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One of the products recalled. Photo credit: FDA.
Scott C July 22, 2014 at 02:03 pm
WTF are plutos? "The US Food and Drug Adminsitration said Wawona Packing Company in Cutler,Read More CA, is voluntarily recalling whole peaches, nectarines, plums and <b>plutos</b> that were sold between June 1 and July 12.
Heizenburg July 22, 2014 at 06:17 pm
At least it is organic.
The Market Basket store on Highland Avenue in Salem, Mass. Credit: Patch file photo
Kevin Kervick July 22, 2014 at 08:56 am
The line between private and public blurs further.
Ted Whelan July 22, 2014 at 10:20 am
without pushback from workers and goverment, children and adults would still be working in horribleRead More conditions
David H. Mirsky July 22, 2014 at 05:06 pm
Governor Hassan was right to support quality management and better working conditions at MarketRead More Basket. Let's hope the top brass listens.
Mayor Kimberley Druiscoll said he decision to donate money to donate $5 to the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth was not a gimmick. Credit: Patch file photo
roger boulay July 21, 2014 at 07:03 am
Jroug July 21, 2014 at 08:24 am
Not trying to be a wiseass, but a serious question; why donate only for out of state calls? Is itRead More to discourage only the Glenn Beck / Limbaugh / Fox News fanboys? And if so, aren't you tacitly saying it's okay to voice those reservations if you're from Massachusetts? Would love to know the answer.
Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Tyler Jozefowicz July 21, 2014 at 09:07 pm
Rob C: another article here was about the current MA gun law and rather than address it head on (Read More specific disliked parts), you talked about libertarian gun philosophy; here the article is about DeLeo and the fact that he was not indicted and he is not even an unindicted co-conspirator as another misinformed individual here suggests ; rather than correct the misinformation that old conservative guys thrive on, you go off instead about Martha Coakley, our next governor. ADD? Andrew Denaro: there are no criminal charges, but you spout as if there were. Wishful thinking or just delusion. It does'nt exist , dude, all in your brian washed FOX news head. steveforte: I'm surprised at you but perhaps i shouldn't be. Confronted with the reality that no charges ever have been brought against DeLeo, steve suggests that something in his chrystal ball will emerge. Off to the funny farm with all three. It's a simple case of mind over matter ; when you don't have a mind, it doesn't matter. This is better than Comedy Central. Three living Archie Bunkers.
Rob C July 21, 2014 at 09:34 pm
Tyler, I did directly answer your question in that other article, you just don’t like theRead More answer you got and then you ran away from answering a simple question as usual. You may want to go back and re-read this article. It deals with fraud/corruption in the state and the charges brought by the FEDS. Something you would think the top "law enforcement" officer of the state should/would want to do. So answer the question Tyler, how many fraud/corruption charges has she brought and how many have the feds done? Only one I can think of is her miserable failure of a trial against Cahill, and that trial never should have happened in the first place. Also in this article is how the legislature is more interested in bowing down to the teachers unions instead of doing what is right for the kids. We now know what they are more interested in, and that is lining their pockets with money from the unions instead of a better education for the kids.
steve forte July 22, 2014 at 04:40 pm
Salvatore F. DiMasi, indicted.................. Thomas M. Finneran, House speaker from 1996 to 2004Read More , indicted.................................... Charles F. Flaherty, House speaker from 1991 to 1996 , pled guilty ...................................... yeah my post was way out there.
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Stephanie July 21, 2014 at 11:58 am
Maybe it is you who needs to read.
david mokal July 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm
Yes..Yes 6:AM too! I don't drink but think its an awesome Idea
deb of see-attleboro July 21, 2014 at 12:35 pm
West Heff Hobo: Even the Supreme Court has ruled that "blue laws" are constitutional.Read More State governments not only have the right to regulate businesses, they have the obligation to do so. What I find so disturbing is that people believe their freedom is somehow being eroded because of regulations such as this. Are you suggesting that every time a blue law is repealed that we are somehow more free? Do you just want the consumers to consume and the producers to produce with absolutely no restrictions at all? (And please, no more about religion)
Gov. Deval Patrick. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
deb of see-attleboro July 22, 2014 at 07:01 am
My main issue with you, Kira, is you seem to be defending the indefensible. (There must be a wholeRead More class on defending the indefensible in law school. Yes, sarcasm) IMO, there are basically two scenarios that brought us to where we are today. This "humanitarian crisis" was either orchestrated or the administration is incompetent. Or perhaps both. Not good either way. In any event, this crisis does not end if we throw a life preserver to a few thousand refugees, even if they are truly running from deplorable conditions. Unless the UN is going to go and clean up the place be for they are returned to their homes, there is still a humanitarian crisis in Central America, correct?
deb of see-attleboro July 22, 2014 at 07:07 am
Kira: Being humane people, you and I should be able to agree on at least a couple things. I'mRead More always looking for common ground. First of all, it is sinful and immoral to exploit children. Secondly, it is dangerous for the powerful to agitate the powerless. There are way too many loose cannons out there....and in here, as you so rightfully pointed out.
