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May 9, 2013

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Shifty look

Ever notice Leon Panetta can never look into the camera since 9/11/12? I don’t blame him. He has lost all respect for himself and the respect of the American people.

Not ‘representative’

I just read the story about the expanded casino plans at Rockingham Park. It seems that state Rep. Patrick Bick believes that a casino at Rockingham Park would destroy the local economy. Without any evidence to back up this assertion, and ignoring the projected revenue, the number of jobs that will be created and the number of tourists that will come to Salem, it’s apparent that “Representative” Bick speaks, acts, and votes according to what HE thinks and believes, along with “representative” Sytek and Garcia. In March, 81 percent of the town’s voters supported a casino in Salem. When our elected representatives ignore the wishes of the people whom they represent, they reveal their true identity: self-serving politicians who are not interested in serving the interests of the people they represent, but instead have their own agenda.

Firearms lesson

I wanted to offer a minor correction to “Sick fox put down in Lawrence.” At the end of the article, you stated Officer Hart fired three shots with his .40-caliber Sig Sauer service revolver. Although Sig Sauer might make a .40-caliber revolver, I doubt Hart carries a revolver. Your article should have read, “Hart fired three shots with his .40-caliber Sig Sauer service weapon. The .40-caliber Sig Sauer is most likely a semiautomatic handgun and not a revolver. A revolver holds six, seven or eight rounds. Magazines for semiautomatics can typically hold up to 17 rounds.

UKIP’s rise

Britain’s third party, UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party), has been gaining ground this past year and now is getting over 25 percent of the votes, which is remarkable. This country is going to get a strong third party; it may not happen soon but it will happen eventually, just the same as the work week will drop below 40 hours some day for the same reason it dropped before — to make more work for more people. This is not a prediction. I have been through it all, and it will happen.

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