Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

October 30, 2012

MORE ON ELECTION: Letters submitted after deadline for Oct. 25 paper

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Today, Sal DiMasi sits in a federal penitentiary for abusing the public trust. DiMasi is the third consecutive big city Democrat Speaker convicted of a serious felony.

Is it any wonder these insiders and power-brokers fear the kind of reform, openness and transparency that Jim Lyons carries from our Merrimack Valley to Beacon Hill?

CJ Gangi

North Andover



L'Italien was there for Boxford

Editor, Townsman:

Living in Boxford's precinct 2 we were fortunate to have Barbara L'Italien as our state representative for eight years. At the same time Boxford was also fortunate to have Brad Hill as a state representative and Bruce Tarr as our state senator. The three of them worked together very effectively for Boxford and were able to accomplish a great deal. I believe they were particularly successful because of the bipartisan nature of their relationship.

While they had many accomplishments during that time, the most important was the work they did to address the terrible problems that some Boxford residents have with salt in their water. L'Italien was key in passing legislation to compel MassDOT to commission an engineering study of the salt problem and recommend solutions to restore the groundwater quality. I do not believe that the legislation would have been passed in its current form (over the gvernor's objections) without her strong advocacy. She demonstrated many times that she is willing to do what she believes is right, independent of party.

During those eight years, L'Italien was often in Boxford. She was at selectmen's meetings, Masco meetings, held monthly office hours at our senior center and attended other events regularly. She was consistently responsive to constituent questions and issues. Between L'Italien, Hill and Tarr, we have become accustomed to legislators who are available and responsive, working with town officials to address Boxford's issues.

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