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Monday, August 29, 2016 - 8:59 am
I am amazed when news items involving locally active or former politicians appear in newspapers. If the news is good, one gets to read all about this politician’s seemingly brilliant career … whether...
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Friday, August 26, 2016 - 7:13 am
I’m “Joe Schmuck”… an average US citizen. I’ve been working two jobs and my working wife and I are trying to raise three children. We voted for “Change” eight years ago and yes we got change. We got m...
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Friday, August 26, 2016 - 7:12 am
I’m hoping someone can answer a question that has been bothering me. Why is St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam able to use the area next to our loved ones plots, for a dumping ground? I thought the cemeter...
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Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 7:42 am
In response to “Stone Ages Forever” which appeared in the Aug. 17-23 issue of North Country This Week: Roads are not the major problem to bringing industries to the area whether it be Potsdam, Massena...
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Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 7:42 am
Parents, are you really afraid of your kids? Are you afraid to teach them the difference between right and wrong? How about the meaning of respect for others around them? I often see kids that despera...
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 9:10 am
I was born and raised here in Potsdam and have seen the NYSDOT mess with the lights for years. I am convinced they don't have a clue how to adjust the timers on the lights. I am also convinced the vil...
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 9:10 am
In response to “Water Not Low Enough” which ran in the Aug. 17-23 issue of North Country This Week: The next time you take a glance at the Hannawa Dam please notice the gate built into the structure....
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 8:48 am
In response to “Start-Up NY Fails to Create Jobs Locally,“ (Aug. 17-23): just as I predicted, this was doomed from the start and remains so today. Waiting for 2020 won't make much difference in anythi...
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - 8:47 am
I’m in complete agreement with the (Aug. 17-23) Sound Off “Timers Need Resetting.” I’ve lived in Potsdam for over 20 years and the traffic lights, honestly, are mismanaged to the point of it being a s...
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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 9:27 am
In response to the Aug. 17-23 Sound Off “Unhappy with Potsdam Police Service” I was shocked, amazed and disgusted that the writer condemned and denigrated the Potsdam Police Department. I have always...
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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 9:26 am
In response to “Timers Need Resetting” which appeared in the Aug. 17-23 issue of North Country This Week: Somehow I got the impression that this person sees themselves as very entitled and heaven forb...
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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 9:26 am
Parents, please enroll your kids in ATV safety classes and swimming lessons. The drowning in Norwood hit me hard, how horrible! There are swim lessons being offered all the time. Learning to swim is l...
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Friday, August 19, 2016 - 6:55 am
The writer of the Sound Off “Happy Travels” (Aug. 10-16) says that they like things just as they are and I should leave. She missed my point. I'm tired of reading about how the area of Potsdam in gene...
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Friday, August 19, 2016 - 6:55 am
If it is illegal, as the posted sign says, for cars waiting at the traffic light on Market Street in front of Stewart's Shop to block the entrance to Elderkin Street, why isn’t a similar sign posted o...
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Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 7:54 am
I agree with "Taxing Times in Colton Due to Brookfield Revaluation" (Aug. 10-16). The writer brings forth many good points, especially concerning the school. Not since Joyce Monroe was the superintend...
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Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 7:53 am
In response to the "Back Off, be Safe" Soundoff regarding passing on the right, is not illegal in New York in specific circumstances. Section 1123 of the NYS vehicle and traffic law states clearly tha...
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 6:53 am
The Village of Potsdam does not need a roundabout, they need the DOT to fix the timing of the lights. Ever since Market Street was paved, the intersections that I use the most are horrendous. Market a...
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 6:53 am
In response to “Unfriendly Firemen” which appeared in the Aug. 10-16 issue of North Country This Week: Hannawa Falls fire responded with the info the caller gave 911. There was a fire in the woods nex...
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 6:52 am
I just read (on NorthCountryNow.com Aug. 12) that St. Lawrence County is under a flash flood watch as we may receive up to seven inches of rain. The article goes on to say that due to the recent droug...
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Friday, August 12, 2016 - 7:25 am
In response to the North Country This Week business story “No Lobster Confiscated in SLC” in the Aug. 3-9 issue, it is pathetic that while so may problems face Americans, our government is focusing it...
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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 7:50 am
In response to “Highway Travel” (July 27-Aug. 2): I think it`s interesting how the writer perceives, and wants to improve road travel in the North Country. My thoughts are, don’t. I don’t want a highw...
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Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 7:49 am
I highly recommend that “Brake Checking” (Aug. 3-9) issue of North Country This Week: take a defensive driving course, and ASAP! One, just because a driver is not ticketed does not mean that it is leg...
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 7:53 am
It is Saturday morning and all night long motorcyclists have been driving up and down May Road as loudly as they possibly can. It is a residential neighborhood. Nothing anyone could say would probably...
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Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 7:52 am
I pray for bears. From the 60 degree weather on Christmas Eve we had eight months ago … to the Columbus Day hunt. Can you imagine being a bear? Trail cams, stories and posts with photos and locations....
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Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 9:03 am
On Aug. 1 off Sandstone Trail in Hannawa Falls someone left a campfire unattended. A meager attempt must have been made to put it out. I followed the smell down to the wooded riverside and saw that a...
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