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November 15, 2013

Benton: Warren up, Obama down

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In hindsight, the administration might have forced more concessions from the House majority on the fiscal front — and at the same time saved itself a considerable amount of angst — by agreeing to Republican demands that it delay implementation of the new law.

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Few could have been prouder of Heather Famico’s victory in the race for the Ward 2 seat on the Salem City Council than her aunt, Frances Grace. The latter, a school bus driver at the time, became one of the first women to serve on that body when she was elected in 1975.

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One can only imagine the pulling of hair and gnashing of teeth that would be taking place among Peabody’s education leadership had voters elected a charter-school administrator to that city’s school board, as happened in Salem earlier this month.

With the election of Salem Academy Charter School founder Rachel Hunt and former high-school teacher Patrick Schultz, change is definitely coming to Salem’s schools. Peabody parents, on the other hand, will have to suffer through at least two more years of the status quo.

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Gotta say I like the new Viking statue that went up recently near the entrance to Salem State University’s O’Keefe Athletic Center. But this amateur art critic was also one of the early admirers of the Bewitched statue in Town House Square.

Wonder when someone will see fit to honor one of our local pols with a likeness in bronze.

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