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Opinion

Please support Literacy NY

Letters to the Editor

September, National Literacy Month, is over, but the work of volunteer tutors with Literacy New York—Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie counties continues all year. As president of our three-county organization, I’m especially proud of our dedicated tutors who teach adult students for free ...

Limiting ‘red flag’ seizures

Editorials

So-called “red flag” laws are being debated both in Congress and state legislatures in attempts to curb mass murders in the United States. Red flag laws would enable law enforcement authorities to take guns owned by people deemed by the courts to be clear threats to public safety. But the ...

Many people gathered for National Life Chain on Sunday

Letters to the Editor

Once again our area took part in National Life Chain Sunday. Each fall people that are prolife gather along strips of highways in towns and cities all across America and Canada to pray for an end to abortion. They stand silently and reverently holding signs that say: Abortion kills children, ...

Keeping vape from children a no-brainer

Editorials

It has been suggested by some that the current scare over e-cigarettes is overblown. Though hundreds of Americans have been hospitalized with respiratory ailments linked to “vaping” and a few have died, calls to ban the products are not realistic, critics say. But there is a valid, ...

Release of transcript threatens presidency

Editorials

Apparently, President Donald Trump believed he could score some political points by releasing the transcript of a July telephone call between himself and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Whether that is true remains to be seen. But one thing is obvious: Partisan politics has become ...

Most serious respiratory illness facing Americans

Editorials

What is the most serious respiratory illness threat facing Americans today? If you answered “e-cigarettes,” we commend you for keeping up with current events. But that is the wrong answer. The correct one is influenza. On average, about 8% of Americans contract the flu each year, ...

Who can out-promise who?

Editorials

Most Democratic Party candidates for president seem to be engaging in a competition to see who can out-promise everyone else. Free health insurance, free college, even free money in the form of checks written out to millions of families, are among the pledges being made on the campaign trail. ...

Questions for Leader-Herald from a long-time subscriber

Letters to the Editor

As a long-time subscriber to The Leader-Herald, I have a couple questions: 1. Will the readers/subscribers have a say in the loss of one newspaper per week? 2. Will the subscribers who pay ahead (26 weeks/52 weeks) be reimbursed for that loss? I will say that I am not pleased with the ...

Keep economic growth going

Editorials

Keeping economic growth going can be tougher than kick-starting it in the first place. With the nation’s unemployment rate at historic lows — better than ever for some segments of the workforce — the challenge now is to maintain the pace. Most Federal Reserve Board members recognize ...

A political football

Editorials

No doubt recent news about abortions will become a political football within days. It ought to be viewed as one of the great public health triumphs of the past few decades. Abortions have become less common in the United States than at any time since they became legal, through a U.S. Supreme ...

Both parties should vote

Editorials

Members of Congress are on a time clock regarding appropriations bills. Unless they are enacted by Oct. 1, one more of the dreaded government “shutdowns” may occur. That sort of pressure often pushes good things through the cracks. That should not be permitted in regard to a proposal that ...

Trudeau and his blackface

Editorials

How Canadian voters react to revelations about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is up to them, of course. But the episode is one more demonstration of the hypocrisy demonstrated by liberal politicians who are always eager to use “the race card” in criticizing conservatives. Trudeau ...

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is here

Letters to the Editor

National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month is here to remind men about the importance of paying attention to their prostate health and understanding the risk of prostate cancer. As men get older, the risk of prostate cancer increases. The risk is greater for African-American men and men with a ...

A little sarcasm concerning some left-leaning teenagers

Letters to the Editor

Several weeks ago my attention was riveted by a news piece on the Internet. It examined a painful encounter that took place between Jahangir Turan and some cocky teens. Turan is a middle-aged, art gallery owner whose shop is located in New York City. He received a much-deserved education in ...

A reason why we call spouse ‘Better-Half’

Editorials

Whether the exquisite furniture in the Blue Room at the White House is genuine antiques or department-store reproductions is nowhere near as important as, say, the war in Afghanistan. And whether the wallpaper in the Red Room is refurbished or, at high cost, replaced has no effect on the ...

The dynamics of the Sunday paper have changed

Letters to the Editor

I agree that the loss of the Sunday paper is sad and perhaps a sign of these, the modern times. With more content available online, several newspapers are cutting print production. In fact, some newspapers only have three print editions. Some, like the Youngstown Vindicator, closed after 150 ...

Pumped-storage will be necessary and inevitable

Letters to the Editor

In two recent letters to the editor (Leader-Herald, Aug 27, and Sept 14, page 6A) I discussed why building utility-scale solar electric plants is not a bright idea for the ratepayers. But let’s assume that the state government, the green lobby and the too-large number of ignorant voters get ...

What a gift Caroga Music Collective is to our community

Letters to the Editor

Can you hear that? I can, and it’s music to my ears. What is it? It’s culture and creativity and art and yes — music. Beautiful music, chamber music. What a gift Caroga Music Collective is to our community. A city in transition, like Gloversville, is further elevated by events like ...