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Opinion

November 3, 2012

Letters to the editor

Ives is right choice for state Senate

To the editor:

The election season is coming to a close next week. It’s important that as many people as possible cast their vote. We have some fantastic candidates to chose from, some really important issues to weigh in on and a chance to set the direction of our communities, the state and the country.

I have chosen to campaign for a person I believe will have a positive effect and represent us at the Statehouse with enthusiasm, intelligence and commitment — Kathleen O’Connor Ives. I heard Katy speak in Haverhill at a candidates breakfast before the September primary. She had a clear message articulating her dedication to representing all the communities in 1st Essex Senate District. She also had the most poise of any candidate that spoke and the spirit of an advocate. I heard a candidate that had an intimate understanding of the issues that impact towns and cities. She has been a consensus builder and she understands the power of collaboration to solve problems or move a community in a positive direction.

Kathleen is my choice for the next state senator in the 1st Essex District.

Mary Ellen Daly O’Brien

Haverhill

Support Golnik for Congress

To the editor:

I met congressional candidate Jon Golnik this summer through mutual friends, and immediately suspected that this was not an ordinary man running to be a politician for all the usual reasons — money, fame, recognition, etc. Although I’m outside his congressional district, I started volunteering my time for his campaign, watching Jon in action, and listening to him speak when the media isn’t around. This interaction has proven to me that Jon Golnik is a rare breed indeed.

What the public hears him say at debates and speeches is exactly what Jon believes and says when no one’s around. Jon believes we are in trouble, believes the federal debt will crush us, believes taxes should never be the first solution to our debt, and advocates spending cuts first. He believes we are worse off than we were two years ago, listens to experts in various fields, and seriously wants to fix this economic mess. He’s a family man, and you know when he says he doesn’t want this country worse off for his kids, he sincerely means it.

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