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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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Resident Parking – An Idea Whose Time Has Passed

Six Zones Of Nonsense, The Time has Come To Re-Boot By William Legault Long ago, in a day when the numbers of college students and the amount of registered motor vehicles were a lot less than they are today, somebody came up with a brilliant idea to solve what was then a very local problem. Residents in the immediate vicinity of what was then Salem State College were having trouble with students parking in front of their homes and businesses.  At the time the parking available for the students was less than what was needed and much of it was not what ...

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VOTERS RIGHTS IN SALEM – Board Of Registrars Signs MOU with The Latino Leadership Coalition

Barton And Registrars Provide Needed Leadership By William Legault This article is posted as both a news and an opinion piece and therefore appears here in the” A Salem Voice ” section instead of the Government Meetings section. On very rare occasions there are small but very significant moments that occur in municipal government. These moments often go unnoticed by most.  They are however, sure to be remembered for a long time by those who worked hard and long to realize that moment. Tonight in the City Council Chambers the Salem Board Of Registrars Of Voters did something as an ...

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Disrespecting Salem – National Grid And Peabody Street

National Grid Shames Themselves And Salem By William Legault   Let’s take a minute to talk about National Grid. The cable replacement projects has been going very well.  It appears to be on schedule and so far there have been no major complaints regarding noise or property damage. Inconvenience to residents along the route, and to the commuter seems to be the primary gripe and in all reality that is just unavoidable. Good for them and good for us. The cable needed to be replaced in order for National Grid to continue operating the transmission system they have here in ...

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Barbara Anderson Was A Warrior For The Taxpayer

Friend To The Working Stiff And Foe To Those Who Tax And Spend By William Legault Barbara Anderson is as important and influential a figure in Massachusetts as any who have walked the boards of the political stage in Massachusetts over the last forty years. She achieved that importance without seeking or holding elective office.  She did it without kowtowing or currying favor from those who held or now hold the reins of power.  Barbara Anderson blazed the trail of a Massachusetts tax revolution that to this day helps those who work for a living and vexes municipal and state level politicians. ...

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The Bit Bar Plans Plans A Long Sentence At Old Salem Jail

Food, Beer, and Pinball – All In One Location A New Concept Rises On St. Peter Street By William Legault Once again the old Salem Jail location on St. Peter Street will be host to a another new business. This time it is truly a new and perhaps exciting concept that we have not seen before in Salem. Bit Bar Salem is marketing itself as a “Bar, Arcade, Restaurant” and they just recently applied for the ABCC for the liquor license held by the restaurant that formerly occupied the jail space. Salem residents are already weighing in on the Bit ...

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Cable Replacement Project Continues

Cable Replacement Project Is In Removal Phase Have Any Lessons Been Learned? By William Legault   Not that long ago, but seemingly very long ago National Grid announced that the time had come to replace the decades-old transmission cable that runs from Salem Station, down Derby Street to Washington and Canal Streets where the switching station sits on a hill beneath Cedar Street. What appeared to be a fairly simple and straightforward process, running a new transmission cable and then removing the old transmission cable proved to be everything but simple. Complications arose almost immediately. The old cable could not ...

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The Once And Future Fountain Sits In Limbo

Hawthorne’s Fountain Endures the Agonies Of Time And Neglect Renovations have proved difficult to complete By William Legault A little over 40 years ago downtown Salem was transformed. The intent was to transform in both a visual and practical sense. A tired and obsolete downtown shopping district was converted from a vehicular throughway to a pedestrian themed, brick and cobblestone walking mall. The visual goal was achieved with trees, flower beds, benches, and modern lighting. The new mall stretched from Washington Street to what was then Liberty Street and extended through Derby Square to Front Street and the old Market ...

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