Frank Mulligan July 22, 2014 at 02:10 pm
OBARMA and the Governor SHOULD resign. They are JUST creating more PROBLEMS and costing us MORERead More $$$$$$$$. IMPEACH OBARMA and GOVERNOR.
Gov. Deval Patrick. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Matthew July 18, 2014 at 03:36 pm
Impeach DP and his buddy BO. Two of the most pathetic politicians this country has ever seen.
Joe Rizoli July 19, 2014 at 12:28 pm
The people that sent their children over here should be brought up on charges of child abuse.Read More lastly, sending these children all over the country is actually aiding a betting illegal aliens in this day in America a federal felony.
Joe Rizoli July 19, 2014 at 12:34 pm
The parents that sent these children over here should be brought up on charges of child abuse.Read More lastly, the fact that these children are being dispersed all over the country is in violation of federal law which states that they, the States themselves are aiding and abetting illegal aliens and their stay in America.
The Old Town Hall in Derby Square in Salem, which Gordon College of Wenham had been operating until last week. Credit: Patch file photo
Chris July 17, 2014 at 03:47 pm
I assume the donations will actually be from the 'Committee to Elect Kim Driscoll'?
Marie Narinkiewicz July 18, 2014 at 10:12 am
What if an over abundance of calls come in? Could run into big money
T July 18, 2014 at 04:25 pm
Well done Mayor Driscoll! What a great way to have turned negative, short-sighted, andRead More discriminatory policy into something positive. One more reason to be proud of our city and it's leadership.
Gov. Deval Patrick. Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Ken B. July 22, 2014 at 06:40 pm
Watching on TV.....a bunch of able bodied working age immigrant (i.e. illegal immigrant) advocatesRead More who were protesting in front of Lynn City Hall today. I got up and went to work today. Yeah, I would have liked to go to DC and protest the IRS scandals, but I have to put food on the table and be able to pay my bills. I guess if everything is handed to you for free, you get to protest.
Paula DiCesare July 22, 2014 at 06:50 pm
No one is getting the point, Ken. The Liberals think these folks will come here and be working atRead More high level jobs next year, paying high taxes. The very sad fact is they will drain the system because most of them will only be working at low level jobs, some working under the table. Others will be on welfare. It won't be until at least 3 generations from now that they will ADD to the system. Do I feel bad for the kids and mothers. Heck, yes! But how many other countries of poor and depressed people are watching us? How many more will try to do the same thing? Just come and stay. At some point we will implode. 17 trillion dollars in debt and still spending. Like a kid with a credit card. Folks that I know are being pushed from a 40 hour week to 30 hours. Prices on gas and food are going up, as are utilities. But that isn't even the big issue. I want our government to have these people checked out for diseases. I posted an article on Eboli and got the response that its in Africa. Yeah, it is, but all it takes is a plane ride by one very sick person to the USA. My point was to elaborate on how easy this stuff can spread. They can't even control it in Africa. AND, what a weapon for a terrorist! My BIGGER point is to close the darn borders until we can get a grip on all of this. What a mess!
Dan O'Neil July 22, 2014 at 07:32 pm
They come from another country. Whatever country they came from should be responsible for them notRead More us. If I snuck into Mexico tomorrow I'd be arrested. These kids are getting asylum. The old saying is charity starts at home. Let's help our citizens first. Obama can suck it!
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Dana Cohen July 17, 2014 at 05:30 am
Unfortunately employers are conservative and risk-adverse corporate employers. They want to ensureRead More candidates is not a risk. Job seekers can use RepNup to detect problems in their social media profile and clean them before an employer view them.
Karen Walz July 17, 2014 at 10:03 am
That's a point, but hiring human beings is always a risk. All this "snooping" doesn'tRead More take the place of good, ol' fashioned experience and judgment. Just think--a seemingly short time ago, and for centuries, employers had to employ people without knowing about or having access to private communications! Gee, how did they ever manage? How many times have we heard of a "model employee" being found guilty of embezzling, or corporate espionage? It's naive to think that seeing a Facebook page will reveal what's important or what might happen, which is far from predictable. That being said, I put NOTHING about employment or anything potentially embarrassing on my FB page; I just keep all that to myself and share by non-electronic means!
