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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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MAYORAL RACE – Blame For Senior Center Status Cuts Both Ways

Driscoll, Prevey, and 2013 City Council All Are Culpable For Current Situation Problems For Salem Seniors Go Beyond One New Building By William Legault   It’s time, past time, to throw a little cold water on those who choose to use the senior citizens of Salem as a political football. In 2013 I was initiated onto the Salem City Council by being involved in the foolishness that was inflicted upon the city during the public meeting on who would replace Joan Lovely after she was elected to the Massachusetts Senate.  A little more than a month later I endured my ...

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A Question For The Ward 4 City Council Candidates

One Question – Three Ward 4 Candidates Last week we asked each of the three candidates for the Ward 4 City Council seat a question.  All three were kind enough to answer the question for us.  Tim Flynn and Robert A. McCarthy will each appear on the ballot on Tuesday, November 7. They each collected the required 25 signatures of  Ward 4 registered voters prior to the deadline.  Ana Campos came in after that deadline so is therefore a sticker (write-in) candidate. The question is. “Highland Avenue has been developed and built on consistently over the last 50 years, the ...

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Kim Driscoll Answers Our Business Growth Question

DRISCOLL – Planning, Collaboration, Entrepreneurs And Hard Work   Today we post the answer to our mayoral question from incumbent Kim Driscoll. The question was as follows. “Salem has drawn a lot of new residents and restaurants to its downtown over the last ten or more years and continues to do so. Do you have thoughts on what can be done to attract small to medium sized, professional, non-food or hospitality related businesses to Salem?”   Over the course of the last decade Salem has become the unofficial hub of the north shore, with an array of new businesses, festivals ...

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