Cheers and jeers

CHEERS – To remembering our soldiers. Local events this holiday weekend observe Memorial Day, the day we honor and remember the men and women who died while serving in our armed forces. Thankfully, veterans and other volunteers have taken the time to offer the ceremonial observances. Among the local Memorial Day events are parades in Gloversville and Johnstown. Johnstown’s parade took place Friday and Gloversville’s is Monday. We encourage people to show their respect for those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice by attending a Memorial Day program. Please remember who we owe for the freedom and democratic way of life we enjoy in America.

JEERS – To poor service at veterans’ hospitals. The men and women who served our country deserve good treatment at our veterans’ hospitals. Recent reports of long waits for appointments and processing of benefit applications, and allegations veterans have died while awaiting Veterans Affairs care are appalling. The president this month promised people would be held accountable for any wrongdoing related to veterans’ health care, and last week, Veterans Affairs’ undersecretary for health care resigned. We hope the president is serious about fixing the problems at the VA.

CHEERS – To highlighting our region’s tourism. President Obama paid a visit Thursday to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. It certainly meant a lot to the hall and village, which likely will see an uptick in public interest because of the publicity surrounding the president’s stop. Obama’s attention to Cooperstown also was a home run for tourism throughout the region. Tourism is a major year-round industry in our area. Many of us who live here may take the area’s rich history, natural beauty and special attractions for granted, but the region truly is remarkable. Visitors from around the world enjoy visiting upstate New York, including the Mohawk Valley and Adirondacks. Tourism gives our economy a big boost. We must not underestimate it.