EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 28, 2013

Sound Off

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Political perks

All these Republicans still don’t get it. They say take all the perks away from the people in Washington to balance the budget. It will never happen and it would only amount to a few million anyway. Do they realize when you speak of the budget it is about billions and possible trillions of dollars? It makes no difference if it is Obama or if it were Bush — it is too small an amount to even consider. Furthermore, if these jobs didn’t have these perks who do you think would run for office?

Maher on taxes

Recently on his show Bill Maher told his panel that if his taxes in California keep going up, the “liberals may lose one of their own.” Isn’t it telling how even a staunch defender of liberal policies can say enough is enough when he is being taxed over 50 percent of his income. Stay tuned as Obamacare kicks in there will be many more joining in his sentiments.

No nannies

In opposition to the New Hampshire residents against a casino, I think it would be great! I live in Methuen but seeing Rockingham Park made into an upscale resort style casino would be great. I would love to move to Salem but taxes are too prohibitive for me. What a boost to the local economy and tax relief for folks like me this would be. I go to Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun and I never see drug addicts and thieves lurking around every corner. I think in fact it would supply more middle- to lower-level jobs needed for those who aren’t college grads or just need to supplement their retirement income. To those in opposition I say stop being a nanny! Let’s see New Hampshire put another one over on Massachusetts they way they have with tax-free shopping.

Haverhill traffic

Your article about the traffic situation at Haverhill High School missed the real reason for the traffic jam every morning. You failed to take into account the hundreds of students who are above taking the bus and insist on having Mommy or Daddy driving them to school. These cars double the problem every morning. First, they clog the roads leading to the high school when dropping junior off. Then while leaving, they cut off everyone trying to enter Monument Street, blocking drivers just trying to get past the high school on their way to work. This clogs Monument Street from Hilldale Avenue all the down to Broadway. This is the real problem that must be addressed.

Babying kids

Hey Windham School Board: We should stop this constant babying of our children and let them learn life. First, Timberlane eliminates mid-terms and finals and now this. Why not just send all the kids to school encased in bubble wrap?

Casino myths

Regarding a casino being a place for marginalized, indigent people living at the poverty level: I have been going to Foxwoods since its opening in 1992. I have never seen indigent or homeless people hanging around the casino. Quite the opposite, I have seen mainly older middle-class people playing. I also get a kick out of the people who say that a casino will cause crime. Again, this is another myth. There is no safer place to be than at the casino, or on casino grounds. Everywhere is monitored by cameras. A casino is the last place in the world that you would want to commit a crime. The crime rate is zero!