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Opinion

Historic election of Donald Trump

Letters to the Editor

Team efforts began Nov. 7, 2012, paid off in 2016 with the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States. In addition, America preserved pro-gun majorities in the U.S. House and Senate and a substantial pro-gun majority in governors’ offices throughout the country. Those ...

Indian Point closing a bad idea

Letters to the Editor

For years the Cuomo administration, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and their hysterical and retrograde antinuclear allies, including Riverkeeper, have waged a shameless campaign of fear, loathing, and—in the fashion of the day—fake news against Indian Point. “Not safe!” they ...

Addiction treatment available locally

Letters to the Editor

If you or a loved one needs treatment for an addiction disorder, there are several ways to get the level of care that you or your loved one needs. For outpatient services: call St. Mary’s Addiction Services in Gloversville at 773-3532 or Amsterdam at 843-4410. Or call the Family ...

Unexploited benefits of Johnstown reval

Op-Ed Columns

The recently updated city of Johnstown assessment roll cured numerous inequities in the property assessment roll as the result of 25 years of inflation and untaxed real property improvements, largely a tribute to the combined efforts of our late Mayor Michael Julius and our late City Assessor ...

Our state should invest in direct care workers

Op-Ed Columns

The state budget must also invest in New York’s Direct Care Workers. As a father of a son with autism, I know how important the staff who work with my son are to his success and well-being. For many people with developmental disabilities, these dedicated and caring direct care workers ...

Cuomo lays out overly ambitious agenda for 2017

Op-Ed Columns

Early January is the time of the year when, traditionally, the governor outlines his policy agenda and budget for the coming year. This year, Gov. Cuomo has less than subtly broken away from tradition, conveniently avoiding delivering his State of the State Address to the Legislature, the ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To making history. The Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville band performed in Washington D.C. prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The group was approved to perform at three venues, Fort McHenry, Thomas Jefferson Memorial and the National Cathedral. The band was the final ...

Trump good for economy

Editorials

An improved economy means more jobs and better ones. Even liberals who claim Donald Trump will be bad for low-income and unemployed Americans have to concede that. Now, the International Monetary Fund has revised its forecast for the U.S. economy during the next two years. It will be ...

Get over it

Editorials

It appears a substantial number of liberals consider politics to be not the art of compromise, but a stage for temper tantrums. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has a reputation of being among the more liberal Republicans in the Senate, is being targeted by some left-wingers. Her ...

King III honors father

Editorials

The late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said repeatedly that his goal was an America in which people were judged solely by the quality of their actions. Egged on by liberal Democrats and many in the entertainment world, millions of people seem to have forgotten that advice. Martin Luther King ...

Ebola virus a global threat

Editorials

Millions of people worldwide, but primarily in West Africa, received a Christmas present from Canada in December. It came in the form of a vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus. When Ebola pops into the news every few years, it makes big headlines. It is in the class of diseases known as ...

Putin, company not good guys

Editorials

Let us hope President-elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on business deals has not blinded him to the very different way in which the Kremlin handles diplomacy. Lavish receptions, posh accommodations, gracious words and even state awards for business partners ...

Presidential motive

Editorials

Say what you want to about Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but the man knows how to get attention. Free tuition? What a marvelous idea, until you really look at his plan and question his motive. We agree that college debt is crushing students and their families. And it is fact that the vast ...

Saw the writing on the wall

Letters to the Editor

Here we go again. Back in 2015 when the Smart Water agreement was discussed openly we objected to the concept and the provisions. We tried to mount a petition but apparently no one was interested in the discussion. Again in 2016 we continued our protest and since the city agreed to it, we had ...

Is Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship his next hollow promise?

Op-Ed Columns

January is always an interesting time in state government, as the governor and other legislative leaders outline their yearly agendas and priorities. As custom has had it for the 240 years of our state’s history, the governor has made an impassioned plea in his State of the State and budget ...

There’s no money in being a martyr

Op-Ed Columns

I suspect many of the readers of this newspaper likely view Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to provide four-year college tuition-free at New York’s SUNY schools for families earning less than $125,000, at an estimated annual price of $163 million, to be another high-cost government program that ...

Thank you for many years of support

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the AHS Marching Rams, Boosters and alumni, we would like to thank Mayor Michael Villa, the Hagaman Fire Department, the APD, the DPW, AHS Marching Rams Band directors and majorette advisor for helping to make our show, “Light up the sky with the Marching Rams” a huge success. ...

Gun rights being threatened

Letters to the Editor

Local authorities intent on grinding down gun rights have plenty of help. For example, should their outrageous actions be challenged in court, they will likely find support from some of the 300 plus judicial appointees President Obama placed in the lower federal courts over the eight years ...