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A Witch City Educator In China Dealing With COVID

Shannon Dinan: From Collins Middle School To China Interview by William Legault   1. Can you give us a synopsis of your teaching background and how it is that you came to be teaching in China? I have been teaching all my life in some form or another. It all started with me teaching swimming …

Musing On The Museum Place Parking Garage

$1.1 Million In Funding Proposed For Repairs Is It Too Little Too Late? By William Legault   The very first municipal structure of any kind that many visitors to Salem see up close and personal is the Museum Place Mall Parking Garage. As soon as they hit the city limits, signs appear that direct them …

Bistro 118 Seized For Taxes

The End Of A Long Time Trouble Spot  The Tax Man Does What The ABCC Would Not By William Legault On arising from my slumber this morning I was intending to write a little something about the zoning situation in Salem. The words were forming in my head. Quilt, mish-mash, and organized chaos were all …

Ward 6 Recount Ruling Favors City

  Megan Riccardi To Be Sworn In Tomorrow Night Full Council Inauguration On Tap  By William Legault   So it’s over. Nine days of testimony. A very aggressive and spirited case was presented by Jerry Ryan’s lawyer Mary-Ellen Manning. A true kitchen sink approach where everything that could be thrown into the fray was indeed …

Injunction Unction What’s Your Function?

Ryan Lawsuit Is Politics As Usual The Lawyers Win, The Ugliness Continues, Salem Loses  By William Legault Why? That is the only real question to be asked regarding tomorrows hearing at the courthouse in Lawrence. A few years ago a political brawl was initiated in Salem over the use of a single word. Sanctuary. One …

Thoughts: City Council, Schools, Taxes, Historic Cemeteries

Four Thoughts For Salem Government Or Four Pipe Dreams For Salem Government By William Legault   As we approach the end of the year in Salem city government I’m taking a few moments to consider few things of interest in the year gone by and the year that approaches. CITY COUNCIL The City Council chambers …

ELECTION 2019 – Ward Six Recount Monday

A One Vote Riccardi Margin On The Line Déjà vu All Over Again for Ryan And Barton By William Legault   It’s been said, most notably by author Thomas Wolfe that “you can’t go home again.” A couple of years ago Jerry Ryan, who was raised in Ward 6, moved from Ward Four to Ward …

Highland Avenue Zoning – Civil Discussion Is Needed

355 – 373 Highland Avenue Again On The Hot Seat Is the Need For Business Or Residential? By William Legault   The following definition is borrowed from Wikepedia. “Zoning is the process of dividing land in a municipality into zones (e.g. residential, industrial) in which certain land uses are permitted or prohibited. In addition, the …

ELECTION 2019 – The Day After

A Few Thoughts On The Election By William Legault   It is the day after another contentious election cycle here in Salem. Lots of political noise and thunder resonated across the city over the last six  months. Despite that the turnout was low. Noise and thunder alone do not make a storm. The at-large race …

Election 2019 – Tomorrow We Vote

Tuesdays Vote is Prelude to 2021 Council And School Committee Seats Up For Grabs By William Legault   Tomorrow the winds of political rhetoric will cease to blow. Another election day has come to Salem. To hear many, this is the most important local election that we have ever seen. It isn’t. Every election is …

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