Your Turn: Your Feedback On Drug Ring, Gay Soldier & Puppy Cam


By Diane Rutherford

Authorities say they've broken up a drug ring linked to Russian organized crime that smuggled millions of dollars worth of marijuana through the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation to Ohio over the past three years.

Here are some of your emails:


We are definitely one of the most insecure borders around the country if not THE most insecure. The fact that it took 3 years to crack this means way too many people were asleep at the wheel.

Thomas Rivet

Another scare tactic talking about the Russian Mafia. Just a way to justify more law enforcement and money to waste on a harmless drug like marijuana.

Bill Wagstaff Jr.

Why don't we wake up and realize lots of people want pot, legalize it, take the business away from the illegals, give our farmers a new cash crop, and our state a new taxable item?

Ric Marzano

Should a New York National Guard officer, who served in Iraq with the 10th Mountain Division, be thrown out of the military because he announced he's gay?

This is what some of you had to say:


Many of my fellow soldiers, including supervisors, knew I was gay and simply didn't care. My orientation in no way affected our working relationships or friendships. Our government is needlessly denying our military services the talents of upstanding Americans wishing to serve their country.

Rick Papin
Army Veteran

The military policy is in place for a reason. If discharging this soldier is the reaction the military takes for any soldier breaking policy, I totally agree.

Pamela Dixon

He's making a political statement which is contrary to the expected behavior of an officer and a soldier in general. He deserves to be discharged.

Jesse Slabchuck

Why would a soldier, who has fought for his/her country, get a less than honorable discharge for being honorable and telling the truth? We should be thankful to anyone.... gay, straight, pink, purple, black or polka dotted that is committed enough to contribute their talent and potentially risk their lives for our safety.

Janice Robinson

A Watertown man set up a "Puppy Cam" for his five Jack Russell Terriers.  The web site has gotten tens of thousands of hits.

Our story prompted this response:


We have 2 Jack Russels which we dearly love. This puppy cam takes us back 3 years ago when we got them & is a great idea!

Gail, Kim & Kyle Hubbard


Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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