Your Turn: Head Shops, Head Stones & Headliners
What was on your mind over the last week? If our viewers are any indicator, acts of kindness and anger.
Anger first. Daniel Avery smashed up a so-called 'head shop' in Watertown after his son bought the synthetic drug known as 'bath salts' there.
Avery faces two felony charges for taking a baseball bat to 'Tebb's Head Shop' off Eastern Boulevard. But our viewers were among the many who found good in what Avery did.
One viewer who wished to remain anonymous said "The man who smashed this headshop should get a reduction to disorderly conduct or an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal."
"If this place was selling this poison, then it should have happened a long time ago."
Heather Scheer wrote on our Facebook page that while she was "Glad they are doing something," (Tebb's and a lot of other head shops were raided in a nationwide crackdown last week, the day after Avery went into the local store.) she also thinks "unfortunately it may be too late for others, they'll find a way to get it somehow."
As for Avery, Heather noted "I don't blame the one dad at all. I probably would have done the same thing."
Speaking of doing things, a lot of people were impressed by the work of stone mason Matt Williams, who repaired for free the damaged head stones in a cemetery in Felts Mills. (See our story here.) He did it to honor the memory of his daughter, who was killed in a car accident.
"Thank you so very much Matt," wrote Bridget Gardner-Gordinier. "And I'm truly sorry for your loss.You make the world a better place."
The other big act of kindness this week came from actor Kirk Douglas, who announced he would donate $5 million to his alma mater, St. Lawrence University. The $5 million is part of a $50 milliion overall donation the nonagenarian (look it up) made to various charities.
All that money prompted Roland Van Dusen to offer the following: "$50 million is the most ANY movie star's EVER given to charity. Gives me an excuse to watch Spartacus a 37th time."
Time to cue up the dvd, all. By the way, Diane Rutherford is off for a bit, but will be back. Meantime, keep your emails and Facebook posts coming.
Thursday, August 25, 2016, Watertown, NY