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May 31, 2014

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Hunking School

With all these “Haverhill for Hunking” signs floating around a thought occurred to me. Why can’t the parents who have children in the new school pay a bit extra in taxes based on how many children you have in the school. The more children, the more taxes. That would take the extra tax burden away from the elderly. I can’t afford to pay additional taxes whether it’s $10 or $75. And by the way, shouldn’t that sign read “Bradford for Hunking” seeing that most children on the Haverhill side of the bridge will never see that new school.

Loud motorcycles

Please, please, elected lawmakers, do something about the cacophony that those motorcycles make. It disturbs the peace of so many people and is truly invasive since so many of them travel in packs. They have made their choice to travel on these bikes, but we have had no say in how they intrude on our lives and there is no reason those motors can’t be more muted like the car motors are. Give us a break and give us some peace!

Residency rule

The proposed residency requirement for employees of the city of Lawrence sounds, on the face of it, discriminatory, unconstitutional and simplistic. Also, more than half of the budget of the city and schools is provided by taxpayers living outside of the city. Non-residents deserve to have jobs in the city. They keep it running. Residency requirements didn’t work before in the city; let’s learn from our mistakes, not repeat them.

Campaigning

I know it is election season, but I was at North Andover’s parade and disgusted to see Rep. Diana DiZoglio keep zipping out of the Memorial Day parade and asking guests to vote for her. Memorial Day is a solemn day which should be filled with respect. Instead, DiZoglio was interrupting people as we were in mid-clap and reminding us that she was running for re-election. I found it distasteful.

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