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February 7, 2014

Benton: TIerney faces a tough field

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Such partnerships go back a long way in Salem, most notably to the effort more than a quarter-century ago by a coalition of government, business and institutional leaders known as The Salem Partnership to boost tourism by expanding the role and footprint of the National Park Service in the city. Current Mayor Kim Driscoll has done plenty to encourage these kinds of cooperative venture by, for instance, getting involved in the state’s Gateway Cities program.

Visits by key economic players like Rosengren and projects like a major expansion of the Salem Waterfront Hotel announced this week don’t happen by accident.

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I have to echo former Peabody City Councilor Fred Murtagh’s praise, voiced in a recent letter on this page, for local activist Bill Power. Recently departed for the fields and meadows of nearby Topsfield, Power was a tireless promoter of Peabody history and was never afraid to roll up his sleeves and get involved.

He has been a reliable source of information for this reporter and many others over the years and will be missed by those who want people to know that there’s more to the story of this region’s development than what occurred in Salem.

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Veteran Salem School Committeeman Brendan Walsh’s description as “elitist snobs” those Salem Education Foundation members who worked for his defeat in the last election, seemed a bit of an overreaction. Better, however, than the late Vice President Spiro Agnew’s description of those educators opposed to the Nixon administration’s Vietnam policies as “impudent snobs.”

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And to quote another famous politician, having been in snowy New Jersey rather that sunny Arizona the past week, I feel your pain.

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