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November 22, 2013

Benton: Visiting the past

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State Rep. John Keenan, D-Salem, whose hard work over the years has won him the chairmanship of the legislative committee overseeing energy policy, is determined to see that once the existing coal-fired plant closes, the site does not turn into an ugly, resource-draining hole in the ground.

Thus, his latest effort to add language to a pending bill that would remove some of the obstacles the greens would put in the way of Footprint Power’s plans to build a natural gas-fired plant. His foes have termed it a “poison pill,” but his constituents should be cheering the effort.

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Beverly City Councilor Jason Silva knows a thing or two about waterfront development, having served as Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll’s chief aide for many years. Thus, residents of the Garden City ought to take to heart his words and recent vote in favor of leasing the long-vacant former McDonald’s site to the owners of the Black Cow restaurants.

The 6-3 vote in favor of the lease agreement put forward by Mayor Bill Scanlon represents a significant step forward for the city. This has been a long time coming and is something a majority of councilors, including some relatively new, like Silva, and some with a wealth of institutional knowledge, like retiring Ward 1 Councilor Maureen Troubetaris, wanted to see happen.

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There’s nothing halfhearted about Seth Moulton’s effort to wrest the 6th District congressional seat away from veteran incumbent John Tierney, D-Salem. The Marblehead Democrat recently announced the addition of The Mellman Group and The Dover Strategy Group to his campaign team.

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