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February 10, 2013

Your view: Letters to the editor

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It’s just plain flat out stupid to conclude that Washington and the other Founders, or Lincoln, our great second founder, opposed all rebellion against our government simply because they fought this or that particular rebellion themselves, and surely they knew that good men and true patriots will always die on both sides.

On the other hand, I also happen to think that it’s cretinous or pure Ramboesque fantasy to think that the American people could truly fight our government if it ever did turn to tyranny. Sadly, and foolishly, we have allowed our standing army to grow far too large and powerful to ever do that successfully.

Michael Christian

Haverhill

Community support boosted Restaurant Week

To the editor:

When I was first elected mayor of Methuen, I promised our local business owners that I would be a partner in supporting their efforts and moving Methuen’s economy in a positive direction. While I am committed to attracting new businesses to our city, I am equally invested in supporting those businesses that already call Methuen home. This is why I was so excited to work with many of our businesses in rolling out Methuen’s first Restaurant Week.

Working closely with NMTW Community Credit Union, Century 21 McLennan & Co, and the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, we were able to create an event that showcased almost three-dozen great Methuen businesses. Unlike other communities, Methuen created a Restaurant Week event where participation was free, and each business was given the flexibility to develop its own promotion.

I would like to thank our co-sponsors for helping make this event a success. I would also like to thank every participating business in helping roll out an event where everyone benefited. Finally, I would like to thank all of our residents for supporting our local economy. It cannot be emphasized enough how important the health of our local economy is to our city’s success – and the support of our residents is essential to this success.

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