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Changes, helping employment, and no debate

New community resource

A joint venture between the North Country Workforce Investment Board and the Plattsburgh Public Library has given birth to the Plattsburgh Employment and Public Computer Center. The new center located at 19 Oak St. will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Various computer workshops and training sessions will be held as well as trained support staff will be available to assist those in need. With the growth of technology this new center serves as a tremendous resource for our community. Go check it out.

No 23rd debate in our area

We were disappointed to hear Congressman Owens declined our invitation to a live debate with Republican challenger Matt Doheny in our portion of the district. We understand there was a televised debate last week aired in the Watertown and Syracuse markets. This is a very large congressional district and scheduling is difficult, but with most of the area's media outlets working together recently to share the stage and coverage of these events, one would have thought a debate in the Clinton/Essex County region could have been worked out by the competing camps. With so much attention to the upcoming elections and so many negative campaign ads airing these days, one would think the candidates would welcome an opportunity to be seen in person side by side so voters can make their own comparison and reach their own decision, without depending heavily on being swayed by the political spin doctors. Plus, with our nation in so much turmoil and voter anguish at such a high level, I would like to think the candidates would welcome the opportunity be seen together ... but, then again, is it really about sending the best candidate to Washington or is it just a matter of selecting the lesser of two evils? In my opinion, until we have term limits, outlaw political contributions to candidates not made from voters within the districts they serve and insure these elected officials are subject to the very same laws we must live under, will anything really change?

Daniel Alexander is owner and publisher of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@denpubs.com.

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