Opinion

More should be done to keep public aware of budget votes

Letters to the Editor

Today (May 10) I learned that there was a public vote held May 8, approving an increase in the tax levied upon Gloversville property owners for the Gloversville Public Library. As a property owner in Gloversville, I would like to ask how and when this public vote was advertised. I did a simple ...

Do we want more misuse of school money?

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing this letter with regard to the OESJ School District and the pending school vote. The building project for the elementary school called for a new auditorium even though there was already an auditorium at the high school. How much is it going to cost for heat, air conditioning, ...

The governor has bowed out of education oversight

Letters to the Editor

With the passage of a new law that removes the mandatory use of state testing results in the evaluation of teachers (a totally wrong-headed idea), it appears that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has finally given up his attempts to control the education system in New York and to punish the teachers’ union ...

Remember the heroes

Editorials

Once again we have been reminded of the commonplace heroism that so many people hold quietly at the ready out of their compassion for others. Two armed teenagers bent on carrying out a massacre invaded STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado on Tuesday. Life-saving courage enough was shown ...

No pass should be given

Editorials

Juveniles who support terrorist groups actively can escape serious prosecution under federal law because of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, The Associated Press reported this week. Already, that has prompted federal prosecutors to skip proceedings against some minors, allowing state courts ...

A fine line exists

Editorials

Some wars are ignited not because they were planned, but because what could have been contained confrontations blew up in everyone’s faces. That should not — cannot — be permitted to happen between the United States and Iran. Since President Donald Trump pulled this country out of the ...

Past administrations have caused this tax levy mess

Letters to the Editor

When I first heard about the tax increase proposed by the Greater Johnstown School District, I was shocked and said no way would I vote for that. I attended a presentation by the superintendent, asked questions, did some research on my own, and although I still didn’t like the idea of the big ...

Saving the world and us

Editorials

It is inevitable that some of the 8 million or so species of plant and animals on our Earth will go extinct within the next few decades. Some will die out this year. In many ways, nature is no guardian of biodiversity. Human activity is accelerating the rate of die-offs, scientists warn. They ...

Honor the heroes, not the shooters

Editorials

Let us hope the name of the man who shot two people to death and wounded two others at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte fades quickly from the public’s consciousness. If notoriety was part of his goal, it ought to be denied to him. Riley Howell should be remembered. When the ...

Help is needed to keep Memorial Day tradition alive

Letters to the Editor

To the friends in our community: The Gloversville Parade Committee has continually worked to ensure the tradition of remembering our veterans and those in our armed services. With the state of the world, it is even more important to continue to remember and support those who have kept us safe ...

Nothing but a sham and smear job against the president

Letters to the Editor

United States attorneys are principal officers of the federal government and in accordance with the Appointments Clause of the Constitution are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Five U.S. Code 1211 (b) is the statute which authorizes that only the president can appoint a ...

The swamp is slimy enough

Editorials

Congressional hearings often have far less to do with getting information than with giving lawmakers public platforms on which to advance their own interests. Witness the number of times celebrities rather than genuine experts are called to testify. They draw more attention from the press. At ...

Land and Water Conservation Fund must be saved

Editorials

Among the most important federal programs very few people have heard of is the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Ensuring it has enough money is the proverbial no-brainer. Doing so will require action by Congress and approval by President Donald Trump, however. Lawmakers and the president ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

Michael Medina is our cheer. He was honored this week with the first-ever Placemaker in Gloversville Award for his charity and his efforts to make the city a better place to be. Medina is widely-known for providing children with free haircuts at the start of school and at Christmastime. He ...

Teaching the Holocaust to nation’s youth

Editorials

The last men and women who saw the horrors of the Holocaust with their own eyes will pass away within just a few years. No more elderly women will be left to tells about mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters sent to death camps, never to return. No more white-haired veterans who liberated the ...

Need the framework of a deal

Editorials

Newsday on rebuilding the infrastructure of the U.S. April 30 Under President Donald Trump, the United States has added another spring ritual to accompany blooming flowers and the return of baseball: the fresh promise of a grand plan to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. Tuesday, ...

Laws pushed under the radar

Editorials

The Press-Republican on unrelated laws in the state budget April 25 It’s just an hour. But the state added those 60 minutes to two hours that people could already get in order to vote on election days. Maybe a city dweller needs three hours to vote? But it seems like overkill, ...

Out of his hands

Editorials

The Daily News on House Oversight Committee subpoenas April 25 Give Donald Trump some credit: While congressional Democrats twist themselves in knots over whether to open up impeachment hearings, he provides more ammunition. Just this week, the White House told the House Judiciary ...

Thank you for helping out the veterans

Letters to the Editor

To all veterans in Montgomery County: How do you thank 20 to 30 kids, teachers and parents that came April 13, and raked, cleared up our whole yard. Teachers, Kathlyn McCarthy and Sheri Boardman and the Future Farmers of America and Junior Future Farmers of America from Fonda-Fultonville ...