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An Open Letter to Judge Timothy Feeley By A Local Attorney

I Cannot And Will Not Stand Idly By By John G. DiPiano This open letter written by local attorney John G. DiPiano has been sent to various local and law based media publications.  It is our pleasure to provide it here for your consideration.  Salem Digest will be publishing their own thoughts tomorrow morning.  

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BOWDITCH SCHOOL – A Lesson Of The Past Was Forgotten

Our Kids Should Never Be Statistics They Are Not a Number And Deserve An Explanation By William Legault A long time ago, in a Salem that a few remember, but many have never known, a city official, or a group of city officials had a brain storm.  Their failure should never had been forgotten. In May of 1971  the Archdiocese of Boston announced that St. Mary’s Catholic School, a K-8 institution on Hawthorne Boulevard was closing. In a city that once boasted 11 Catholic schools, this was seen as a harbinger of things to come. It was anticipated that over ...

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The New World Of Retail Pot Is Here

The City Council and Planning Board Have Started the Process Where Will The businesses Be Located? By William Legault   Last year the voters of Salem voted to approve the legalization of recreational marijuana.  60% of those who cast a ballot voted yes.  I was not one of them.  As a City Councillor and as a voter I approved of medicinal marijuana.  I could not bring myself to approve the recreational use as a voter, and would have had trouble supporting it if still on the council.  So be it There are those who say that the voters, or at ...

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Election Eve Thoughts – We Are Better Than This

Despite Differences We Must Be One Salem By William Legault   Tomorrow we go to the polls. This has been an fascinating, contentious, and frequently ugly political year. 20 candidates all stood on the ballot during the September preliminary election. Initially we had five announced mayoral hopefuls. Two of them never actually followed through by turning in nomination papers. One tried, but started too late and was, in his own words, “caught off guard by this sanctuary city thing.” Another one initially pulled nomination papers to run in a ward councillor race, but then had a change of heart. So ...

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A Question For The Ward 6 City Council Candidates

Two Candidates – One Question     The question we presented was; “Traffic on the North Street overpass has become a regular bottleneck both entering and leaving the City. Do you have any ideas on how to address the problem over the long term?” Nadine Natasi-Hanscom –  Smart Growth And  Independent Traffic Studies As a former member of the Salem Planning Board, I can tell you that there is no quick fix to this problem. Salem needs to have a comprehensive traffic study. While Salem has had many traffic studies done, they have all been funded by developers for their ...

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A Question For The Ward 5 City Council Candidates

Two Candidates – One Question   The question that we asked was: “With the Canal Street project including the flood mitigation due to wrap up next year, what do you see as the next major improvement to be addressed in Ward 5?” Polly Wilbert – We Need A Comprehensive Ward Assessment Project/Plan The next big project in Ward 5 will not be what it should be:  a comprehensive assessment of the ward and a block-by-block plan for undertaking long neglected city maintenance.  While we have had replacement of some sidewalks and paving of streets, what we need is a transparent, ...

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE PART 2 – Questions For Candidates

Campbell and Cruz Answer Our School Question   Today we feature the answers to our Salem schools question as provided by School Committee candidates Amanda Campbell and Manny Cruz.  There are four challengers for the three open seats.  We posted the answers provided by Ana Nuncio and Andrea French on Monday. The question is. “Salem currently has multiple charter schools, including one that is not within the Salem Schools System.  Is this the right way to use funding for our children, or is there ar better way to create opportunities for our students?”   Amanda Campbell – Per Pupil Spending, ...

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE – Questions For Candidates

Nuncio and French Answer Our Schools Question Today and tomorrow we feature the answers that the four candidates for Salem School Committee provided to our question. There are four challengers for three open seats. No incumbents are running.  Ana Nuncio and Andrea French are featured today.  Tomorrow we will feature Manny Cruz and Amanda Campbell. The question is. “Salem currently has multiple charter schools, including one that is not with the Salem School System. Is this the right way to use funding for our children, or is there a better way to create opportunities for our students?”   Ana Nuncio ...

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A Question For The Ward 3 City Council Candidates

Two Candidates – One Question Lovely and Peterson On The Commercial/Residential Balance PHOTO – Aerial view of Salem Hospital and Highland Avenue c. 1920   We asked both of the Ward 3 City Council candidates that the same question.  It is is greatly appreciated that both incumbent Stephen Lovely and challenger Lisa Peterson agreed to answer us. The question is. “Ward 3 features quite a bit of commercial properties, especially along Highland Avenue and parts of Boston Street and Jefferson Avenue.  Mixed in are lots of residential areas that are impacted daily  by traffic and other residual effects that result ...

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One Question For The Ward One City Council Candidates

FOOTPRINT DEVELOPMENT – A New Plant, 40 Acres, and Then What? McCarthy And Murphy On Our Waterfront Future     Ward One is up next in our continuing series asking questions of those who are seeking public office in Salem this year.  Robert K. McCarthy is the incumbent and he is being challenged by Annalyssa Gypsy Murphy. The question that we asked was this. “The Footprint project is soon to complete the construction of the new gas-fired power plant. There are 40 acres of undeveloped land remaining, most of which are considered a Designated Port Area (DPA). What is your ...

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