TO THE EDITOR: The North Country Cancer Fund would like to recognize and thank the Catholic Daughters of St. Joseph and St. Alexander for your efforts in a major fundraiser you sponsored for us.
You raised $4,000 for our organization with the raffle you held. It was a huge success. One hundred percent of the money you raised goes directly to to families of the North Country who are battling cancer to help with medical and non-medical expenses associated with the disease.
The Daughters did a wonderful job. We cannot thank you enough. What a tribute to see so many people generously participate in these fundraisers to assist our neighbors in their time of need.
You find us on the web at northcountrycancerfund.com.
North Country Cancer Fund Committee
Power of drugs
TO THE EDITOR: The largest drug sweep in the history of Clinton County, over 60 arrests (wow).
After doing a little research, I’ve discovered that of all the crimes prosecuted by Clinton County District Attorney’s Office in 2013, over 75 percent of these cases were for illegal drugs or drug related. I find this absolutely astonishing.
I am unsure if the general public actually understands the power that these drugs hold with their user. Oftentimes, their addiction affects their decision-making process, allowing them to do things that typically they would not, such as criminal activity, selling drugs and even prostitution in some cases.
All these simply to continue to feed their addiction. I’ve seen the tragic results of this first-hand; I happen to be one of the over 60 arrested.
I sit here and ask myself how it would be possible to change this or prevent this from continuing to happen. It has become quite apparent that our little community is faced with a quite serious and ever-growing problem.
I believe that more needs to be done to educate our children and young adults on the dangers of drug abuse and what goes along with it.
Instead of our taxpayers having to pay for these non-violent offenders to be housed, as well as their medical costs, etc., why not try to address the problem before it happens? Make classes in our schools mandatory on the dangers as well as the penalties of drug use.
Ultimately, it won’t completely stop this behavior or abuse from happening. But it’s a start and a step in the right direction.
Clinton County Jail