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July 21, 2013

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Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson descended on Sanford, leaving deception and hatred in their wakes. Eric Holder’s Department of Justice was deployed to Sanford to foment public anger and the president of the United States tipped the scales of justice with his remark that the son he never had would look like Trayvon Martin.

And when the jury was somehow able to see through all that to the truth, the haters and liars were outraged. Yes, there were hate crimes committed in Sanford, many of them. But none was committed by George Zimmerman.

Wayne Matthews

Lynn

Patrick’s legacy-building a disservice to taxpayers

To the editor:

In the last stages of his tenure, Gov. Patrick is largely motivated by a desire to establish his legacy. And sadly his aspirations are predicated on social engineering rather than sensible accommodations for the hard-working taxpayers of Massachusetts.

The latest example is his assault on local aid. An astute negotiator and deal-maker, the governor has employed a brutish tactic in vetoing $417 from the transportation spending and local aid components of the state’s $34 billion spending plan in order to force a negotiated decision on a separate transportation financing bill.

To his credit, components of his legacy-building are enlightened. In particular, his consistent focus on bolstering education funding, freezing tuition hikes at state schools and devoting new energy and resources to early education are commendable. He recently stated, “This budget invests in many of our most important needs as a Commonwealth, especially education.”

Yet local aid is one of those underpinnings and holding it hostage to support measures such as the one forcibly ushered in by executive order last November demands public outcry and legislative intervention to reverse it. At this critical hour, taxpayers and those inclined to petition their state legislators should be reminded that the governor, by executive order, declared that undocumented aliens should pay the same tuition rates at state colleges and universities as legal Massachusetts residents if they have obtained work permits.

In this caustic environment of a testing of wills, my hope is that our local legislators, with the power to override the veto, will establish a new legacy: that politicians with grandiose schemes of social engineering need not apply here anymore. Yes, even here in Massachusetts!

Joe D’Amore

Groveland, MA

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