Border 'inspection tax' on Canadians entering U.S. condemned by lawmakers from both countries
Canadian and American legislators are condemning a U.S. budget proposal for a border “inspection tax” on Canadians boating or flying into the U.S.
State Senator Patty Ritchie and Canadian Senator Bob Runciman say it could cripple tourism in border communities, damage U.S.-Canadian relations, and hurt the economies of communities across northern and central New York.
Ritchie, a Republican from Heuvelton, said the proposal “is an insult to America’s largest trading partner and one of our closest allies.”
Owens tours Ogdensburg plant Thursday afternoon
OGDENSBURG – Congressman Bill Owens will tour the Hoosier Magnetics Plant at 110 Denny St. Thursday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m.
The 23rd Congressional District Democrat has announced that he will be in Potsdam for a community forum on Saturday, and at other North Country spots in the next several days.
Karaoke contest at Potsdam Legion hall Friday
POTSDAM – A karaoke contest will take place Friday, March 25 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the American Legion hall, NYS Hwy. 345.
First prize will be $50, second prize a $15 gift certificate and third prize a case of soda.
General admission will be $1, Entry fee for competitors will be $10.
Refreshments will be available.
Friday fish fry at Canton VFW
CANTON -- VFW Post 1231 Ladies Auxiliary will hold a fish fry Friday, March 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. with baked or fried fish.
The menu will also include macaroni and cheese or French fries, cole slaw, roll, dessert, and beverage.
Price will be $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, $6 for children and free for under age 5.
For take-outs call 262-6254.
Thank you so much to Handy Man for Hire. First I called about a leak in my roof. They were here the next morning to fix it. Second, the snow had piled up so high on the flat side of my roof, I called and the next morning at 8 a.m., they were here to get the snow off. They worked through hours in the cold to make sure my home was in good shape. Thank you Bruce and your men. It’s good to know such honest and dependable contractors.
Lights totally unnecessary
Potsdam Central is paying more than expected for lights on the field! Those lights are just one example of why school property taxes in Potsdam are so high. Those lights along with the AstroTurf are totally unnecessary and never should have been installed. The leadership whines about state mandates and funding cutbacks while they throw money away on things that do nothing to improve the education provided. Potsdam taxpayers are fed up with this kind of decision-making and lack of leadership.
Compromise needed on state arts funding cuts
To the Editor:
Funding for the arts in New York State is in deep trouble. Gov. Cuomo has proposed a 10 percent cut ($3.5 million) in funding for the state Council on the Arts budget that is used to provide grants to arts groups in communities throughout the state.
Firing uncalled for
I thought we lived in America where we could vote for our officials. I am a registered Democrat. However, I am embarrassed by the governor’s decision to appoint Gavin Regan as St, Lawrence County Clerk. Things should have been left the way they were and let the voters decide. Mr. Regan has run for county legislature on two separate occasions and couldn’t even get elected to that position in his hometown. Firing the acting clerk, Ms. Rupp, on his first day on the job was completely uncalled for. Mr.
Music cut not acceptable
Regarding the SoundOff about the size of the Potsdam Central music program, (“Music Department Still Big,” Mar. 16-22), the writer is playing a numbers game, not looking at what has been accomplished with adequate staffing. Cutting will cause the quality and student opportunities to decrease. Potsdam has a proud tradition of arts education, which attracts new residents. In 2009, Potsdam was named one of the “100 Best Communities for Music Education” by the National Association of Music Merchants.
Morristown student meets with Blankenbush
A youth leader of St. Lawrence County Reality Check had the opportunity to meet with Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush in his new office in Carthage.
Alyssa Jock, of Morristown, was able to discuss tobacco control program goals and success in St. Lawrence County