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January 9, 2013

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Haverhill parking

I’m a home health aide. I have a client that lives on Granite Street in Haverhill. I have a half-hour drive to get to Haverhill from Newburyport. I used to park on the side of the street. It was free but is not anymore. Then I started parking in a lot. All of a sudden more cars started parking there. A few weeks later I twice noticed a man sitting in a car when I went to park. Then on a Friday, I parked my car and went to my client. When I came out, my car was gone. I went to the police station to report it stolen. The officer told me it was at a towing lot. The man at the lot gave me a hard time and wanted $125 cash. The parking in Haverhill is confusing. The city and the towing companies are out to make money. I don’t make much money. They’re taking money from people who can’t afford it in this economy. It must be a sign for me to stay out of Haverhill.

Backbone

It’s nice to see that the Methuen City Council has developed a backbone. I applaud them for seeing through the numbers on the IT contract and voting it down. My suggestion for cutting costs in the budget is to cut some of these high salaries at contract time. I realize there are unions involved, but if there are salaries slashed and unions don’t like it, let the contracts lapse and then go out to hire someone to take the place of those who don’t like it. With the high unemployment, I’m willing to bet someone would be qualified and happy to have a job.

No surprise

What a surprise. The Methuen City Council voted down the privatization of its IT Department. It sickens me that these people are so transparent. They vote in favor of their brothers and sisters at all costs. Everybody predicted it beforehand and they still voted against saving the city close to a million dollars. I don’t know how they can look at themselves in the mirror. It’s always the same ones, too. Pappalardo and Marsan are the only ones who have a conscience. The rest of them should be ashamed of themselves.

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