Margery Bagley Welch July 17, 2014 at 01:32 pm
If I were in an interview and they asked for my facebook password I would polity say no and leave.
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Gretchen Robinson July 15, 2014 at 12:01 am
I like volleyball, more people can play and enjoy it without harm and with good camaraderie!
Gordon July 17, 2014 at 08:18 am
Incorvaia Barbara July 18, 2014 at 01:07 am
What a great initiative here. I'll look around the site and see if I can offer any additional ideas.Read More Thanks. http://www.yepionline.org
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Rich Shelley July 10, 2014 at 07:49 pm
Same reason that banks redline: because they can
Mark Kaepplein July 11, 2014 at 06:14 am
Compare cost at a location with the number of chiropractors there. Insurance fraud marches on.
Incorvaia Barbara July 18, 2014 at 01:08 am
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The Old Town Hall in Salem, which has been operated by Gordon College until Wednesday. Credit: Patch file photo
Martine Bamford July 9, 2014 at 10:53 pm
my husband worked there for 25 years and was discarded like an old sock , and forced to be laid off,Read More when he had cancer so they could save a few bucks, his story not being the only one!Good for Salem!!!!!!
Rhonda Aubin-Smith July 10, 2014 at 12:09 am
Great decision Mayor Driscoll. As a manager in one of the government agencies that will enforce theRead More new law, I am happy to see the actions you took.
Michael July 10, 2014 at 07:10 am
Excellent leadership Mayor Driscoll and very well written. There is no place in our society forRead More discrimination.
Gun ownership rights activists rally at the Statehouse on June 18, 2014. Courtesy
Rob C July 19, 2014 at 04:08 pm
I did answer it Tyler, with the strictest gun laws in the country and practically zero enforcementRead More of our existing laws, whats the point of new laws to be ignored? That is my answer. Will this new law have stopped any of the shootings in Boston this year? answer to that is a big NO. As a libertarian I believe we need less laws not more laws. Why don't you answer a very simple question? Of all the shootings in Boston this year, how many of those shooters actually obeyed our existing laws and: went to a gun safety class, then went to the local police chief and got his card to carry a gun, then went to a licensed gun shop, got a further FBI background check and then waited the 15 days before he got it? I think that none of them did, if you know different then please show proof. Criminals are not going to obey any laws we put on the books. I have said it before, the ONLY law we need for guns is a very simple federal one, have a national gun license. Only thing you need to get one is pass the existing FBI background check you have to pass to be able to buy a gun (this idiotic law that it is up to a single person in your town to decide if you can practice in your constitutional rights needs to go). Walk into any police station, fill out the form, pay the fee, pass the background check and walk out with a license. Anyone without a license and a gun will have strictly enforced mandatory jail time. Eliminates the need for a check every time you buy a gun and closes the gun show loophole as you will need a license to own a gun. Streamlines the whole process and saves money in the process.
Tyler Jozefowicz July 20, 2014 at 09:19 pm
Rob C: you didn't answer the question, you just posed another question to duck my question and wentRead More into your usual routine freedom and guns dance. All of a sudden you have a lack of aptitude and comprehension. I didn't ask what you , "as a libertarian believe.." I asked " EXACTLTY WHAT in the gun bill now before the State legislature do you dislike and why. Very simple and straight forward. When it comes to the difficult questions , the ones that challenge your innate conservative anti- governmemnt strain , your brainwash prevents you from answering.
Rob C July 20, 2014 at 10:19 pm
I don't think I could have been any clearer in my answer Tyler. We have too many laws already inRead More this state regarding guns that are not enforced and this is just more regulations making it harder for law abiding citizens to enjoy their constitutional rights to have a gun while doing nothing more to penalize the criminals that use illegal guns. Illegal guns and the criminals that have them are the problem, not the citizens who follow all the laws already on the books. Not sure why that is such a hard thing for you to understand. Maybe this will be easier for you to understand. "I AM AGAINST THE ENTIRE BILL, I DISLIKE THE WHOLE THING". Is that statement clear enough for you to comprehend? Now I answered yours, now you answer the question I asked. How many of the 90+ shooters in Boston this year actually followed of our existing gun laws? Now either answer that or just go away.
Cool Fusion July 9, 2014 at 10:03 am
Stop it. I'm getting all misty. I see a "one year of supervised release" in his future.Read More He will spend his time lobbying for his insider buddys to keep the recently passed automatic inflation adjusted gas tax increase Bill intact that voters have a chance to repeal thru the referendum vote at the next election.
