Editorials

Bishops Urge Support for Increase in Minimum Wage

May 11, 2018
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The following is a statement from the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts In a civilized society every hard-working individual deserves to be compensated at a rate that is fair, just, and in line with the inherent dignity that we are all God’s children regardless of economic status. A fair and just wage directly supports...
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Captain Amy O’Hara

May 11, 2018
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 25 years since newly promoted Revere Police Captain Amy O’Hara joined the Revere Police Department. It was clear to everybody, both from within and outside the Police Department, that upon her being sworn in as an officer in 1994, that Captain O’Hara was destined for great...
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Taking Care of Our Veterans

May 11, 2018
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The recent announcement by Gov. Charlie Baker that the state has secured approximately $70 million in federal funding for the new, 154-bed Community Living Center at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home assures that this much-needed and important project will go forward. Our state leaders, most notably Gov. Baker, House Speaker Bob DeLeo, and Secretary of...
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President Trump Plans to Make Drugs Affordable Again

May 4, 2018
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During his State of the Union address, President Trump pledged to drive down drug prices. That’s a worthy goal. Fortunately, the Trump administration is already pursuing it in ways that protect patients and encourage research and development. Many strategies that candidate Trump proposed on the campaign trail would have done more harm than good....
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Thank You, Revere Youth Baseball and Softball

May 4, 2018
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Revere baseball is enjoying a resurgence and much credit must go to Revere Youth Baseball and Softball (RYBS) President Danny Dacey and his fellow board members for working hard to bring such a well-organized program to our city for any boy or girl who wishes to participate. More than 500 youths are competing in...
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Infrastructure Necessary for Energy Independence

April 28, 2018
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President Trump recently declared, “we are now an exporter of energy to the world.”  Yet due to shortages this winter, Boston was forced to import Russian natural gas to ensure people had the fuel they need to heat their homes. President Trump is right. Right now, American oil and gas output is 50 percent...
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Letter to the Editor

April 21, 2018
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Dear Editor: Lung cancer deaths are estimated to outnumber prostate, breast, and colorectal cancer deaths in Massachusetts this year, combined. One of the major risk factors for lung cancer is tobacco use. Deaths due to tobacco use are some of the most preventable deaths, and amount to almost one in five deaths in the...
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Disappointed with Wheelabrator Decision by State Officials

April 21, 2018
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In the wake of last week’s announcement by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to grant a final permit to Wheelabrator Saugus to extend the life of its ash landfill, local officials and respected environmental advocacy groups are expressing strong disapproval of the Baker administration’s decision.  Under the permit, Wheelabrator will now be able...
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Is April the New January?

April 21, 2018
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When the meteorologists had compiled their weather statistics for the months of February and March, they informed us that for the second straight year, February actually was warmer than March. This pronouncement led the pundits to ponder whether, “March is the new February and February is the new March.” As longtime Eastern New Englanders,...
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Everyone Can Do Something for Our City

April 21, 2018
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The plea in last week’s Revere Journal that was voiced by Mayor Brian Arrigo in a column in our opinion page, in which the mayor urged his fellow residents to become involved in their city government by volunteering for a position on a city board, was both refreshing and unprecedented. Mayor Arrigo has made...
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Keeping the Promise

April 13, 2018
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The following article is written by school officials from Revere, Chelsea, and the Greater Boston area. Among the many challenges facing public schools today is to fund an adequate education for all students but especially students with complex learning requirements, gaps in academic experiences, and language acquisition proficiency needs. Students with these kinds of...
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A Municipal ‘Call to Arms’

April 13, 2018
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We all remember our grade school history lesson when we studied Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the famous phrase extolling “…government of the people, by the people, and for the people…” Government’s sacred function is to serve its people.  But the “government” is not some isolated entity. It is, as President Lincoln articulated, comprised...
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Red Line/Blue Line Connector

April 13, 2018
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The hiring of VHB Engineering to begin a three-month study on the feasibility of the Red Line/Blue Line Connector certainly comes as good news to residents who depend on public transportation to commute to their jobs and homes on a daily basis. While the price tag for this connector is steep, the advantages to...
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Bond Rating is a Big Deal

April 13, 2018
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Municipal bond ratings typically do not garner a lot of public attention. The minutiae of how and why an agency such as Standard & Poor’s assesses the financial health of every city and town in the nation typically is the province of accountants working in the back-offices of some big office building. Their language...
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Revere Through the Years

April 6, 2018
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10 years ago April 2, 2008 A fire at Lee’s Trailer Park the week has raised eyebrows in the city and added another chapter to the drama involving the Parkway park that has unfolded over the past few years. The fire occurred at 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning and burned-out the trailer of Marc Goodman,...
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Letter to the Editor

April 6, 2018
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Alert to Constituents Dear Editor: It is important at this time that I remind you of certain healthcare costs that will be affecting your pocketbook. First The increasing cost of medical transportation (ambulance service) is changing drastically as a result of contractors taking this business with no intention of considering the price which will...
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Martin Luther King Made Us All Better People

April 6, 2018
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This week — April 4 to be precise — marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King as he stood on a balcony of a Memphis motel room. Dr. King had come to Memphis to support striking sanitation workers, the majority of whom were black and underpaid. Dr. King is...
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Joseph Festa

April 6, 2018
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The death of Joseph Festa last week removes one of the most recognized faces in our community.  Joe Festa never held any elected office, but was as well known as some of the legendary mayors of our city. The reason for this vast recognition lies in the fact that Joe Festa was there for...
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Gas and Oil Re-Invest Tax Windfall

March 30, 2018
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President Trump’s recent tax overhaul has American CEOs feeling generous. Walmart and American Airlines are among the big companies giving employees bonuses of up to $1,000 each; Lockheed Martin is putting an additional $5 million toward employee pensions, and Cigna is upping its hourly minimum wage to $16. Some pundits are accusing the energy...
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Letters to the Editor

March 30, 2018
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More Safeguards, Better Options Dear Editor and fellow residents: Many people have reached out to me about my recent lone dissenting vote on the Suffolk Downs overlay changes. Yes, in the 9 -1-1 vote, I was the lone vote not to approve the proposed changes for the potential 3,000 residential apartment units for Suffolk...
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