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December 4, 2012

Sound Off

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Messy trail

Please have the decency to pick up after your dog when you walk along the rail trail in Methuen. This is not a latrine for your dog. No one wants too clean their shoes after stepping in your dog’s leavings. It is not the dogs fault; it’s you, the ignorant dog owner.

Boot illegals

Why is it that when Social Security and Medicare are mentioned they are explained as though the government is giving us something as if it is charity? Do people forget that working people had FICA taxes deducted from their pay checks weekly to subsidize this program? FDR set this up so that people could have a means of income for retirement purposes. We had a very substantial surplus when JFK, our illustrious leader of the ‘60s, saw a means of spreading the wealth and pilfered it for the purpose of setting up a welfare program. I have a perfect means of cutting a significant portion of the deficit, and it should be very visible to all of the politicians: Cut all of the illegals off of our entitlements as well as all of the frauds who are dipping in where they have no right to be. Where are the case workers? It is very evident that they are only employed to collect a pay check and not do their job of investigating.

Merry Methuen

It’s that time of year again. Time for Methuen’s annual property tax raise. We will all have to hear how it’s “only” so much for the “average” home. There’s never any mention of cuts. Mayor Zanni gave the firefighters millions, as expected. There will be a couple of token city councilors who will vote against the increases just to make it look good. Round and round we go. Just like a merry-go-round.

Christmas blessing

At a time when politics and religions have our attention in a negative way, it’s refreshing to see St. Joseph’s Church putting on their annual “Lessons & Carols” interfaith service again this year. It consists of readings and a music ensemble that is absolutely breathtaking. Ministers from other faiths not only come but also take part in the readings. My family plans on attending again this year on Friday, the 7th. In the midst of all this commercialism, it’s a true blessing to see all Christians coming together for the real meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Savior.

Remember 11/11

In regards to the controversy in Methuen: Veterans Day is ALWAYS on Nov. 11. For DiFiore and Hargreaves to question that is ridiculous. They both know better. And so do veterans in the local community. Shame on them.

Hawaii B.O.

This country is heading toward the largest tax increases in our history and where is the president? He is still campaigning, trying to convince us that raising the taxes on the rich will solve all our problems, and after that he is going to spend 20 days vacationing in Hawaii. The cost to the tax payer is $4 million. I would like to suggest this to our Democratic leaders how about limiting the president to two weeks a year and he picks up the tab like the rest of us have to.

The best

Just want to give a big “thank you” to the ladies and gentlemen who were on duty at

the Methuen ambulance and the Holy Family Hospital, the evening of Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. You are the best.

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