To the editor:
“There comes a time,” Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “when silence becomes betrayal.” Deep in our hearts, we know that is true. But it is another thing to act on this idea: to take risks, face dangers and speak truth to power.
During the recent mayoral race in Lawrence, many people displayed this kind of courage.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas and Sen. Elizabeth Warren in particular were among the brave, joining with us when it was needed most.
Their public endorsements, coming at a critical point during the campaign, opened the way for others to do the same. They made a real contribution to the steady struggle for positive change in Lawrence, and I am deeply grateful for their support.
It is unusual these days to witness politicians doing right because it is right, not simply according to a strategic calculation. But principled leadership is what those of us living in Massachusetts have come to expect from our federal delegation.
As I prepare to govern Lawrence, I am thinking about how to follow their example. There are many challenges ahead, but we are ready for the job -- and we invite all who care about the city to join with us in making Lawrence better for all our people.
Mayor-elect Daniel Rivera