EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 6, 2013

Sound Off


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 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!

Flowers gone

How can people be so little as to steal flowers from graves at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Haverhill when flowers were put there for Easter for their loved ones?

Posting signs

Haverhill High School should not allow signs to be posted on every street pole on the street with events that are going to be happening. It does not appeal to the residents and the people in cars that use the street. Residents care for their properties’ appearance and the signs on poles are not very appealing to passersby.

Grateful

This past Easter weekend while shopping at the Mall at Rockingham Park I lost a check. To whoever found it and brought it to the mall security office: Thank you. I appreciate it more than you will ever know. May God bless you.

Like dominoes

I see that the city of Stockton, Calif., has just filed bankruptcy. They can no longer keep up with the public union leeches’ bloated salaries, perks, and pensions. They tried to keep raising everybody’s taxes until there was no more money to be had. I can see this happening across our entire country, just like a game of dominoes. There will be many more cities and towns that will suffer this same fate. Just wait and see.