EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 4, 2012

Sound Off


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Move over, buddy!

I travel on Interstate 93 daily and I’m seeing a new trend. Cars going 60-65 mph in the high speed lane and staying there for miles, even with multiple cars behind them wanting to go by. Newsflash: You are not the only car on the road. If you want to go slower than everybody else, stay in the right lane!

Timberlane bullies

Regarding the editorial on the Timberlane High School student and her right to “bare arms”: The school principal and teachers are bullying and threatening her. I think we should look carefully at the teachers and principal. If it were my child, I would be taking them to court.

Trash police

I see that the city of Amesbury has begun fishing through people’s trash to see how much recyclable materials are being thrown out. At this time, they claim to be “refraining” from giving out fines to people who may throw out a plastic bottle or soda can. It’s amazing the lengths local cities and towns are going to nowadays to try and save a buck. They never address the real issues of overspending. Maybe they should cut some of those $100,000 a year public employee salaries or those bloated pensions with full health care.

Just a theory

Does anyone wonder, as I do, why state Sen. Barry Feingold always has no comment when it comes to Lantigua and Lawrence? Could it be votes?

Obamafail

To all those people who are forgetting that the first two years of Obama’s presidency, he had control of both the House and Senate. What did he accomplish? All that came from that fiasco was Obamacare, which Nancy Pelosi openly said let’s pass this thing so we can see what it’s all about. Some accomplishment, huh? In fact, what promise did he really keep for the American people, but a lot of eloquent words with no meaning?

Life’s too short

I feel like I could go on and on about the inadequacies of our current president, but at my current age of 55, I wouldn’t live long enough to be able to tell them all.

So-called friends

To the person with the 83-year-old WWII vet Dad: I hope that you’re going to the VA for his medications. He earned that benefit and it is much cheaper. But while drug companies can sometimes make a drug for pennies, the cost to develop that drug is often in the millions. What you should be concerned is how Canada and the Europeans extort the drug companies to sell drugs at reduced cost or risk losing their patents. The U.S. government should be going after these so called “friends” to treat our companies with the fairness they deserve.

Follow the French

In the late ‘20s or early ‘30s, when England had financial trouble, they raised the taxes for the wealthy to 90 percent, and now in today’s paper, France has also raised the taxes for the wealthy, to 75 percent. That also should be the answer for this country, yet certain people have the audacity to ask for a tax cut. It stands to reason if the 1 percent own it all, they have to let taxes remedy the situation by taxing them well over 50 percent. They can still live up to their usual standard.

Chitown warrior

A letter writer Monday gave the all-too-tired “Blame Bush and Cheney” whine on Obama’s failure to improve just about everything. But more importantly, she complained about their lack of service in a combat zone. Hmm. So when did Obama serve in a combat zone or at all for that matter? And while Chicago can be a dangerous city, being a “community organizer” and a state rep fixing parking tickets and potholes does not count as combat duty.

Classy Warren

I’ve had to work hard for everything I have and am proud of my humble accomplishments and long career as an educator. Elizabeth Warren had many more advantages in life, yet she still chooses to dedicate her life to folks like me, just plain old average Americans. Thankfully, we both were raised with basic good manners unlike Scott Brown. His beginnings in life may have had challenges but these challenges manifested as his being arrogant, self-centered, rude and a bully. Elizabeth Warren is cultured, educated, well-spoken and able to communicate in a civilized, informed way.