Editorials

Petruccelli’s Expanded Gambling Bill a Roadmap the Governor will Approve

April 6, 2011
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Our State Senator Anthony Petruccelli has filed legislation that provides for an expanded gambling bill that the Senate would likely pass and which he would like to place on the governor’s desk in a matter of weeks. Representative Carlo Basile has co-sponsored the bill. He is right to do so. Speed is of the...

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Let’s make a Deal – The Speaker and the Governor Appear to be Sitting at the Same Table

March 30, 2011
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Speaker Robert DeLeo appears to be coming closer to reaching an agreement with Governor Deval Patrick about what exact shape and form an expanded gambling bill will take. All signals are pointing to a dramatic increase in interaction between the governor and the speaker – and in fact, a meeting apparently held by the...

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A Fitting Honor – Public Safety Building Should Be Named in Memory of George Colella

March 23, 2011
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City Councillor Steven Reardon has entered a motion before the city council asking that the city’s new police and fire station complex should be named after the late Mayor George Colella. Colella died recently, leaving as his testament a lifelong devotion to this city which spanned longer than 50 years in public service. He...

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Electronic Games – Isn’t the Lottery Supposed to Be in Charge?

March 23, 2011
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We have watched with awe the proliferation into a wide variety of business locations throughout the city and region of electronic machines that are the rough equivalent of card playing machines or electronic slot machines. Our fascination here with everything that mimics gambling at a casino leads us to wonder how the state is...

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Good Luck, Coach – Basketball Coach Has Left a Big Impression

March 23, 2011
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We want to thank Revere High School basketball coach Diana DeCristoforo for her outstanding leadership of the program for the past two seasons. As most of you have heard by now, she is leaving to become an assistant coach at Salem State University. With her leadership and guidance, the Revere High School girls basketball...

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Catastrophe in Japan – Contemplating the Unthinkable

March 16, 2011
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We live directly on the ocean in a good part of this city. We are as attached to the movements of the Atlantic Ocean as Japan is attached to the movement of the Pacific Ocean. We live in the belief that what happened in Japan can’t happen here. Think again. If the ocean floor...

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Library Woes – Former Director Faces Numerous Charges

March 16, 2011
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A long, long time has passed since the former Revere public library librarian Robert Rice, Jr. left his position under a cloud of suspicion. Now comes an indictment – 21 counts – by a Suffolk County grand jury alleging that he embezzled money, stole things, and on and on and on. There were many...

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Markey Right on – Congress Should Follow His Lead

March 16, 2011
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Our Congressman Edward Markey suggested that Congress gets busy and stops the construction of nuclear plants on earthquake fault lines, among others. He made that decision after assessing the situation in Japan following the earthquake and the tsunami. We want to thank the congressman for his common sense. We totally agree with him. We...

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Time to Make a Push – Speaker Deleo Should Bring Expanded Gaming Legislation to the House Floor

March 9, 2011
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It is the right time and we are in the right place to Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, to make haste in bringing to the floor of the House a new version of the expanded gambling bill. We have known the Speaker for a long, long time and what he has done for...

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And They’re off – Racing Poised to Return to Suffolk Downs

March 3, 2011
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As we head toward spring and the rebirth of everything frozen and covered with snow and ice for months already, at least we do so in the knowledge that there will likely be 80 days of professional horse racing taking place at Suffolk Downs.   All the agreements necessary to make this happen apparently...

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Expensive Holidays – This Experiment Isn’t Adding Up

March 3, 2011
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The so-called Suffolk County hack holidays – Bunker Hill Day and Evacuation Day – were literally done away with last year when the governor agreed with the Legislature that more money would be saved than is spent keeping Suffolk County offices open on these two days than closed. So two important historical events –...

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City Salaries – The Mayor’s Position Should Set the Standard

February 23, 2011
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We have no negative comments to make about city salaries. They are inevitably what they are. We do complain that the mayor of the city is paid substantially less than school principals, police officers, police sergeants, lieutenants, captains and the police chief. This includes also the fire chief, deputy chiefs and assistant school superintendents....

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The Next Step – The Future of Our Lady of Lourdes

February 23, 2011
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The Boston Archdiocese has announced that it will be having a series of discussions with parishioners of closed churches about their future use. This will include talking with former parishioners of the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Beachmont. The church building has been relegated to what the Archdiocese refers to as profane use...

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Meters on the Beach – Cleanliness is Priority Number One

February 17, 2011
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During the past five years Revere Beach has never looked better – and it would look even better if the vast majority of the people who use the beach, who come here by automobile, picked up their trash rather than leaving it on the beach as though the beach was their private dumping ground....

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Smoking Ban – City, Dcr Should Follow Boston’s Lead

February 17, 2011
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The City of Revere should be thinking about banning smoking in public places and so too should the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Boston is now considering such an order as two Boston City Councillors have made the suggestion. Some believe this type of ban on public smoking would be too much of a...

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Get Well, Mr. Speaker – Injury Won’t Slow Bob Deleo

February 17, 2011
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We want to wish Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo a quick recovery from the broken ankle injury that he sustained in a fall on the ice outside his Winthrop home. We’re sure it won’t deter him from his busy legislative schedule and the many appearances that he makes throughout the state. We’re...

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Speaking of Snow … Recalling the Blizzard of ’78

February 10, 2011
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During this winter that does not seem to want to end, take a moment to recall the Blizzard of 1978, which took place this week, 33 years ago. Not withstanding everything that has come after, there was no storm, no set of storms, no entire year of storms combined that compares reasonably with what...

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Mayoral Campaign- Candidates are following the Right Steps

February 10, 2011
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Right now, both candidates for mayor, Councillor at Large Dan Rizzo and Councillor George Rotondo are doing what ought to be done. They are debating nearly every week on the Op-ed page of the Revere Journal. The debate has been thoughtful, even forceful, and we expect it will become more compelling as time goes...

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Snow Emergency – This is a Winter We won’t soon Forget

February 3, 2011
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The snow emergency facing us is now a constant in our lives. It has disrupted nearly everything we do and it appears there is no end in sight during a winter that might prove to be the worst of all time when all is said and done. January was a snow disaster. February is...

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Holding out Hope – Gaming Legislation Back on the Radar

February 3, 2011
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Many signs point to the possibility that the House and the Senate will take up an expanded gaming bill during this session on Beacon Hill. This is good news for those of us who believe a casino at Suffolk Downs would be a great stimulus to the local economy creating jobs and new taxes...

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