Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 15, 2012

Legislators should keep local pond open


What angers me seems to be a lot of waste and mismanagement in the budget. For instance take the Probation Office run by former Commissioner John O’Brien. Where were the checks and balances as to where all the money went? Legislators did not do diligence in their job with tax payers’ money. As a result criminal charges were brought against top officials at the probation office. This investigation is still ongoing and costing the tax payers even more money. Another waste and mismanagement in the budget is the EBT Card abuse. This is outrageous allowing people to use these EBT Cards at the ATM machine. How does legislators monitor where the money is being spent? Rep. O’Connell said, “any reform is meaningless if it allows payouts from ATM to be used for any of the prohibited items.”

Getting back to Berry Pond, with unemployment so high and gas prices outrageous this past summer, who could afford to take a vacation? But, if Berry Pond had been opened, families could have enjoyed a picnic lunch and a cool swim and escaped from everyday stress. To the legislators on Beacon Hill, how about giving back to the people of this great state some enjoyment and recreation we deserve. It is the people’s state and we are paying legislators’ salaries. And if I am not mistaken the legislators on Beacon Hill are there to serve the people of this state with honesty and integrity. They should do the right thing and add funds to the budget to open Berry Pond for the summer of 2013.

Phyllis Rines

North Andover

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