EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


April 1, 2014

Editorial: Degnan in chains and Lawrence's missed opportunity


The bribery charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000, though the actual penalty is likely to be a fraction of that.

Lantigua himself has not been charged with any crime, despite swirling investigations.

One other member of his inner circle, Melix Bonilla, the former deputy police chief, awaits trial on extortion and other charges — all over the swap of some city owned used cars for some other used cars owned by a Lantigua-connected car shop.

Used cars, used trucks. A few thousand dollars in a city worth millions.

This has been the tragedy of Lawrence. Fighting over scraps among the ruins as the city’s decline continued decade by decade.

William Lantigua was elected mayor on a wave of hope that things would be different under the first elected Latino mayor in Massachusetts.

Now we find out that some in the administration were planting the seeds of its destruction even before he took office.

Such an opportunity gone for the sake of a few dollars. Such a waste.

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