EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 15, 2013

Sound Off

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Dog shot

I am an animal lover. Having said that, the owners of the dog that was shot by a neighbor have no one to blame but themselves. If they thought so much of their dog, they should have kept it under safe control out of harm’s way. I would never let my dog loose to get killed by a car, or otherwise.

Bait and switch

We independents and Republicans knew that Social Security was going up but your candidate said and I quote: “97 percent of American’s taxes will stay the same.” They are not the same. It’s the classic Obama bait and switch. I suggest you turn off Oprah, the View and David Letterman and watch real news like BBC America.

Revising history

Republicans are wasting no time revising history. This time it’s blaming Obama for ending the payroll tax cut. Their repetitive letters read like they came right out of the Fox “News” talking points. The reality is that the Republicans forced this in exchange for allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for the richest 1 percent. They cannot allow any tax increase for their rich patrons without making sure the working class is hit even harder. They also engage in double-speak and misdirection by claiming that the rich paid a higher proportion of total income taxes under the lower Bush rates than under Clinton’s higher rates. The reason for this is that income for the top 1% soared as corporate CEOs gave themselves ever more obscene bonuses while workers’ wages stagnated. We are paying attention and do have memories.

Debt limit

I see that President Obama is looking to raise the nation’s debt limit again. Somebody has to put a stop to this. Obama has run up more debt in four years than every president before him combined. Yes, that’s right. More debt than all of the previous 43 presidents combined. The public should be outraged. Instead, the sheeple just go along with this as long as they can continue to get free stuff. There is no such thing as a free lunch. And the Bush blame game is getting old. This country is in real trouble.

Left on bus

Another day care child forgotten on the bus! How are these drivers chosen? What intelligence is needed to make one final inspection before leaving the bus? Little ones make very small bundles when they are curled up sleeping or just being quiet. This woman should not be doing day care service!


The Methuen City Council should try to think of ways to accommodate and benefit its citizens instead of attempting to thwart them. Fences to block sledding? Hay bales until spring would be nice — and cheaper.

A circus

The circus they call Methuen has finally figured out how much their ambulance fee faux pas was — if you can believe them. They say it was an $80,000 “mistake.” I can only imagine what would happen to me if I told my boss I just made an $80,000 “mistake.” I would be shown the door. Not in Methuen. Round and round we go. Which union hack puppet screws up next, who knows?

Proper tools

Shame on the Andover DPW worker that used a front end loader to shovel the brand new walkway at West Middle School parking lot. What happened to using the right tool (walkway plow) for the job? Some of the granite curbing not even one full season old was permanently damaged.