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May 3, 2014

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Not payback

The cuts made by the mayor in Lawrence are not payback. It’s called fiscal responsibility, something Lantigua did not understand. How much overtime is because of firefighters calling in sick?

Casino vote

Why do these three representatives from Salem, N.H., continually vote against the wishes of the people on the casino bill? It’s unbelievable that their “no” votes won’t allow Rockingham Park to be brought back to life. It’s understandable that as individuals, we all have a right to our own opinions. But really the opinion of the three representatives in this case should be reflected by the opinion of their voters. How can they in good conscience keep ignoring the people? I can’t wait until November when all three are gone.

Doing nothing

And now the incredible pensions of two former Methuen Housing Authority leaders are exposed! Well, it’s clear that the state Legislature can move with record speed when they want to, passing a bill on “upskirting” within 36 hours. Yet when it comes to something like pension reform, they are all out to lunch. No one is supposed to get rich from a state pension. No one is supposed to use pension money to enrich the next generation of their family. Legislature, this is an easy fix. Why haven’t you done anything?

Think twice

Here’s an idea: If the folks in Congress want to pass bills with pork barrel projects in them -- especially if they are bills that will get old-timers re-elected to lifetime congressional positions -- they should have to raid their own pension funds and medical insurance funds for the money. That means they could no longer steal from the money the seniors put into their own Social Security and Medicare. That would make them think twice about spending all that money so foolishly. If you can hit them in their own pockets you really, really get their attention!

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