is filling the vacancy with almost no advertisement of the position. The district ...

Albany showed some initiative

Editorials

Newsday on the beginning of the New York state legislative season April 1 New York voters put every elective body of state government and six of Long Island’s nine Senate seats in the hands of the Democratic Party in November. Now, after a bumpy run-up and a few missteps, the state has a ...

Limits on firearms can create victims

Editorials

Gun control is not the one-sided argument its proponents claim. In addition to the Second Amendment, there are practical considerations. For example, as a federal judge in California recognized recently, there is the very real potential for new limits on firearms to be harmful. California ...

A bit about oil and our dependence on it

Letters to the Editor

A bit about oil. The lowest cost oil comes from the Middle East, where it is readily accessible, which makes it cheap. Dambisa Moya in “Winner Take All” states that “most oil, Norway excepted, is controlled by powerful, often fabulously wealthy, frequently tyrannical ruling families or ...

Ban is a way to tax the people more

Editorials

New York politicians have given Americans one more reason to be leery of so-called “environmental” initiatives. Too often, they are grabs for money and power. A new state budget adopted by the Empire State’s legislature included a ban on use of plastic bags. Liberal lawmakers call it a ...

Come to your senses

Editorials

Democrats on the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee are playing a dangerous political game. In doing so, they threaten the nation’s security, as well as a time-honored facet of the justice system. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation of whether President ...