Software failures are common in government
To the editor:
Having been a software engineer for about 20 years and having monitored failed government software projects, it is not surprising the Obamacare website failed.
It is typical in software projects — especially government software projects — that inexperienced and consequently completely unqualified people end up calling the shots. The result is always a disaster. Huge amounts of money are spent creating a Keystone Cop like environment, with the end result of a huge pile of spaghetti code that does not work.
Software development is difficult to understand. You have to really be in the software world for a long time to get a sense of things going wrong before it is too late. Even for those with many years of experience, smooth software development is difficult. For those with little or no experience, failure is the norm.
Hopefully this kind of failure is limited to the website.
Quick fire response was appreciated
To the editor:
There was a fire at the senior housing on Edgewood Avenue, Methuen, on Sept. 20, 2013. There were eight tenants that lost their housing, homeless within minutes of a fast moving fire.
The Methuen Fire Department did a fantastic job of isolating the fire to one building. Within hours the Red Cross was on scene offering help to the fire victims. These people are volunteers and they dealt with each victim individually and quickly. Thank you to the Red Cross for being there in a time of need.
Last but not least was Methuen Housing Authority. The whole organization from maintenance, the office and the management went into full emergency mode. They treated each fire victim as part of their family from the moment the fire was out. They worked tirelessly until their mission was accomplished. Director Ken Martin was moving victims’ furniture (that was saved) into vacant units the next day. Michelle Bibeau, assistant director, was on the phone making arrangements for furniture, housing and other emergency services. The maintenance department worked up to 18 hours daily readying vacant units for occupancy.
The whole tragedy showed that all these people working together made a miracle possible. Each victim was placed in different housing, provided resources for furniture, offered help to move what they had and were placed in fewer than 30 days from the fire.
Without the people mentioned above I doubt it would have been possible to make these victims feel safe, have apartments and trying to live normally again within 30 days. Thank you Methuen Housing management and employees.
Obama clouds the issue on debt
To the editor:
Although his administration has not emerged as the great transparency he promised, there is one thinly veiled element of the Obama regime that is glaringly evident. That would be the president himself.
Despite all the secrecy and circling of wagons that is required for inclusion in the gang, Barack Obama is very easy to see through. This emperor has neither new clothes nor anything else of note in his unremarkable wardrobe. And he is an inept, albeit doggedly persistent, practitioner where deception is concerned. But persistence, supported by a prostrate media and unaccompanied by substance, often pays off for him.
In The Eagle-Tribune’s “Sound Off” section of Oct. 18 there was an entry under the “Toward socialism” heading that illustrates one of Obama’s deceitful victories. The item’s conclusion was right on target. Barack Obama ignores the nation’s debt to others, a liability now gathering almost unstoppable speed. The item’s confusion was to see deficit and debt as the same thing, noting that the “deficit” was rising “every day” by nearly $2 billion, soon to reach “$17 trillion.” It is the debt not the deficit that is referenced by this description as a runaway train in our economy. That confusion in terms is a win for Barack Obama.
Barack Obama has effectively removed the term “debt” from his vocabulary. He has spoken repeatedly about paring the “deficit,” — arguably not his doing at all, but merely the result of initiatives from his enemies in the GOP — in hopes that the terms would be seen as synonymous by an inattentive public. He has accomplished his aim with each voter who sees deficit and debt as equivalents. The implication is that to cut the deficit is to cut the debt. That is just not so. Deficit cuts, especially the preferred, cosmetic variety, only serve to slow the impending wreck down a smidgen.
In more immediate context, compare the person who buys on credit to our nation, which does the same. If the individual purchases a Lexus and can only afford a Ford and incurs a half-million dollar mortgage when he can handle only one-fifth of that amount, he is taking on a lot of personal deficit spending. Should he exacerbate his situation by clothing his family in togs from the high-end boutiques on Newbury Street in Boston and vacations on the Riviera, all on borrowed money, he is replicating the spending patterns of our government. Eventually the home faces foreclosure, the car is repossessed, the clothing is placed in a consignment shop and his vacations become a series of day trips to Hampton Beach (assuming he has enough quarters left for parking). These types of ends are what the accelerated and irresponsible policies of the Obama regime have in store for us.
The caution is that the next time our feckless leader talks of deficit, understand that debt is the real issue. If you pay closer attention you will see how transparent he can be, without even trying.