EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 27, 2013

Sound Off


The Eagle-Tribune

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So now that we’ve learned that over one million people have signed up for Obamacare in the first three weeks since the website has been fixed, what are the righties going to do now? Will they do the right thing and now get behind it to help make the law work better, or will they try to fashion a new set of lies that will, once again, fool no one? Either way, it’s clear the ACA is well on its way now, and the few remaining negative comments coming from the peanut gallery are being drowned out by the cheers from its supporters.

Can’t get help

As a manager for a major retailer who struggled to fill my staff this year, it pains me to read that Massachusetts has the nation’s highest unemployment rate. This leads me to ask the question: Are the unemployed truly trying to find jobs? Maybe I’ll have a few more applications after Dec. 28.

Something askew

I agree with the Sound Off caller about temporary handicapped placards. Due to a serious illness, my wife was unable to work for a 10-month period and since she did not have benefits at work, we lost income and struggled financially during that entire time (not to mention the toll facing a life-threatening illness takes). She was denied disability benefits through Social Security because we were honest stating her disability wasn’t expected to exceed a year. But we generously hand out disability and welfare benefits to able-bodied people defrauding the system and reward illegitimacy. I see it every day. What about hard-working citizens who have worked and paid in to the system for so many years? We weren’t asking for lifetime handouts, just some temporary help from a system that we have contributed to for years during that difficult time. Something is terribly askew with our system.

Dangerous crossing

Why is it that at least one sidewalk on the Route 110 bridge at I-495 is never cleared of snow? It’s a four-lane overpass with a 1-foot breakdown lane on each side. It is impossible to walk on the roadway with 1 foot on each side.

We’re paying

I just read that state workers are eligible to retire at 50 with 25 years of service. Really? And who is paying for those benefits? We all know that it is us, the sucker private-sector taxpayers, who ourselves likely won’t ever be able to retire before we die. After all, we have to pay so others can!

Grateful

I would like to thank the gentleman who tracked down a Methuen police officer with my lost debit card. The officer went out of his way to find me and return it. May both of your families be proud of what you did. Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Missing shows

I couldn’t agree more with the Wheel of Fortune fan who is annoyed with WBZ. As a Jeopardy fan, I enjoy watching the game every evening and am riled when the show is pre-empted by a meaningless weather update or redundant Patriots coverage. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge Patriots fan and get plenty of updates via other media. Recently, Jeopardy was replaced with paid programming. There already is a void of intellectual stimuli on TV as is, but paid programming at 7:30 on a Saturday night? Come on now!