, Salem, MA


March 12, 2014

Letter: Walsh has been good for Salem

To the editor:

I agree with J. Michael Ward’s viewpoint (”Paper wrong to criticize Walsh,” March 3) on Brendan Walsh’s remarks that he made at a School Committee meeting where Walsh chastised certain parents for their uncalled-for remarks. I feel that parents have a right to express their feelings on school policy but not in a belligerent manner. Of all people to chastise, the Walsh family is well-respected for the services they provided the city and its citizens for as long as I can remember. It all started with the father, who was a longtime truant officer for the schools. He did more for those troubled students by keeping them out of harm. He punished them with love. He explained what they did wrong and how much schooling meant for their success in the adult years, and he counseled them how to prepare themselves for the future. He had a nice way with the kids, and I know that they respected him for his help. But that was the way all of the Walsh family practiced life.

Sure, Brendan perhaps lost his cool for a moment, but he is only human. If that is how some parents evaluate a person — on one incident, then shame on those parents. I was taught to always look at the good side of the person before you make a judgment on him or her.

Tony Salvo

Former mayor


Text Only | Photo Reprints

AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Comments Tracker
Roll Call
Helium debate