Editorials

The Cold Temperatures

February 20, 2013
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We were spoiled after last week’s balmy temperatures.  We agree that the Blizzard of 2013 was not much fun especially if you had to do the snow shoveling, but the temperatures last week were enjoyable.  But Sunday and Monday came and back into the deep freeze we went. Of course for many of us,...

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The Blizzard of 2013

February 13, 2013
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The Blizard of 2013 has been put into the record books.  And for those of us old enough  to remember the Blizzard if 1978, we have survived both these natural catastrophes. Reflecting on the aftermath of the two storms and their effects on our city is a story of night and day. Who can...

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ED Markey’s Senate Candidacy: Our Long-time Congressman Has Received Many Endorsements

February 6, 2013
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Although it is the long-standing policy of this newspaper not to endorse candidates for public office, we nonetheless feel compelled to make note of the candidacy of our outstanding, long-time Congressman, Edward J. Markey, for the U.S. Senate seat which has been vacated by John F. Kerry, who is the new Secretary of State...

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The Names Have Changed, but Not the Game of Politics

January 31, 2013
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In the old west of the 1870’s, Judge Roy Bean dispensed justice west of the Pecos with his saying: “We are going to give this man a fair trial before we go out and hang him.” That was his justice back then and to observers of the recent events at the Revere Housing Authority,...

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The Marijuana Dispensary Issue: The Law Has a Good Intent,but It Overall is Not Suitable for Revere

January 23, 2013
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The City Council’s public hearing on Jan. 28th concerning the issue of the new law passed by the voters in November that allows for the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries deserves thoughtful consideration by both residents and our council members. We recognize that the basis for the creation of  marijuana dispensaries are two-fold: First,...

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A Worthy Memorial: Recognition for the Women Who Served in WWII Long Overdue

January 23, 2013
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The effort by Eileen Merullo and others to ensure that the military service of women in World War II does not go unremembered is one of the most worthy causes to have come along in quite a while. There were 141 Revere women, of whom Eileen was one, who directly contributed to the war...

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Remembering Rev. King: A Man Who Stood Up for the Rights of Everybody

January 23, 2013
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For those of us of a certain age, it is hard to imagine that 2013 will mark 45 years since the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis while he was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. Recalling the news of his murder still brings chills and a deep sense...

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Not a Great Idea: Regional Housing Authorities a Disservice

January 16, 2013
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Everything in life has its pluses and minuses. But in our view, whatever the pluses may be of Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposal to eliminate the 240 local housing authorities and consolidate them into six regional offices are far outweighed by the negatives. The front page story outlines the views of our local officials and...

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State of City Full of Good News

January 9, 2013
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Mayor Dan Rizzo delivered his State of the City address on Monday night – his first since taking office last January – and it was certainly full of information, good news and deserved optimism. Make no mistake, there are some challenges coming. Mid-year cuts to the City’s local aid funds from the state. A...

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Novoselsky a Good Choice for President

January 9, 2013
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City Councillor Ira Novoselsky is perhaps one of the few full-time councillors who has yet to wield the gavel as Council President. Though he has been on the Council for many years, he has never had that leading role on the body. Though he has been vice president several times, until now, he has...

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Working Across City Boundaries

January 4, 2013
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Many, many years ago, Chelsea and Revere were one in the same city. There were no boundaries along the Parkway or Chelsea Creek that separated the communities. When the communities were based on agriculture in the early days, there are stories in the history books of Chelsea farmers and Revere farmers banding together in...

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Ring out the Old…. To Our Readers a Happy and Healthy 2013

December 27, 2012
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We often quote a verse from Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “Ring Out Wild Bells” when we write our annual New Year’s editorial. We write about the events that happened in the old year and discuss those that may come in the new, as well as our hopes for a better year than the year before....

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Outrage at Newtown

December 20, 2012
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In the morning and early afternoon hours of last Friday, virtually every parent looked at their children – whether those children were young or old – and felt the terror that parents in Newtown felt. It was too easy to imagine the screams of little six-year-old children facing down the real “monster under the...

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Congratulations Cheerleaders

December 20, 2012
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We want to congratulate the Revere Pop Warner cheerleading teams for the remarkable success they achieved in the National Championships held at Disney World earlier this month. The accomplishment of the Revere squads – the ‘C’ winning the national title for the second year in a row, and the ‘A’ and ‘D’ squads finishing...

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Council Approves TIF

December 12, 2012
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We support the recent unanimous vote by the City Council to approve the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Agreement for DeMoulas at the Northgate Shopping Mall.  The amount of money that is to be foregone by the City (about $100,000 per year for 10 years, as compared to the yearly tax revenue of almost $210,000...

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State Aid Cuts

December 12, 2012
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Just when we thought that we were out of the woods with regard to local aid reductions by the state, local officials across the Commonwealth were notified last week that there will be almost $9 million less in discretionary state aid available to cities and towns for the current fiscal year.  For Revere, this...

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Fuel Assistance Program Benefits Must Continue

December 5, 2012
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We have admired the outstanding work that Bob Repucci, executive director of Community Action Programs Intercity (CAPIC) has done for so many years on behalf of low-income residents in Revere and the neighboring communities of Chelsea and Winthrop. In a story in the Journal this week, Mr. Repucci expresses his concerns that the state...

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Casino Bombshell

November 30, 2012
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The possible re-entry of Las Vegas casino billionaire Steve Wynn into the bidding of the only Greater Boston area casino license has created a new twist into what was thought to be an almost certain lock by the owners of Suffolk Downs and its partner Caesar’s Entertainment who had been the sole bidders for...

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Thanksgiving 2012

November 21, 2012
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This Thanksgiving, as we pause to reflect, there are mixed signs of where we as a nation are headed.  First for the good news: The presidential election showed more minorities participated in the voting process. The home mortgage crisis that triggered the real estate freefall of price values has seen stabilization and housing starts...

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Veteran’s Day

November 14, 2012
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This past weekend Americans stopped to remember the veterans of the wars in which we as a country have been engaged. Our debt to these men and women can never be repaid for their service.  For those of us, who never have been in the heat of battle, heard the terrifying sounds of bullets...

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