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Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 6:47 am
In the July 16-22 edition of North County This Week there is an article that indicates that Casella Waste Systems has been “scolded” by the state for overly restrictive and punitive contracts, possibl...
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 6:59 am
St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain recently let a heroin dealer walk free due to his failure to be arraigned in 45 days as mandated by law. Why did this happen? She was too busy digging u...
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 8:41 am
Kudos to the state highway crews on the repaving of Potsdam’s downtown and Market Street. There was a minimum of disruption and it’s great to have the potholes gone. The same goes for the Potsdam Vill...
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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 6:25 am
I was in a convenience store recently and the woman ahead of me purchased several junk food items, including “name brand” ice cream with her EBT card. Then she took a $20 bill and purchased $2 scratch...
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Friday, July 25, 2014 - 6:54 am
We live in Hannawa Falls and every year we have those beautiful free fireworks and ever year we have tons of people who park along the roadway in front of our homes. Each year we have a few rude and s...
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Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:21 am
In response to Sound Off submission about motorcycles being loud or visible, that’s secondary; first and foremost, all cyclists should obey the laws, drive defensively, be considerate and use common s...
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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 7:00 am
I have a confession: I used to be judgmental of yoga. It seemed uppity and for young “hipster” types. Then I tried it, and I am singing a new tune. Doing yoga with Rebecca Rivers at Northern Lights S...
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 6:31 am
In response to “Loud Pipes,” I have said it before, we drive with our eyes and not our ears. It’s the reason deaf people can drive but blind people can’t. Loud motorcycles don’t help anyone. Risking t...
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 6:33 am
Between the after-school programs and summer school costs, we spend a fortune right there. Beyond the normal education expenses...what if when a student failed, instead of summer school, they repeated...
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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 6:55 am
We need to discourage smoking, but the ad campaign by Tobacco Free, while well intended, will only make smokers and potential smokers tune out the flawed message. The ad states “No doctor would ever p...
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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 6:54 am
Maybe if the motorcycles riders tried obeying traffic laws they might end up a little safer. I watch where I am driving and go exactly the speed limit everywhere. If you are worried about your safety,...
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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 7:00 am
I always like to see the firework schedule for the North Country...every village has something. So tell me, why are my “neighbors” setting off colossal booms in the town of Massena. This goes on from...
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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 7:00 am
I want to thank the several people who brought small toddlers and babies to recent graduation services. This graduation was one of the most important events of our family’s life and we could not hear...
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Friday, July 11, 2014 - 6:59 am
In response to “Summer Nonsense,” if you are complaining about four wheelers, boats, fireworks, and everything under the sun, you need to relax. There are more terrible things going on in the North Co...
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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 7:00 am
In response to “Summer Nonsense,” I see golf carts as well, I think it’s cool to buzz around town in one. We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful area. It’s a summer haven for some. Kids ride...
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Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 6:59 am
In response to “Give An Inch, Take a Mile,” now parents who want sports have enough to pay for because they have to buy school supplies? If you are not willing to pay for it, why should the taxpayers?...
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 7:01 am
What can we do to get rid of this loose cannon in the DA’s office? We have enough crime in St. Lawrence County to investigate without wasting our tax dollars on a grand jury to see who exactly forgot...
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 7:01 am
Dogs being allowed to run free and unwatched is totally unacceptable. I observed a daily sign of eggs dug up and their shells scattered. One or two natural predators digging into the nests, maybe. How...
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Monday, July 7, 2014 - 7:26 am
In response to “Loud Pipes,” to be perfectly clear, loud pipes saving lives is an absolute myth. Explain to me the physics involved when a noise is generated behind something, how it possibly can trav...
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Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 6:30 am
It makes sense that motorcycles being obnoxiously loud can save the drivers life. The question is, why should my environment be messed up because you chose to drive a motorcycle. Lets not pretend like...
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 10:27 am
Well, once again it is summer and we can look forward to the endless nonsense that goes on. A great number of folks seem to think that the law does not apply to them. Try driving on our roads and you...
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 6:44 am
The DEC issued a statement recently asking fishermen not to take pictures of illegally caught fish. These are the breeders they want untouched in the water. If you get one by accident, release it with...
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Monday, June 30, 2014 - 6:53 am
My neighbor allows dogs to roam the road and fields, completely out of any required control of a person. They chase and nip animals on the farm, rile up every dog in the neighborhood, kill cats and ra...
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Friday, June 27, 2014 - 6:51 am
I have two feral adult female cats, each with a litter of kittens living in my barn, who are the ultimate result of one abandoned mother cat. In the last two years, I have re-homed eight kittens and g...
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Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 6:42 am
In response to “Loud Motorcycles”...sometimes those loud pipes are the only things that save bikers from irresponsible drivers pulling out in front of them.  
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