Young voters could change the midterm elections
To the Editor:
I’ve been hearing from my 19-year-old daughter and other sources that many young people today do not plan to vote in the November election. It’s because they either find the subject of politics too depressing in the Trump era, or they think their vote won’t matter, or they value their privacy and don’t want to give the government their information in order to register. Come to a meeting on the subject of youth voting at the Gleason Library this Monday, August 13 at 7 p.m. with State Representative candidate Christian Krueger and let’s discuss the issues and positive actions.
Support for Chandler
To the Editor:
Please join me and other Carlisle Democratic and unaffiliated voters in supporting Alexandra Chandler in the September 4 primary for the US House.
Many of the ten candidates share similar views, so I’m looking beyond policy positions to ask: who’s going to be most effective right away and over a potential ten or 20-year career?
Potential effectiveness is where Alexandra Chandler really shines. She has the heart, mind, ears and tenacity to get a lot done for our district and our country.
Having met Chandler, I can assure you she’s both a quick and deep thinker. Just what you’d expect of a top tier defense analyst and lawyer—someone who sees both the big picture and captures the important details. The problems we face are complicated, and we need the brightest minds working on them.
But brains alone aren’t enough. We need representatives who truly listen to constituents. Here too Chandler excels. She listens attentively, with her ears and her heart, and finds the connections between what people say, her own life, and how government policy might help.
But Alexandra Chandler has something more that’s unique in this race. It can’t have been easy to transition from male to female while working at the top echelons in the Pentagon. Competence and brains alone wouldn’t have been sufficient to enable her to survive and thrive in that environment, overcoming the triple whammy of being a woman, trans and gay in the military. It had to have been something else, an ability to connect with others, earning their trust and respect so they’d set aside first impressions and roll up their sleeves to work together on behalf of our country.
That’s a quality I want in our political leaders.
In a time when we desperately need more of what Ted Kennedy was at his best-–a fierce partisan, who could and did work across the aisle with the likes of Orrin Hatch to get things done for the good of the country—Alexandra Chandler has the right stuff.
Please vote for Alexandra Chandler on September 4 or by absentee ballot.
Wayne H. Davis
Support for Gouveia
To the Editor:
We write to express our support for the candidacy of Tami Gouveia to replace our retiring State Representative Corey Atkins. We are confident that Tami will make a terrific State Rep for Carlisle and the Commonwealth.
Tami is eminently qualified. She has a long history of effective leadership on urgent public health issues. Born and raised in Lowell, she founded the Lowell Roundtable on Substance Abuse Prevention. Tami served as the Executive Director of Tobacco Free Mass. She has two Masters’ Degrees: one in Social Work and one in Public Health and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Public Health (expected 2020) from Boston University’s School of Public Health, focusing on opioid policies. She now lives in Acton with her family.
We first got to know Tami in her role as founder and lead organizer of the Massachusetts Chapter of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington and her continuing work to oppose Trump and his policies. She is committed to working for greater investments in education and to making Massachusetts a leader in responding to climate change. She will work for better transportation, constantly improving healthcare, getting dark money out of politics and defending democracy.
We’ve seen her on the campaign trail where she is always asking questions and listening to constituents’ concerns. Tami is passionate and effective; smart and hard working. She is down to earth and knowledgeable about her district. She will make a great State Rep. We hope you will join us in voting for Tami Gouveia on Tuesday, September 4.
Barney Arnold & Michael Ansara
Thanks to Cultural Council
To the Editor:
I am writing to thank the Carlisle Cultural Council for awarding a grant to the Discovery Museum. This support is a wonderful reminder of the strong connection between the kids and families of Carlisle and the Museum. We particularly appreciate that the council’s leadership underscores the importance of increasing access to arts and culture organizations. We are proud and honored to have this support.
It is a priority for us here at the Museum to find ways to provide and encourage museum access for families that face obstacles to visiting—be they economic, developmental or cultural—because we believe that the fundamental learning through intentional play, nature exploration and exposure to STEAM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) that happens here is critical to a child’s early development. Many opportunities for unstructured play and experiential learning have been squeezed out of children’s lives due to our busy, scheduled lifestyles—but those are foundational to healthy development.
Here, children can not only explore their natural world and learn by doing, but they can do it together with their families. The funds provided by the Carlisle Cultural Council help the Discovery Museum expand its Especially for Me program to serve more families with special needs, making their museum visits easier, more rewarding and free.
Whether you have young children now or not, I would love to extend an invitation for you to visit us and see both what we do and how much more we are poised to accomplish.
Thank you again to the Carlisle Cultural Council for this great support, of both the Museums and the families in our shared community.
Neil H. Gordon
CEO, Discovery Museum, Acton
More support for Gouveia
To the Editor:
The September 4 Primary is coming up fast and our votes matter. I’ll be voting for Tami Gouveia as our Massachusetts State Representative (14th Middlesex District).
I first met Tami in her role as the Massachusetts State Lead Organizer and Founder of the 2017 Women’s March on Washington. Her ability to communicate in a clear, timely and calm manner to a spontaneous group of thousands, and her focus on and commitment to organizing a powerful and safe event representing a broad cross-section of issues and society, impressed me deeply.
Based on that experience, I was thrilled to learn that Tami was running for office. I wanted to know why she was running, and what skills and experience she could bring to the important role of representing us.
I learned that Tami has worked for the past 15 years to promote effective public policies in areas that affect us all - health, education and the environment in several roles: as Director of Programs and Community Health Specialist at the MA Healthy Community Systems/Greater Lawrence Family Center developing and implementing programs to address the causes of youth substance abuse; as Founder of the Lowell Roundtable on Substance Abuse Prevention, leading a 30-member coalition to reduce opioid overdoses/deaths; as Executive Director of Tobacco Free Mass, working with lawmakers on policies to reduce tobacco-related disease/death. Each of these positions require subject area expertise, but also the ability to lead, to listen to others, and to negotiate solutions.
With Master’s Degrees in both Social Work and Public Health, Tami is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health. While her professional career and experience have been in health care, conversations with Tami reveal that she is extremely knowledgeable about the critical issues of climate change, and the importance of public education to individuals and society overall.
Tami has earned my respect and my vote because of her integrity and track record of demonstrated leadership and effectiveness built over 15 years dedicated to public service. I ask you to join me in supporting and voting for Tami as our next Representative in the State House.