Opinion

Individual peace comes from Christ

Letters to the Editor

In 2014, President Barack Obama said, "We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things contrary to our values."Values! The value of a human life is the dignity we place on it. Do we have great value for life? Do we value the lives of other people? We ...

Food drive a wonderful success

Letters to the Editor

On behalf of the Food Pantry at North Main Street United Methodist Church, 316 N. Main St., Gloversville, we want to thank everyone who gave so generously to the letter carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 14.The amount of food collected was amazing. The Food Pantry at North Main Street ...

Thanks for help with parade

Letters to the Editor

The Johnstown Memorial Day Parade Committee would like to thank all those city departments that assisted with the set up and security for the parade.We also want to express our thanks to all those who participated in the parade, especially the veterans and active-duty service members.We thank ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To getting tougher with deadbeat parents. A New York state court ruling this week supports consecutive jail sentences for people who deliberately refuse to pay court-ordered child support. The Court of Appeals said Family Court can revisit jail sentences for willful violations that ...

New York state medical marijuana laws like bad medicine

Editorials

Most people don't care where their medicine comes from - as long as they get it.But despite the fact medical marijuana is available in New York state, it is not treated the same way.Recently, it was revealed medical marijuana manufacturer Vireo Health, which has a facility at the Tryon ...

‘Gitmo’ must stay open

Editorials

President Barack Obama has become so desperate to keep his pledge to close the U.S. detainment center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that he is exploring every option to ship terrorists imprisoned there elsewhere, according to an Associated Press report.White House officials are "scrambling to ...

Questions for Clinton

Editorials

Hillary Clinton has become the Democrat Party's presumptive nominee for president. Recent primary elections reinforced that she is over the top. Challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders has been relegated to has-been status.All the more important, then, for the troubling questions about Clinton to be ...

Ride-sharing is here to stay

Editorials

Uber, the app-based ride-hailing service, would like the New York State Legislature to approve statewide regulations that would allow it to operate throughout the state. The service already operates in the New York City area but it's plan to expand into cities like Buffalo, Rochester and ...

Get ready for the lines

Editorials

Travel season is upon us, and as many people take to the skies in coming weeks, they may, for the first time, experience the long security lines that have prompted the Transportation Security Administration to add 768 new screeners to its ranks by mid-June.According to the TSA, it has also ...

Case raises questions

Editorials

It was no surprise to us a judge dismissed the charges against two Amsterdam-based Liberty ARC employees who were accused of endangering a disabled person in their care.The charges seemed overly harsh given what allegedly occurred, and now raise questions about how the state's Justice Center ...

Time for Fage to match Chobani

Letters to the Editor

Where have you gone Chobani?Fage, where are you?Recently, the owner of the yogurt maker, Chobani, announced he was giving some of his stock in the company to his employees, valued at about $100,000 for the average employee, and up to $1 million for the longest serving.What is sad about this is ...

Shades of the Soviet Union

Letters to the Editor

Here in Johnstown, our Common Council has adopted a policy of anonymous tips relating to code violations. This is a reduction of the rights of citizens to be secure in their homes.The Constitution reads in part of Article IV of the Bill Of Rights, "The right of the people to be secure in their ...

Cut down on meat to help save planet

Letters to the Editor

As well as making up 51 percent of the greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, the consumption of meat is bad for the environment in other ways, as well.On the huge factory farms, the manure waste ends up in big cesspools, which flow into our rivers and aquifers. More than half of the total amount ...

Cheers and jeers

Editorials

CHEERS - To our local Miss New York competitors. Last week, Miss Fulton 2016 Lexi Swatt, Johnstown resident and Miss Buffalo 2016 Baylee Simpson and Fonda resident and Miss Colonial 2016 Lauren Crandall competed in the Miss New York 2016 competition on Staten Island. They didn't win the state ...

Alcohol laws can change

Editorials

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently unveiled a proposal to make several changes to the state's alcohol control laws: allowing alcohol sales in bars and restaurants starting at 8 a.m. on Sundays instead of noon, reducing paperwork for craft manufacturers, reducing fees for craft beverage salespeople and ...

Issues should be addressed

Editorials

Later this year, voters will choose a new state senator for the 49th state Senate district - the first new state senator for Fulton County in 40 years. While there are many broad state policy issues that affect our community - property tax relief, reform of the SAFE Act and Common Core testing ...

Canadians good friends

Editorials

A formation of nine foreign warplanes making low passes over Washington, D.C., normally would be cause for enormous alarm.But not recently. Those looking up at the aircraft would have seen maple leaf markings on them.No problem. It's the Canadians. They're good friends.It is difficult to ...

Clinton hides 4-alarm blaze

Editorials

Often, it is true: Where there's smoke, there's fire. In Hillary Clinton's case, it is a four-alarm blaze.More revelations about her illegal use of a private email server while secretary of state came to light last week. The State Department's own inspector general released an 83-page report ...

Honor the departed

Editorials

Today is Memorial Day, a time to remember those who died while serving in the U.S. armed forces.This should not be confused with Veterans Day, which celebrates the service of all military members.It's great if people can take the time to visit a parade or service today. Even a visit to a ...

Fired up to face reality

Editorials

Gloversville officials may set up a permit system for recreational fire pits.However, this would merely demonstrate a truth: If enough people ignore dumb laws, governments will change them.That is what appears set to happen in Gloversville.Plenty of Gloversville residents already have ...