When the casino opened at the end of June, the mayor delivered a tearful speech, speaking emotionally about the great sacrifices he and his family had to make to get this project done.
He congratulated Steve Wynn, whose disgraced name he recalled publicly at the opening affair. He said he was a loyal guy that he’d always be loyal to Wynn even though he has been shown to be a sexual predator by the Wall Street Journal.
A few days later, the mayor flew to Hawaii where he spent about ten days on what was ostensibly a badly needed vacation.
When he returned from Hawaii, it wasn’t a week or two before he hopped on a plane and flew to Italy, where he remains today vacationing for longer than two weeks.
During last winter, the mayor took at least four trips to Aruba for vacations.
During one of the longer stays on that island retreat, we published a cartoon in the Leader Herald revealing that the mayor treats Aruba as one of his mayoral offices.
At least one of those Aruba trips lasted two weeks.
Many of our readers learned over the weekend that the Federal death penalty has been reimposed.
Five executions of murderers on the Federal death row will be performed in December, according to reports appearing in the New York Times.
These are the five the government wants to execute: The men, whose ages range from 37 to 67, have each been convicted of heinous crimes, and together have been involved in the slayings of 13 victims. The cases fell under federal jurisdiction because of how or where they were carried out.
It is at the same time extraordinary and unbelievable how the Encore Casino and Hotel is now operating day to day without impacting the public safety or the well being of the citizens of Everett.
For such a huge project, with so many employees and moving parts, generating so much money and paying such enormous taxes, to have so little real impact on the day to day well being of the city runs against nearly everything many of us believed was going to happen when the doors opened during the last week of June.
The traffic mess so many anticipated – and this included Encore officials – has never materialized. Traffic may impact the city greatly in the future as the casino’s business base expands but right now, traffic is manageable.
Again, it is so unlikely an occurrence that so great a commercial development can co-exist in this crowded city with almost no visible impact.
The city council’s decisive action Monday evening at city hall approving a primary for the at-large races in both the at-large council and school committee contests was what the late President John F. Kennedy might well have called a profile in courage.
By a 9-0 vote, with Councilors Leo McKinnon and Anthony DiPierro absent, the council stood up for what is right and just – for a primary to take place when it is warranted by circumstances set out in the city charter.
There was very little discussion publicly among the councilors regarding the decision to approve the primaries.