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December 30, 2012

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I truly believe that this proposal will at least minimize the victims and possibly stop the carnage even before it starts. Also, all schools should have an alarm system which would alert the armed school personnel so that they can react ASAP. It is now time to protect the children and adults in all of our schools.

Jerry Valley

Methuen

Obama is a bully with a pulpit

To the editor:

In a recent press conference, the president read off a series of poll statistics: 54 percent want an assault weapons ban, 48 percent want a limit on magazine size, etc. He has done this many times in the past with many different issues.

Now we face a fiscal cliff entirely of his and Congress’ making, and he has made the political calculation that if he forces us over it, polls say that the majority of Americans will blame Republicans.

This is not leadership! A leader does not lead by polls, then give the public what it thinks it wants. A leader does what needs to be done, what is right, whether popular or not. A leader make the tough decisions. He does not make childish, petulant demands, then go on a campaign tour to whip up public sentiment for his off the cuff idea.

A president would realize that it is Congress that writes the laws and spends the money. A president would, like Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan before him, lay out the broad idea then work with Congress, even the hostile members, to get his priorities passed.

Our present wanna-be dictator does not seem to understand that and evidently four years have not taught him what a lifetime failed to prepare him for.

Mark Acciard

Derry

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