County legislators debated whether St. Lawrence County or St. Lawrence Health System would be the best candidate to run a methadone clinic here. Legislator Rita Curran, R-Massena, said she doesn’t think methadone would be a good addition to substance abuse services needed here. The debate among county legislators for who should provide methadone treatment here appears to be between St. Lawrence County and St. Lawrence Health System.

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The 24 school districts in Section X made a collective decision to move forward with an abbreviated fall sports season starting Sept. 21. Per Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s orders, districts are authorized to play low or moderate risk sports only at this time. This includes soccer and cross-country for the fall season. Student athletes and their families rallied earlier this month in downtown Canton to express their support of playing low to moderate risk sports. Massena and Potsdam schools have had their sports seasons delayed due to COVID-19 cases.

Do you think St. Lawrence County schools should offer sports this fall?

47.7% – Yes

44.8% – No

7.7% -- Unsure

Total responses: 232

Comments: 81

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Yes physical activity is what helps your immune system. They need to provide transportation for it too. What Potsdam needs is a qualified head of transportation that passed the civil service test. Not someone that is friends with the superintendent and bypassed people that were qualified.

9/29/2020 9:27 AM

Black Live Lives is a marxist organization and one of their radical goals is to defund police. The DMC ( democrat marxist committee) and NPR ( National Propaganda Radio) fully support black lives matter.

9/29/2020 8:41 AM

Cuomo needs to stay out of it. he is liar.

9/29/2020 7:19 AM

Many, many, years ago, we fought for our Freedom and escaped English rule. We told the King to stuff it. Time to tell the King of New Yuck to stuff it too. Most of the greatest generation are now gone, too bad, they had guts. Unlike the gutless hand-wringing panty waists running around today. 1945: Land of the Free, Home of the Brave. 2020: Land of the Oppressed, Home of the Scared. Folks better smarten up, because once freedom's lost it aint never coming back. Vote these double talking, full of BS, communist's out while we still can, TRUMP/PENCE/STEFANIK 2020!!

9/28/2020 6:39 PM

Willing to let them try it with many precautions. But any issues it will need to be shut down.

9/28/2020 6:09 PM

IF, the school officials can assure parents and guardians that they will maintain strict COVID-19 guidelines in order to protect our children.

9/28/2020 4:58 PM

We are losing our kids. They are signing in for distance learning and not paying attention. They need socialization.

9/28/2020 4:19 PM

If you allow some sports, you need to allow them all.

9/28/2020 2:24 PM

Kids should be able to play all sports. Only a DemoRat would buy into the low moderate risk order given by this clown. Furthermore if you're going to protest take your child to Albany on a Zoom day! On that day any stipulations or equipment needed to accomplish your goal needs to be supplied! Trust me when I say your community pays enough in School taxes to provide it especially with the shortened schedule! If the NFL can kneel then play full contact than the kids should be able to play. Given they chose to with parental consent. If one group can mass of thousands to protest, loot and fight with Police then the kids should be able to Wrestle, play Hockey or play football ETC. This Governor is destroying Athletic and Academic careers for these kids at the expense of his swollen head and his media slot.

9/28/2020 12:36 PM

In the near words of loosey leftie Joseph 'Hidden' Biden..."C'mon man!..This is a bunch of malarkey!" Kids and sports need to reunite and games should be played. We were all young once, and for many of us, school sports were part of youthful dreams to future life. This China flu thing hit its apex long ago now. The medical emergency element of the pandemic is waning. Trump saved thousands in proactive actions (and in contrast, Cuomo tried killing them off in his). We have learned a lot about this man-made Chinese bug and how to safely exist around it. The mask, the left's sanctimonious "holy grail of safety", is supposedly working (or maybe it's not but we just pretend it is...that's OK...we can it on a little longer for the sake of forthcoming election needs...when mysteriously afterward, it will no longer be needed). Our health care providers never got overrun like the experts promised would happen. My vulnerably elder and high risk compromised neighbor never died in their continuously non-stop, multiple daily trips in and around town (and beyond)...nor did any of their family, friends, or us neighbors. The medical prophylactic treatment and care of those that did catch the bug has been quick and effective, even though the left dismiss it as hoax (but sneak its use just in case). Our responsibly cautious 'toe in the water' tests to opening all things "normal" in our communities saw no harm come to us. And in particular, our youth worldwide have demonstrated they are almost exclusively unharmed by this virus (see, it is possible to protect the community's most vulnerable whilst not infringing on the rest). It came, we feared, we conquered. What more evidence do people need? For most of us, it is time to come out from under our rocks. It is long overdue. So open the sports, take precautions and stay on guard as necessary, and everyone will be just matter what clueless Joe is telling us otherwise from his basement bunker. Now...Play ball!

9/28/2020 12:03 PM

More Cuomo control. Vote Trump or the country is doomed.

