Your Turn: New iPads, Old Buildings, Familiar Problems
Diane Rutherford has the day off, so Brian Ashley took a deep dive into the Your Turn mailbag, and came up with lots of dissatisfaction with government in the north country.
On Friday, 7 News reporter John Friot reported every St. Lawrence County legislator is getting a new iPad, courtesy of the federal government. The justifications? Well, using iPads cuts down on paper agendas and memos, and in case of a county wide emergency, they'd be part of how legislators get information and communicate.
The iPads were not a big hit with viewers.
Angela Wilhelm wrote... 'We can cut federal employees pay like the border patrol agents by 30 - 40% but then turn around and the federal government can provide the county legislators with new i-Pads... How about we serve the taxpayers and keep the borders protected?
On the other hand, Scott Skiff emailed this comment... 'Excellent.. Glad to see they are supporting quality american products... If used properly they will be more efficient than paper and quicker...plus save taxpayers money... Bravo....'
Last Thursday, developers took city and county officials on a tour of the old Woolworth building on Watertown's Public Square. The developers hope to develop apartments and retail in the deteriorating structure.
Also last Thursday, the state Attorney General's office released a report critical of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. That's after a string of problems in the department.
Friday, January 30, 2015, Watertown, NY
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