, Salem, MA


August 5, 2013

Our view: Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers

CHEERS to North Shore Medical Center nurse Dixie Patterson, who has once again shown she is a lifesaver inside and out of the Salem Hospital.

Patterson was sunbathing on Plum Island last Wednesday when she heard calls for help. Two adults had pulled an unconscious 14-year-old girl from the waters off the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. The girl was not breathing, and her lips, nose and mouth were blue.

“She clearly had no color,” Patterson said. Fortunately, the girl had a pulse, meaning she wasn’t in cardiac arrest.

Patterson performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until the girl began breathing on her own and ambulances arrived. The girl is expected to make a full recovery.

Patterson, a cardiac surgery physician’s assistant, said she was merely in the right place at the right time. And it’s not the first time — the cardiac surgery physician’s assistant was working in the Boston Marathon medical tent in April when two bombs detonated within a minute of each other, killing three people and wounding hundreds more.

JEERS to the Patrick administration, which continues to hold on to road repair money earmarked for local cities and towns.

Earlier this year, state lawmakers approved $300 million for the program, but Patrick, in the middle of a debate over a much larger transportation spending plan, decided to hold back $150 million. On Tuesday, he deigned to release another $50 million but said he was “skeptical” he would release the final $100 million called for by the Legislature.

“Sooner or later even ... local officials are going to have to connect up what it is they want with what it costs to provide it,” Patrick told reporters.

While the state cries poor mouth, it’s taking in plenty of tax money — banking a $540 million surplus this year alone. Some of that money can certainly go toward local road repair.

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