EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 27, 2012

Sound Off

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Stray cats

Why do people allow their cats to roam free outdoors? Yes, it is their nature. But not in today’s world. It is too dangerous. There is no nature left to speak of for animals. I think it is cruel and uncaring to endanger your cat to the cruelties of today’s lifestyle. People poison and torture them, they get hit by cars, they are attacked by predators. And other cats that have not been inoculated or neutered also allowed out will fight as they are territorial. Thus you have an injured or sick cat to pay high vet bills for. I think there should be a law to fine these cat owners if they allow cats to roam free and untagged and not inoculated. If you love your pets, take care of them properly. If you are that lazy and do not want to be bothered offering love and attention and health care, then don’t get them.

NRA plan

Oh, great. The NRA wants to put an armed guard in every school. They had better give him a suit of armor because any nut who wants to shoot up the place will shoot him first and then have no competition. Of course, the NRA will then recommend a solution using still more guns. What else?

Young drivers

Thank God nobody was killed when a 17-year-old driving too fast caused a head-on collision in Methuen. If this were a senior citizen driving, the senior-citizen haters would be in up in arms crying for all kinds of senior citizen driver testing and retesting, pulling all the seniors off the roads, taking their licenses and adding other senior restrictions. But a 17-year-old driver, going too fast with passengers and there’s not word from the senior haters. I hope you all got coal in your stockings.

Media violence

In the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., tragedy, we are hearing from many leaders demanding stricter gun control. One can understand the attempt to restrict “assault” rifles and large magazine capacities. If those leaders are serious about curbing the violence, why are they not also seeking a reduction on the overwhelming increase of graphic violence that the TV, Hollywood and video game industries have bombarded and desensitized our youth with? Please, don’t tell me that the visual media doesn’t influence young people. How many teens went with the Justin Bieber hair on the forehead look when he came out with it?

Stingy increase

Wow! I just received notice regarding Social Security benefits for 2013 which amounts to a 1.7-percent increase. It doesn’t get much lower than that. I can’t wait to see what kind of an increase my representatives will vote in for themselves. You can be very sure that it will not be anything close to 1.7 percent. We, the people, should be voting for whatever increase they deserve. Civil war is definitely on the horizon if they continue to make fools of us in this way.

Too expensive

The NRA advocates placing armed guards in every school in the country as an alternative to restricting assault weapons. I wonder how they propose paying for the $60,000 to $100,000 per year per school cost in an era when schools struggle to pay for teachers and textbooks. Perhaps the NRA could cover it with the millions of dollars they currently use to bribe and intimidate — oops, I mean lobby — Congress to block sensible controls to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.