EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


March 6, 2014

Letter: Salem: Pottersville or Bedford Falls?

To the editor:

In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” there were two scenarios for the same town. The first was Pottersville, which was under the thumb of Mr. Potter. This was an impoverished and depressed town. It was dark and cold. The buildings were dilapidated. The roads were full of potholes and the people unhappy. They were angry with everything and with each other.

The other scenario was Bedford Falls. The leader in this town was George Bailey. Under his leadership and vision the town was prosperous and progressive. It was bright and sunny. It was a nice place to live and the people had a sense of community and a spirit of looking out for each other.

Mike Lyons, who is running for re-election as Salem selectman reminds me of George Bailey. He has a positive, forward vision for the town and I strongly recommend him for selectman.

I am ringing a bell for Mike Lyons!

Richard J. O’Shaughnessy

Salem, N.H.

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