EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 15, 2013

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The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Haunted by lies

If President Obama thinks Benghazi is a “sideshow,” he has no one to blame but himself. If he hadn’t lied and tried to cover up his incredibly poor policy decisions that are based upon his incredibly poor social beliefs, he wouldn’t now be backed into a corner with his credibility destroyed and his lies coming back to haunt him.

Return on investment

The Eagle-Tribune reports that the North Andover Community Preservation Act Board is giving the North Andover Historical Society, a privately opened, independent nonprofit, $400,000 of taxpayers’ money for maintenance of its buildings. I didn’t know that the CPA board could give our money to an organization or building not owned by the town. I do know that I have tried, being an elderly citizen, to visit the society, but it is closed every Saturday, the only day I could go. You would think that if they get their money from the town, they might consider being open on Saturdays, Then perhaps a lot of North Andover citizens might actually get some benefits for their money.

Classless

I was not surprised by the disgusting Mother’s Day card posted to New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Just another example of someone that is totally clueless and classless. Sen. Ayotte voted against the gun control bill by looking at the facts. Something that confuses all too many Democrats and their followers!

No more taxes!

It is very important that all readers call or write to Methuen state Reps. Linda Dean Campbell and Diana Dizoglio to vote NO for the 3-cent gas tax increase. We already pay too much for gas and other taxes. Tell them to find the money for road repairs within the humongous state budget. Use the money we pay for gas tax now to repair the roads — not on the T. Remember, vote No!

Bangladesh tragedy

When a business in the garment industry leaves the good old U.S. of A., they do it for cheap labor, and when they do, we know they are not going to be in a modern building. Cheap labor will work in a cheap place, in other words a dump, thus you will see building collapses like the one in Bangladesh. Imagine, killing over 1,000 workers. For a tragedy of that proportion, it is too bad the owners will not get at least life imprisonment. But, hey, we have the same thing right here in the United States. Remember the garment workers that died in a fire in New York? There was no way for them to get out of the building.

Needless death

Edith Hamilton’s tragic death, which occurred while she was walking home from work shortly after midnight and was struck by a pickup truck, is partially due to the corporate welfare state of this country. She worked for Sears. We need to look at why she was paid so little that she couldn’t afford a decent second-hand car and was forced to live in a homeless shelter nearly six miles away. That’s a long walk. Sears is one of many retail establishments that pay their corporate CEO’s millions while paying their workers next to nothing.