Restore the WPA?
We’re spending a ton of money on long-term unemployment benefits while our infrastructure is crumbling and basic public maintenance is lacking. Maybe the Work Projects Administration should be resurrected so taxpayers could get some public projects done for money being paid in government assistance, and those on unemployment will have the dignity of work and possibly gain some marketable experience.
Change the batteries
So saddened by the tragedy in Plaistow. Please, people, when you hear your detectors chirp, change the batteries; don’t take them out and leave them out. The life you save will be yours.
Plow to park
I bet $1,000 if the streets surrounding downtown Haverhill were paid parking streets, they would have been plowed. There are entire streets residents are unable to park on. Cops are very happy to give us tickets and even tow our vehicles. But how can residents comply to the parking bans if the designated streets are not plowed?
To Please Quit: Yes, it’s good CVS stopped selling cigarettes, but in regards to health care workers smoking near hospitals, yes, they are supposed to take care of us, but it’s not their job to show you how to live healthy lives. Only you can do that.
I think a lot of commenters are missing the point on what “Please Quit” was saying in Sound Off earlier. If a medical professional is going to harp on you about smoking, why should they be out front puffing away as you walk in? Not only does it make them hypocrites, it provides a less than healthy environment around the facility. I’ve never smoked in my life and keep in good health through diet and exercise; I’m not sure why a smoker should be giving me health advice. Do lawyers ask criminals for advice on the law?
Protect the forest
I encourage anyone who enjoys Winnekenni Park to go observe the full scale logging operation that started off Kenoza Street. This is not a selective cutting diseased hemlock, but a major logging operation of many other deciduous trees that appear to be perfectly healthy. The heavy duty equipment is not confined to the park roads, but these huge vehicles are forming their own roads by crushing all vegetation and snapping small trees. Aren’t these the trees that are supposed to grow and replace the cut timber? This operation was advertised as making the woods “healthier,” but it leaves behind a devastation that will take decades to recover. Who will take responsibility for the restoration of the damage that Hopkinton Forestry is causing? Who is supervising this project? These questions should have been asked and answered prior to allowing our public park to be damaged for a small amount of money for the trees.
Keep log coming
I was delighted to see that Atkinson had a police report in the paper this past week. This is the first report in over a year. I was beginning to think that Atkinson was a quiet, sleepy little place to live with no accidents, robberies, shootings, etc. It would be nice to know what is going on in your neighborhood. Please keep the reports coming.