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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 2:41 pm
When the news of Oral “Nick” Hillary’s release hit the community, devastation set in and accusations and blame filled the newspapers. Judges blaming district attorney’s, district attorney’s blaming ju...
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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 2:41 pm
In a recent Sound Off defending the balloon release for Garrett Phillips on Oct. 24 it was cited that balloons degrade faster than an oak leaf. The writer actually says “at about the same rate”, but t...
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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 6:42 am
In the last few weeks, and many other times in the years I have read the Sound Off and there has been a lot of nastiness going back and forth. Right now it’s the Potsdam-Canton school merger and what...
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:23 am
In response to “Don’t Like It, Don’t Look”, you said it best! For some, hunting is how they provide food on the table instead of mooching off the government for free handouts!  
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7:03 am
In response to “Balloon Release,” you say the intention of the Garrett Phillips balloon release is not to pollute the environment. Really? That is exactly the outcome! You say you are releasing the ba...
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7:02 am
In response to the Letter to the Editor “Where Did Bugs, Rodents Disappear To?” I’m not sure what’s going on in your neck of the woods, but on my land and around my house there are plenty of bugs of a...
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Monday, October 20, 2014 - 6:34 am
I just heard what sounded like the loud bangs from fireworks coming from the direction of the Ogdensburg Airport and immediately after heard a helicopter briefly. Are there military maneuvers happenin...
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Friday, October 17, 2014 - 9:28 am
In response to “Don’t Like It, Don’t Look”, you said it best! For some, hunting is how they provide food on the table instead of mooching off the government for free handouts!  
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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:43 am
Marijuana is a very controversial subject. There are many other substances that people use but are accepted by the public including, alcohol, narcotics prescribed by doctors and nicotine. All of these...
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 9:28 am
In response to the Letter to Editor “Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure”, Once again the author has written an opinion letter that is nothing but scare tactics on the use of birth control and a...
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 8:45 am
I am a grandmother who just turned 70 this month. I ride a motorcycle and love it. Yesterday I hit some sand and the bike tipped over. Thanks to a wonderful guy who stopped on County Route 48 by the d...
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Monday, October 13, 2014 - 8:43 am
In response to the Letter to Editor “Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure” and many others do not believe in safe and legal abortions. That’s their opinion. However, the author continues to suppo...
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Monday, October 13, 2014 - 8:43 am
In regard to all the Sound Offs from people not appreciating the dead animal photos: I am guessing you have never hit a deer and damaged your car or seen any place broken into by a bear. It’s not pret...
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Friday, October 10, 2014 - 9:00 am
With all due respect to the family and community, can we please recognize the fact that a balloon release is a terrible idea for a memorial celebration? There are many alternatives to releasing toxic...
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Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8:59 am
I have heard enough. If you want to hunt, trap, fish, etc. that is your right and I would not want that right infringed upon. It is also my right to not do those things. I have lived in the North Coun...
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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:38 am
If you own a dog, please be a responsible dog owner. It seems that many dogs are roaming freely in the roads, and whatever your reasoning is to not keep your dog safe, please think of drivers who are...
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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:38 am
I am amazed in the many ways of poor and wrong treatment of animals both domesticated and wild in the news lately. I think it's a very poor sign, of what humans are learning. When I grew up, I learned...
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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:37 am
Please find an alternative, more environment friendly way to mark the third year since the death of Garrett Phillips rather than releasing balloons on October 24. All released balloons return to the E...
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 8:46 am
I applaud North Country This Week for showing the recent bear harvest photo. Last time I checked we lived in a country where the exercise of our freedoms should be celebrated! The minority would like...
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 8:46 am
After viewing Canton and Potsdam schools as de facto private academies for years now the brain trust wants to merge them into one. I really can’t believe anyone could suggest or take seriously the pro...
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 8:45 am
If our county is among the most financially distressed in New York, why is our county board spending money that is not absolutely necessary? We have bridges to be repaired and roads to fix, but they t...
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 8:51 am
I don't understand how being a carnivore who doesn't want to see pictures of dead animals greeting me when viewing Northcountrynow.com or North Country This Week makes me a hypocrite. Yes, I eat meat....
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 8:51 am
I was so aggravated when I came to a traffic jam right before the bridge in Potsdam. Road construction? No! But that's what it looked like. Then when we got close...they were stopping traffic to make...
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 8:50 am
I agree with ticketing motorcycles. Everyday I hear motorcycles whizzing by my house and it’s so obnoxious to hear those loud pipes. I cannot hear on the phone and at night. Not too long ago I was wok...
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Monday, October 6, 2014 - 9:32 am
On a recent morning as I hurriedly made my way to work in Canton, I was stopped by the highway department to participate in a survey! It was not optional as they had traffic backed up for half a mile....
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