, Salem, MA


September 13, 2013

Our view: Cheers, jeers for local newsmakers


Earlier this week, the ban was lifted and replaced with a fairly straightforward set of rules limiting the number of people who can fish from the docks and floats at any one time. The board also banned portable generators (used to light the area at night, to the consternation of the neighborhood) and posted a clear set of rules at Commercial Street.

It seems like a reasonable plan to us.

JEERS to whoever at the Massachusetts Port Authority decided to hold firefighting exercises at Logan Airport Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Those attacks, of course, involved flights that originated from Logan, and the sense of pain and loss is still keenly felt here. So to hold training — which involves burning a metal container that looks like a plane fuselage — on the anniversary attacks was insensitive at worst, unthinking at best. At least the Port Authority had the good sense to apologize.

“It’s just dumb,” Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters Wednesday. “I mean the timing could not be worse.”

We agree.

CHEERS, meanwhile, to the Danvers police and firefighters and Beverly police officers who crossed the Boston Marathon finish line Wednesday as part of Sean’s Ride, a bike trek in memory of Sean Collier, the MIT police officer killed during the hunt for the marathon bombers.

Collier, of course, was a well-liked Salem State University graduate who also worked for a time as a security guard at the Liberty Tree Mall and as a Somerville auxiliary officer.

The ride was the final leg of the Tour de Force, the annual Sept. 11 memorial ride benefitting families of police killed in the line of duty. Each rider raised a minimum of $250 for the Tour de Force Fund.

In talking to reporter Paul Leighton earlier this summer, Danvers police officer Kevin Wood said, “We all know in the back of our minds that there’s a danger that in our line of work sometimes guys go to work and just don’t come home. We want to celebrate Sean’s life and take care of others who have lost someone in this fashion.”

Mission accomplished.

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