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May 7, 2014

Cheers, jeers for recent newsmakers

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Commissioners are already more than fairly compensated already — they are eligible for the same health insurance as full-time employees, and they all take it, at a cost to taxpayers of $13,500 to $22,000 per commissioner.

Peabody city councilors last week held off voting on the matter until City Clerk Tim Spanos can research what municipal light commissioners are paid and what benefits they receive. Such research is unnecessary. Sitting on the light commission is supposed to be a civic service, not a pathway to a lifetime payout from taxpayers.

CHEERS to Wicked Strong, the North Shore’s Kentucky Derby entrant, who gave us all someone to root for on the first Saturday in May.

Wicked Strong, owned by a partnership based at Beverly’s Centennial Farms, started the race from the far outside post and couldn’t quite make up enough ground to catch eventual winner California Chrome, the favorite.

Wicked Strong was easy to root for. Little, of course, named the horse in honor of the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombings, and a percentage of all winnings are donated to the One Fund Boston.

There’s a chance those donations will continue: The local entrant finished well enough — fourth place, just out of the money — to have Centennial Farms owner Don Little Jr. thinking of another Triple Crown race — June 7th’s Belmont Stakes in New York.

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