Your Turn: Your Feedback On Drug Vote, Sales Tax & SPCA

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Senators Gillibrand and Schumer voted against a plan to allow people to buy cheaper medicine from other countries even though they support the idea. Both say they're fighting to eliminate the so-called Medicare donut hole, a coverage gap for some drugs.That reform wouldn't be on the table if the prescription drug law passed so the senators traded one law for another.

Here's a couple of your emails:

 

Sometimes I have to make a choice whether I pay household bills and buy enough groceries, or pay for my prescriptions. I think the pharmaceutical companies have financial influence over the decisions made by members of our government.

Fred Miller


I'm glad someone is trying to do something about the donut hole. Every year we find ourselves in the donut hole because of my husband's non-generic meds.

Paula Kendall
 

St Lawrence County lawmakers plan to revisit a proposal to increase the sales tax.

This is what some of you had to say:

 

Our government and legislatures are voted in to make reasonable decisions to help our residents, not make life more difficult.

Stephanie Deshane


It's a good idea to increase the sales tax. Maybe it will cut down on land owners getting our taxes raised year after year to pay the budget.

Floyd Field


Six months after Fort Drum closed its animal shelter and signed a contract to have Jefferson County's SPCA take in the post's unwanted pets, the Army canceled the agreement.

Here's a sampling of your messages:

 

It is not fair to the SPCA to expect them to pay for the care and maintenance of rejected animals from a location that the SPCA is not getting any money at all from.

Leira Aroc


This makes me laugh - canceling a measly $32,000 contract with the SPCA...to handle strays of deployed soldiers. Seriously, shame on you, chump change compared to the millions of dollars of funding you receive yearly!

Jim Manchester


No Fort Drum soldier who is deployable should be allowed to own a pet. Period!

Paula Bender

 

Friday, August 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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