Thank you, Mrs. Gauthier

Since Janet Gauthier took over the reigns of the School Department as acting superintendent some months back she has done a stellar job of keeping things together and moving forward during a turbulent time when nothing seems certain in a place that was all about certainty for almost 30 years.

Mrs. Gauthier is her own person.

According to those watching she knows what she is doing, has a strong work ethic, and is setting the right example during a difficult time at the School Department.

We know this, Mrs. Gauthier will not allow the mayor’s office to take over the School Department.

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The Mayor’s Behavior

There have been several calls from a handful of city councilors for an apology from the mayor to make up for his poor behavior before a city council committee hearing held two weeks ago.

We were there.

We covered the hearing.

We reported about it.

Everett Cable viewers watched it in droves. It has been discussed widely on the Internet.

There is not a hint of doubt the mayor owes an apology to Councilor Mike McLaughlin, but he owes an apology to the entire council as well.

The council, after all, is the peoples’ chamber.

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Jobs. Jobs. Jobs.

Encore’s John Tocco came to city hall again Monday night to talk about where the casino project stands at the moment.

He chose mainly to speak about the jobs situation at the casino and hotel which is scheduled to open in June.

What he told the council was incredible.

He said they bare now going about the task of hiring about 5,000m employees!

By itself, this a situation something akin to making creating a small city

It is an incredible number of men and women, many of them from our neighborhood, who have applied and who are about to be hired.

It is a monstrously large number of new jobs by any standard of measure.

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Encore Without a License

The Encore casino and hotel almost completed and about 100 days away from opening without a license to operate is the most clear and present danger to the city’s well-being.

Nothing is more important to this city’s finances and its future viability than the opening of the doors to the Encore casino and hotel – and in a timely fashion.

At this moment, it is almost a disaster that the project is without a gaming license.

To be without a gaming license at
this point in the project is like jumping from a plane and hurtling toward the earth with a parachute that hasn’t yet opened.

Will the parachute open for us?

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Mayor’s Loyalty Questioned

When you sign the kind of document our mayor signed to aid the FBI and the Justice Department in its dogged effort during the past 6 years to uncover municipal corruption in Everett and with the city’s casino land deal, eyebrows will be raised, and justifiably.

By agreeing to give the FBI information relative to the investigations that have been ongoing, and which apparently remain ongoing, the mayor is one step short of having signed an immunity agreement which would have made him, literally, immune to prosecution for any crimes he may have committed in return for his testimony about crimes committed by others about which he is aware.

The mayor signed what the US Attorney’s office describes as a “proffer.”

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