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3 Questions For Beth Anne Cornell – Candidate For School Committee

Beth Anne Cornell Answers Our Questions Information Management, Leadership Stability, Budget Priorities   Question 1 – Salem has 10 schools including the Early Education Center. Information can come from many and varied sources.  How will you navigate your way through all of these sources in your decision making process? Answer:  The most important skill that I will bring to the School Committee is my ability to engage a variety of stakeholders in decision-making processes. The district lacks consistent and transparent avenues for community engagement. As a result, we have inconsistent methods for decision-making. The primary initiative I will advocate for ...

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3 Questions For Tyler Terry – Candidate For Ward 6 City Councillor

Tyler Terry Answers Our Questions Zoning,  Tremont Street Traffic, North River Waterfront Development   Question 1 – North Street is one of the main entrance corridors in the city. The zoning doesn’t allow for new businesses except in places where there are already existing businesses. Is North Salem best served by this zoning? Answer: We could definitely improve the zoning along North Street to encourage a richer mix of neighborhood enhancing businesses, but zoning isn’t the only issue.  Parking is at a premium throughout Salem and there are a limited number of store fronts on North Street that have the ...

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3 Questions For Jill Mulholland – Candidate For Ward 3 City Councillor

Jill Mulholland Answers Our Questions Highland Avenue Development, South Salem Rail, and Salem Woods   Question 1 –Ward 3 abuts the the entire southeastern side of Highland Avenue (Rte 107), a very busy and extensively developed entrance corridor. How would you approach any future development proposals for that entire area? Answer: My top priority for new developments within Ward 3 will be to make sure that any residents who would be directly affected by the proposed project have a voice at the table from start to finish. Development projects within our ward are inevitable, but we can be leaders in ...

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3 Questions For Leo Higgins – Candidate For Ward 3 City Councillor

Leo Higgins Answers Our Questions Highland Avenue Development, South Salem Rail, and Salem Woods   Question 1 – Ward 3 abuts the the entire southeastern side of Highland Avenue (Rte 107), a very busy and extensively developed entrance corridor. How would you approach any future development proposals for that entire area? Answer: I grew up on Greenway Rd which is off of Highland Ave. I know the area well. What the first step should be is a plan for infrastructure. Roads needs to be planned that connect Swampscott Rd to any new development. We should also explore ways to route ...

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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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3 Questions For Ty Hapworth – Councillor at-Large Candidate

Ty Hapworth Answers Our Questions Taxes, Development, and Housing QUESTION 1 – Salems tax rate, both residential and commercial, has consistently gone up around 2% every year.  Do you feel that this “stability” best serves the city, or should we take another approach? Please be specific as to the impact on city services that your approach would bring. Answer: While Salem’s residential and commercial tax rates have actually decreased over the last two years, assessed values continue to rise, contributing to rising taxes that fall just under the levy.  Our neighbors need some relief and I would recommend two initiatives: ...

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3 Questions For Alice Merkl – Councillor at-Large Candidate

Alice Merkl Answers Our Questions Taxes, Development, Housing QUESTION 1 – Salems tax rate, both residential and commercial, has consistently gone up around 2% every year.  Do you feel that this “stability” best serves the city, or should we take another approach? Please be specific as to the impact on city services that your approach would bring. Answer: I don’t agree with the approach of automatically raising our taxes every year.  The goal should be to always look for other resources of revenue to lessen the burden on homeowners and businesses such as grants, state and federal funds for infrastructure, ...

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2019 Election Coverage

Every Election Is Important Preliminary Election Is September 17 By William Legault   “This is an important election” How often do we hear that? Over the last few local election cycles we have been hearing that a lot. It’s true. This is an important election. The last election was important. The election before that was important, as was the one before that.  “On and on ad infinitum” my Salem High School freshman general math teacher the unforgettable Mr. Murray would always say. Well it applies here. Voting is always important. Unfortunately the numbers belie this.  When it comes to our ...

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Judge Feeley – Your Compassion Is Tragically Misplaced

  Judge Feeley Should Step Down Or Be Removed By William Legault   After running the fine letter written by Attorney John G. DiPIano on Monday, I thought it best to let things rest for a bit before I shared my thoughts on Judge Timothy Feeley and the ongoing scourge of heroin and the other addictive opioids. The DiPiano letter as I write this, has reached well over 20,000 people, and been shared over 1,000 times between the Facebook page and this website. In truth those numbers are probably larger. Whenever my thoughts turn to the Opioid Epidemic I think ...

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