EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

June 14, 2013

Sound Off

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Tree lover

Kudos to the author of the Sound Off item on cutting down trees in North Andover. One thing that the greedy couldn’t care less about is what they do to wildlife and the environment. Nature was not intended to be plowed down and paved. Trees absorb water; cement doesn’t. They catch the wind, absorb disease in the air, house critters and bugs (that invade your home). Taking away the trees causes extreme weather devastation, resulting in millions of dollars in damage to the environment as well as your homes. Where I live, I used to look out my window and see two eagles taking refuge in the pine trees during severe storms. Those trees have since been cut, along with several others in that area, to build Barbie doll houses in an over-developed neighborhood. I loved to watch the birds and other wildlife there. Now they are all gone, and animals are killed if they become a nuisance by looking for food and shelter. So go ahead, cut the trees!

Water hazard

The heavy rains of this past week reminded me of a dangerous situation that I’m not going to brush off until winter arrives. I travel to work in New Hampshire by going up North Ave in Haverhill. I wonder if the city of Haverhill allows residents to pump water from their cellars or property onto public ways. One home frequently does it by running a hose down the driveway, and the water makes its way as far down as Concord Street. Not such a big deal in the warm months but in the winter, it’s downright treacherous as it freezes from the crest of the hill all the way to Concord Street, where school buses and many cars are entering early each day in icy conditions to head to a nearby school. I hope the traffic and safety committee can address the situation and find a remedy for both the homeowner (maybe a new catch basin) and the general public.

Mow your lawn!

Most of us who live in the Methuen-Dracut-Route 113 area keep our property very neat. We take care of our houses and mow the lawns. What is happening with the neighborhood now? If people are in poor health and can’t do the work, that is understandable, but this is just plain laziness and not caring. It is disgraceful to see the poor conditions and how things deteriorate because it was never like that before. It is frustrating for those of us who spend the time and money and take pride in our property.

Works both ways

In response to the item about truck traffic due to businesses in Plaistow, note that Haverhill established 22 businesses before the New Hampshire state line on Route 125. These businesses, which begin at Starbucks, require supplies, which contributes to the build-up of truck traffic on your Main Street. Won’t someone please take notice?

Sad in a way

You have to be kidding me! Ed Markey thinks that bringing in Barack Obama and his wife will help him win this Senate election? Oh, I forgot — this is the best that the Democrats have to offer so they dredge up anybody they can find. How sad!