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March 8, 2014

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Spineless Marty

All this controversy about Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is ridiculous. If Mayor Walsh had a backbone and took a stand instead of trying to be politically correct, he would say that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is to celebrate St. Patrick and Irish heritage. Period!

Marty go bragh!

Thumbs up to Mayor Walsh for not walking in the St. Patrick's Day parade. Everyone should be able to walk in the parade.

New York vs. Boston

I remember growing up in New York, where my Irish friends and I (I'm Italian) looked forward to marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade and wearing shamrocks and everything green, even drinking green beer. I didn't march with a banner saying, "I'm Italian," nor did "straight" people carry banners that said, "We're happy, but we're not gay!" So if gays want to march in the parade, they should just march without calling attention to themselves.

Yes on 2

This is in response to the commenters who feels senior citizens have no vested interest in renovating Salem High. Are you that self-centered that you can't see the forest through the trees? I was lucky enough to grow up and live in Salem for over 40 years. The schools of Salem gave me a great education and a step toward a successful future. Even though my kids did not attend Salem schools, I never voted down anything of dire need for the students of Salem. My family wouldn't benefit directly from any improvements, but we still have pride and a civic duty to provide an adequate educational environment. My guess is that you didn't even bother to take a look inside SHS. It looks the same as it did 30 years ago, only worn and aged. It is stupid to not renovate now while a huge sum is coming from the state. Don't be so shortsighted and selfish. It is in everyone's interest to bring the high school into the 21st century.

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