, Salem, MA


October 29, 2013

Letter: Experience is key to Salem's future

To the editor:

Next Tuesday, Nov. 5, Salem will have an election that is very important as some major issues must be addressed in the next couple of years. As I read Chris Sicuranza’s column on the Oct. 26 opinion page (”Helping Salem ‘become strength’”), I couldn’t help but wonder how the tone of that letter could be so negative as it criticized just about everyone connected with politics in Salem. We have great leadership in Salem under the Driscoll administration and a very supportive council for the most part. One only has to drive around Salem and witness how much easier it is traveling through the city during Salem’s busiest tourism season of Haunted Happenings since Mayor Driscoll assumed office.

Over the past several years, Salem has become the restaurant capital of the North Shore, Salem State has become a university, North Shore Medical Center has made some pretty impressive additions to its facility, we have a major transportation center being built just across from the new J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center just to name a few recent achievements. For the most part, the city council has been very supportive of the Driscoll administration, helping to move these projects forward. As in all cases, democracy is democracy, where each individual has the right to question anything that they don’t agree with. Mayor Driscoll has enjoyed the support of this council while also having questions asked about some of the decisions that she has made that some councilors may not agree with. I happen to like the fact that this type of back and forth happens between the administration and the council as I think that a rubber stamp council would be the worst type of local government that we could have. One only has to witness how our paralyzed national government is operating to know what I mean.

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