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Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 7:10 am
I'm a little shocked at so many people's sheep-like acceptance of routine Border Patrol harassment. Without probable cause, why should we have to explain at some arbitrary roadblock just where we're...
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Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 7:10 am
If anyone does not understand how badly our public schools have and are, increasingly, glancing through most weekly collections of “Sound Offs” and hearing news on broadcast media should really clarif...
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Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 7:09 am
Several residents of Riverview Towers say they want smoke free housing: “With all the education about smoking habits, I am concerned with all the second-hand smoke in my apartment building. Second han...
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 7:49 am
For those folks who were morally offended for the few minutes it took you to read about the Gay Pride Parade in Potsdam, I would suggest some empathy is in order for our LGBT youth in St. Lawrence Cou...
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 7:49 am
The new Dollar General store will be a further blight on the North Country. I feel very sorry for the horses and people living next to it. Is there no zoning? When a store like this comes in, it means...
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 7:49 am
After watching the video about four times and contemplating how this all came down, I cannot help but side with her. Did she sound obnoxious to me? Yes. Did she have a valid reason to not want to be h...
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 6:57 am
In response to the article “Remembering the 60s Riots,” which ran in the May 13-19 issue of North Country This Week, this was an interesting story, a bit biased, but interesting nonetheless. However,...
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 6:56 am
The public should know it's rights and the authority of the Customs and Border Patrol agents at a roadblock, the following URL should shed some light on the issue: http://immigrationpolicy.org/just-fa...
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 6:56 am
The winds making the headlines across the country...tornadoes, storms, it would have been wise not to clear cut areas of woods, those trees break winds and provide shelter for creatures. Time will tel...
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Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 6:55 am
In response to the recent NCNow.com survey question about requiring Amish to have orange triangles on their buggies: I am very disappointed in the results. More than three out of four people who I kno...
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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 7:57 am
It was gratifying to read the story about Edward Fischer receiving a well-deserved award for Citizen of the Year in St. Lawrence County. I can remember Ed as a corrections officer with the St. Lawrenc...
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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 7:56 am
In response to “Tree Cutting” which ran in the May 9 issue of North Country This Week, the removal of trees and replanting is a complicated thing. While I don’t know the practices of the logger who bu...
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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 7:56 am
In response to the Ogdensburg woman being Tased in Waddington by Border Patrol: Being a veteran I understand you have to allow some minor infringement of your rights at times to ensure our safety, sec...
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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 7:54 am
Fired as a public defender, numerous judicial dismissals due to unethical conduct, grand jury rigging, etc. Now a lawsuit from a former employee citing all sorts of ugly things. How many different fin...
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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 7:52 am
The picture on NorthCountryNow.com of the dog brains scattered the ground truly was unnecessary. There are enough evil and wrongful acts in this world, and to give attention to this act was wrong. I a...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:27 am
In response to "Lifestyle Acceptance," which ran in the May 13 issue of North Country This Week, that is why you get called ignorant/backward/bigot. Your letter explains it all. Where did you get the...
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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 6:27 am
After watching the Ogdensburg woman getting Tased on video it was obvious she was in the wrong. The officers were just doing their job and they seemed to be professional. Giving them a hard time is a...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 7:31 am
I am sorry, but there was absolutely no reason for Jess Cooke to be as cocky as she was with the Border Patrol agents. Why would anyone refuse to open their trunk? When she did so the Border Patrol ha...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 7:30 am
Though I don't believe the woman in Waddington that was Tased acted appropriately, it is down right creepy how she has been treated. Eerily similar to the movie "Enemy of the State." I have a strong s...
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 7:29 am
I called home on a recent evening to speak with my mother…as I do every chance I get, as my father recently passed away. I was informed that she and my Aunt were on the way to Ogdensburg to finish up...
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 7:08 am
We want to make a plea to the Amish people, especially to those who refuse to use a slow moving vehicle emblem and adequate lighting on buggies. We automobile drivers do not want to hit, injure, or ki...
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 7:07 am
I was glad to see that Canton photographer Natalie Aldrich is receiving much appreciation for her work. I have always enjoyed seeing the pictures and would be first in line to purchase a compilation o...
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 7:07 am
After watching the videos posted by Jess Cooke and family I have to laugh. First Jess wanted to instigate a fight while border patrol agents are doing their job then her family wants to post a video...
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 7:06 am
As a native of Canton all my life except for a brief tour out of the area, I submit that Jessica Cooke was singled out by Border Patrol because she looks Native American. Anyone who lives in this area...
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Monday, May 18, 2015 - 11:00 am
As Potsdam Central School gets ready to hire a new superintendent, I hope the Board of Education will as in the past include the parents, teachers and staff in the decision making process. That has be...
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