My family and I really enjoyed the Methuen tree lighting. The singing, cookies, hot cocoa and Santa all made for a nice evening for us. Good job to Mayor Zanni and the library. I hope Methuen does more family things like this.
What a shame that Mayor Zanni had Methuen lit up in all-white lights instead of multicolored for Christmas. Not everyone likes all-white lights. All-white everywhere is so boring.
The firing of two teachers from Lawrence Catholic Academy was badly handled by both the school and the church. The teachers offered to resign, and they should have been allowed to do that. If they were willing to resign, why fire them? What purpose did that serve? It only shows the school and church to be insensitive and hard-fisted.
Another lesson in religious hypocrisy from Lawrence Catholic Academy. If only those teachers had been treated like priests, they would have just been moved to a different school. Except in their case, they would have continued their excellent work educating young children, rather than abusing them.
Father O’Brien and Principal Hernandez should be ashamed of themselves thinking they are bettering their students’ lives by firing Natalie Ferland and Sean Houlihan for an out-of-wedlock pregnancy. They aren’t sending the students the message of God. They are sending them the message that when someone is in need of help and assistance, the proper thing to do is throw them out. I attended 12 years of Catholic school. I was raised to help people, care about people, and most importantly to love and respect them. The school may have helped itself by terminating their jobs, but it has, both directly and indirectly, hurt many more people than it has helped. A new life is something to be celebrated, not shamed. It’s very sad that the school lied to parents and students about why they left. Maybe they should focus more on supervising academics, because I believe their judgement has earned a “Needs Improvement.”
Who took flags?
On a recent visit to Immaculate Conception Cemetery, I was upset to find all the American flags had been removed from the veterans’ graves, including my father’s. Where did they go and who removed them?
Work and learn
I was just reading again about a person with a degree who thinks because the economy is bad folks should pay more for things so he can upgrade his salary. The way it works is you get an entry-level position in a company that has opportunities for advancement, a big company. Then you work, learn and get trained for free and advance to the level of your abilities. I am amazed that people think that just because they decided to get a degree in a certain field they deserve more money for a job that pays less than they want.
Taxes and raises
Why is it that politicians always tell us there is no way around a tax hike and services will have to be curtailed if we don’t swallow a hefty increase? Maybe you should have thought about that when you handed out big raises to police, firefighters, teachers, etc. Why did the mayor and councilors approve such large raises for their political supporters when you didn’t have the money to pay for them?