To the editor:

It’s so easy to take for granted all that exists in Salem, a city that my wife grew up in and we gravitated to 13 years ago. (I recently moved to Brooksby Village in Peabody.) 

The Peabody Essex Museum, right in our back yard: from a humble, one-building maritime museum has grown to become a world-class, world-respected museum.

Then we have Salem Hospital, which has grown from its one building to become the North Shore Medical Center in association with Mass. General Hospital and Partners Healthcare. As a recent patient, I can’t speak highly enough of all the professionals involved in helping us to get back on our feet.It’s amazing to me how the nurses can be as good as they are working 12-hour shifts. Two outstanding ones come to mind, Bryie and Christian; hard to explain their goodness, their caring.

The third gem is a product of Salem State who honed her skills to become mayor of this historic city. Kim Driscoll has led the city with distinction and pragmatism, setting it on a path of growth unparalleled in its storied history.

Kudos to our three gems. We are so fortunate to have them as our own! 

Saul P. Heller

Peabody