9/28/2020 11:31 AM

Closing schools all over the place,but allowing sports is insane. What is more important? sports or education??? How many jocks (jockets) get to play pro.What value later in years toward education does it fill?

9/28/2020 10:22 AM

Stay home and stop spreading COVID.

9/28/2020 10:15 AM

Look at the question...see the word "risk.....why in the name of all that is holy would you want to, at any level risk your child's life for a game? Everybody just take a beat and do whatever you can to get through this heartbreaking pamdemic.

9/28/2020 10:07 AM

we are still not free o the virus.

9/28/2020 8:20 AM

No, they should offer better academics.

9/28/2020 6:55 AM

This will only increase my school tax MORE and do not forget the state is going to need STAR for the money.

9/27/2020 12:12 PM

The more people of all ages get near each other - masks, or not, the greater the risk from Covid 19! So many have shown total disregard for the common sense, simple ways of avoiding exposure, we cannot trust school sports to be conducted responsibly any more than we could have trusted the disasters SUNY Oneonta and SUNY Oswego would not happen. This is a time we must all work for the common good rather than having the irresponsible hold the rest of us hostage - worse yet - infect and kills us. We all are loosing something. In my case it is oneof the last years of decent health I could hope for and the loss of the ability to travel which is what I want most before I die!

9/27/2020 6:27 AM

If you're going to rally then rally in Albany. If not then why even bother because the problem is down there not up here. You have a Governor that is loving the glimmer and the camera at the expense of your children. You have a governor who is doing everything in his power to bankrupt the state in hopes of more federal money to balance his unmanageable budget. I am so glad my 3 children grew up and left this state. Couple more years and I'll do the same.

9/27/2020 2:20 AM

As long as safety protocols are set up and followed

9/27/2020 12:28 AM

Students should be allowed to play. I disagree with the two person spectator rule. This puts many players in a hard position as many have split families and it's one against the other. As a grandparent of a senior, I have been to as many games as possible for years. This year my business closed and it's limited to two. If family members are together in a pod, I think more should be allowed. Lines could be drawn or taped off. I just hope it changes to allow us.

9/26/2020 10:03 PM

Practices, skill building, intermural in own school only

9/26/2020 3:09 PM

Who cares? Schools are costing us tax payers to much money. Let the parents of these brats pay their way. I'm guessing anyone who disagrees is a tRump supporter who wants everything given to them. Idiots.

9/25/2020 8:13 PM

Maybe they should use this time to focus on academics since that’s the purpose of school.

9/25/2020 5:47 PM

C"mon now !! School administration gets paid extremely well to make major decisions so damn it... take a stand , do it and quit playing with your "student's heads" !! Everyone understands nothing will be routine this school year, and playing without spectators / parents allowed... than really what's the point anyway for them, as that's why many students want to play . The scenerio I see it is like making a promise to your child "we are going to Disneyland next week and at the last minute saying no we're going to have to make in in a few weeks...... we'll see ! I do believe students by now understand this situation .... but I feel they won't accept it if school administration keeps playing with their heads with yes we can play . then no we can't play " !!!

9/25/2020 11:48 AM

absolutely! Kids played sports all summer, no COVID issues. And it's crazy to not let the kids play hockey, since many associations have been/planning on playing, no issues.

9/25/2020 11:20 AM

Young people will be spreading the virus as already seen in schools and colleges. It has been proven that Cuomo can not be trusted in any way.

9/25/2020 10:28 AM

Republicans for Biden. Trump is killing senior citizens because he has mismanaged the COVID pandemic. Trump will take away your social security. Republicans for BIDEN.

9/25/2020 10:22 AM

Statistically speaking (accurate stats not those propogated on Facebook or CNN) reveal that children and young people are just not a vector for COVID-19. They have a greatly enhanced chance of showing symptoms and dying from the flu than from the novel coronavirus. Schools probably should of never been closed in the first place. Liberal politics should not influence science any more than conservative politics. Sweden never locked down and destroyed their economy. They advised precautions but didn't require masking and their numbers are similar to Great Britain, which did lock down and like us have destroyed their economy. Flatten the curve is what we needed to do. We did that. Everything else since is just a power play (i.e. Cuomoeering) and delaying the inevitable numbers. Get a grip America.

9/25/2020 9:13 AM

I don't think some sports should be allowed to play and not others.

9/25/2020 7:16 AM

Can't believe so much is opening up when Covid-19 is still spreading. Way too high risk, but that's America "I have the right do whatever I want" even if it Kills me and others. Extremely STUPID!

