Joe Courtney

Editorials from around New England

Editorials from around New England:

MASSACHUSETTS

The Salem News, Dec. 3

Finding work as a police officer or firefighter isn't always easy. Openings in local departments can be scarce. Still, it's an area where it helps to have served in the military, as many government hiring managers give preference when filling those jobs to veterans.

Many do, but not all. The advantage is fading these days as more mayors and town managers look to bypass old rules for government hiring, including ones that demand preferential treatment for vets.

It's not a positive development. Not only are veterans often uniquely qualified for public safety jobs, our national...

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