The Daily Item has obtained, through a Freedom of Information Act request, a partial copy of Santa’s Christmas list. As journalists, we believe in the public’s Constitutional right to know what our local officials and others will be receiving in their stockings and under their trees on Christmas morning.

The North Pole Information Agency has grudgingly complied with our request. (Like they had a choice.)

Through its press office, the North Pole released a statement calling the release “a regrettable breach of the trust that Santa Claus has worked hundreds of years to establish. After this, how can anyone speak freely while sitting on the lap of a bearded stranger in a red suit?”

That’s the price of transparency, Big Guy. Ho, ho, ho.

As our gift to our readers, the Daily Item has decided to publish the unedited list. Don’t blame us. We’re just the messengers.
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It leapt out at me as I drove past the marquee sign in front of the high school.

I wasn’t annoyed so much as bemused. I took a picture and posted it on Facebook with the light-hearted comment, “Did they run out of letters?”

The responses from the local “Kindness is Everything” community were anything but light-hearted.
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WAKEFIELD — Greenwood native Thomas A.C. Ellis has written a new, comprehensive history of Wakefield’s role in the Civil War. It is a worthy companion to other volumes written on the history of the town.

Ellis is an independent Civil War historian who decided to write the book after he searched for information regarding Wakefield’s contribution to America’s Civil War and found it to be lacking. Further exploration and preliminary research revealed a rich history. His book, “Wakefield’s Civil War Service, A History and Roster,” focuses on the epic actions of the Town of South Reading (now Wakefield) from 1861-1865. Meticulously researched, the book chronicles the contributions of Wakefield men and women in America’s bloodiest war.
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Policy of truth


“We’re only getting rid of the Warrior logo. The Warrior name can stay.”

How many times did we hear those soothing words of assurance over the last year?

I didn’t believe it the first time I heard it and I don’t believe it now.

Even before they cancelled the logo, I said, “They’ll be back for the name. Mark my words.” Just so you know, I’m batting 1.000 when it comes to predictions regarding this whole process.

And now, having seen a copy of the new School Committee policy on “Logos, Mascots & Team Names,” I’m more convinced than ever that the “Warrior” name will soon be following the logo to the Happy Hunting Ground.
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Cruel summer


August was not a good month for those who believe they have the power to control the weather.

Things started to go downhill on Aug. 12, when those climate deniers at the Department of Public Utilities hastened the incineration of the planet by approving Project 2015A.

Project 2015A a natural gas-fired plant to be sited in Peabody that would assure that there’s enough electricity to keep the lights on and the air conditioning running at times of peak demand.
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For something that supposedly doesn’t exist in any public school anywhere, an awful lot of effort and ink have been spent of late trying to convince us of it’s non-existence.

Critical race theory, they insist in no uncertain terms, has no place in public education.

The messaging usually goes something like this: “Of course we’re not teaching that. You don’t even know what it is. Where would you even get such an idea?”

Or as Wakefield School Committee chair Suzy Veilleux put it more succinctly this week, “Critical race theory is not being taught in Wakefield Public Schools.”

Well. That’s settled.

Apparently, education officials think we don’t know how to use Google.
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