EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 9, 2013

Sound Off

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Gun control

Right-wing resistance to meaningful gun control is driven, in part, by a false notion that America’s Founders adopted the Second Amendment because they wanted an armed population that could battle the U.S. government. The opposite is the truth, but many Americans seem to have embraced this absurd, anti-historical narrative. The reality was that the Framers wrote the Constitution and added the Second Amendment with the goal of creating a strong central government with a citizens-based military force capable of putting down insurrections, not to enable or encourage uprisings. The key Framers, after all, were mostly men of means with a huge stake in an orderly society, the likes of George Washington and James Madison.

Chavez dead

I am so glad that the people of Venezuela gave free oil to Joe Kennedy’s Citizens Energy. Now, Chavez is dead. Take care of your own, Mr. Kennedy. It’s all politics.

Chicken Little

In Sound Off, there have been a number of suggestions on what to cut because of the sequester. Be assured that the Commander-in-Chief “Chicken Little” Obama won’t take your advice. He will do everything in his power to make sure the sequester hurts as many as possible. He will, of course, blame George W. Bush and the Republicans. After all John Kerry has told the world you are stupid.

A parable

Some time ago I heard this parable that perfectly describes Obama and the Democrats’ liberal agenda: Satan one day asked three new devils: “How are you going to get for me more souls?” The first devil answered: “I will promise them wealth and fame.” The second devil said: “I will promise them power.” Then Satan asked the third devil and this devil responded: “I will tell them there is no Devil.” If you understand this parable you understand why, what was immoral a generation ago is acceptable today.

Teacher aides

This is in response to the person who wrote that teacher aides in Methuen are nothing more than baby sitters for the teachers: Your ignorance is apparent in your statement. First of all, teacher aides are employed in special education to assist teachers in the care and education of children with special needs. I challenge you to spend just one week doing the job of an assistant and I am sure your opinion will be changed. Assistants are educated and certified and deliver not only personal care for these students but assist in the delivery of their educational needs, which is far more than one teacher can do alone. Please refrain from judging until you know your facts.

Hockey teams

I would like to give a huge congratulations to the boys of both the AJHL and MET teams of the Northern Cyclones Hockey Team of Hudson, N.H., for winning their division title! These boys have worked long and hard and deserve some recognition! They play this weekend at Cyclones Arena! Good luck, boys with your respective playoff games!

No controllers

I have lived in South Lawrence for over 30 years and planes and helicopters fly over my house from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. every night and have landed and taken off with no traffic controller quite nicely. Please, stop the sequester scare tactics. This is a small airport, not Logan.