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February 26, 2013

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Budget cuts

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.

Which Obama?

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.

School fight

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.

Zero tolerance

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!

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