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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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Where Oh Where Should Our Carnival Go?

Riley Plaza Is Not The Right Place Here Are Our Three Suggestions By William Legault   Our little city is always full of questions. It is fair to say that opinions are never in short supply. The question for the week has become quite clear. Where should the Fiesta October Carnival operate this year? In recent years they have set up at 289 Derby Street just after the Topsfield Fair ends. The city purchase of that lot and current effort to turn it into a permanent public space have taken it out of the equation. The Mayor has proposed using ...

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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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