I am not a political person in that I don’t get involved in issues, but I am no dope either.

Looking back over the year 2006, many things happened that already are forgotten. Every now and again, I get disgusted with the way things are going and I can’t help but say something about what I see.

We are once again affected by a raise in the cost of gasoline, and this irritates me. Earlier in the year, I saw the leaders of the major oil companies sit before Congress as they answered questions concerning how much profit they realized during the last quarter. They had made over $35 billion and almost laughed as they answered the inquiries about it.

During this time, I saw a CEO of one of the companies retire with a half-billion dollar package, and more to come. This is more than the gross national product of some poor countries! Congress didn’t do anything about this scam, and I don’t suppose they ever planned to.

All of this got me to thinking about what was happening around me during the year.

Christmas was a disaster. I couldn’t believe that there was no longer a Christmas tree in Boston, as they raised a “holiday tree” instead. I wondered how the people in Halifax, Nova Scotia, felt about their annual gift? There was also a local town that outlawed the saying of “Merry Christmas”... all because of an interpretation of our Constitution.

On January 13, 2006, a group known as Planned Parenthood came out with what I feel was an obscene approach to reach their goals. They had the Statue of Liberty holding a condom instead of a torch. Another version had a crying baby with a slogan saying, “Condoms are cheaper than diapers.” I was disgusted when I had to read this stuff.

I am not a big fan of cellular phones and I realize that they can be very helpful at certain times in our lives. However, there aren’t enough rules governing their use. The telephone company came out with an offer to sell their numbers listings with nothing held back. This meant that the numbers of safe houses, CIA, FBI and other private numbers were up for grabs.

There is nothing more bothersome than having to listen to conversations in a restaurant when I am there trying to enjoy myself. Some eating places outlaw cell phone use, and theaters are doing the same. I realize that many of us drive with a cup of coffee in our hands, but watching drivers take sharp corners at intersections while talking on a phone is unbelievable. The end came for me when I found that they could now take pictures in a courtroom and be able to use the images to target the prosecutors! When does this intrusion end?

I also wonder what our government is doing for us. One of the worst things I watched was Ted Kennedy’s attack on Supreme Court candidate Samuel A. Alito that had his wife leave the room crying. These events are tragic.

I mention January 13, 2006, as a bad day: On that date, the Massachusetts House of Representatives was holding a vote for free college for illegal immigrants. The house was crowded with people when a 77-year-old representative stood up and looked at the gallery before her, while declaring, “If I were in a foreign country, illegally, I think that I would be hiding. I wouldn’t be in the capitol demanding more money.” This education giveaway was voted out at 96-57.

The recent vote for governor of our state was not the best of scenes for me. It scares me to think about who is to get what with the new administration.

I suppose it all started in Connecticut over the use of the Pledge of Allegiance in our schools. One lone woman succeeded in a country where the majority is supposed to prevail. In a country that was founded with God as its focal point, I wonder where we are going with our freedom of speech issues. All of this makes life a bit frightening to a person who doesn’t like to get involved in political issues.


Charlie Turner is a history buff and freelance columnist for The Haverhill Gazette.

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