Letters to the Editor

Edwards is Sticking With Ed!

To the Editor,

After much consideration I have decided to enthusiastically endorse Ed Markey for US Senate.

I initially endorsed another candidate in this race because of her vision, passion, and fighting spirit for workers. Today, in Massachusetts, Ed Markey is the only candidate running for US Senate that has all of those qualities and the proven record to get things done.

I represent East Boston, Charlestown and the North End. Every part of my district is vulnerable to climate change. East Boston, where I live, is especially in need of a fighter in the Senate. East Boston’s history is one of new beginnings, environmental activism, and working class families.

We were only second to Ellis Island in the amount of immigrants we received. We have taught our children that the only way to fight against corporate greed and environmental injustice is through organizing and we have always been a community for families and hard-working people. Ed Markey understands that history and shares those values.

Today, we face one of the biggest battles against corporate greed that is trying to expand fossil fuel infrastructure. Ed Markey not only opposes the substation but knows that opposition isn’t enough. He has a plan to build a better infrastructure, one that creates jobs, is supported by science and meets our needs as a community. We need him in the Senate to fight for the Green New Deal!

The pandemic has brought to light another long-standing inequity facing my district: internet access. With BPS families needing the most flexible, accessible, and equitable infrastructure I find Ed Markey’s leadership to ensure low income families have access to the internet to be another demonstration of his vision, heart, and dedication to building a more equitable world.

I am proud to support Ed Markey and hope you’ll join me in voting for him.

Boston City Councilor

Lydia Edwards

A Labor of Love

To the Editor,

This letter is written on behalf of our current Representative Danny Ryan. Danny has been our representative in this district for six years. He has been committed to a positive transformation in our district. His continued momentum as a change agent has brought about economic growth and improved the lives of his constituents in our district.

Danny has been a lifelong Charlestown resident. Danny knows and understands the issues that his constituents deal with on a daily basis. Danny exemplifies honesty, fairness and thoughtfulness in his leadership on the Hill. He represents accountability in government. Since he has served both in federal and state government, he has an honest, pragmatic and hopeful insight into out district’s problems and needs – and he is always willing to examine the issues and listen closely to constituents’ questions and concerns.

In closing, to be our state representative is not just a job for Danny Ryan; it is a labor of love for him. He is always there for his constituency, please remember to vote for Danny on September 1.

Maureen V. Feeney


Join Me and Vote for Damali

To the Editor,

Before Labor Day, we will have the chance to choose our primary candidates for the US Senate and the MA Legislature. Early voting starts on Tuesday, August 22, and election day is September 1. When the time comes, I hope you’ll join me in voting for Damali Vidot for State Representative of Charlestown and Chelsea as she’s a bonafide community advocate who will represent the residents of the Second Suffolk District.

As an educator with 25 years of experience working in a variety of settings from the Boston Public Schools to private and public charter schools, I recognize the importance of leadership.

What shines so brightly from Damali is her ability to listen, learn, and champion the needs of the people in her district. In her four and a half years as an At-Large Chelsea City Councilor, Damali has shown herself to be deeply committed to ensuring that local government is responsive to the needs of all of its residents. Much of her recent work highlights her effective leadership skills as she responded to the horrifying concentration of COVID-19 in Chelsea, where 80 percent of the workers are essential.

Even in the middle of a public health pandemic, as the dual impacts of COVID-19 and structural racism ravaged our state, Damali led with humility, courage, and grace. Now, more than ever, we need candidates with the skills to bring people together. I’m confident that Damali is that person.

I know that Damali will provide nothing short of courageous service to the residents of Charlestown and Chelsea in the State House because she has proven herself to stand up even when times are hardest.

In these times where many societal fractures are on display, I also appreciate Damali’s choice to focus on the humanity of all people, especially those who may disagree with her on a particular policy choice. She is a both a real listener and also a doer, and will fight for all of us to create a more just world.

I believe that Damali can and should serve our state on a larger platform as our next State Representative for Charlestown and Chelsea. Today, I’m asking you to join me to elect a compassionate leader who understands the needs of her community.

Whether you’re voting by mail, voting early, or voting on September 1, I hope you’ll join me and Vote for Damali.

Teresa Rodriguez


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