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Opinion

Parade participation was appreciated

Letters to the Editor

The city of Johnstown Memorial Day Parade Committee would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who took part in the recent parade and service. We thank you for helping us to show our gratitude to those who have served in the past and are currently in service to our country. Along ...

Transportation Day was a success

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of Pleasant Avenue Elementary School administration, faculty, staff and students, I would like to thank the many volunteers who made our Transportation Day a great success. It was a great joy to see the countless smiles on the students’ faces as they learned about the different ...

Local children are amazing

Letters to the Editor

Recently, the predicted graduation rate for Gloversville High School was published. I first saw the article on social media, and the comments threaded below the post made me feel sick. And angry. Certainly, everyone is entitled to their opinion; but at what cost? It seems everyone always has ...

Thanks for helping local food drive

Letters to the Editor

As co-chairs of the Council of Churches Food Pantry, which is housed at St. John’s Church in Johnstown, we would like to thank our Johnstown postmaster, local letter carriers, and generous residents. The letter carriers recently conducted their annual food drive. The response by our ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To the micro-park at 33 N. Main St. in Gloversville. The wooden artwork was designed by Johnstown resident Dave D’Amore and his company AND: Architectural and Design. The idea for the “parklet” came from Jennifer Voorhees, owner of the downtown business Still Point Acupuncture, ...

Merkel’s rant unfair to U.S.

Editorials

Last month, after President Donald Trump suggested European countries should start paying their fair share of the cost of NATO, German Chancellor Angela Merkel lashed out at Americans. Europeans no longer can rely on other nations standing by them in times of military peril, Merkel said in a ...

Time for VA to set priorities

Editorials

It probably should come as no surprise that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been relying on an ancient computer program to manage electronic health records. Named VISTA (for Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture), the basic system appears to have been in use since ...

Terrorists are cowards

Editorials

Islamic terrorists who slaughtered seven people in London last week probably would have killed more had it not been for several courageous people who fought back. Their stories are illustrative of the extremists’ mindset. One hero in a pub saw all three knife-wielding brutes stabbing a ...

Battling terrorists

Editorials

Our government should battle Islamic terrorists wherever they are, of course. But when they assault a people with whom we Americans have had a long friendship, our obligation becomes especially binding. Most terrorist attacks involve individuals or small groups of murderers. But a small army ...

End hysteria over Trump

Editorials

It is one thing to disagree with a president’s policies or to dislike his personality. It is quite another to engage in the hysteria — and that is the appropriate word — that some have directed against President Donald Trump. Led by some entertainers and politicians, a few critics of ...

Mayor’s pick will matter

Editorials

Gloversville Mayor Dayton King has a big decision to make in whom to appoint to the Gloversville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners to replace former member James Del Savio. This is familiar territory for King. By our count, this will be his eighth appointment to the GHA board over the ...

Cheers and Jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To Montgomery County for combining its public health director and director of mental hygiene jobs into one position. The Montgomery County Legislature recently appointed Sara Boerenko, who had been working as the mental hygiene director, to the county’s public health director job. ...

Move toward civil debate

Editorials

After so many years of apathy toward politics, it’s a breath of fresh air to see so many people engaging with their federal representative on matters important to them. We hope people keep it up. U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik’s campaign staff recently rallied supporters to “fight back” ...

Kushner talks appropriate

Editorials

It is a measure of how topsy-turvy politics has become that a technique some believe averted nuclear war in 1962 now is being condemned. That is, in a word, crazy. The newest controversy involving President Donald Trump revolves around his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Critics say that before ...

Knowledge is dangerous

Editorials

Keeping secrets can be just as important as uncovering them for intelligence agencies. An enemy’s knowledge of what one knows can be dangerous. The anger of British officials about leaks regarding their investigation of the Manchester concert hall bombing is understandable, then. Americans ...

Security limits are essential

Editorials

Even as the courts persist in admonishing President Donald Trump’s administration for attempts to restrict people from selected countries from coming to the United States, it becomes clearer some sort of limits are essential to our security. On Thursday, a federal appeals court in ...

Budget battle set to begin

Editorials

Now the bare-fisted battle for money begins: President Donald Trump is recommending a $4.1 trillion federal budget. There is something in it — or, rather, not in it — to anger just about every member of Congress. Both senators and House of Representatives members from both our states ...

King’s idea is right idea

Editorials

At the first meeting of the Fulton County Shared Services Panel, County Administrator Jon Stead and Board of Supervisors Chairman Michael Kinowski made it clear that the state-mandated process that formed the panel of local municipal leaders is about sharing services — something Fulton County ...

Fight cancer, turn your world purple

Letters to the Editor

It’s May — time to paint your world purple to fight back against cancer. This year’s Fulton-Montgomery County Relay for Life is being held on Friday, June 2, beginning at 4 p.m. and going until midnight. The opening ceremonies begin at 6 p.m. The event is taking place on the campus ...

St. Johnsville needs baseball park funds

Letters to the Editor

I’m a resident of St. Johnsville, in Montgomery County. We don’t have a lot in St. Johnsville, but we do have one of the nicest baseball parks in the county. We have a unique grandstand which sets off our park, but it is aging and in need of extensive repairs (estimated at $150,000 to ...