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November 1, 2013

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---- — Sebelius

How ironic! At the very moment that Kathleen Sebelius was testifying to the congressional committee that the Obamacare website had never crashed, it was crashed.

Lack credibility

So I'm watching the Sebelius hearings, and after she repeats twice that it's "illegal" for her to drop her government-provided insurance and go shopping the Obamacare marketplace, the Republicans still keep trying to make points with the low-information voters in their base by calling her out for not "believing" in the ACA enough to use it herself. I swear, you watch and listen to these Republicans and you can't help but wonder if they'll ever find their way back to credibility again. It's surely not going to be anytime soon, that much we know.

No override

Message to Haverhill City Councilors and candidates: Do you want to get elected or re-elected on Tuesday? Do you want to get the support of a currently silent, but soon to get louder and growing bigger every day block of voters? All you have to do is say the magic words. Just publicly state that you do not support the upcoming tax override vote regarding the Hunking School. You can still be in support of building a new school. I am and most in this growing block of voters are, but you must find a way to do it with existing tax dollars. If this issue is so important, then you must fund it first in the budget, then work to find the money for all of the other projects that your actions say are currently more important than building a new school. We're sick of getting nickel-and-dimed into the poor house.

Unprepared

Why does the newly formed Board of Selectmen in Atkinson feel they can do what they want? While watching the other night, I observed them wait until 8:45 to reveal the fact they would not be rendering a decision on the re-numbering of certain addresses that particular night (even though it was on the agenda) due to the fact Mr. Friel was unprepared. Unprepared? He didn't even make it to last week's meeting, when this issue was discussed.

Horses

What was Derry's animal control officer doing for that year monitoring those horses? Looking at them with her eyes closed? She needs to be investigated. Horses do not get malnourished and starve overnight. Shame on her.

Cruz

When a tea party provocateur tells me that Ted Cruz is "brilliant" and "Harvard", I reply, "So was the Unabomber."

Back to core

North Andover Public Schools need to prioritize and fund the reading specialists. How can we choose to fund art and music, when there is no support for struggling readers? You are told to hire a tutor. Let's get our focus back on the core curriculum and provide our students and teachers with the support they need.

Clinton

Bill Clinton had multiple opportunities during his reign to take out Osama bin Laden but refused. Whenever he was called to give the order to shoot; he always made himself unavailable. As a result nearly 3,000 people died on 9/11. Please, liberals, get some of your facts straight.