EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 23, 2013

Sound Off

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Brady’s record

Brady is a future Hall of Fame member no doubt. His teams have won three Super Bowls and he has already beaten one of Joe Montana’s records. But what is all this talk of comparing him with Montana? He is not in the same class. Joe won four Super Bowls and was picked the MVP in three of them. Brady’s team won a divisional title and three Super Bowls. And although it is true he brought them to the brink, every one of these games was won by the field goal kicker. If the kicker had just missed one of those kicks Brady would just be another good quarterback. And to think after those kicks, they let the kicker go. What a shame.

Stooge nation

The Ravens may have said “nevermore” to the Patriots’ season. But there is always a silver lining. Now, The Three Stooges will resume their regular time slot on Sunday morning television! Forever more, Stooges, forever more.

Pats’ Kool Aid

Bill Burt’s prediction: 41-20 Patriots. Really? Bills comment: the Ravens don’t have the guns to do it, Really? When are you going to stop drinking the Patriots’ Kool Aid and realize the Patriots are a team without an attitude? They won’t win another Super Bowl until they get one.

Easy road

I can’t believe Bill Burt’s comment in the front-page story stating that the Patriots have had some bad breaks in recent weeks. This is a good team that plays six games a year against the lousy Jets, Dolphins and Bills, which allows them to rack up a bunch of wins in the regular season always assuring them a first-round bye. The road to the Super Bowl doesn’t get much easier than that.

Profit motive

To the Sound Off caller who trembles at privatization: It is too bad you see profit as evil. Profit as a motivator has built this country to the most prosperous and generous nation in world history. If you want to see what happens to a country when privatization and profit is removed, just look to Cuba or the former Soviet Union.

Good cause?

Thanks so much President Obama for giving my money away to those fine DPW grant-funded lads who are accused of robbing the convenience store and kidnapping the clerk in Lawrence! I’m glad my hard-earned money is going to a good cause!

On the border

The more Gov. Deval Patrick raises taxes in Massachusetts, the more money I will spend in New Hampshire. He may be able to get more income taxes but he cannot stop me from going just a few miles to New Hampshire to spend my money and save 6.25 percent on sales tax. Think about it!


The Sound Off caller is right, profit comes first with private companies and to that end they make sure their employees do the job. Towns and cities have a huge advantage with privatization in that they can fire a company if they try to charge to much or don’t do the job as defined in their contract, not like civil service covered employees or public union members. Privatization is the right thing for local and state governments as long as they have the right negotiators working on their behalf to write a proper contract.