Library deserves support from officials

Library deserves support from officials

About two to three weeks ago, The Leader-Herald published an article regarding the plight of the non-profit Broadalbin Library. While it was a reasonably balanced article, it did not fully address what I consider the core issues at this time. Because the library will lose its building in December at the same time as we are attempting the lengthy process to become a public library, we were optimistic when the Town Board told us to contact the county about a recent tax foreclosed property on the Main Street of town. It appeared that they might be sympathetic to our situation.…
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The wrong reasons

By Jonah Goldberg President Biden has decided to end the war in Afghanistan. He feels it’s time, and so do a lot of Americans. I feel it too. I’m just not sure feelings should win the day. In his televised address announcing the decision, Biden reiterated that American withdrawal can’t be “tied to conditions on the ground” because no one can say what conditions must be met in order to depart. As a senior administration official explained to reporters, “This is not conditions-based. The president has judged that a conditions-based approach, which has been the approach of the past two…
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Not every tragedy is a racial lesson

By MONA CHAREN Reliving the awful details of George Floyd’s slow suffocation is brutal and emotionally draining. As always in matters touching on race, the thrum of ethnic hostilities is the background noise. Some have been eager, since the trial began, to cite George Floyd’s drug use or heart trouble as the true cause of death (arguments the prosecution has effectively debunked). Others have argued that if Floyd had simply agreed to enter the squad car, he would be alive today — as if that exonerates the officers. But it seems that the shadow of Derek Chauvin is obscuring our…
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Opt out of SS for racial equality

By STAR PARKER A recent Reuters headline read, “Yellen, Rice tout economics as key to fixing American inequality.” According to Susan Rice, President Joe Biden’s new domestic policy adviser, “The evidence is clear, investing in equity is good for economic growth.” Our new Treasury secretary, Janet Yellen, says, “I believe economic policy can be a potent tool to improve society. We can — and should — use it to address inequality, racism ...” I couldn’t agree more. According to the Federal Reserve’s most recent Survey of Consumer Finances, the median wealth of white families is $188,200, compared with $24,100 for…
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The science or the unions?

By Marc A. Thiessen We’re just a few weeks into Joe Biden’s presidency, and already the broken promises are piling up. Biden made two big pledges in his campaign. The first was that he would unite the country and bring Republicans and Democrats together on Capitol Hill. Already he has broken that promise — rejecting an offer from 10 Republican senators to work with him on a filibuster-proof bipartisan covid-19 relief package. Biden’s second big promise was that he would “listen to scientists and heed their advice - not silence them.” But when his handpicked director of the Centers for…
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A tribute to Mary Wilson

By ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS A couple days ago, I found myself humming along to a Supremes song. Then I did what everyone does today, in the age of the internet: I logged onto YouTube, found a music video and lost myself in some vintage footage of the 1960s supergroup performing some of their greatest hits. It was a soulful trip down memory lane, and I lingered online for some time, soaking up images of Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard performing much-loved, high-energy favorites such as “Stop! In the Name of Love” and “Baby Love.” Hours later, in an eerie…
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