, Salem, MA


August 26, 2013

Our view: Some cheers, jeers for recent newsmakers


It was an absurd ruling.

“I have a hard time understanding the ruling of the Ethics Commission, at least with regard to his role in the Senate, because we don’t appoint the members of the Port Authority; we don’t oversee their budget,” said fellow state Sen. Richard Moore, an Uxbridge Democrat.

Senate President Therese Murray said Wolf “understands the needs of our growing and new businesses, how to support our statewide and local economies.”

Even many Republicans, including state Sen. Robert Hedlund of Weymouth, decried the decision.

“I hope we can resolve it,” Hedlund said. “I think there should be a legislative remedy.”

CHEERS to the efforts of families at the Winthrop Elementary School in Ipswich, who, with the help of local businesses, appear to be well on their way to providing their children and future generations with a top-of-the line playground.

The new playground looks like it will have it all — a tree house, an obstacle course, zip line, swings and a separate preschool area (one suggestion from the students — a human catapult — thankfully didn’t make the list). There will also be a natural element, staffer Jonathan Phelps reports, with slides built into hills, boulder climbs and garden beds.

The $250,000 cost of the project is coming from private money, with more than $200,000 raised so far. Local donors have included parent Doug DeAngelis ($50,000), the Institution for Savings ($50,000) and EBSCO ($10,000).

Winthrop School Principal Sheila McAdams said it best: “It’s a good example of how people come together and work together. It is a good example of democracy.”

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