While waxing on about his homeland, Kerry said: “It turned out that in Massachusetts, they weren’t as tolerant as they thought they were going to be. They had witch hunts in Salem, Mass., and they burned people at the stake.”
That, of course, is wrong. We didn’t burn witches, we hanged them or crushed them to death with heavy stones. Not that any of those horrible fates is any better, but at least the Yale graduate could have been historically accurate.
Earlier in the same event, while talking of intolerance, Kerry said: “In America, you have a right to be stupid if you want to be.”
That time, he got it right.
We got a letter this week from George Berry, our Salem Willows correspondent.
He clipped out the picture from the last Heard Around Town of the “historic” men’s bathroom at Salem Willows the city is trying to lease.
On the clipping, he scrawled: “Perfect for a French bistro: ‘La Trine.’”
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