Editorials

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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A Super Supermarker – Market Basket opens in Chelsea

June 20, 2009
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The Largest supermarket in New England is now open for business in Chelsea on the site of the old Market Basket, just off Everett Avenue. The new Market Basket is an extraordinary store, with a bakery, a full-time sushi chef, a coffee shop where shoppers can stop for a latte – and the other...

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The Standard – Raduazzo sets the example by which all cab owners and operators should follow

June 10, 2009
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The city needs to create a fair playing field for everyone who wants to own and operate a cab here. The police department being shorthanded, as the chief noted at City Hall last week, isn’t a valid excuse for the regulation sloppiness. As we see it, Bobby Raduazzo of Patriot Taxi is the example...

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Historical Perspective – Remembering D-Day, June 6, 1944

June 10, 2009
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June 6, 1944. Revere, Massachusetts – moments after the announcement over the radio that the invasion of Europe had begun to spread. Men and women throughout this city with sons and daughters in the armed forces fell to their knees where they stood and prayed, cried or simply collapsed. The thought of it was...

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An Embarrassment – City officials should know better

June 4, 2009
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The recent altercation between Department of Public Works Director Don Goodwin and Councillor-at-Large John Correggio at a wake at a local funeral home is an outrage to the sensibilities of everyone in this city who show proper respect for the dead when in their presence. We cannot think of a single valid reason for...

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The Brotherhood – Firefighters should bypass a small pay raise to save jobs from their ranks

June 4, 2009
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Firefighters think of themselves as one big extended family – a brotherhood of sorts. And so we are left to wonder, why won’t Revere firefighters put off a small pay raise next year in order to save the jobs of seven brothers? The city will lay off seven firefighters soon as it struggles to...

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Were They Listening? – Revere High School students fail to heed warnings about prom-night drinking

May 28, 2009
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There are many guilty parties in the prom party mess that apparently caused 41 Revere High School students to be arrested in Maine over the weekend for drunkenness, possession of alcohol and underage drinking. What makes all of this worse is that the kids were at a party apparently planned and held at a...

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A Year of Change? – Important decisions need to be made

May 28, 2009
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Many political pundits are wondering if this year will be one of change. In other words, will the electoral process this year be about the people taking back the power by pushing the politicians out of office in favor of new ones, or will it be about the politicians holding the power and fighting...

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Memorial Day – Honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice

May 20, 2009
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Memorial Day is intended as a dedication to those who gave their lives for this nation. Giving your life for your nation is the ultimate sacrifice. Those who have served in battle, who have witnessed the death of their comrades in arms all agree – the glory of war is absent when you stand...

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Harsh Realities – Galluccio sizes up our state’s budget woes

May 13, 2009
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This week’s Revere Journal contains a letter written by State Sen. Anthony Galluccio to some of the elected officials in his district, including, naturally, Mayor Thomas Ambrosino. The letter is noteworthy for its bluntness and candor. It’s not the kind of correspondence that elected officials usually throw out for public consumption. We applaud Galluccio...

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Meters on the Beach – In the end, effort probably not worth it

May 13, 2009
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We have long been advocates of installing parking meters at Revere Beach, so we find ourselves agreeing with Councillor-at-Large Dan Rizzo’s motion to do so. However, our strong support for such a measure was more meaningful before the sidewalks running the length of the beach were redone by the Department of Conservation and Recreation...

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Chaos on the Beach – Incident highlights the need for contingency plans

May 6, 2009
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Last week’s chaotic and ineffectual public safety response to the invasion of Revere Beach by about 3,000 Boston school students who played hookey proved that there are no contingency plans in effect with the State Police or Revere Police to maintain public safety during a crisis. The State Police response to the invasion was...

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Feeling Dismayed – Council refuses to cut expense accounts and longevity bonuses

April 30, 2009
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By a vote of 9-2, the Revere City Council decided against cutting its $600 a month expense account and longevity bonuses for some of its members, amounting to tens of thousands of dollars. Only Councillor-at-Large George Colella voted for the cuts, along with Ward Councillor George Rotondo. Also, to his credit, Council President Dan...

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A show of leadership – Rizzo’s motion was a step in the right direction

April 10, 2009
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Council President Dan Rizzo entered a motion before the City Council Monday night asking the council to do away with the one day pension benefit, that is, serving one day into a new year as a city employee (and then retiring immediately) and receiving a larger pension based on an extra year served. The...

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Credit Where It’s Due – Thank you, Mr. Henneberry

April 2, 2009
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License Commission Chairman Thomas Henneberry didn’t shrink or fail to stand his ground, despite heavy lobbying and legal maneuvering by a group of bar owners seeking a return to the 2 a.m. closing. The commission took the action last year of lowering the closing hour of the city’s liquor establishments to 1a.m. Henneberry said...

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Council’s Pay Package – Pension system is, above all, legal

April 2, 2009
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The Revere City Council has one of the best pay packages of any City Council in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is old news for Revere voters and taxpayers. According to a front page story that appeared in the Boston Sunday Globe last weekend, Revere’s pay and pension system allows for councilors to collect...

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Give Us A Sign – City should have been notified about billboard plan

March 25, 2009
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The MBTA has announced a program that is intended to sell enough new billboard spaces on T properties to bring in millions of dollars of new revenue. Regrettably, Revere is one of those cities where the T is planning to sell new spaces for billboards. In all likelihood, the billboard spaces will be sold...

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Cap on Salaries? – The time might be right

March 25, 2009
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The time is rapidly approaching when Revere and all the cities and towns in the commonwealth will no longer be able to afford the bloated salaries of those municipal employees earning more than $90,000 a year. Middle echelon municipal employees earning in the $60,000 range and everyone below don’t cost the city nearly as...

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