Editorials

Happy Anniversary Carlo and Stacy

March 11, 2010
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Mayor Carlo DeMaria and his lovely wife Stacy celebrated their 13th Wedding Anniversary this week. We understand the mayor and his wife were celebrating the anniversary when the call came in to the mayor asking him to run down to city hall to make an appearance at an Aldermen’s meeting. He did this –...

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Parking at Waters Avenue needs some discussion

March 11, 2010
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The developer of a major housing project on Waters Avenue has petitioned the city for a variance. The developer needs close to 400 parking spaces for the 198 units he is seeking to build. However, paper work presented at city hall reveals he is asking to provide 98 spaces only. If approved, such a...

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Anthony Ventura

March 11, 2010
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The former owner of Everett Square Sporting Goods, Anthony Ventura, was one of this city’s best-known downtown businesspeople. He was a good, good guy – a generous man who understood his business and who cared about his clientele. Inside his store, he catered to the sporting equipment needs of generations of Everett’s girls and...

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Spiraling cost for city employee health insurance unsustainable

March 4, 2010
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As Mayor Carlo DeMaria goes about the effort of cutting city spending, he must ultimately and inevitably deal with the health care monster – that is – the cost of insuring the city’s employees. It turns out, Everett’s per employee cost for supplying city paid for health insurance is $26,000 a year. According to...

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Pay your taxes, Representative Smith

March 4, 2010
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The list of those property owners in Everett who have not paid their property taxes was printed last week for public scrutiny according to the law. One of those making the list was Representative Steve Smith. We would urge Rep. Smith to pay his taxes like the rest of us. He especially, should not...

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Absentee ballot conundrum

February 25, 2010
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We once again call attention to the School Committee’s effort to straighten out the possible illegal use of absentee ballots that has grown serious enough to warrant changing the system The percentages of absentee ballots handed in given the total vote are way out of whack according to official records. In the event of...

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From Yemen to Everett

February 25, 2010
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The LNG tanker from Yemen has arrived, and as the Coast Guard predicted, its entrance into Boston harbor went smoothly. Of course it went smoothly. But what happens when that one time, that one fatal instance occurs when it doesn’t go smoothly, when there is a disaster at the hands of terrorists or a...

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Tiger Woods

February 25, 2010
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Did you watch and listen to Tiger Woods last Friday when he apologized for not being able to control his lower mammalian impulses? We did. And you know what? We tended to believe him and to appreciate his apology. W are left to wonder, as we are sure he is, just how he is...

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The $37 commercial tax rate

February 17, 2010
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The effort to reduce the commercial tax rate for owners of properties worth $1 million or less, as suggested by Aldermen Mike Marchese and Joe McGonagle is a good idea in a perfect world. But the world is not perfect – and Everett’s fiscal and tax situation is tied to the same sad facts...

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The $37 commercial tax rate is a big burden to carry

February 11, 2010
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Downtown Everett is in danger of losing a number of its most popular and durable retailers if the commercial tax rate remains where it is. With the tax rate so high and revenues so low, and with property values dropping and assessments remaining high, property owners and their tenants especially in the downtown are...

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