Our national debt stands at $16 trillion, and is growing at $1 trillion every year under Obama. The United States borrows 40 cents for every $1 we spend. That means we have to cut spending by 40 percent just to have a balanced budget. The $89 billion cut because of the sequester amounts to barely 2 percent of what we spend every year. Just 2 percent, yet Obama acts like it’s the end of the world! If we can’t cut a measly 2 percent out of our bloated budget then we as a country are truly doomed.
Obama in 2006 said: “Raising America’s debt ceiling is a sign of leadership failure.” Recently, Obama said: “Not raising the debt ceiling would be absurd and irresponsible.” Which Obama should we believe? I believe the first one.
The 200 or so Methuen and Haverhill high school students who took part in a recent fight were more than just grossly immature individuals. They crossed the line when their differences turned violent. That affects the whole community’s safety. The students should be taught the price of violence by legal punishments, long suspensions or even expulsion. The proverbial slap on the wrist is not what is needed.
The near-riot at Haverhill High School last Tuesday has yet to be dealt with in a manner equal to the size of the problem. These young adults must learn “for every action, there is a equal and opposite reaction.” Has no action been taken because it involves students who participate in after-school sports, who have always been treated to a different standard then the rest of the student body? Since the students and fans have proven they can not act as responsible adults, they should forfeit the honor of participating in any and all future sporting events. The students and fans must learn this type of action will not be tolerated!
Hey, what a great idea someone at the street department had, and had the streets plowed all the way back to the sidewalk curbing. Congratulations! Hardly anyone clears the sidewalk in front of their homes anymore. Many people walk in the street anyway, even when the walks are cleared. So, that space may as well be used to store the snow until the sun does its job. This would make it safer for those walking and easier for two-way traffic to get through, and once your driveway is cleared, less likely it will get plowed shut again. Thank you, I hope this procedure continues in the future.
I see Methuen’s Mayor Zanni just touted the fiscal strength of Methuen and how much money he is saving the taxpayers. It sure sounds good but I’d be willing to bet when it comes time to set the city’s tax rate, we will all be getting hit with another increase. It’s the same garbage every year. Taking care of your union buddies costs a lot more than the pittance of savings that may be occurring in other areas. We will all be hearing that the “average” homeowner will only see a small increase.