, Salem, MA


August 30, 2013

Column: Tough week for Salem mayor



An exception to the above rule: Lawrence Mayor Willie Lantigua, who arrived at City Hall from the Statehouse after serving four terms in the House of Representatives. He appears interested only in what’s in his own best interest.

On the other hand, he makes every one of his fellow municipal chief executives look good by comparison.


Read with more than passing interest the recent Salem News story about state Rep. John Keenan installing solar panels on his North Salem home.

We had them put on our home last December, and through the heat of an Arizona summer, our monthly electricity bill hasn’t exceeded $30. Sun doesn’t shine on the North Shore like it does here, but like the veteran lawmaker, I suspect there are savings to be had.

One cautionary note: So many homeowners here are installing the panels that the local monopoly, Arizona Public Service, which not too many years ago was under great pressure to increase the amount of electricity it gets from renewable sources, is now trying to decrease the credits and reimbursement rates it offers.


Datebook: Beverly Ward 3 Councilor Jim Latter will kick off his re-election campaign on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Wild Horse Café. ... Scott Frasca will kick off his campaign for councilor-at-large in Peabody with an event on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Marriott in Centennial Park.


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

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