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December 31, 2012

Sound Off


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Abortion

Kudos to Taylor Armerding in last Sunday’s paper. While I don’t condone the killing of the innocents in Newtown, Conn., I have to also condemn the killing of innocent fetuses and babies that are born after a botched abortion outside the womb. Where is the outrage by everyone, including politicians and the media against NARAL and Planned Parenthood? According to statistics, 1.2 million babies are aborted every year by inhumane methods. Until science can unequivocally prove beyond any doubt that is not a life then abortion should be stopped. I also would like to see a law passed that no more than eight rounds be permitted in any weapon.

Keeping track

I’m glad to hear Methuen police Chief Solomon is keeping track of how much money is owed him. My question is: How much money does he owe the people of Methuen? What about the $171,000 in grant money? How much of the city’s money did his family pocket in the marine equipment fiasco? What about using city officers and resources for surveillance on his sister’s house? We are keeping track as well, Chief Solomon. Thanks for your service!

Bragging

Why, with the recent tragedy in Newtown, are people running out and buying guns and then bragging about it on social networks? I, for one, don’t want to know who owns a gun and who doesn’t. But I do think that if that young man didn’t have a gun he wouldn’t have been able to kill those innocent children and their teachers.

Wussified

When a TV “reporter” has to stick a ruler in a few inches of snow live on camera, in New England, in late December, I think “journalism” has hit rock bottom. I covered the Blizzard of ’78 as a news photographer, and never in 40 years did I miss a day’s work because of weather. The media has become “reality TV.” I think it’s all part of the wussification of America!

Children

When dining at a restaurant, if children behind you in a booth annoy you to the point that you stare at them every time they move, then maybe you should request a table. Children are not perfect, they are also not statues or an inconvenience. Complaining to the waitress and getting a 20-percent discount was just tacky.

Outrageous

There were two articles in the paper I found interesting. First was the college kid arrested for wearing a gun belt to school. His father is outraged and said his reputation has been ruined. I suspect a get-rich-quick scheme here by a large lawsuit. The other story was in Portland. A young man carrying a loaded gun and was seen all around town with it. He called it his Second Amendment right and there was no arrest. These two young men achieved what they wanted — to get their name in the paper. They knew it would work doing something outrageous right after a shooting tragedy.

Go figure

In the ultra-liberal state of Hawaii, the governor appoints another white guy to a Senate vacancy. Meanwhile, in the ultra-conservative state of South Carolina, the Indian governor appoints the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction to fill its vacancy. Go figure.