Opinion

Put the money where the problem is

Editorials

As incredible as it may seem, federal funds from one program meant to combat substance abuse are doled out based on states’ populations, not the severity of their drug epidemics. That is simply insane. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.; Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.; and Maggie Hassan and ...

Tax reform bill includes some losers

Editorials

Money does not grow on trees, even if some politicians want you to believe it does. For that reason, tax reform bills in Congress include some “losers.” For some people to get tax relief, someone else has to pay. But the bottom line on both the reform bill approved last week by the House ...

Thank you to my supporters

Letters to the Editor

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of the city of Johnstown who supported me in the recent election. Not having an opponent certainly made it easier, but seeing the total votes I received told me that the people still took the time to vote. This year has been a ...

Editorial needs a rebuttal

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to the editorial on Nov. 5, because if anything needs a rebuttal, that editorial does. Now, I like a good tax cut as much as the next guy, but this GOP-sponsored tax bill is anything but a good tax cut, unless, of course, you’re rich. To start with, the tax brackets ...

Don’t jump to conclusions

Editorials

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

Reaction to coup right

Editorials

U.S. officials have taken the traditional stance regarding this week’s military coup in Zimbabwe: This country does not interfere in the internal affairs of other nations, they said. That simply is not true. In essence, it amounts to diplomacy-speak for, “We’re not certain what happened ...

Who is really watching who?

Letters to the Editor

The election of William Rowback as Gloversville’s new mayor brings up the question as to whether he, as a retired fireman, will be permitted to vote on civil servant contracts. He will be supported by his pension and this should create a conflict of interest. Which brings up the question as ...

Who is really the winner

Letters to the Editor

Have you ever wondered where all the lottery money goes? I think a lot of us have. Jack Kennedy said, “Too much is given, much is demanded;” so true. Money should make us have an easier life but a lot of times it’s not true so we have the saying, “money is the root of all evil.” ...

Thank you to everyone who honored our veterans

Letters to the Editor

To FFCS, its board of education, those who organized the assembly for veterans, Charles Lenig and the school band, Superintendent Tom Ciaccio, Greg Furlong, Larry Coddington, my fellow VFW members, Dennis Cotter, Dan Stevens and their wives, my special friend, Joe Sullivan, Wendy Sullivan for ...

Time to pass the Republican tax plan

Letters to the Editor

The Republican Tax Plan will explode the national debt screams the liberal TV ad. I listened to the peevish ad and wonder what liberal media mountebank wrote this specious advertisement and ask: when did liberals become national debt hawks? In the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency, not ...

Tax reform bill needs some reform

Editorials

If a bipartisan assessment of the U.S. Senate’s tax reform bill is accurate, lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board. A measure being billed as tax relief should not force millions of Americans to pay more. Analysts for Congress’ Joint Committee on Taxation have concluded the ...

Welfare system in need of reform

Letters to the Editor

On the topic of welfare, I truly believe that people who never worked a day in their life, should not be getting help from the government. People who work minimum-wage jobs and live in poverty try to go to Fulton County Department of Social Services to get the help that they need but DSS tells ...

VanDeusen thanks his supporters

Letters to the Editor

I would like to thank the voters in the town of Johnstown for their overwhelming support of me on this past Election Day. I am truly honored by and appreciative of the support I received. I look forward to serving each and everyone of you in this position as we address the issues facing our ...

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful

Letters to the Editor

Thanksgiving — a time to be thankful for what we have been given. At the senior center in Gloversville, we have many individuals and organizations that have helped us over the years, the list would cover pages. My dad always said, “Keep it short,” so for now I’ll pick two. Several of ...

Local shelters best for cat adoption

Letters to the Editor

My name is Julie Case, aka Kittigurl. I help people with cats and have for almost 28 years. I was asked to foster for kitten angels, that was fine but I was put down and yelled at and talked down to and told I had to listen. They are not a no-kill agency. I tried to discuss three cats they ...

Congress needs to keep its eyes on the prize

Editorials

Keep your eyes on the prize, members of Congress. And remember, politics sometimes has to be the art of compromise. With just days to go before important votes on tax reform packages are planned in both the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, a major difference of opinion has reared its ...

Bringing us back together

Editorials

From local classrooms to area veterans organizations and National Football League stadiums nationwide, the nation’s veterans were highlighted respectfully for several days in the past week. With Veteran’s Day falling on a Saturday, the observance highlighted several days, not just one, this ...

Turmoil is the order of the day

Editorials

Turmoil has been the order of the day among leaders of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Listing all the many concerns of millions of voters who have been loyalists of either party would require a book. But a book by Donna Brazile, former chairwoman of the Democratic National ...

Let’s move forward now

Editorials

As one of our sister papers said in an editorial, it is interesting to see how last year’s bitterly divisive presidential election affected this year’s local elections. While in the North Country they saw an overall politeness, and while there were minor exceptions, most of their ...

The president has lost my support

Letters to the Editor

After the remarks spoken most recently out of the mouth of the president of United States, I’m going to say this even though I believe I’m going to make a lot of people mad but I don’t care at all. I cannot, with good conscience, support the incumbent president of the United States, the ...