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October 26, 2013

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Sebelius

Looks like we have finally gotten to the crux of the matter on why the Obamacare website has failed. When Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that she didn’t work for the people, that pretty much laid it out on the table on why she doesn’t think she needs to resign. She needs to have a major attitude readjustment as she heads out the door!

Prescriptions

The FDA has decreed changes in the way doctors can prescribe Vicodin and other common pain medications. Why is the FDA in charge of my medical care instead of my doctor? Why does the FDA think they know better than my doctor? Our government is supposed to be “by and for the people.” Folks, the tail is wagging the dog. Why does the FDA have the authority to make these kinds of decisions? Because our beloved Congress gave it to them.

For Kannan

Jennifer Kannan has four family members out of 1,300 employees who work for the city of Methuen. Mayor Stephen Zanni is desperate by using personal attacks and misleads the public about his results. He is also running a campaign of fear and smear tactics. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, we must elect Jennifer Kannan for a better Methuen.

No books

I have two children in the Comprehensive Grammar School in Methuen. I was horrified when I went to help out in their classrooms, and found out they had no textbooks for any subject! Their entire learning comes from teacher-created materials. I always read in the paper about low test scores. How can we expect young children to succeed when teachers aren’t given the proper materials needed to teach our kids? I would like to know where all our tax money is going when children in the elementary grades do not even have textbooks! Then I hear from my neighbor that her high school son’s class was given iPads! Is this for real? My 6- and 7-year-olds don’t have textbooks! But freshmen have iPads! Hmm. What’s wrong with this picture?

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