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February 18, 2013

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I am so pleased to read in a recent paper about the guilty verdict for Beth Reuter, the custodian in Methuen. This woman does not deserve a job that pays almost $63,000 a year. Her behavior is morally corrupt. This woman is charged with trying to buy cocaine and gets a slap on the wrist, then steals money from her fellow workers and gets her job back. I hope that Superintendent Judith Scannell does the right thing and fires this woman. I can’t understand why the town or the union would back a person like this. There are so many good people that would die to have a job like hers. I’m sure the town could easily find a replacement. Maybe for once Methuen will act appropriately.


Hooray! A judge finally showed some common sense in ordering Beth Reuter to spend 30 days in jail, overruling the DA’s suggestion that she serve no jail time and probation only for stealing thousands from her school custodial union. Now, if the school superintendent can show some courage and fire her for good and not buckle under the threat of Civil Service Commission action from the larcenous custodian as she did previously will justice prevail.


N.H. Gov. Maggie Hassan counts on casino, cigarette tax hike to fund budget plan. I am not a smoker but why “kill the goose that laid the golden egg”? A 30-cent increase in the tobacco tax would certainly have a negative effect on the Massachusetts purchases in New Hampshire. Maggie, why not sharpen your pencil and cut some of the fat out of big government instead. Gov. Hassan, just another tax and spend Democrat.


Why is it that Senator Rubio’s reach for a bottle of water more news worthy than Obama being missing in action when four Americans were being killed at our embassy in Benghazi? He didn’t want to interrupt his trip to Vegas.

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