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November 17, 2013

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The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Focus on family

As I read the obituaries in The Eagle-Tribune daily, my heart breaks for the family and friends of each person listed. Be they young or old, it is a sad time for someone who loved this person. I have noticed that the people listed are getting younger and younger, which is very sad and also eye opening. Although we never think this will happen to us or our family, it simply does -- if not now, sometime in the future. Please remember to love your family and friends. Time is much too short and can be gone in a blink of an eye. If you are mad about something with your sister or brother, try to patch it up. You won’t regret it. In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, be kind.

Courtesy

I have always respected that “pedestrians have the right of way.” I will always stop for a pedestrian. But pedestrians are getting no more considerate than ignorant drivers who text and drive. Pedestrians are talking on their cell phones as they proceed to rush in front of an oncoming vehicle. Regular city streets is one thing, but pedestrians in a shopping mall parking lot are just plain hateful and rude. They will scurry to walk in front of your car. With the heavy foot-traffic in parking lots, a driver would like a chance to move forward, too! The courtesy door swings both ways!

Out of state

I have been sending emails to the Haverhill Police for the past year about vehicles from New Hampshire in our lots at Sterling Lane and other places in the Farrwood Drive area. I take it the police must be too short-handed to deal with these violators since nothing is being done.

Appreciated

To the woman behind me in line at Market Basket, thank you. At the time I was at a loss for words at your kindness. Although I’d like you know it was very much appreciated -- more than words can say. Sure it felt odd having a stranger do what you did but I knew in my heart that’s what you wanted to do from your heart. You’re generosity will not be forgotten. I promise to give back in any way that I can during the holidays and always.

History lesson

OK, just the facts here. The primary enemy in Vietnam was Ho Chi Minh, right? Wrong! Ho was an American hero in World War II running an underground railroad of sorts to rescue and return downed Allied airmen from the Chinese and Burma theaters. At the end of the war we stabbed Ho in the back and made sure the colonial French returned and retained Vietnam. So our friend Ho, who was a hero, turned from a nationalist to socialist and sought help from the Chinese Communists to take Vietnam back from the French occupiers. So we created Ho Chi Minh the communist. If the U.S. could have only seen the future when Ho asked the OSS for help getting his country back from the French!

Missing soaps

Obama says mea culpa. What should we do now, kiss the boo boo and make it better? Obarmacare is just the latest example of the ineptitude of this president who continues to lie out of both sides of his mouth. Personally, I wish he would stop pre-empting “The Young and The Restless.” It may be just a soap but I’d rather listen to it than this empty suit who unfortunately is the leader of our country.