---- — Defending police OT
Well it has started again, the public squawking because the cops make a lot of overtime pay. Business does the same thing, and no one notices it. They will tell you it is cheaper to pay the overtime than to hire more help because then they are committed to pay Social Security, pension, health insurance, etc. People holler because they pay taxes. But do they realize they also pay when they purchase a product? For example, that executive who got $50 million this year from the insurance company he works for and $50 million more for the last three years before this. I’d hate to be buying their insurance. The public pays plenty for that. Where is the outcry? No outcry because the cost is hidden.
An opposing view
If Methuen Mayor Zanni is looking for more money for the schools and Fire Department, maybe he should look at the police payroll. Is anyone else outraged over the recently published police salaries? Since when do police officers all make six figures? Why can already highly paid police basically double their base pay? Methuen better rein in some of these outrageous salaries and pension abuses before they come to the citizenry for more money.
Corruption, corruption, corruption. If the people from Lawrence do not open their eyes right now, it means they don’t care about the city. We need a new mayor, and it’s time to clean house.
Bush vs. Obama
OK, Democrats, let’s see how corrupt you really are. When the evil Bush was president, you protested against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. When Obama was elected, poof!, you were gone. When the evil Bush signed the Patriot Act, you shrieked that he’d be spying on your library records. Now that we know Obama has been having ordinary Americans’ phones monitored and listened to, are you going to hold him to the same standard you held Bush to? Or are you just going to ignore it, because he’s one of yours? I know which way I’d bet.
Us vs. them
Enough, already. John Kerry cheats Massachusetts out of taxes and gets promoted. Elizabeth Warren makes questionable claims and gets to the Senate. The latest example is Tim Murray. We have to demand better than this. Let’s start with voting everyone in power out and for term limits and not allow Congress to vote on any moral issues, benefits for themselves, etc. Those issues should be voted on by us, the constituents. Elected officials have voted for a whole set of perks that don’t apply to us, setting up an us vs. them conflict, instead of “Of the people, by the people and for the people.”
Don’t be late
If New Hampshire representatives and selectman don’t believe there is a difference between a 1 a.m. and a 2 a.m. bar closing, they soon will if the bill on the later closings passes. If you recall in the news not long ago, Lawrence allowed late closings, and it eventually brought many people from miles away into the city after other city and town bars closed. Hundreds poured into the streets after the late closing. It stirred up riots and shootings, and peopled were killed.