Editorials

What it all means – Assessing the results of last week’s election

November 11, 2009
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The voters have spoken. It turned out not to be a great year of change – but there were changes nevertheless. Those changes will affect how this city is governed and will also impact the future and exactly how it plays out during the next two years at city hall. In the at-large councillor...
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The Talbot – Case Plea agreement done in the name of justice

November 5, 2009
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The agreement by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office to allow one of the Talbot murder case principals to plead out is based on sound legal logic. We believe it puts the case one step closer to adjudication and just about everyone in Revere hoping for justice to be done in this instance has...
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Reinstein’s Stand – State Rep. is a strong voice for expanded gaming

November 5, 2009
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As the casino gambling debate gets officially underway on Beacon Hill, we believe we can rely on our Representative Kathi Anne Reinstein for real leadership before a final deal is made to allow a license for a casino at Suffolk Downs. Reinstein favors such a license – as we do. She knows such a...
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It’s Up To You – Council seats are in your hands

October 29, 2009
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Next Tuesday is Election Day. We urge everyone registered to vote to get out and vote. It is important. This year, there is a large slate of candidates and a compelling referendum issue. Without a mayor’s race, turnout is expected to be lower than usual, perhaps 35-40 percent. While there is no mayor’s race,...
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A Bad Sign – Sorry happenings in Ward 2

October 29, 2009
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There is a close battle being waged between Councillor Ira Novoselsky and Steven Morabito. Novoselsky reported Friday to police that 50 of his campaign signs had been torn down. We do not believe for a moment this is the work of Morabito. Rather, it is the work of an anti-Ira Novoselsky voter. Such activities...
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Unhealthy, Unwise – When politics becomes a hindrance

October 21, 2009
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The local Health Department stopped Councillor-at-Large candidate George Rotondo from inoculating residents at a flu clinic being held at Saint Anthony’s Church earlier this week. A number of councillor-at-large candidates apparently complained that Rotondo would have an undue advantage if he got to perform the inoculations, many of which would have included young children...
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Revere’s Finest – Lt. Azzari and Officer Rose are honored

October 21, 2009
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The Hanna Awards Committee of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security has acknowledged the heroism and valor shown by two Revere Police officers following a homicide in Revere last year. Lt. John Azzari and Officer James Rose will be presented with the Medal of Valor and the Medal of Honor respectively during...
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A Cold Wind is Blowing – More shortfalls, more headaches

October 13, 2009
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News out of Beacon Hill reveals the state is going to be short on cash to the tune of $900 million to $1 billion in the next budget go around. This comes as shocking news to mayors and town governments all over the Commonwealth. Such a deficit will vastly affect municipal services and public...
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Casino Gambling – Suffolk Downs remains a solid bet

October 13, 2009
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Revere has one ace in the hole in these tough economic times, so to speak. It is casino gambling and a new stream of revenue, some of which will make its way into the Revere city treasury, if and when that time arrives. One gets the perceptible feeling that a casino at Suffolk Downs...
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Time… Down the Drain – A classic case of misplaced priorities

October 7, 2009
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At the United Nations, the Security Council is discussing whether or not Iran must live up to its agreements regarding that nation’s effort to build a nuclear reactor to produce electricity. If they build the reactor and produce enough plutonium, then they might build a nuclear bomb. At the state house, the discussion is...
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Cause for Concern? – Senator involved in alleged accident

October 7, 2009
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Senator Anthony Galluccio is a good guy. He has been a great friend to Revere. We like him. But we worry about him. Another possible automobile accident – this time a hit and run – causes us to believe that Senator Galluccio needs some help. We trust he will do the right thing to...
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Two Years and Counting – The Talbot case faces yet another postponement

October 3, 2009
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The Daniel Talbot homicide investigation is now at two years and counting. It appears the prosecution of those apparently involved in the Revere police officer’s murder on the ball field behind Revere High School has grown so complex that the trial scheduled to begin in January might very will be postponed again. The trial...
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One Step Closer – Casinos are starting to look like a sure bet

September 24, 2009
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With the support of Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo now a reality, casino gambling has taken a large, incremental step closer. With State Senate President Therese Murray also on board, this leaves only the governor to weigh in, and the debate will be virtually at an end; although there will be meetings, public...
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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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