, Newburyport, MA

June 19, 2013

A need for balance in our delegation

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

I am writing in response to the June 4 “As I See It” column by Tom McCarty entitled “Thinking of not voting?”

After his reference to the “nice lady” in the first sentence, every one of Mr. McCarty’s opinions are completely negative. The reader hears loud and clear what he is against, but what is he for? What positive solutions does he offer? His message is “How could anyone in their right mind vote Republican?” His piece is intolerant, condescending, mean-spirited and offensive. He demonizes Republicans and contributes to the Red State/Blue State polarization in American politics today. This polarization, lack of respect for differing opinions and unwillingness to compromise for the greater good has Congress in gridlock on the most important issues facing our country today.

I actually agree with a couple of Mr. McCarty’s points, but I found myself with the notion to refute all the other opinions expressed, because of the rude and sarcastic tone in his assertions. He illustrates the smug, far-left leaning of the overwhelming majority of Massachusetts Democrats, in lock-step on the same side of every single issue. No respect for a differing opinion.

However, the more important message is that we need more balance in our representation. There are 11 members to the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation. All are Democrat. On Beacon Hill, Democrats have a supermajority in both the House and Senate, holding more than 80 percent of all the elected seats. These overwhelming numbers stifle transparency in the political process and create conditions rife for crime, cronyism, waste, fraud and abuse of the taxpayers. The last three speakers of the Massachusetts House (all Democrats) have left office prematurely and were convicted of federal crimes.

In Massachusetts, we need to start to bring some balance to our elected representation, to bring some tolerance and respect to the political discourse. We need the transparency that balanced representation will bring, and with it, some willingness to compromise, so that politicians can truly represent the will of the people and accomplish something.

On June 25, I will vote for Gabriel Gomez as our U.S. senator. Do I agree with all his views on the issues? No. However, I do not like being represented by a one-party delegation.

Peter J. Nolan

West Newbury