Chris Cassidy of the Salem News is delivering a case study every day in the paper on the importance and influence that a watchdog media can have on the governing class. As I’ve said all along, we need the media to play this role in a vibrant democracy. Perhaps he could go to Washington DC and give a seminar to his infatuated colleagues in the White House press corps?
Look at what he has accomplished in the course of two weeks;
May 26: Earlier pensions OK’d for 911 staff; Plan called “A raid on the retirement system”
"Thanks to a subtle change in job title, some North Shore emergency dispatchers will be able to retire five years early under new rules approved by the Essex Regional Retirement Board. By reclassifying police and fire dispatchers as signal operators, the board recently allowed the group to retire with maximum benefits at age 60.
That puts them into an elite group of municipal workers who are eligible for retirement before age 65 - a benefit typically reserved for thos