ENDORSEMENT: DeSantis has earned a full term as Gloversville’s mayor

ENDORSEMENT: DeSantis has earned a full term as Gloversville’s mayor

The city of Gloversville is finally headed in the right direction when it comes to finances, addressing blight, improving recreational opportunities for citizens, securing grants and making the city more friendly and open to business. To keep that momentum going, it needs a steady hand at the top with the experience, temperament and a history of solving problems. So when Gloversville voters go to the polls to elect their mayor on Tuesday, they should stick with incumbent Democrat Vincent DeSantis. DeSantis, a former prosecutor, city judge for over 20 years, former councilman and councilman-at-large, is just finishing out the term…
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There is a time and a place

By ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS It is a long-standing tradition to air the national anthem prior to kickoff at football games. Now, the NFL has decided to follow this tradition by playing “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which is known traditionally to many Black Americans as the Black national anthem. The song was originally written as a poem in 1900 by author and civil rights activist James Weldon Johnson. The NAACP coined it “the Negro national anthem” in 1919 because of the poem’s powerful affirmation for Black Americans who suffered a violent and tragic history as they struggled for liberation. The song…
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Biden’s ambitions imperiled

By Jules Witcover President Joe Biden, eager to “go big” from the start of his administration, is taking a page from the playbook of Franklin D. Roosevelt in his effective assault on the Great Depression. But his plans to throw trillions of dollars into the effort is being challenged by Republican obstruction, and not only because of the opposition party’s supposed distaste for deficit spending. The Grand Old Party clearly recognizes the appeal to voters of what it would call free lunch on a grand scale of social welfare programs for poor and middle-class working families. And it can be…
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Hearings should have been open to the public

Jamestown Post-Journal Last week, members of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration held four community meetings focusing on gun violence. Chances are no one in those communities knew anything about them — because they were closed to the press. How counterproductive is that? One would think Hempstead, Middletown, Utica and Binghamton were chosen for the community meetings because those cities are having particular issues with gun violence. Wouldn’t it make sense to have the press in attendance so that they could report to the community the problems community leaders are having and what the state is doing to help? The fact there…
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Hospital infection outbreaks

By BETSY MCCAUGHEY Public health officials struggle with telling the truth. They seem to think people don’t deserve to know. At the beginning of COVID-19, they told us we didn’t need masks instead of admitting there was a mask shortage. Last week, health officials announced outbreaks of a hospital infection that’s highly contagious and untreatable by any medication. One-third of patients who get it die within 30 days. You wouldn’t want to be in a hospital overrun with this germ. Here’s the catch: The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is hiding which hospitals and nursing homes have it.…
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Search for the truth brings tears

By JAMIE STIEHM I don’t need a hearing to tell me what happened on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol, which was stormed by an armed mob. But the nation needs a reckoning on that deadly day. It was a moment history will never forget, a presidential attack on an equal branch of government, Congress. This I can tell you: It was not a drill, nor a sightseeing lark. I felt something bad would happen, but there I was to witness the saddest story I’ve ever seen. A House select committee held its first hearing Tuesday on the event. Four…
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