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Thinking About War: Fort Drum Soldiers Await Deployment to Iraq

Earlier this month, David Sommerstein sat down with a group of soldiers waiting for war. They were members of the 4th battalion, 31st Infantry, known as the Polar Bears on the base. They are still at Fort Drum, still waiting. But with the war in Iraq underway, escalating as soldiers approach Baghdad, we thought we would listen again to parts of the conversation.  Go to full article

U-S Canada Border: Once A Line On A Map, Now A Defended Frontier

Just a few years ago, New York's border with Canada was little more than a line on a map. Since September 11th, state and federal officials have spent moved aggressively to tighten security. Governor George Pataki is now sending 120 new state troopers to help patrol the 400-mile frontier. New technology is being installed at major crossings - including massive x-ray machines and radiation detectors. As Brian Mann reports, the policy marks a major shift, at a time when relations between the two countries are already strained.  Go to full article
Gladys and John Walker sort through boxes of supplies bound for the Middle East

Malone "Adopt A Soldier" Program: Homegrown Help from the Homefront

A Malone-based program to boost the morale of U.S. military personnel overseas is flourishing. Gladys Walker runs the non-profit organization called "Have a Heart-Adopt a Soldier". It's a mom-and-pop program that mails supplies and treats to members of the armed services stationed in Kuwait, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East. As Todd Moe reports, what began as a request for a chocolate bar has turned into a nearly round-the-clock operation.  Go to full article

War Rallies Pro & Con: In Glens Falls, Hard Words Between Neighbors

Media attention over the weekend focused on the war in Iraq - and on massive protests in New York City. But the war has also come home to small towns here in the North...  Go to full article

Churchgoers Seek Peace of Mind During War

As Fort Drum buzzes with deployment activity, area churches are busy helping people cope during times of war. The First Baptist Church in Black River is just a few minutes...  Go to full article

Their Children Soldiers, Two Moms Wait For News

Dozens of families in the North Country have loved ones serving in Iraq. With the first reports of deaths and injuries, these are difficult days. State Senator Betty Little...  Go to full article

Canadians Stage Weekend Peace Protests

About 200,000 people marched in Montreal and thousands more in Toronto over the weekend. In Ottawa, an estimated 5,000 protesters demonstrated in front of the U.S. embassy....  Go to full article
Anti- and pro-war activists gathered at a peace rally at SUNY Potsdam

Mixed Reactions to War in North Country

Local reactions to the start of war were mixed. Some people wore American flag shirts or hats to show their patriotism. Other joined quiet "peace circles" last night in...  Go to full article

Canadians React to War with Mixed Feelings

This week, Canadian prime minister Jean Chretien announced that Canada will not join the United States in its war on Iraq. Recent opinion polls suggested 60 percent of...  Go to full article

Border Security Could Mean Travel Delays

With the war against Iraq now underway, officials in the U-S and Canada have tightened border security. Some truckers and travelers have reported travel delays, but as Brian...  Go to full article

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