I am a family physician who has been in practice in Hermon since 1987. My job gets increasingly difficult as my recommended tests and treatments are questioned by insurance companies and often rejected, causing pain, suffering, and adverse health outcomes to insured patients. I am even more … Read More ⇒

The United States is fairing far worse than any other wealthy, developed country regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic. That alone should be enough evidence to suggest that President Donald Trump does not deserve the honor of a second term. If there are any who would continue to support h… Read More ⇒

One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1985, the Thousand Islands Land Trust has been working to conserve the natural beauty, diverse wildlife habitat, water quality and outdoor recreational opportunities of the Thousa… Read More ⇒

The Orchestra of Northern New York’s Golf Tournament Committee publicly acknowledges the local businesses and individuals who made the 2020 ONNY Golf Classic held Aug. 30 a success. Proceeds will enable many children (12 and younger) to attend ONNY concerts for free and teens (13 to 17) to p… Read More ⇒

Tedra Cobb, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 21st Congressional District, listens to a variety of viewpoints, works collaboratively and thereby seeks to obtain consensus on issues such as health care. She is neither strident, dogmatic nor engages in demagoguery. Sh… Read More ⇒

President Donald Trump agreed to do 18 interviews with Bob Woodward, fully aware of being taped. He is heard stating that he knew that the novel coronavirus was much more deadly than strenuous flu (with a mortality rate of 5 percent vs. 1 percent) but didn’t tell the American people because … Read More ⇒

In a recent tele-town hall, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik said nothing concerning reports about the Russians paying bounties to the Taliban for killing U.S. soldiers. As she is a self-proclaimed military supporter, this was a glaring omission. Rep. Stefanik also had no suggestions for any ways th… Read More ⇒

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, The Community Lunch Program for Kids sponsored a BACK2SCHOOL event for children from families enrolled in their program. The event was held at St. Raymond’s Church in Raymondville from 4-7. Due to Covid the event was broken down into four 45 minute time slots with fami… Read More ⇒

The recent column by Jerry Moore of the Watertown Daily Times (“Stefanik guilty of stolen valor,” Aug. 30) also was published in my local newspaper, The Press Republican. His criticism of U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik was well founded for her claims of foul against her Democratic opponent, Tedra … Read More ⇒

You cannot help but be concerned about the safety of your family and neighborhood when you turn on the news and watch the rioting, violence and wanton destruction happening in our major cities. Although St. Lawrence County seems isolated from these tragic events, immunity is not guaranteed. Read More ⇒

Alarmed that President Donald Trump is threatening to undermine our confidence in the election during a pandemic by warning of voter fraud (with absolutely no evidence), post office shenanigans and encouraging (rather than fighting off) foreign interference, I would hope my representative wo… Read More ⇒

As someone who was involved in a serious car accident in Watertown, which required many months of pain management, I am all too aware of the risks of addiction from therapeutic pain medications. Fortunately, the medical professionals on my team were mindful of this risk and utilized the most… Read More ⇒

I’m watching in horror and disbelief as U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy systematically cripples the U.S. Postal System. The destruction of taxpayer-funded sorting machines, the delays in vitally needed mail deliveries, the locking and/or removal of mail boxes is something I never thought… Read More ⇒

I would just like to mention that the ads that U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik is running tell us how bipartisan she is, and I cannot help but remember the impeachment hearings when she was insulting the patriots who were testifying and how embarrassed I was for our upstate area. Read More ⇒

It has been more than five years since I wrote a letter to the editor espousing community support for the Frederic Remington Museum. I spoke to Director Laura Foster recently and suggested that it may be a good time to remind the people of the north county, once again, about the wonderful as… Read More ⇒

Yet another screed from U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik proclaiming her “COVID-19 Response — Protecting America, Demanding Justice”! I am sure many of my fellow 21st District folks found it stuffed in their mailboxes, too. This is a taxpayer funded campaign ad. Given the millions she gets from outs… Read More ⇒

On July 18 during a Back the Blue event in Waddington supporting our police, U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik claimed that she is the only local candidate for Congress who supports police. Then she claimed that Tedra Cobb supports defunding our police! She repeated this untrue claim on Aug. 6 at the… Read More ⇒

I had the pleasure of recently watching two NY-21 congressional campaign ads that aired on WWNY, one after the other, immediately after the 6 p.m. news. Actually, only one of the ads was a pleasure to watch and that was the first ad, the one presented by the Tedra Cobb campaign! Read More ⇒

Please don’t do this. Don’t resume in-person schooling. We will certainly kill a lot of people who don’t need to die. We won’t kill any students, most likely. We will kill only a few teachers and school staff, probably less than a dozen (in St. Lawrence County). But we will kill a lot of oth… Read More ⇒

In 1935, Congress enacted the Social Security Act, establishing the right of every American to security in their later years or in case of disability. No longer would hard-working Americans have to fear events like the Great Depression. My parents, young adults then, began paying into that f… Read More ⇒

I’ve found myself of two minds lately, both voraciously scouring the news, or “doom scrolling,” and checking out completely to try and enjoy the last delights of summer sunshine. But given that a Back the Blue parade marched through Potsdam on Aug. 15, I feel called to resist the comforts of… Read More ⇒

On Nov. 3, I plan on voting for U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik again for Congress. The reasons are she has done a great job and she has not abandoned her north country roots. The north country has benefited greatly under her stewardship. Her relationship with President Donald Trump is evidence tha… Read More ⇒

I want to sit down and write a political letter that for once didn’t shove policy and obscure facts down your throat in hopes that you digest and comprehend. I just want to write a good-hearted letter that takes the time to thank our elected officials for working so hard in this unprecedented time. Read More ⇒

Too often, we give our votes to representatives who get caught up in the swamp of Albany or D.C., and their north country values wither away. It’s been a breath of fresh air, however, to see U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik fighting for us every day in Congress. Read More ⇒

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand recently came to the north country and advocated free child care for all families. She said providing free child care is the “lynch pin” for our economy to recover. Families being able to have child care will free millions to be able to return to work. Read More ⇒

The actions of the leader of the free world, and governors in his own party, have led America, 4 percent or so of world population, after seven months to have a quarter of the known novel coronavirus cases and be No. 1 in COVID-19 deaths. How could the last, best hope of mankind be so grossl… Read More ⇒

Back the Blue rally organizer Joseph Gallagher said his event was not a counter-protest to the local Black Lives Matter movement. In this historic moment, it cannot be interpreted any other way. Despite other professed intentions, having an event called Back the Blue gives the appearance of … Read More ⇒

2020 has certainly been a year of uncertainty. Bars don’t know when and how to open; business owners don’t know how long they can stay afloat; and please, Grandpa, don’t die this month because we don’t know how we can hold a funeral to celebrate your life. Read More ⇒

Extension after extension, the reopening of the Canadian border continues to be delayed, restricting tourism and disconnecting families. Similarly to the water-level crisis on the St. Lawrence River, this is yet another time when international diplomacy is crucial for all of us here in New Y… Read More ⇒