EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 20, 2013

Your view: Letters to the editor

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Boehner should be removed from office

To the editor:

With the recent government shutdown over Obamacare, a move that the majority of Americans agree is no way to negotiate, John Boehner has shown that he has no regard for the will of the American people. By putting the whims of extremist tea party Republicans before the needs of the nation, Mr. Boehner has betrayed us all and is actively damaging our economy and future. We cannot let this happen. Let’s send a strong message to those who would play games with the fate of the entire country by removing Mr. Boehner from public office.

Denise Valerio


Term limits needed at all levels

To the editor:

For years now, no, decades, our elected representatives have lost sight of why they are elected in the first place, to do the people’s business.

I am confident that most regular folks would concur that a change must come. I feel a common sense idea is simply term limits for all who govern both on a national level as well as state and local politicians. The length of such limits would be left to those smarter than I (perhaps two four-year terms). At the founding of our great republic, the idea was a voluntary legislative body where patriotic individuals would take time away from their daily lives and work together to govern. Of course there would need to be compensation for the honor to serve.

I believe this would remove the perverse pursuit of power and riches that now dominates the current political process at all levels of government. Legislators would be free to legislate unencumbered. People in the dreaded private sector, with skin in the game, would undoubtedly reduce regulation that burdens their ability to do business with their fellow man, scrap and simplify the onerous tax code that is a drag on our economy and introduce some much needed common sense into the process.

To those who would insist this approach would somehow remove from governing the best and brightest need only reflect on where we are now. These folks are far from it.

Daniel Livernois


Support Rivera for mayor

To the editor:

Dan Rivera and William Lantigua are our two choices for mayor of Lawrence in the Nov. 5 election. I have to ask the voters to compare them to realize some of the fundamental differences.

The next mayor will choose the next police chief.

Dan Rivera is a military veteran of the First Gulf War who also graduated from the military police academy and served in the military police.

Dan Rivera served on the search committee that brought the now retired and exemplar police Chief John Romero to Lawrence.

William Lantigua demoted a deputy chief of police in order to promote his friend police Sergeant Melix Bonilla to the deputy chief’s position.

William Lantigua’s selection for the deputy chief’s position has since been indicted on charges of corruption by a grand jury.

Lawrence needs economic development in order to rebuild its tax base so that it can afford to pay for its municipal employee salaries and services independently.

Dan Rivera served as the economic development director in the office of Congressman Martin Meehan at a time when Meehan helped to bring a new train station to Lawrence. The new station attracted private developers to revitalize many of the old mill properties.

Dan Rivera has received the major endorsement of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas in part because Tsongas recognizes Dan Rivera’s abilities.

William Lantigua takes credit for the CVS that was constructed on Broadway even though the deal was a private one that took place during the administration of former Mayor Michael Sullivan.

President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Tsongas worked on, brought federal dollars to Massachusetts that could be used for repairing streets. Marcos Devers worked to get that money into Lawrence for repaving our streets.

Lantigua has been on vacation for four years.

Please vote for Dan Rivera.

James Patrick O’Donoghue


Fix roads, bridges to boost economy

To the editor:

Now that the congressional food fight has subsided for the time being, it is high time for some deep introspection. The my way or the highway syndrome is getting painfully stale.

Contrary to what some would have you believe, the deficit is by far not our biggest problem. We are reducing our deficit rate, faster than any time in the past 50 years. Austerity is not the medicine for what ails us. The sure cure is targeted stimulus in the areas that provide our economy with a high rate of return. That just so happens to be our infrastructure.

Nothing can help our sustained growth more than investing in what we really want and desperately need. Delaying critical components to our daily lives is nothing but a fool’s errand. Roads, bridges, dams, water and sewage treatment facilities are deteriorating at an alarming rate. When deficit hawks scream we just can’t afford it, they must be told in no uncertain terms, we can not afford not to do it.

Our last president back in 2008 passed out stimulus checks to everyone who filed taxes. Single people received $300, married couples with a income of up to $75,000 got $600. Checks were issued to people with incomes up to $150,000 at a slightly reduced rate. They were told to go out and shop for any items you may desire.

This was no more than an attempt to make people feel good and had little impact on any true form of sustainable economic improvement for our country. Infrastructure could create 2 million well paying jobs with taxpayers adding receipts to our treasury and real stimulation to our economy. This in turn would start diminishing our deficits and make the whole United States safer, better and a more prosperous place to live.

Robert Burdin