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Councillor Turiel Responds – Does Standing Serve A Purpose?

It’s Time To Take A Look At This Tradition New Sound System May Be A Problem By Josh Turiel – Ward 5 City Councillor     I have always been one to appreciate tradition. But there are times when you should take a hard look at a tradition and ask why it exists, and if it still serves a purpose. The Salem City Council has a number of traditions, some of which exist outside of the strict rules and are cheerfully ignored. Until this year, we were legally required to draw lots in order to determine seating arrangement (spoiler, that’s ...

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Will Our City Councillors Please Stand Up

Council Is Reconsidering a Long Standing Tradition Councillor Turiel’s Proposal Should be Rejected Without Ceremony By William Legault   “What does a city councillor do?” This is one of the more common questions that I hear during election season.  My simple answer is that a city councillor stands up and speaks for the people of Salem. Not just the voters. Not just for supporters. A councillor stand up and speaks for everybody. Last week Councillor Josh Turiel proposed that the council dispose of the procedural requirement that a councillor stand while speaking during the regular meetings. My objection to this ...

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Halloween Is Here – The Season Screams In

Halloween No Longer Waits For October Love It Or Hate It You Need To Buckle Up By William Legault   It may not actually be October yet. But the season, our season, is here. The summer weekends this year have been quite busy. Some would say busier than most years. This past weekend as in recent years once again marks the unofficial beginning of Salem Halloween. There are those that love it, and there are those that hate it. Most locals I think have learned to tolerate, and perhaps appreciate at least some aspects of it. No matter where you ...

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The 1% Club – Those In Salem Who Have Run For Office

Thank You To Seven New Members Who Have Courage And Also To The 26 That Move On To November By William Legault   The city preliminary elections are over. The votes are counted and we know whose names will appear on the November general election ballot. Congratulations to all who put their name on the ballot no matter last night’s results. They are now and will forever be members of the Salem electorate 1% club. The 1% consists of those in Salem who possess the heart, conviction, and courage to actually put their name on the ballot. In reality the ...

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Thoughts On The Preliminary Election

The Time Has Come For The Ballot Stop Yelling At Each Other And Vote by William Legault   Tomorrow at 7 A.M. the polls will open for the 2019 Salem preliminary election. In a town where everybody has an opinion whether it be educated or not, this is where the rubber meets the road. There are two questions, each equally important that will be answered once the ballots are counted tomorrow night.  Who will be eliminated? If you are here looking for me to predict who will be on the bottom of the ballot, read no more. I am not ...

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The Burying Point – The Time For Change Has Come

Funding Must Be Provided Through Access Fees A New Commission Must Be Formed And Empowered By Willam Legault   The recent decision by the Salem Cemetery Commission to close the Charter Street Cemetery during October was the right call. Over the years neglect by the city and the hundreds of thousands of tramping feet have led to steady and far reaching deterioration. Last year a human rib bone worked its way to the surface. The Burying Point has become the Unburying Point. This closing, a prelude to $600,000 worth of improvements is not enough. Additional steps must be discussed and ...

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Rotaries, Parklets, and Scooters, Oh Boy

The Winds Of Change Blow Hot And Cold The Good And The Bad Of Our Summer Trials By William Legault   Salem continues to change.  Nothing remains the same, even if you wish it would. The two constants of American life are death and taxes. They change too. Death is no longer automatically followed by burial. Options exist from cremation to cryogenic preservation, or being biodegraded to help grow a new tree. Taxes rise, and theoretically fall. Everything changes. We can object. We can protest. Change will still come. We have recently experienced the trials and tribulations brought by what some ...

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Salem City Clerk Ilene Simons Answers 5 Questions

5 Questions For The City Clerk – Ilene Simons The Other Side of Salem City Government By William Legault A few months back, as we were preparing for our 2019 election coverage, it was decided to speak with the one person in Salem who has more to do with our elections than anybody else. That would be the Salem City Clerk Ilene Simons. Ilene was appointed last year by the Salem City Council after a public process of applications and interviews. She succeeded Cheryl Lapointe who retired after long and distinguished service to the people of Salem. The City Clerk ...

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A Culture Of Fear In Salem

The Gang And Gun Issue Is Real By William Legault   I’m a Point kid and I care. Eisenhower was in the White House when I introduced myself to the world at North Shore Children’s Hospital. My parents brought me home to Perkins Street. Memories of Coast Guard aircraft flying over our tenement building are still fresh. Later we lived on Ward Street twice, with a short stay on Jefferson Avenue in between. As I look back on the Point and Palmer Cove neighborhoods the 1960s and 1970s, there are no rose colored glasses for me. That means that I ...

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1918 – The First World War

The Fighting Escadrille Lafayette Honoring the North Shore Heroes of World War I By Dorothy V. Malcolm Civilization likes to lionize men who serve in war, clearly a centuries-old tribute. But 100 years ago in World War I, the world lost an entire generation of young men who have earned infinite tributes, chiefly because the First World War was like no other. With new machine guns, poison gasses, trench warfare, and wafer-thin aeroplanes, it was a bewildering end of innocence in France that had once experienced great abundance. To remember that war, Hamilton’s Community House on Rte. 1-A will host a ...

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