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Essex County Sheriff’s Candidates – 3 Questions – Set 3

Thursday, 8 September Is Primary Election Day Three Answers from Edward O’Reilly And Paul L. D. Russell By William Legault The primary elections for Essex Count Sheriff are this Thursday, 8 September. Some time back we here at Salem Digest sent all of the 13 announced candidates for Essex County Sheriff a list of three questions concerning what they would do if elected to succeed current Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins . We heard back from nine of them, but only six actually sent responses to our email containing the three questions.   Mark Archer             Unaffiliated/Unenrolled ...

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Essex County Sheriffs Candidates – 3 Questions Second Set

Three Answers – Kevin Coppinger And Jerry Robito By William Legault The primary elections for Essex Count Sheriff are this Thursday, 8 September. Some time back we here at Salem Digest sent all of the 13 announced candidates for Essex County Sheriff a list of three questions concerning what they would do if elected to succeed current Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins. We heard back from nine of them, but only six actually sent responses to our email containing the three questions. Mark Archer                   Unaffiliated/Unenrolled Kevin Coppinger           Democrat Ed O’Reilly  ...

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Essex County Sheriff Candidates – 3 Questions

  Thursday, 8 September Is Primary Election Day Three Answers from Jeffrey Gallo And Kenneth Berg By William Legault   The primary elections for Essex Count Sheriff are this Thursday, 8 September. Some time back we here at Salem Digest sent all of the 13 announced candidates for Essex County Sheriff  a list of three questions concerning what they would do if elected to succeed current Essex County Sheriff Frank Cousins. We heard back from nine of them, but only six actually sent responses to our email containing the three questions.     Mark Archer             ...

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Phony ID At A Bar? Do Not Pass Go

The Time Is Now to Change The ID Game Kids With Phony ID’s Need To be Accountable By William Legault   The arrest of a young woman from Marblehead last week which resulted in a Salem Police Officer having had half of her ear bitten off has provoked some public debate. Some of that debate is timely and relevant and some of it just judgmental foolishness from apparently perfect people who should, but seem to not know better. Having spent more than thirty years actually examining various forms of identification while working in the hospitality industry I will say that ...

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Ober Street Dog Attack Owners Must Be Held Accountable

Dog Ownership Brings Civic Responsibility Neighbors Have A Right And Expectation Of Safety By William Legault Some of you may remember the days when dogs basically had the run off the street.  Years ago leash laws, if they existed at all were basically disregarded by everybody.  My Mother had a dog that would roam Derby Street at will.  Sandy the dog was never a problem for us until the day that she came home after having been attacked by another dog, or maybe multiple dogs.  We never figured out what happened, only that she had been bitten multiple times. As a ...

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Is It The Buildings Or The Attitudes That Are Ugly?

Ugly Is In The Eye Of The Opinion Holder By William Legault In a city of more than 40,000 people there are going to be many opinions. These opinions will vary greatly, sometimes day to day,  even moment to moment.  One thing is certain however, there will always be a very vocal few whose opinions get out there more, and louder than most. Recently some have weighed in on the various media platforms about the current plans for new developments in the downtown.  The loudest voices as usual, are the negative ones.  When I say negative voices, I mean that ...

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Keep Salem Clean? Whose Responsibility Is It?

Trash In The Park, Street Sweeping, Cigarette Slobs – Who Do we Blame? By William Legault Whose responsibility is it to keep the city clean? This seems to be one of the great questions of the day.  Our downtown overall is about as clean on a daily basis as it it has ever been.  The same cannot be said of the entrance corridors and the outlying neighborhoods.  Some of the parks seem to well kept, while others seem to be forgotten except for efforts by active neighborhood groups. There is a responsibility on the part of municipal government, and in ...

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Orlando Massacre – The Gun Culture Needs To Wake Up

Fear Of Government Is Just A Ruse For Boys And Their Toys By William Legault   I expect that what follows may anger some friends of mine. There are many ways to describe America as we today know it.  We will not list them here, you can run those through your head in an instant.  Many of us would use the same old-school and somewhat unrealistic terms, while others may lean more towards some of the less complimentary words or phrases that have become more common over the last fifty years.  There are those who object to the use of ...

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Sheriff’s Race – A Crowded Field And Lots Of Questions

6 Democrats, 5 Republican, and Two Free Agents In County Election Melee By William Legault This election season, for the first time in many years looks to be a competitive race for Essex County Sheriff.  Frank Cousins has served in that seat since he was appointed by Governor William Weld in 1996 and was elected to a full six-year term in 1998.  He has decided not to seek another term. Over the last 309 years 25 separate sheriffs have saved in the position.  Four served joint, or multiple but separate terms. This year there are thirteen candidates that have turned ...

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Defending the Meehans, The Point And Its People, And Salem Itself

The  Boston Globe Story – Ugly And Lazy Journalism By William Legault   Last Thursday the Boston Globe featured a story written by reporter Jack Pickell.  The story was about a Salem couples fight against drug dealing that they allege is happening at their condo building on the corner of Levitt Street and Perkins Street.  There are also instances of harassment and vandalism detailed. The story by Pickell is an ugly and lazy piece of “journalism” that paints the Point neighborhood as dangerous, overrun by drug dealers and sociopaths, and our police department and city government as unconcerned and focused ...

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