EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 3, 2014

Sound Off

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Parking

In regards to handicap placards, I know of many who use the disabled placards of friends or family members, while not disabled themselves, just to get a closer parking spot. That is wrong and not fair to those that really need those parking spots. I have a qualified disabled daughter in a wheelchair with a placard, but if she isn’t in the car, I refuse to use it for one of those handicapped spaces.

Tourney format

I am very happy that the Christmas basketball tourney has a new sponsor with lots of money and support. However the new format makes no sense. Two games does not a champion make!

Do nothing

Nice that Congress finally agreed to something. However there is still a lot to do. I cannot believe that money was taken away from veterans and not from all of the illegal immigrants. Just goes to prove that our politicians will reward those like them. Do nothing and get something for it. Continue to do nothing and get elected to Congress.

Sold out

I attend the local holiday basketball tournament every year. It is a great opportunity to watch some quality basketball and catch up with many friends around the holidays. From what I read in The Eagle-Tribune, this year’s final boys championship game was a great game. The problem is I had arrived with my daughter, who was home from college for the holidays, to attend the final game between Andover and Central Catholic. We arrived at Merrimack College at 7 p.m. for a scheduled 8 p.m. game. Unfortunately, we along with about 300-plus other fans never made it into the gym. The game was sold out. I was informed by the fire official that the Merrimack College gym holds a maximum of 900 people. The Lawrence and Andover gyms both hold over 2,000 people so this was never a problem in the past. This is definitely an issue that should be addressed for next year’s tournament. It is with great disappointment and frustration that I write this.

Rather walk

I, too, have a handicapped placard and a mobility scooter. I’m also told how “good” I look. I do not collect disability and have purchased my own scooter. I have multiple sclerosis and am unable to stand unsupported or walk. My scooter gives me the ability to get out with family and friends and do things that most take for granted. Please think twice before judging. I’d really rather walk!

Blue denim

Germany had it’s beautiful blue Danube. America has its ugly blue denim that really caught on at Woodstock and all the public has been wearing ever since. Now when one sees a person at a distance you can’t tell if it’s male or female.


A commenter stated: “impeach Obama, for what?” You think Obama is doing his job, when he wanted our men and women in the military to pay for their own health plans? Now they want to cut military pensions, but won’t cut illegal immigrants’ benefits, which they don’t deserve in the first place. Republicans are the only ones that have a fairly reasonable idea of what’s going on. My parents and I were die-hard Democrats, but that was when they were for the working class. Not anymore. Now they want to take your money and give it to the undeserving who never work a day in their lives.