Thanks for letting me vent.

How much money was spent plowing road Saturday, Feb. 17, when the snow melted by 9 a.m.? Why aren’t the salaries and overtime pay made by the police department printed in the paper anymore? How many armored trucks and tanks and M16s does our little town have and why does even Pembroke have a tank? Why does our courthouse basement have detention cells for over 100 people? The old courthouse held about six. Are we expecting a revolution? (I hope so.)

The year 2001 there were approximately 1,800 SWAT team responses in the U.S. and in 2016 there were over 90,000 responses. POV on channel 2 had a good program about the militarization of the police.

I am for gun control. What is happening in this country with the school shootings is horrific. Eight since Jan. 1. All assault weapons should be banned. But if you’re going to disarm the public, then the police must downsize. Also they won’t need military weapons and tanks either. This is America, not Afghanistan or Iraq.

A domestic dispute, if handled properly, does not require a SWAT team, a tank and a sniper. Remember Waco and Ruby Ridge (out of control government). Some of these cops are out of control. They put 19 9mm shots in someone’s chest (or back) instead of one .38 to the leg. I thought they are trained marksmen.

One more thing. We call ourselves the richest nation but we’re $22 trillion in debt. Excuse me, but I don’t get that mathematics. Must be the new math.

Hey, high school kids, you get out and vote in 2020. Send some people with balls and backbone to Washington, D.C.

The word “idiot” I believe comes from Greece (the first democracy). It means a person who doesn’t vote or get involved in politics. Correct me if I’m wrong.

I think it was Shakespeare who said “First kill all the lawyers.” Greed, corruption and cowardice is pervading like I’ve never seen. I’m old and I’ll be dead soon. I feel so bad for my grandkids. Many parallels today. D.C. Watergate 1970s. Berlin, Germany, 1930s. The Gilded Age 1890s.

Thanks for letting me vent.

When they make me dictator, there will be some changes made.

Michael J. McMahon, Plymouth