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June 16, 2013

Anderson column: Of Flag Day, fathers and fights to contain taxes


It really was a fun campaign, with Gov. Cellucci doing the major television debates after hilarious debate preps, which I attended, during which his aide Rob Gray played the role of various opponents.Or maybe I’m confusing this with the gubernatorial campaign in 1998. Regardless, Cellucci won them both; he never lost a campaign in his entire political career.

He resigned as governor to become ambassador to Canada; this was unfortunate for the rollback, which the acting governor, Jane Swift, wasn’t strong enough to protect from being frozen at 5.3 percent, but fortunate for the country, as he was in place to encourage Canadian support for U.S. initiatives after the 9-11 attack.

After he left the State House, I never saw him again in person, did occasionally see him on television but didn’t know his physical condition was deteriorating so rapidly. Of course, I thought of him when the income tax rate dropped to 5.25% last year, but there seemed plenty of time to write a thankyou note.

With Father’s Day this weekend, it’s a good time to tell you about seeing my father three days after he died, as I stopped by my hometown cemetery on my way back to Massachusetts. He waved to me, as if from the caboose of a train as he was moving on to someplace he looked excited about going. I expect to see him again someday, and hope to run into Jean and Paul there too. I wish their families the same expectation of reunion.

Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation.

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