EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 22, 2013

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The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Conflicts

It really amazes me that Mayor Stephen Zanni and his followers keep bashing Jennifer Kannan regarding family ties to the police, fire and school departments. No one seems to ask or care that the mayor has several very close friends (probably closer than some family members) that certainly have his attention when it comes to being needy. It’s not considered a conflict of interest because they’re not blood relatives, however; it’s still quite similar and he does not separate himself from the occurrence. At least Kannan is open and honest regarding what she plans to do in the event that family members are involved. “Methuen can be better” with Jennifer Aziz Kannan as our mayor on Nov. 5.

EBT use

I was at a convenience store the other day when a woman with three small children was trying to buy $20 worth of Cheetos and soda and wanted to add $10 worth of lottery. When the clerk told her she couldn’t use her EBT for lottery she turned around took money out of the ATM from her EBT and went right back and bought the tickets. She then proceeded to take her Cheetos and her three kids and walk across the street to a motel. Do you think she voted for Mitt Romney or Scott Brown?

Bridge traffic

Seems that folks from the Haverhill side of the new bridge going into Groveland are unsure when it is safe to get to the bridge. The drivers coming from Groveland end do not use blinkers to indicate if they are going to Groveland Street or Lincoln Avenue. The drivers on the Haverhill end both have stop signs. So shouldn’t the ones coming from Groveland have some protocol for which direction they are taking? There’s no rhyme or reason to it all.

No choir boys

So they dropped Caesars from the list to build a casino. What the heck did they expect they are from Sin City? Of course they are not dealing with choir boys. With the way the economy is I don’t know why they won’t build right now. It is said when the economy is bad people gamble more. Unbelievable.

Grateful

Thank you to the Methuen Elderly Housing Authority. I lost everything in a fire on Sept. 20. Mr. Martin and the maintenance staff have been wonderful to make this tragedy a memory. The community should be proud there are so many people with compassion. Thank you.

Halloween

It’s that time of year again — Halloween. Soon we will be told what day and time we are “allowed” to celebrate this holiday. When I was a kid, Halloween was celebrated on the same day every year and it lasted as long as we wanted it to last. Homeowners would leave their lights on if they were still giving out candy and shut them off when they were finished. I remember trick or treating until 10 or 11 p.m. some years. Now we are limited to a couple of hours while the sun is still out, and parents are still trying to get home from work. Leave Halloween alone and let us celebrate it when we want to. We don’t need the government telling us what to do.