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December 1, 2013

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Water rates

I keep a close tab on my Haverhill water bill, not only the price, but how many units are used per year. While consumption per quarter may vary, the cost per unit has been going up for years. Since I've just paid my final water bill for 2013, I've calculated that the 2010, 2011, 2012 and now the total price rate for 2013 have gone up each and every year. While more and more business in neighboring towns known not to have their own water sources are hooking up to us, we will be charged more and more for our own water. All this while the mayor and councilors really think its a good idea to give water to our children from the toilet known as the Merrimack River. Stop trading our children's water away for business dollars. The lessening of the water supply is what is creates the increase in cost. Take away the demand from business and we'll have the water our city needs at a more affordable rate.

Capitalism

In the paper, a writer mentions the name of Hayek, who was a Nobel Prize winner and wrote a book called "The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism." The writer said he is going to send a copy to Obama. We have a population now of well over 300 million with millions on welfare, more millions out of work and more millions collecting unemployment. Meanwhile, 1 percent owns it all and all the money and the power that goes with it. A new book could be called something like "99 to 1: The Poor Odds of Capitalism." I am sure there are many more titles that would fit it.

Stay informed

To the caller "Funny how": Sorry your not getting any more humor from Sound Off, but I for one, prefer the more somewhat educated remarks and also some of the stupid ones, that concern what's going on in this country (good and bad), rather than having a few laughs. I enjoy reading the pros and cons that are affecting this country. So if you prefer funny, I suggest you turn on the Comedy Channel and you can stay uninformed, like the others who haven't a clue of what's going on.

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