Editorials

Statewide effort needed

The fight to protect our natural resources from invasive species has gotten a lot of attention over the past several years. New York’s trees need similar attention. Five prominent species of ash tree in the eastern U.S. have been driven to the brink of extinction from years of lethal ...

Diplomacy isn’t working

Some world leaders have made their disdain for U.S. President Donald Trump very clear, very publicly. On Tuesday, he heard another round of lectures, after delivering one himself, at the United Nations. Trump reiterated the philosophy that helped get him elected president. While embracing ...

Turn attention to Venezuela

President Donald Trump has been accused of using hyperbole too freely. But his speech to the United Nations Tuesday did not fall into that category. Sadly, he merely presented the facts. “The Venezuelan people are starving and their country is collapsing,” Trump told U.N. delegates. That ...

Pelosi bitten by movement

For a fleeting second or two, it might have seemed possible to feel sorry for House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Or not. Pelosi’s problem Monday was of her own making. During an appearance in her home district, San Francisco, on Monday, Pelosi and a couple of ...

Know your Constitution

Sunday marked the 230th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Sept. 17 is federally designated as Constitution Day, and this coming week is Constitution Week. Most reasonable people, be they liberal or conservative, ...

Reliance on plastic bags

Society needs to reduce its reliance on throwaway plastic bags. They aren’t biodegradable. Instead, they break down into small pieces and enter the environment, where they can absorb chemicals and be injected into living organisms such as fish. “One single plastic bag can form billions of ...

Priorities need to be set

Most reasonable people — be they liberal or conservative — would agree the Constitution provides a basic guide to government and outlines the rights given to American citizens. That may be all they agree on. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are bandied about with regular frequency ...

Mine study makes sense

For eight years, it seemed as if then-President Barack Obama had unleashed every weapon in the bureaucracy’s arsenal against the coal mining industry. Then, Obama invented some new tools to harass coal country. In that context, President Donald Trump’s plan to roll back the regulatory ...

Don’t forget Virgin Islands

Texans and Floridians hurt by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are on the minds of millions of their neighbors throughout the United States. But what about our other fellow Americans in the U.S. Virgin Islands? If anything, devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the USVI is worse than what is ...

Clearance plan isn’t working

Certain positions in government involve handling of sensitive material. To get such a job, one has to obtain security clearance. How deeply investigators look into one’s background depends on the level of clearance required. It can require as long as 10 months to be approved for ...

Financial services owe security

Financial services companies assure us they will handle the confidential information they often demand from us responsibly and securely. As many Americans have learned from data breaches in the past, those are promises not always kept. Now Equifax, the giant credit reporting agency, has made ...

Things that are slipping away

While you and I have been busy with our everyday lives, a number of folks have slipped out of the American scene. For instance, in those long-ago days before refrigeration, we all had ice boxes. That’s when we depended on the ice man to make frequent visits. These days, I can’t remember ...

Doubling down not the answer

A few years ago, New York took a gamble on casinos to provide an economic boost. In 2013, state voters approved a constitutional ballot referendum that allowed the state legislature to authorize as many as seven new casinos in the state. The proposition was couched as an economic development ...

Cheers and Jeers

CHEERS — To the Gloversville Police Department for stepping up the fight against illegal drugs in our community. While it is known most addicts have their own demons to fight, for most of those busted locally, they are the foot soldiers of the more powerful dealers. Drugs bring in all sorts ...

Motorists must show caution

School is back in session in our area, and that means motorists must be extra careful when driving around schools, especially in the morning and afternoon when children are going into school or heading for home. Motorists also must be cautious around school buses, and remember to stop for ...

Reduce use of plastic bags

Dr. Sherri Mason, the State University at Fredonia professor and plastic pollution researcher who led a successful effort to ban the use of products with microbeads, is right. Society needs to reduce its reliance on plastic bags. One of the main concerns surrounding plastic bags is the fact ...

Where is their courage?

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston, Texas, now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as we ...

High sports teach life lessons

Tailgates. Pep rallies. Friday night lights. The new school year is here! And that’s exciting news for student-athletes and high school sports fans alike. Research shows that being a student-athlete is about a lot more than fun and games. It teaches important life lessons, too. In fact, high ...

Real Americans rise up for cause

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston, Texas, now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as we ...

Don’t delay flood relief

It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster in Texas and Louisiana. Democratic lawmakers may try to punish Texans for supporting President Donald Trump in the election last year, it has been ...