This week’s question:

St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary Rain says her office will no longer reduce driving while intoxicated charges.

She said the new policy is aimed at reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road.

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Results will be posted Monday, Sept. 1.

Last week's question:

With summer winding down, St. Lawrence County students are gearing up for the upcoming school year.

Where do you purchase school clothes, shoes and supplies?

43.8% -- Travel to mall or outlets

25.4% -- Local stores

19.5% -- Online

11.4% -- Other

Total responses: 185

Total comments: 56

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8/24/2014 10:31 PM

At the local bar. Selling my SNAP card for beer and reefer.

8/24/2014 6:15 PM

Locally owned businesses; not Mal-Wart!

8/24/2014 6:15 PM

Watertown, NY

8/24/2014 5:29 PM

Fortunately it is not as big a money problem as it used to be. We are saving $186 a month thanks to Obamacare, and our health insurance policy covers more than the old one did. There are many good deals to be found in school supplies and clothing if you just look around some.

8/24/2014 12:24 PM

Sadly, there is nothing locally.

8/24/2014 7:41 AM

I don't.

8/23/2014 9:21 PM

Not Wal-Mart because of their anti-union ways. I try to shop local stores, even if I have to pay more. As a teacher, I hope parents are buying pencils for their kids to use on the bubble tests for classes.

8/23/2014 7:16 PM

Oh no! The college kids are back!

8/23/2014 4:11 PM

I think there should be a survey about texting and jogging, walking, biking, shopping etc. Many times I have had to dodge them as they have their head someplace else. Like Garage sales, beware for quick stops, turns, people walking out between cars.

8/23/2014 11:16 AM

There aren't any good places to shop around here, so Watertown, Plattsburgh, or Syracuse it is!

8/23/2014 12:45 AM

Watertown, the mall in Massena is a ghost town. The only people there are shoplifters and drug dealers.

8/22/2014 10:12 PM

I go to our mall, Wal-mart then go to Watertown, Target etc.

8/22/2014 7:59 PM

DSS...I go online its all free, just go "OBAMA Free School supplies" you can get on more than one time, I did,,.and sold it to my friend and made lots of free money

8/22/2014 6:14 AM

All the above, looking for good deals and there are not many local

8/21/2014 5:24 PM

I would love to have a Target and Kohls locally!

8/21/2014 4:21 PM

Online is easy, n there's many choices so u can get unique products that no one else will have.

8/21/2014 4:10 PM

Watertown, Salmon Run Mall. The Massena mall is awful. I was there this past Tuesday used the ladies room in middle of mall couldn't get the toilet to flush. There was a sign on wall " lift up on handle hard and hold". Well I did several times after five min.'s of trying I gave up. Do they not have repairmen. I mean really fix the toilets so they don't become nasty all the time.

8/21/2014 1:46 PM

Wow, another week of tackling the tough issues in the North Country.

8/21/2014 9:04 AM

Don't have a lot of money right now with the economy in the dumper. Picking up what we can at yard sales and thrift stores. At least in our school district, my kids can get free breakfast and lunch. I hope they start sending the backpacks home on the weekends.

8/21/2014 8:54 AM

Dollar store.

8/21/2014 7:19 AM

Both locally and with some travel to Plattsburgh or Watertown.

8/21/2014 6:09 AM

Elsewhere, to avoid the crushing sales tax here. Our tax burden is ridiculous.

8/20/2014 10:05 PM

Not St. Lawrence County.

8/20/2014 5:21 PM

Second hand /thrift stores for the clothes Dollar General and Dollar Tree for supplies

8/20/2014 5:19 PM

I get great deals and save gas, time, and lots of money. The best deals are in July.

8/20/2014 12:38 PM

Watertown and Syracuse for us. Some clothing and supplies are purchased locally when we can. Unfortunately to get variety and affordable prices you have to travel to the larger Malls and outlets. There was a time when you could go to Massena to St. Lawrence center and Walmart and be done with it. Same with Christmas shopping. Now you have to travel to the larger markets to make it work.

8/20/2014 10:05 AM

Thrift stores.

8/20/2014 9:26 AM

Just got back from Syracuse and Watertown. Great shopping destination with more items to choose from than one would actually need.

