, Salem, MA


October 25, 2013

Benton: What's next for Salem's mayor?


Tea Party advocates say the fact that Carson is black proves there is no racial element whatsoever to their opposition to the current occupant of the White House or his health policies.

However, the local Tea Partiers’ endorsement comes with a caveat. The resolution declares: “We, the Surprise Tea Party hereby announce our support for the Draft Dr. Ben Carson for President movement and declare our clear willingness to vote for him should we decide that he is the best candidate in the field at the time of the primary elections.”

In other words, we’ll support him until we find another Obama-hater we like better.


The shocking news out of Danvers this week provides even more evidence of how violence-prone our culture is becoming.

The fact that the latest edition of “Grand Theft Auto,” a video game full of violence and sexually-charged scenarios, netted $800 million in sales on its first day, ought to be a matter of concern. Censorship is not the answer, but greater parental scrutiny of what teens are buying and playing these days is essential.


Datebook: State Treasurer and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman will be the guest speaker at Temple B’nai Abraham’s annual political breakfast this Sunday (Oct. 27). A former chairman of both the state and national Democratic committees, Grossman would become the state’s first Jewish governor if elected in 2014. The temple is located at 200 East Lothrop St. in Beverly; tickets are $18; and the event begins at 10 a.m.

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