Editorials

Go All In – Casinos are a better deal than slots

September 19, 2009
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Speaker Robert DeLeo, formerly of East Boston and now of Winthrop, is believed to be in favor of introducing slot machines into the state’s remaining tracks before going to the full casino concept. Speaker DeLeo has his own mind, and lately, he’s not afraid of using it. He has shown an ability to steer...

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Labor Day ‘09 – Fall is calling

September 12, 2009
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Labor Day has come and gone, finishing off the half-summer during this, the fall of our discontent. The government estimates that 14 million Americans are out of work. The unemployment rate is 9.7 percent and rising, although the numbers of those losing jobs is declining. We all know that the world economy was turned...

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The death of Senator Kennedy

September 4, 2009
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The death of Senator Edward Kennedy was a tragedy of the first order for Massachusetts. His death was our demise in the Senate, and in Washington, where Massachusetts held a very special position from year to year when budget time arrived. Senator Kennedy’s death ends our privileged place in the nation’s capital. No matter...

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Peter McCauley III

September 4, 2009
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The death of Peter McCauley is a tremendous loss for those of us who care about history, and especially about the history of this city. There was no one living or dead, and this includes John Henry, who knew more about the ancient settling of this place, its growth over the centuries, and how...

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The almost hurricane

August 26, 2009
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Hurricane Bill came closer to our coast than any other hurricane in years. The close pass-by caused fear and consternation among those living nearest to the shoreline, and among those of us who know how destructive hurricanes can be when they hit. The Department of Conservation and Recreation closed Revere Beach to bathers Saturday...

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Distributing contraceptives in the public schools

August 26, 2009
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Suspending the current School Department contraceptive distribution program is a backward step. No one in the public schools is forced to accept contraceptives or to use them. As such, the present program makes them available to those who want to use them. Efforts at abstention and chastity among high schoolers, and even among those...

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The Meals Tax Option – The City Council takes a stand, but the need for new revenues is as strong as ever

August 14, 2009
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The City Council has warmed our hearts by refusing to raise the meals tax in the city. The action taken at City Hall Monday night is sure to create some joy among taxpayers and those who frequent the many restaurants and food outlets in the city. The City Council, in this instance, has said...

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Council Motions

August 14, 2009
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09-365 Motion presented by Councillor Guinasso: That the Mayor request the Traffic Commission to look into the feasibility of making Graves Road from Malden Street to Davis Street one-way Monday through Friday between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. in the interest of public safety and at the request of area residents....

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Health Care Reform – Issue is a perfect example of the notion that ‘all politics are local’

August 5, 2009
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The national debate this summer over reforming health care is all about changing a system that’s destined to bankrupt the nation. Nowhere is this more evident than right here in Revere. In the School Department budget next year, it will cost the city $7.7 million to provide health insurance for school employees. Mayor Thomas...

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Revere At 60,000 – A bigger population means larger challenges

July 31, 2009
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Current census estimates peg the city’s population at 60,000. If that figure is real, and there is reason to believe it is, according to Mayor Thomas Ambrosino, then the city has reached a population and a time in its life when its future growth may cause some concern. At 60,000, Revere has become larger...

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Ashley Melnik – Assistant is ready to step up

July 31, 2009
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Nothing is certain in this city when it comes to politics. Politics is as fluid as the ocean, and the minds of politicians can change as quickly as the tides. That said, it appears most likely that Assistant City Clerk Ashley Melnik is a just a step away from achieving her dream of becoming...

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Standing – By Sand sculptures, large crowds, horrific traffic and the city’s failure to do anything about it

July 22, 2009
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The annual Sand Sculpture extravaganza drew tens of thousands of visitors to Revere Beach during the past week. In fact, it is believed well over 100,000 came to Revere. During the weekend, the traffic in and around the sculpture exhibition by the Reinstein gazebo, was heavy, with nearly everyone driving to Revere from Winthrop...

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The Next City Clerk – Haas emerges as a leading candidate

July 22, 2009
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Former mayor and now Councilor-at-Large Robert Haas is apparently interested in becoming the city clerk. Many of his colleagues on the council are said to be leaning toward Haas this week. For the record, we believe Haas would make a competent and businesslike city clerk and that he has the potential of maintaining the...

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John Henry’s Legacy – He served with dignity and honesty

July 16, 2009
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The retirement of City Clerk John Henry marks a moment in the city’s modern history when it is losing one of its most capable public servants. It has been more than 31 years since Mr. Henry was given his position by the Revere City Council. His appointment, at the time, was a political act...

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So, Who’s next? – Quality candidates emerge

July 16, 2009
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Six votes of the City Council will determine who takes over the position where John Henry left off last Friday. It is Mr. Henry’s hope that he will be succeeded by someone who knows the job, who is devoted to it, who would remain exclusively driven by it and whom he trained and whom...

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A Summer Without – Lousy forecasts and dampened spirits

July 8, 2009
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This is the summer that has never really arrived, the ghost that cannot be seen, the cat that isn’t let out of the proverbial bag. The summer is all bottled up somewhere, lurking inside a flask like a precious brew, too expensive to be poured right now or no one around to let the...

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The Fourth of July ‘09 – Celebrating our 233rd year of independence

July 3, 2009
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This year marks the 233rd year of American Independence. It has been the best of years. It has been the worst of years. It is to be a summer filled with great hope. It is to be a summer that won’t be without major despair. The nation is a vastly changed place from what...

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A Great Decision – RFD shows its true colors

June 24, 2009
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The Revere Fire Department rank and file has done the right thing in a big way in order to save the jobs of a half-dozen of their colleagues by making a deal with the city to forgo contractual obligations. This is big medicine for their colleagues, who would certainly have lost their jobs. It...

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Two-way Street? – When it comes to take-home vehicles, both sides of the debate are well represented

June 24, 2009
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There has been an ongoing debate going on at City Hall between Police Chief Terence Reardon and former Police Officer Charlie Patch, now Councilor Patch and Mayor Thomas Ambrosino. Patch believes giving commanding officers what turns out to be private automobiles to drive to their homes at the city’s expense is a waste of...

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Rotondo Was Right – His GPS plan pays dividends

June 20, 2009
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Many months ago when Councillor George Rotondo requested that the city install surveillance devices and GPS tracking devices to stop the theft of city property from the Department of Public Works (DPW) city yard, he was ridiculed, and in some quarters, demonized. Last week, even his detractors conceded that had it not been for...

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