November 22, 1963

It is impossible to imagine for those of us who lived through the assassination of John F. Kennedy, that 59 years have passed since that fateful day in November.

The photo used with this editorial has been with me since 1963.

For many of us Baby Boomers just starting out in our lives, JFK’s death at the hands of an assassin’s bullet in Dallas, Texas was all about things to come.

The nation was veering off its path, descending into an era of social revolution and violence, promiscuity and liberalism and all the while the Vietnam War was heating up, preparing to take a generation of our youth before we finally came to our senses and stopped the war.

All of us who remember JFK, who recall that time in our lives when we were riveted by his speaking ability, his handsomeness, his Irishness, his wit and his charm, have always hoped for another JFK.

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A Blatant Example of Racism and Discrimination

The efforts by the administration and its mouthpieces on the School Committee to deny Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani an extension of her contract reeks of racism and discrimination.

At a time when the city has just had to ante up $500,000 for legal fees regarding the US Attorney’s investigation into racism and discrimination in Everett for the past five years, it seems so out of the orbit of good government to be playing games with the superintendent’s contract extension.

A vote taken at Monday evening’s School Committee to allow a discussion about the possible extension does little to change the deal.

Does anyone in government, or at least the four members of the School Committee who voted against the Monday measure feel that maybe, just maybe, the US Attorney’s office is watching such shenanigans?

We don’t think so.

Yet it is impossible to properly convey the feeling that the administration’s anti-Tahiliani stance is part and parcel of the racist tendencies of this administration and of its followers on the School Committee.

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I Was Jonesing For A Delicious Treat Not Too Heavy But Just Right

By Josh Resnek

As many of our readers have come to understand, my eating habits can be considered peculiar. But they are not.

What I am devoted to in my eating existence these days is to eat only what I want, when I want it, in smaller servings made fresh every time.

There is one other caveat to my eating habits.

I only want to eat dishes that taste delicious.

I don’t need a large serving of anything.

I prefer smaller servings of something delicious.

OK, now that that is out of the way, let me describe what I ate for lunch Tuesday afternoon.

I went to Whole Foods and got 6 slices of Parma prosciutto sliced thinly.

I suppose there is better – and most likely to be bought either in Italy or a fine butchery in France.

Then I bought a container of fresh mozzarella and a small container with perfectly tasting ripe cherry tomatoes.

In the bread aisle I searched for just the right bread as I was jonesing for a small sandwich.

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Electricity price soars as Eversource seeks 43% price hike for Mass users

Leader Herald Staff

First came National Grid’s 63% price rise now in effect that was announced on November 1.

Now comes Eversource, the Everett electric giant supplier who has just asked for a 43% price rise.

In the latest indication of how expensive energy is going to be this winter, the utility Eversource is seeking a 43% increase in the cost of electricity for its customers in eastern Massachusetts. For customers in western Massachusetts, it’s a 42% increase. In filings this week with the Department of Public Utilities, the company proposed changing the basic supply rate — the raw cost of the electricity you use — for customers in both of its territories, according to a WBUR report.

Ratepayers in eastern Massachusetts would see their electricity costs rise from about 18 cents per kilowatt hour to 26 cents per kilowatt hour, while those in the western part of the state would see the rate change from 15 cents per kilowatt-hour to 22 cents per kilowatt-hour.

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By Josh Resnek

Signage on Everett City Hall. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

The city council appropriated $500,000 last week for lawyer’s fees already generated by the law firm Greenberg Traurig to defend the city against a racism investigation announced five months ago by the US Attorney’s office that is ongoing.

Greenberg Traurig is the same law firm representing the mayor for the past several years.

Assistant City Solicitor Keith Slattery and the city’s outside counsel, Greenberg Traurig Attorney Linda Ricci, both appeared before the city council to inform the city of the outstanding bill that needed to be paid, with the admonition that another bill can be expected and soon.

“The investigation is very broad in scope. It goes back five years. It covers the whole city of Everett. The stakes are

very high. This is a very significant investigation,” Ricci told the council.

She said no law suit had yet been filed. She said her primary role in defending the city in this government investigation is to avoid a civil lawsuit being filed.

“Everyone – the mayor, the city council, everyone is part of this investigation,” she said.

Ricci indicated at least seven government attorneys, including three from the Department of Justice, are involved in the investigation being conducted by the Federal Justice Civil Rights Division.