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April 6, 2013

Sound Off

Gun control

Connecticut and Colorado just passed some very sensible gun control laws. At least in those states anyone with a known history of domestic violence, a criminal record, or a history of mental illness will not be able to legally buy assault-style weapons or 50-round ammo clips. It’s plain common sense to prevent someone from purchasing an AR-15 or AK-47 assault rifle when a background check reveals he or she has a criminal record, been treated for mental illness, been recently arrested or has a restraining order for making violent threats to a spouse, a co-worker, or a neighbor. That this is even mildly controversial is absurd.

Taxing rich

To the writer of “Tax the rich”: Stop trying to take other people’s money that they worked for. It doesn’t matter how much they have as long as they pay their taxes like you. Why someone else should pay more to keep your “standard of living” up to where you think you deserve is beyond me.

Time to go

We only elected one mayor in Methuen and his name is not Solomon! I agree with the Sound Off commenter “Siphoning.” It’s time for him to go.

Disease rates

I couldn’t believe someone had the gall to claim that 66 million Americans have a sexually transmitted disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are roughly 2 million cases per year for the common STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. That means there are 64 million Americans with AIDS or herpes? I don’t think so. Where did you get this misinformation? They claim 66 percent of young people have an STD. That is completely false.

Leaving state

To the caller who talked about the rotten Democratic politics under Gov. Patrick: You forgot one rather important oversight that he’s missed. How about 19,000 missing EBT card users? That’s a bit of a biggie, isn’t it? We’re out of here. We retired last month and we’re taking our money to a state that has wiser heads running things!

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