8/20/2014 7:39 AM

The St. Lawrence mall doesn't have any stores worth going to. Driving all the way to Watertown means a day off from work and spending too much money on gas and food!

8/19/2014 10:57 PM

And online as well

8/19/2014 8:12 PM…wide selection, no wasted $4 gas, great prices

8/19/2014 6:50 PM


8/19/2014 6:38 PM

What does it matter? I just wish children would not fall prey to all the commercial suggestions of what is “in” for clothing. Some parents are lucky to be able to afford new clothing and supplies without the taunts of advertising.

8/19/2014 6:17 PM

Unfair survey: We buy both online and locally but am not afforded to use such a vote. Thus, data becomes obscured because of the myopic survey. They're usually better than this.

8/19/2014 1:04 PM

We go to Plattsburgh, Watertown, Syracuse, Vermont. Massena's Mall has lack of stores there. If we had American Eagle, Aero, Holster, Abercrombie, Childrens place, Old Navy, and alot of other stores in Massena's Mall that mall would be jumping with business. I pray someday soon it will or it will be gone. We need those stores here. I normally shop local but when it comes to clothes Jcpenneys, Bonton, Sears just do not have the styles that most of us are looking for. I do get shoes at shoe depot though or payless here.

8/19/2014 9:50 AM

Thrift stores , good cloths and good prices

8/19/2014 8:26 AM

I don't happen to have kids of my own. Having said that -- I can't imagine how folks can afford all the things a child needs in today's economy. So, I contribute school supplies whenever I can to various groups, hoping it helps some family somewhere.

8/19/2014 7:33 AM

I'm so over buying supplies

8/18/2014 10:41 PM

In New Hampshire or Delaware. No sales tax is the key. I shop out of our county was greedy and raised the sales tax instead of cutting programs. I now buy most of my needs while I am traveling for work. My small way of protesting. Sorry local businesses you lose because our local politicians wouldn't do the needed cuts.

8/18/2014 10:13 PM

During the early grade school years it wasn't difficult to do "one stop shopping" for my 3 kids but as middle school ages came it was emphatically "Mom hmmmm...Walmart...don't think so...let's go to Watertown and Syracuse. Since Wal-mart is actually the "only game in-town" it wasn't a challenge at one point! Yes our area could use some competition but that's something different altogether and who can actually compete against them. Now to sum this up ...ordering online and travel to a much higher expense obviously!

8/18/2014 9:02 PM

All of above.

8/18/2014 4:10 PM

Not in Canton! We have nothing!

8/18/2014 2:42 PM

We don't have the variety of clothing and supplies here. We always go to Syracuse or Watertown. Would love to stay around here and shop but it's not worth it. The local businesses don't stay open long enough plus they are too expensive.

8/18/2014 2:35 PM

Amazon and Craigslist!

8/18/2014 2:30 PM

Salmon Run Mall and/or surrounding stores in Watertown.

8/18/2014 1:31 PM

well you certainly can't shop local! The Massena "mall" is a joke and Wal-mart sucks. So I shop for my son in Watertown and Syracuse. I feel sorry for the people who are not able to travel to do the same thing. very sad and pathetic that we have to do that.

8/18/2014 10:49 AM

I buy them from people after they are stolen. It's cheap and its good for the local economy. Plus New York State doesn't get a cut. Damn the man!

8/18/2014 10:42 AM

Thankfully my child is grown and doesn't need to deal with this back to school garbage. Overpriced clothing, too much competition to see who has what shoes and which new iPhone on the first day of school.

8/18/2014 10:28 AM

Local Stores carry no inventory!

8/18/2014 9:22 AM

I don't-do not have the money to-disabled!

8/18/2014 9:10 AM

I don't have children to purchase for any longer!

8/18/2014 8:51 AM

I try to keep it low key, they don't need a ton of "new" outfits! I buy things during 'end of season sales' and pull them out when needed! We also reuse binders and school supplies.

8/18/2014 8:09 AM

Don't have children equals no back to school shopping

8/18/2014 7:43 AM

Faded glory clothes and spalding shoes for life!

8/18/2014 7:23 AM