, Salem, MA


October 11, 2013

Benton: An 'insult' to voters


Former state representative and councilor Tom Walsh and Scott Frasca are among the leading challengers in the at-large race, and Peter McGinn is waging an energetic fight against incumbent Ward 2 Councilor Arthur Athas. Meanwhile, Rico Mello, one of the council’s most stubborn obstructionists, opted not to seek re-election in Ward 3.


Got a kick out of former Salem mayor Tony Salvo’s recent letter to the editor waxing nostalgic for the “old” Salem. This reporter recalls it was the dormancy of the downtown during Salvo’s tenure that prompted local business and institutional leaders to form the Salem Partnership.


Haven’t seen Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or President Barack Obama helping out at the Grand Canyon National Park during the government shutdown here in Arizona, but both North Shore Congressman John Tierney and Mayor Kim Driscoll were spotted providing directions to tourists at the shuttered National Park Service regional visitors’ center in downtown Salem recently.


There was at least one North Shore notable on the Boston Business Journal’s list of the top 10 highest-paid business lobbyists in the commonwealth.

Richard Lord of Peabody, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Massachusetts, came in ninth with total compensation of $441,000 in 2011.


Nelson Benton spent 40 years covering politics on the North Shore before retiring from The Salem News. Contact him at

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