— Eye on Everett —


Not everyone has the opportunity to speak and pursue a meaningful friendship with an older, simple cloth, off the rack blue suit, worn by the most powerful politician in the city. I consider it a privilege to have the Blue Suit as a confidante and as a friend. As our readers have come to understand, the Blue Suit and I share a very special relationship…as most of us would agree, it is scientifically impossible to conduct a discussion with a cloth Blue Suit. On the other hand, science doesn’t account for faith, or for our belief in God or destiny or great men and women, orators, politicians, rich and poor, Black and white, English speaking and non-English speaking, and on and on and on. My destiny, in part, is attached to the reputation of the Blue Suit as a conduit of information about Everett, and about Everett’s leaders and everyone else who read the Leader Herald. Many, many people read the Leader Herald, but then they go out and vote for whomever they wish. In other words, newspapers have the power to persuade readers and voters but in the end, readers and voters inevitably, irrevocably, do as they like. They elect whomever they want. They reject whomever they wish. That’s how it went in this recent election, when so many incumbents were tossed out of the political ring and so many newcomers were elected to fill their space. Bottom line, something is going on with voters and residents here. A great deal of what occurred on Election Day two weeks ago indicates that residents and voters are causing a different different trajectory for those whom they support. It also indicates quite brilliantly, without a doubt, that some of our politicians are heading for the exit in their political lives, and no matter what they do, or how much money they raise, and how many right decisions or wrong decision they make, they are heading out the door of city hall and back into private life. The Blue Suit and I know that all of us get only so many years to do as we like and to perform as we want in our lives before the earth we walk on trembles a bit, and rumbles, and then we fall, and are forced to get back up and to move forward in a different direction. The world’s most celebrated novelist of the 19th Century, Leo Tolstoy, wrote War and Peace, one of the great, great works of literature ever written. In this work of genius, Tolstoy asks: “What is the force that moves nations,” that moves cities and states and great nations? The power, he surmises, resides in heroes and sovereigns. But he adds, the story of how we get to be with leadership is about historians applying different views of the same story spun by leaders. What am I getting at here? If there is only one historian spinning one story about an event or an election, that story stands.

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Senator Hart for superintendent

We are proud to endorse Acting Superintendent of the Everett Public Schools Billy Hart to become the permanent superintendent. He is the right man, in the right place, at the right time, who knows what to do and how to do it when it comes to public school education.

Hart is also masterful at managing the politics of public school education in this city, where he is held in such high regard.

This is not to say we have deserted Superintendent Priya Tahiliani, who was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation of a number of alleged complaints by unnamed school department employees in what appears to be a highly suspect action intended to discredit Tahiliani.

She cannot be dealt with until that investigation is conducted and the results written up for all to see. This cannot possibly occur before the end of the year.

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Senator Sal for the home team

No one on Beacon Hill has worked more diligently for this city recently in a high stakes play to bring the Revolution Soccer Team here than Senator Sal DiDomenico.

If the Revolution gain the right to place a stadium on the property used for generating electricity for the past 100 years on Alford Street on Lower Broadway across from the Encore Casino and Hotel, it will be, in large part, because of the senator’s influence and his hard work and for always keeping his eye on the ball.

Bringing a professional soccer stadium to Everett with all the add-ons is big medicine, as we so often like to say.

It is the kind of thing most urban cities would die for, and which Everett should welcome.

City hall is welcoming it. It appears Beacon Hill wants to make this happen.

No one from this city on Beacon Hill, or from any city, works with the tenacity and the strong will of Senator DiDomenico.

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Expert analysis points to facts about recent election turnout

By Josh Resnek

In the rush to report the election results on November 7, the Herald Leader used unofficial results, which listed all the winners correctly but which underestimated the turnout.

According to an expert voter analyst who studied Everett’s results, turnout was higher than lower and resembled the 2019 election results.

In other words, turnout was not “lighter” than expected as almost 5,000 voters came out to vote.

The official tally was 4,892 votes cast, according to city hall officials.

Unusually low voter turnout does not apply to the recent November election.

Turnout, as we are now reporting, was consistent with previous elections.

The election analysis has revealed that nearly 60% of those who voted were women – a higher number of women voted than ever before.

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Revolution not coming here so quickly or seamlessly; snag hits State House

By Josh Resnek

Reports from a variety of media outlets and from the State House itself reveal that what appeared to be sailing along nicely through the state senate to have a few agencies sign off so the old power plant along the Mystic River on Alford Street could be torn down and replaced with a soccer stadium has run into a wall.

That wall is Boston City Hall and Mayor Michelle Wu.

Wu expressed wonder at the end of last week about how such a thing could be happening without the city of Boston’s approval, sign off or at least with its consultation, given the fact the new stadium – at least part of it, will be located on land owned by the city of Boston.

Alford Street, is city of Boston property and the old generating plant – at least a large part of it, sits squarely on it.

It is one of the odd rarities of land ownership that finds a Boston street on the opposite side of the Mystic River, and abutting directly the city of Everett’s commanding place on the waterfront.

“Revs fans are going to have to wait longer for a shot at their goal: a soccer stadium in the heart of Greater Boston,” wrote John Chesto of the Boston Globe.

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