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Opinion

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To remembering your roots. Fifteen Fonda-Fultonville alumni came home on Jan. 6 for the second annual Returning Students Day. The 2010 graduates shared their world experiences with current students in hope of inspiring them. The alumni brought back with them a range of experience ...

Pumped storage projects needed

Editorials

Something long overdue appears to be happening in Montana. There, a company has been granted a license to construct a $1 billion electric energy project that amounts to a gigantic battery. Absaroka Energy of Bozeman, Mont., plans to build a 400-megawatt pumped storage facility. If completed, ...

Diplomatic honeymoon?

Editorials

Until they learn more about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans, policies and personality, it is likely most other nations, even our enemies, will engage in something of a diplomatic honeymoon with the new White House. Not North Korea. That country’s vicious dictator, Kim Jong Un, ...

Obama supports health repeal?

Editorials

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea — providing the Republicans come up with ...

Harboring terrorists?

Editorials

Turkish officials have insisted for some time that a former ally of that country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was granted asylum in the United States, is behind attempts to topple Turkey’s government. Nonsense, U.S. officials respond. The controversy was renewed in December ...

Americans need to know

Editorials

More than 40 years ago, we Americans kicked a president out of the White House for various offenses linked to a burglary at the opposition political party’s office. Republicans and Democrats united in outrage about that crime and others linked to it. So now we’re arguing about whether we ...

Democrat plan a disservice

Editorials

Democrats in the U.S. Senate have vowed to use every roadblock they can find to delay confirmation of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. They have speculated they could drag the process out for as much as two months after Trump is inaugurated on Jan. 20. That would delay the ...

Respect the flag

Letters to the Editor

The other day, as I drove down Route 29 and through Broadalbin, not much had changed  except  a little snow and cooler weather — but there was one, and only one, very important change. The American flag at the Post Office was respectfully lowered to half staff and was the only flag out of ...

It’s tough being a reporter in today’s world

Op-Ed Columns

Readers of this newspaper — like many papers across this wonderful land — demand followups to big stories. That’s perfectly understandable. I’m here to say it isn’t always possible, and sometimes has little to do with the aggressive and/or nosey nature of the reporter of ...

Hope renewed for bus service

Letters to the Editor

When I looked at the front page of my Sunday Leader-Herald on Dec. 11, I was so happy to see that our new mayor as of Jan. 2, Mayor Vern Jackson, will be discussing renewing bus service in Johnstown again. I spent a lot of time on letters to the editor, attending and speaking at the Common ...

Year in review: Councilman Rizzo addresses issues

Letters to the Editor

By TIMOTHY RIZZO As the year ends, I would like to share the accomplishments and concerns as councilman for the town of Johnstown. As elected, my core values were to promote the town for a better outcome with honesty.  There were times of contradiction, different views, and at times ...

Winning really matters

Letters to the Editor

This is our historic moment to go on the offensive — to restore the full measure of freedom throughout our nation: Passing Right-to-Carry reciprocity, ending state and local firearms and ammunition bans, ending gun-free zones on military bases and ensuring our right to self-defense once and ...

Thank you for support of benefit

Letters to the Editor

The family of the late Jerry Marshall Sr. would like to thank everyone who participated in our benefit to raise money for the American Heart Association, with your support we raised $1020 this year. Special thanks to everyone who donated to the raffles, to the bowlers and their families, ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS — To new beginnings. While the world welcomed the beginning of a new year, two area families celebrated the beginning of life. St. Mary’s of Amsterdam delivered the first area baby at 9:29 a.m. on Jan 1. Trentyn Burnhardt-Martell, a 5-pound, 13-ounce, 18-inch baby boy was welcomed by ...

Need for charity exists year round

Editorials

As the bills for Christmas present spending come in next month, many of us will scratch our heads and wonder, “Where did all the money go?” Those who try to keep charitable organizations running wonder the same thing. Many of them stretch their budgets to — and sometimes past — the ...

Ethics panel decision right

Editorials

Apparently it was not only Democrats who didn’t get the message on Nov. 8. Some Republican leaders in Congress may have missed what voters were saying, too. On Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so ...

Can’t say no to Uncle Sam

Editorials

Federal officials were crowing about Obamacare in December, noting that 6.4 million people have signed up for subsidized health insurance during this year’s enrollment period. That is 400,000 more than for the same period last year. Despite higher premiums and far less choice in insurance ...

Johnstown needs ethics board

Editorials

The ongoing controversy over whether Scott Miller should be sworn in as Johnstown councilman-at-large, has confirmed for us at least one thing: the city of Johnstown needs to appoint an ethics board. On Monday, Miller was not sworn in at the city’s organizational meeting after the Fulton ...

Trump should prioritize VA

Editorials

The body of a military veteran was left in a Veterans Affairs health care facility shower room for more than nine hours before someone finally had it moved to a morgue, the Tampa, Fla., Bay Times reported last month. Then, once their negligence came to light, some staff at the Bay Pines VA ...

Tax relief without debt

Editorials

Both Republicans who control Congress and President-elect Donald Trump have plans to grant most Americans tax relief. They hope to inject real growth into an economy still recovering only anemically from the so-called Great Recession. In reconciling their slightly different versions of tax ...