EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 2, 2013

Sound Off


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Obamacare

This is getting ridiculous and unbelievable. Harry Reid, Steny Hoyer, Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner are trying to get an amendment concealed in a bill that would exempt members of Congress, the Senate and their staff from Obamacare. It was the Democrats and only the Democrats who rushed this Obamacare through without reading it and insisted how great it would be for the American people. Then why, pray tell, are they aggressively pursuing an amendment to exempt themselves and their entire staff from such a wonderful health-care law. No Republicans were in favor. But now the Democrats don’t want any part of it, as well as Obama. Once again, the Democrats have deceived the American people. The Democrats are the ultimate frauds and hypocrites. Call your Democrat representatives to demand a reason for this insanity.

Good guys

What happened to the “good-guy” reputation of the Salem Fire Department? Blocking homeless families from shelter at local churches. Charging outrageous fees to use an ambulance service that taxpayers own and pay for the gas and the wages of the personnel already on duty. Come on, guys. You were better than this.

Obama

Amazing, isn’t it? When a basketball player announces that he is gay, the president can remember how to use a phone to call him and congratulate him. However, when an ambassador and young soldiers are killed in Benghazi, he suddenly forgets how to punch in the numbers to give his condolences to the families left behind.

Collins

NBA player Jason Collins came out of the closet and has been declared a hero by the media. But is he really? Those who fought for our country and died were true heroes. So were the first responders of 9/11 and the Boston Marathon. They risked their lives for others. All Collins did was seek media attention for himself and his cause. He could have chosen to quietly live his sexual life as he chose. Instead, he had to make a public spectacle of himself to advance an agenda. He is hardly a hero.

Look at fraud

Look at the savings from the insurance fraud unit. Are you telling me we can’t find that kind of savings and more from investigating EBT cards, food stamps and Section 8 housing? These investigations would pay for themselves and save the taxpayers millions or billions on the federal level.

Truck traffic

I am writing to Sound Off about the traffic and constant truck noise on upper Main Street in Haverhill. I have been a resident all my life and at our upper Main Street location for over 30 years. It has become intolerable. The biggest problems are the trucks, the speed at which they travel, the noise of overloaded, as well as, empty tractor trailers and dump trucks empty and full. It has gotten so bad that we constantly are startled, wakened in the early morning and shaken. All this coupled with the poor repair of the street is a city issue. The city should be more aware of the street condition and take care of it. Won’t someone please step up and take notice? The build-up of Plaistow is taking over this area. Trucks must be rerouted to protect this neighborhood. Where are all these dump trucks going? Enough is enough! Help.