, Salem, MA

March 12, 2014

Letter: Walsh has been good for Salem

The Salem News

---- — 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