, Salem, MA


August 26, 2013

Our view: Some cheers, jeers for recent newsmakers

CHEERS to the city of Somerville for its show of respect for Sean Collier.

Collier was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer authorities say was shot and killed by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in April, days after the attack on the nation’s most storied road race.

Collier, who was 26 when he was shot to death, had long strived to join the police force in Somerville, where he had served as an auxiliary officer from 2006 to 2009. In fact, Collier had accepted a position in Somerville before he was killed and was just weeks away from beginning his new job.

Thursday night, city officials followed through on the agreement, appointing him as an officer and assigning him badge number 310, which was immediately retired in his honor. The badge and a framed uniform were presented to his family as part of the ceremony.

Collier, a Salem State University graduate, was memorialized earlier this year on the campus of his alma mater. Salem State has established a criminal justice scholarship in his name and has planted a tree for him at the school’s newly opened library.

During a Salem State ceremony in his honor earlier this year, Kriten Kuehnle, chair of SSUs criminal justice department, called Collier “a person of great character.”

We agree and find it fitting that Somerville and Salem State continue to honor his memory.

JEERS to the state Ethics Commission ruling forcing state Sen. Dan Wolf from the governor’s race and, most likely, the Senate itself.

Late last week, Wolf, a Democrat, released a statement saying he would resign from the Senate Aug. 29 “under duress” after the commission ruled he was violating ethics laws because the company he founded and maintains an ownership stake in, Cape Air, has Logan Airport-related agreements with Massachusetts Port Authority. The Ethics Commission said Wolf could sell his stake in the company, cancel the agreements with Massport (thus crippling the company) or quit the Senate.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

AP Video
Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream Raw: Woman Escorted From Ferguson Protests California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Holder Hopes to Bring Calm to Ferguson Today in History August 21 Holder Pledges Top Investigators for Ferguson US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man Seth Meyers Rolls Out Emmy Red Carpet Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List
Comments Tracker
Roll Call
Helium debate