EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 22, 2013

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The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Obama the uniter

Thank you, President Obama, for finally undoing the divisions you have caused among the American people over the last five years. You have alienated anyone who has someone in service to our country by not having the back of the folks in Benghazi, and now we have four dead there and more lies than you can count. You have alienated anyone who has a cell phone by confiscating the cell phone records of the AP. You have enraged anyone who pays taxes by not making sure those who worked at the IRS are non-partisan. You have spent our hard-earned money on failed car manufacturers and solar companies. You have allowed guns to be sold to drug cartels, ensuring there are dead everywhere along the border. In short, just about everybody in the country now has your number, and we are no longer divided. We are uniting against your incompetence and arrogance.

Self-serve cemetery

If you are going to Greenwood Cemetery in Haverhill, you need to bring three things: Your plants, your own water and your lawn mower.

Sides with IRS

The rules for 501 (c) 4’s allow tax exemptions for organizations engaged in social welfare programs of many varieties. But when the tea party, or any political entity, applies for a tax exemption, the IRS is only doing its job in ferreting out tax evaders. Tax evasion is more serious than selecting certain groups who are looking for a free ride.

2-1 for Ayotte

It’s a disgrace the way that these anti-gun zealots are attacking Kelly Ayotte. She has done nothing but uphold the Constitution, which is her duty as an elected official. Hang in there, senator, and remember that for every one of the people who opposes you, there are two who are with you and respect you.

Just don’t care

An Eagle-Tribune editorial pointed out, that state Rep. Marilinda Garcia “has long been an opponent of expanded gaming, yet Salem residents continue to send her to Concord to represent them.” Ditto for Reps. John Sytek, Bianca Garcia and Patrick Bick. Yet 75 percent of Salem voters showed up in November and chose all four In contrast, a paltry 30 percent of Salem voters showed up for the nonbinding referendum on a casino. Of that 30 percent, four-fifths, or 4,000 of 19,000 registered voters, said yes to a casino. Concluding 81 percent of Salem voters support casinos is inaccurate. Truth is, the vast majority of Salem voters just don’t care that much about a casino. Knowing that, there’s really no motivation for Garcia or other Republican slots opponents to change their vote now.

Use your driveway

I live on Clayton Avenue in Methuen. Everyone on the street has a driveway and a place to park. It would be nice if everyone would use their driveway and keep the street clear of unnecessary vehicles.

A dictatorship

I am one of the millions of Americans who does not have insurance of any kind because I cannot afford it. Living on $1,000 a month, I can barely afford groceries. I know what it’s like to go hungry, so when I hear the government is going to penalize me because I have no insurance, it just blows my mind. To me this seems like a dictatership by our government and should not be the way of our country.