EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 13, 2013

Sound Off

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — EBT standards

My spouse and I are 70 years old. We have an EBT card in the total amount of $100 per month, which is $25 dollars a week. Our Social Security checks combined add up to $1,200 a month. Is this considered a great amount of money for two people? Although we are senior citizens, it was not made easy for us to obtain the EBT cards. There are procedures to follow and many times we said let’s forget about it. So we are confused when hearing the complaints through the news media on the abuse of EBT cards and wonder how it’s possible since the authorities were very thorough with us old folks.

No responsibility

So some think if priests were allowed to marry this priest would not have solicited a prostitute. This was the same argument about the pedophile priests molesting boys. Absurd! It speaks of their character. They knew the rules when they signed on. It’s the same old thing. There’s no responsibility for one’s own actions.

Obama’s critics

As is their wont, Fox News luminaries find countless ways to criticize Obama, not the least is criticism of the number of vacations he takes. Here are the facts on days of vacation per term: Reagan, 242; George H.W. Bush, 543; Clinton, 76; George W. Bush, 510; Obama’s first term, 131. If truth be told a president is never free from the pressures he faces whether in the White House or on vacation.


OK, I know the president needs to recharge his batteries and has a right to vacation like the rest of us. But, this guy seems to be either playing basketball or off somewhere on Air Force One and not in the White House where he’s supposed to be. The country is in sad shape and with the recent terrorist alert I feel like this is an inappropriate time for him to take another vacation.

Parking lot

When walking down a very lit and sunny staircase from the Haverhill parking area near Pentucket Medical into a very dark parking garage I fell and hurt myself. There is no light, no sign stating caution. There is nothing posted alerting people that there is a step there. I was lucky someone happened to be in the garage and was able to assist me. Had that not been the case I don’t know what I would have done. I hope someone doesn’t get hurt a lot worse than I did. Something has to be done about this before there is a disaster.


A lot of us were outraged when we heard the not guilty verdict for George Zimmerman. This guy had to use a gun to get a young man off of him but could pull two people out of a car after an accident? Really? What have the jurors done? I hope this man’s life is ruined! I don’t wish physical harm to him, just misery in his life!

Downhill fast

What makes some people do the things they do such as tagging and graffiti on private property or following a young child and taking inappropriate pictures. This country is going downhill so fast. We need to go back to the old days when children were actually punished for the bad things they did. I not only blame parents and society, but Hollywood and the Internet and makers of video games, too. It’s time to turn back the hands of time and show children the real reality of life!