9/25/2020 2:31 AM

Dump trump,,,,dump Stefanik,,,we need jobs and health insurance not bs,

9/24/2020 11:29 PM


9/24/2020 7:26 PM

It will be a miracle if we can get the kids in for regular classes this Fall- sports need to go on the shelf for now- the kids will survive- get over it

9/24/2020 5:55 PM

Yes they should offer sports. What is the end game with waiting around? For a vaccine that more than half of American's probably won't get? Over the past few years, less than half of American's have gotten a vaccine. I see a similar trend continuing for a COVID vaccine, as there will likely be new strains of the virus every year, similar to the flu, or other respiratory viruses.

9/24/2020 3:52 PM

Too risky and expensive

9/24/2020 2:24 PM

With the ridiculously low infection rate we should call the virus over and go back to real normal, letting nature take whatever course it wants.

9/24/2020 12:54 PM

I'm very happy that students have the opportunity to play again; Its making a lot of kids start to feel semi "normal" again - but, I really do not understand the logic in allowing it. In gym class they have to be 12 ft. apart from each other and for the past three weeks in gym class have just been walking the track everyday....but, they can play soccer? Doesn't make much sense to me.

9/24/2020 10:35 AM

Sports may be fun and help to promote physical fitness, but in this time of corona virus, animosity, and a cratering economy we should be promoting more practical pursuits. There are only so many hours in a day. Will you spend them doing something truly useful, or making sure that little Johnny or Jane gets the chance to feel good about himself or herself and "be a winner"?

9/24/2020 9:35 AM

It's time top move on from this nonsense! Open the country back up!

9/24/2020 8:58 AM

Kids need to get out and do something with their peers. They are not in danger. Healthier exercising rather in front of electronic devices.

9/24/2020 8:32 AM

Open all sports up

9/24/2020 8:17 AM

If there is a Trump flag on your truck, flagpole or hanging from your trailer, yes, let your kids play. If you think Stefanik is a believable and trustworthy representative of the North Countries needs and best interests, yes, let your kids play. If you think gathering in a church without masks is comparable to participating in an outdoor event while wearing a mask, yes, let your kids play. Grappling is a great sport for your kids. I was never in better shape in HS than when I wrestled....have your kids join the wrasslin team. Make sure they have enpugh Seneca's to share with everyone after practice.

9/24/2020 8:07 AM

I could see possibly having intramurals, but NO way would I allow games between schools. As much as sports is important to the athletes, they will survive and there are a number of students who don’t play sports anyway. Sometimes I think it is more the parents wanting “glory” for their child rather than the student thinking they have to play. I just wonder how many schools will try to enforce the 2 spectators rule for each student. I think it will blatantly being ignored by the adults in the North Country, just like many refusing to wear masks here.

9/24/2020 8:01 AM

Follow protocol. Anyone but tRUMP 2020

9/24/2020 4:26 AM

They are in school why not sports with PPE. School is a very boring thing without sports and activities.

9/23/2020 8:22 PM

They need to play for the seniors it’s their last chance to play soccer

9/23/2020 8:08 PM

No, they shouldn't even be in school! When the virus is over, yes ... until then, NO!

9/23/2020 5:28 PM

Too many unknowns and cancellations after schools go full digital after just a few cases...

9/23/2020 4:27 PM

Cuomo NEEDS TO GO!!!!

9/23/2020 2:50 PM

Why risk life-long illness or death for one lousy season of playing children's games? Get your priorities straight, people!

9/23/2020 2:10 PM

They probably shouldn't but they will anyway. There is too much political pressure to put safety first. With the low rate of infection in the Section X region sports will probably be deemed an "acceptable risk". The games will go on.

9/23/2020 12:20 PM

Would be better if they held off until Jan 2021. Many in our area are not respecting covid restrictions in general. I'm sure this will show the same and at perhaps a higher level at sports events. If offered in the fall, mask wearing and 6 feet social distancing should be required. Perhaps media coverage, radio and tv should be increased and spectators encouraged to follow sports via these avenues.

9/23/2020 10:39 AM

no contact sports like football or wrestling.

9/23/2020 10:08 AM

Compared to the other activities people are engaging in - attending school, attending church, parties, travelling, shopping in stores - playing low contact outdoor sports seems like a low risk to gain some sense of normalcy and activity for kids and parents alike.

9/23/2020 9:20 AM

No. It is clear from the schools already forced to close for 2 weeks that too much in-person contact is not safe. This is not rocket science. The public schools and the colleges should not have opened this fall in person at all. Perhaps after the start of the new year, but this fall was too soon.

9/23/2020 9:12 AM

Yes, do some research people! Kids are not getting sick and dying like we were told in March they were going to be. And admit it you all get together with family and friends without constantly wearing masks . Also keep in mind that there are six strains of Crona Virus, Covid-19 is one of those strains so when media says "X number of children have tested positive for the "Crona Virus" question how many are Covid-19 and not one of the other strains of flu.

9/23/2020 7:53 AM

not this year. let this country heal first!

9/23/2020 7:42 AM

Enough of this BS.

