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April 23, 2014

Sound Off

2nd thoughts

Finally, a retired member of the Supreme Court parses the Second Amendment properly. John Paul Stevens, in his book “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution,” suggests that the words “when serving in the militia” be added, so that the amendment would read: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia, shall not be infringed.”

Narcan negatives

All this talk about making Narcan available everywhere for free leaves me scratching my head. Drug users, particularly opiate addicts, will continue using until the consequences become too great. Making Narcan available will save lives, undoubtedly, but I have to wonder if we’re giving heroin users the “bring me back from the grave” option that will enable them to keep using. Why quit? I never have to worry about an OD death, we’ve got Narcan. I am all for saving lives, but it seems we’re not helping users get clean by promoting its widespread use. I hope that every time police or EMTs respond to an overdose and use Narcan, the “patient” is charged with a criminal offense, and billed for the cost of medical services. Those charged additionally should be made to seek help from Narcotics Anonymous.

Water, water

Would someone tell that global warming skeptical Sound Off commenter to take a trip to one of the several disappearing island nations in the South Pacific? I see a lot of “there is no global warming” water flooding those islands!

Running empty

I see that the MVRTA is going to run buses on Sundays for the first time. These buses are heavily subsidized by the cities and towns they serve and are presently running 90 percent empty on Saturdays. I would bet they will be closer to 100 percent empty when they begin their Sunday service. Haverhill’s mayor was smart enough to refuse to waste taxpayer money on this foolish idea. Therefore, Haverhill will not have any buses running on Sunday. Maybe Methuen Mayor Zanni could smarten up. Instead of taking away my yard waste pickup, wasting money shoveling off school roofs, paying off frivolous law suits and overpaying for services, how about using your head by not contributing to this debacle?

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