JM July 9, 2014 at 01:16 pm
I can't say I'm surprised: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Kerasiotes
francis soyer July 9, 2014 at 03:17 pm
I see the PC police are at it again. It's okay to attack public employees but not ok to respond!
Matt July 8, 2014 at 03:19 pm
So Frank you lost your home to a wind turbine?
John July 8, 2014 at 11:45 pm
Worst governor in my lifetime -- by far . . . eclipsing Dukakis, which is saying a lot.Read More Incompetent. Negligent. Arrogant. Not exactly the holy trinity to brag about.
Tara Dactyl July 9, 2014 at 07:08 am
Agreed, John. Now contemplate Martha Coakley as governor. A weak leader with no presentationRead More skills, dependent on the Globe investigative team to do her department's work, and unable to acknowledge her role in the Amirault family tragedy.
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Ken B. July 10, 2014 at 10:55 pm
Romney could not have done that without passage of it by the democrat controlled house and senate.
Lynne Roberts July 10, 2014 at 11:07 pm
True and the same goes for WDC
Tara Dactyl July 11, 2014 at 07:46 am
In the limit...coming much sooner to Massachusetts than, say Texas, the nanny state will tell youRead More what you can do, rather than what you cannot do.
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Michael H Smith July 8, 2014 at 10:29 am
Slower traffic should always move to the most extreme left lane possible. This promotes the movementRead More of traffic in all lanes, eliminates the potential of tailgate situations and the number of lane changes to get around slower moving vehicles thus reducing potential for blind spot accidents, enhances the smooth and rapid movement of traffic. Maybe most significantly it is the courteous thing to do! Some folks are so intimidated when driving, they immediately move to e extreme right lane so as to eliminate the chance of someone driving next to their driver side!
Eric Highview July 8, 2014 at 03:57 pm
If the speed limit is 65, I set my cruise control at 63 and stay right. If there is a middle lane IRead More just stay in the middle and people pass on the left and the right. When staying right and going a bit slower the only thing you have to watch out for is people not yielding when merging onto the highway. I just like to drive slowly, and since I'm not in a hurry, going slow is more relaxing.
Eric Highview July 8, 2014 at 03:58 pm
If the speed limit is 65, I set my cruise control at 63 and stay right. If there is a middle lane IRead More just stay in the middle and people pass on the left and the right. When staying right and going a bit slower the only thing you have to watch out for is people not yielding when merging onto the highway. I just like to drive slowly, and since I'm not in a hurry, going slow is more relaxing. Enforcement of the speed limit should be more strict.
Inspection sticker. Credit: Patch file photo
JT July 2, 2014 at 09:48 pm
The vehicle inspection fee has been $29 since 1999. Hard to complain about a fee that had notRead More increased for 15 years.
Derek Duchemin July 3, 2014 at 09:04 am
Jt, im not talking about just the inspection fee, im talking about all the fees in general.
LCT July 11, 2014 at 09:24 pm
Just another scheme for hiking hidden taxes. What was reason given for these increases? As MARead More outsources auto inspections to service stations, etc, who exactly is getting the additional $6 increase? For years MA has been increasing computerization within RMV, closed many offices, consolidated others. If they now have less personnel and less real estate, why do they need yet more funds? Typical bloated bureaucracy and business as usual in Commomwealth of Taxachusetts. If MA could figure out how to tax sex they would.
Janet C M June 30, 2014 at 03:07 pm
No more licenses would stimulate the economy by cutting all the red tape. But looking at the volumeRead More of restaurants going under (including now the Sea Dog) in Woburn alone, one would think that there's an over saturation of establishments.
Rob C June 30, 2014 at 03:28 pm
some places do have too many restaurants, some places not enough. Having been to Sea Dog I am notRead More sure how it lasted as long as it did. The beer was nothing spectacular and the food was mediocre.
Gretchen Robinson June 30, 2014 at 05:28 pm
we need more drinking establishment about as much as we need casinos in Mass. Meaning not at all.Read More The argument that it increases jobs is bogus.
steve forte June 28, 2014 at 08:15 pm
Well Frank , the gov got an education and put himself in a position to not have to work for minRead More wage. Had the folks earning the min done the same thing , it would be a non issue to them to.
mark June 29, 2014 at 11:05 am
People making $40 an hour can barely make it living in this state! Ridiculous cost of housing, gas,Read More taxes and fees! Let's shut down the government!
JohnnyMass June 29, 2014 at 11:38 pm
Patrick sucks!
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