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January 8, 2014

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No justice

I think that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court should now work on changing the words to the Pledge of Allegiance, something that our children say in school every day. It’s evident that in their minds, the last line, “and justice for all” does not apply.

Nice try

I see where Methuen Mayor Zanni wants to have better cooperation and understanding between the City Council and School Committee. Isn’t that like the pot that called the kettle black? This comes from a man who gets into a snit that would make a 2-year-old proud when members of the City Council don’t agree with him. I don’t see that changing any time soon but nice try, Mayor Zanni.

Private schools

I am so sick of hearing how the local private schools think that they are doing something for us and that we should be happy and we should feel grateful that they are located in our towns. They are the ones who benefit, not us. Most do nothing at all or the bare minimum to help the host towns. One of the things that they always say is that they let us use their soccer fields. Really, who does that benefit, the town or the few individuals that use the fields. The majority of town residents see absolutely no benefit from having a private school or schools within their borders. The schools are not entities unto themselves although they would like to think that they are. They use our roads, water delivery systems, power grid, police services, EMT services and fire services. They add to local road congestion and often are nuisances to their immediate neighbors. If they really wanted to help us, they would voluntarily do it without the towns having to pass laws to force them into it. Enroll a couple of extra students and donate the tuition to the town. Our taxes pay for the services that you use and benefit from.

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