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That’s the response Pedro Torres offered to a question on his application to serve on the Lawrence Licensing Board. It asked him to list “any abilities, skills, licenses, certificates, specialized training or interests you have which are applicable to this board.” The City Council voted 6-3 to approve Torres.
Cost of college
At a recent debate, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas said her late husband, U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas, didn’t pay off his college loans until he was a member of Congress.
Jon Golnik, Tsongas’ challenger in next month’s election, told the audience he’s in a similar spot. Golnik said his son, Zeke, is in eighth grade, and that Golnik probably won’t pay off his own student loans until Zeke heads to college.
Lawrence police Chief John Romero spoke at a neighborhood meeting, after state Sen. Barry Finegold and state Rep. Paul Adams, who are both running for state Senate, had their say.
“My name is John Romero and I am not running for office,” Romero joked.
“Run for mayor,” a voice yelled out from the crowd.
Romero said he plans to stick to police work.
Salem selectmen often find themselves dealing with some “hairy” issues, which can cause confusion.
Chairman Patrick Hargreaves thought fellow Selectman Stephen Campbell had something to say at the board’s meeting Monday, so he called on him.
“What?” Campbell responded.
“You had your hand up,” Hargreaves said.
“No, it’s not,” Campbell said. “I’m pushing my hair over.”
“I don’t have that problem,” said Hargreaves, who is bald.
“That will be in the Trib,” Selectman James Keller said.
And, so it is.
Like a kid again
Along with his round-the-clock job as governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick has taken on the responsibility of top surrogate for President Barack Obama’s re-election, a role that has taken him into some unique situations.
On his monthly appearance on News Talk 96.9, Patrick described his role in the “spin room” immediately after the presidential debate at Hofstra University in New York.
“It feels like a middle school dance,” Patrick told co-hosts Margery Eagan and Jim Braude. “So you go out, you feel a little bit like a jerk while you’re wondering if anybody’s going to talk to you, and then somebody comes and talks to you. And then you say what you have to say, and then they leave. Then you feel a little foolish about what you just said.”