9/23/2020 5:19 AM

Possible exposure to COVID 19 is not worth the enjoyment of sports. Kids shouldn't even be in schools until we have effective treatments or a vaccine. Not enough is known about the virus in general nor the possible long-term health effects.

9/22/2020 9:46 PM

Twitter, Facebook and many of the TV stations are “Fact Checking”. North Country Now should step up and delete the garbage answers that you get in on the questions. DELETE lies! Most lies are obvious. If you don’t know, ask someone else. If in doubt, delete it. This column is a joke. As is, all you are doing is taking up space and/or showing this area is full of angry And stupid nuts.

9/22/2020 9:30 PM

If they didn’t have sports my 18 year old would drop out of school. They should also allow school plays and music lessons because you never know what motivates a kid and isn’t the goal to keep them in school to hopefully make them a productive member of society.

9/22/2020 8:17 PM

we will all be celerbrating trump mania.trump 2020

9/22/2020 6:20 PM

No. I think all sports should be cancelled forever.

9/22/2020 5:33 PM

These kids are some of the healthiest in the country...let them play!!!!

9/22/2020 5:17 PM

Absolutely, No one wants to say this out loud but our students’ need this and what we are doing will create a lost generation if we keep going down this road. As far as low risk soccer is not any Covid safer than football. We need sports and everything else. Games, proms, dances and everything else.

9/22/2020 5:04 PM

Sports is useless and way overrated. Students are watching professional games and being taught the habits of pro players. If you can not stand for your countries anthem and the flag and support the country that allows you to play and get paid very very well then you do not deserve to live in this great country ! You also do not deserve to play sports , more rightfully called childish games. Time for the Jocks and Jockettes to find another country to live and play in. ......... Good Luck !

9/22/2020 4:25 PM

No. If you can't do normal in school instruction, then there shouldn't be sports. It will lead to huge outbreaks and people will get sick.

9/22/2020 4:21 PM

Why are sports so all important. They are a product of parents reliving their glory days. So many young adults are suffering because they played sports too young and ended up hurting their bodies. Football for 7-15 year olds is insane. Soccer for tykes leads to ruined knees and backs. Covid-19 is a political maneuver and King Cuomo needs to start answering to the people properly reinstating the full government process instead of lording over NYS.

9/22/2020 3:01 PM

Save the money to help the vast majority of your students with the online side of school. No, no, and no!

9/22/2020 2:26 PM

It doesn't matter what anyone actually wants. BOCES aka Tom Burns thinks he owns everything- and he will get what he wants regardless of who he hurts or takes down in the process. Section X just follows him because that's how BOCES is. BOCES has and always will have BOCES in mind, not the community that it serves. Just ask people that got laid off with only a few years left to go before they could retired. Or just ask anyone that leaves there.

9/22/2020 12:48 PM

How do the schools plan to social distance playing these sports. Covid is nothing to play around with and sports would be dangerous considering that the CDC just announced that the virus can be airborne for a length of time. Schools are doing classes online because of the risk, but just like always, there is nothing more important than sports. Academics and health risks take a back seat to pandemics.

9/22/2020 12:45 PM

There are more important matter at hand right now. Get your priorities straight people. Life is bigger than football.

9/22/2020 12:34 PM

You can't have it both ways, either completely open up the schools and have sports, or have no sports at all. It's pure democrat BS, the crona virus will come and go and the democrat BS will continue until after the election in which TRUMP will win by a very large majority.

9/22/2020 11:23 AM

Sounds like the parents think more of sports than education or their children's and other people's health!

9/22/2020 11:21 AM

It would be silly not too have available athletics offered. Section X creating guidelines that go beyond recommendations from NYS and NYSPHSAA for student participation is in itself a ridiculous overreach. Just take a walk around your community. Kids are playing football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball, and all sorts of other activities without masks. Masks come off faces as soon as the last school bell rings and social distancing does not exist for students outside of school. Does COVID only go after kids at school or when they are playing school sports?

9/22/2020 10:28 AM

No. Why risk it? PE is very important, but inter scholastic sports are nothing but bragging rights.

9/22/2020 10:28 AM

Enough of the politics. The red states are playing sports, the blue are limited. And why would that be?

9/22/2020 10:04 AM

It's risky, but yes. It can't be much riskier than having the schools open in the first place.

9/22/2020 9:55 AM

one day at a time, when the schools are back up running in person no distance learning maybe then and then only when grade are passing sports are not a priority!!!!!

9/22/2020 9:48 AM

It's a pandemic people. We need to teach our children that this illness is about more than them. I have great empathy for those who could potentially miss sports seasons and parents who will miss out on seeing their children play but people need to consider what is for the greater good. And the risk of the illness spreading to schools and among schools and continuing to force remote learning which is not the best choice for all students is also too great.

9/22/2020 9:42 AM