With Diane Rutherford off, Brian Ashley sorted through the Your Turn mailbag for this week's comments on a variety of topics.
First up: signs of progress in St. Lawrence County's long running struggle to raise its sales tax to four percent.
Jon Putney, the chairman of the St. Lawrence County legislature, appeared on 7 News This Morning and said he's hopeful.
That prompted viewer Jeff Payne to write "Raise sales tax, let everyone take responsibility for it."
Amanda Barstow Reif added "I agree - raise sales tax. Oh and give back the iPads!" (We reported that county legislators are getting iPads through a federal grant.)
In Newton Falls, 18 of 23 volunteer firefighters found themselves locked out of the fire station in a dispute over how much training they need.
Lisa Lawrence wrote on Facebook "If the rules were known to them and ample opportunity provided, what choice is there really? The rules are the rules. Yes, it puts a burden on a small town and people are busy, but what can you do?"
And Don Martin wrote "If they can't meet the requirements, then I guess it's time to move on. Merge the fire district."
Jefferson County district attorney Cindy Intschert is taking the first step to reviewing how the county sheriff's department handled the Deputy Adam Hallett case, and - possibly - to prosecuting Hallett.
The D.A. is seeking a county court ruling as to whether there's a conflict of interest that would prevent her office from pursuing a case against Hallett.
(By the way, as of Monday afternoon, there was no decision from the court.)
Friday, May 22, 2015, Watertown, NY