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Sun., Aug. 30
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Fighting the influx of criminals


To The Editor:

In his letter of May 13 County Legislator Putney brought out some very valid points concerning crime and the influx of criminals into our once pristine environment, but his point is a little too one dimensional.

The problem of getting rid of these miscreants doesn’t fall completely into the lap of the County District Attorney. The cops do their job, then the DA does her job; so far, so good. Now the case(s) end up in County Court and it becomes hand slapping time. The mutts get a minimal sentence and/or probation and they are back on the street in short order, once again plying their trade and calling their friends to say, “Hey, come on up here, it’s virgin territory.” They have no fear.

It is time; no, past time, to send a message that will be heard in NYC, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester and New Jersey. Send ‘em to prison judge; give them the maximum sentence. No probation, just a nice long prison sentence that they can write and tell their buddies about. Don’t come to St. Lawrence County or you might become my roommate. The state just turned out a whole new bunch of correction officers, so let’s put them to work.

As far as Assistant DA’s in the county, Mary Rain has a dandy in David Haggard as her first assistant. Dave has a ton of experience and will do an outstanding job and I think that he is in it for the long haul. I just hope that he doesn’t get frustrated with seeing light sentences or probation after doing his job in court.

We have the police and the DA doing their thing, now, if we can just get the court on board and some community involvement, and by that I mean something more then doing a needle search. After all, if you are searching for hypodermic needles and you find one or several, that’s what you have; needles.

Fine, the little kids are protected to a degree, but we don’t have a body to go with the needle. Be observant, and to coin a phrase, “If you see something, say something.”

Richard Babcock


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