EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 1, 2012

Letter: Support Ives for state Senate

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

As a clergyman for some 30 years, I was recently shocked at a survey that described most clergy as non-authentic. We are described as having a great party line, quick at quoting sacred Scripture, but too often slow to speak from the heart. I suspect that many surveys say the same thing about politicians.

The first time I met Katy — Kathleen O’Connor Ives — was at a senior citizen center. I was struck by her authenticity! What you see here is what you get! Like Nathanael, “Behold a person in whom there is no guile!” Upon hearing her speak, I did what I have never done with any other office-seeker, I wrote her a check.

Katy visited a group dance several weeks ago. After I was told that she was in the hall, I looked around to see if I could spot her. Lo and behold, she was standing right next to me with her husband. No fanfare. No grand announcement. Totally unassuming. And yet, strong in a gentle way — and gentle in a strong way. She is my kind of senator!

Over a lifetime, I’ve voted independent and I’ve voted both parties. With Katy, the party doesn’t matter. Her authenticity transcends it all.

Rev. Dr. Bob Gallagher