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May 4, 2014

Your view: Letters to the editor


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Mayor’s privatization plan makes sense

To the editor:

As a resident of Methuen, there are three very important things for me: First, my tax rate. it is important that I can afford to pay my bills. Second, I want to live in a community that puts my tax dollars to good use by providing quality services. Third, our local government should be responsive to its residents; I want my elected officials to listen to my needs.

I have heard Mayor Stephen Zanni say time and again that he is looking for ways to provide savings to Methuen’s taxpayers while improving municipal services. He has been looking for various ways to accomplish cost cutting measures that will not negatively impact the benefits we receive as residents. One of the mayor’s most efforts has been his plan to privatize the city’s information technology department. This is a sensible option for saving significant money, improving current services and being prepared for changing technology in the future. Businesses make practical decisions to find the best product at the best price. Why should we as residents not expect the same mentality from our government? Besides, our municipal government is not in the technology business. We should rely on people with that expertise, and allow city government to focus on the services we need as its citizens.

This privatization plan seems like a no brainer, but I have watched our previous City Council disregard the obvious savings and opportunity for improvement for the past two years. They even ignored the dozen residents who spoke at the last public hearing and a petition from residents showing community support for the mayor’s plan.

I am optimistic that our new City Council will work with the mayor to find ways to save money and provide great service to the community. There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m at City Hall regarding this new proposal. I want to encourage people to attend this meeting to learn about this cost-saving plan or contact your city councilors at 978-983-8510 and tell them that you want them to support IT privatization.

Laura Walta

Methuen

Obama’s foreign policy is comatose

To the editor:

The Obama administration’s foreign policy is nonexistent. He has relinquished our leadership role in the world as evidenced by various setbacks.

The State Department failed to increase security in Benghazi after receiving warnings of increased terrorist activity, and then the White House covered up the fiasco by blaming an internet video on the Benghazi attack.

Although we won the war in Iraq, terrorists are now in control of some Iraqi towns, and the Iraqi government has forged close ties to Iran while Iran moves closer to the development of nuclear weapons.

We will be withdrawing our troops from Afghanistan this year, but it appears President Hamid Karzai is cozying up to the Taliban. He recently released dozens of imprisoned terrorists.

The war in Syria continues in a stalemate between the government and its Shiite followers against the Sunni fighters, and it is drawing in other Middle East countries.

Putin is reasserting Russian power with the takeover of the Crimea. It appears he might invade eastern Ukraine under the guise of protecting Russian-speaking Ukrainians.

Obama’s proposed cutbacks in our military coupled with apologies to world leaders for our successful society, has reduced our stature in the world and hurt our national security.

Donald A. Moskowitz

Londonderry

Leftward turn threatens our freedom

To the editor:

This extreme presidential left turn in our government has surprised even many moderate Democratic and independent voters that had backed President Obama four years ago for moderate change. Our country remains still divided after the election. Undecided, weak presidential leadership is the rule of the day on decision making!

President Obama is constantly undermining of the Constitution and Bill of Rights by making extreme decisions through executive orders. He is seeking to accomplish a progressive agenda without consulting the Congress. Is a real danger and abuse of presidential power resulting in loss of our freedoms.

These extensive regulations on business combined with uncontrollable national spending have resulted in more than $17 trillion in debt. Part-time work is expanding because of the uncertain future created by Obamacare. Minimum wage demands will slow the growth of real freedom in our country with a lack of jobs, higher interest rates and less creativity. Global warming policy is backed by a feel-good socialist agenda, while doing nothing to press foreign countries that send their polluted air to America on the trade winds.

We continue as a country dependent on foreign countries for many commodities as we send our energy, metals and agriculture products to foreign countries such as China. Inflation raises costs on Americans and will cause future huge product shortages in America with inflated prices for food, gas, energy products. Strong presidential leadership is needed now to counter a determined, expansive Russia! These policies are hurting the country and most of its citizen.

We need decent, honorable, moral, God-fearing politicians to step up with courage and preserve the nation by stopping the overspending and selling out to socialist policies and the loss of individual control over our personal freedoms! These freedoms were established in America in 1776 and are found in the documents of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Freedom was gained and paid for in American blood, for all of us. Freedom is not free.

Ed Brooks

Salem