, Newburyport, MA


July 18, 2013

This is why bridge was named for Hayden

To the editor:

As I read the letters today, I was shocked and saddened to see that someone would even begin to challenge why the Route 1A bridge was named after John B. Hayden. I did not read the letter from Mr. Thurlow, nor do I want to. Evidently, Mr. Thurlow feels strongly that the bridge should be named after someone residing in Newbury.

Mr. Thurlow obviously does not know John Hayden, nor did he attend the dedication of the bridge. If he did he would have heard the multiple speakers detail John Hayden’s devotion and endless hours of public service to highway safety. He would have seen how many people attended the event from all areas of the state of Massachusetts to honor John’s memory. He would have heard them speak of his integrity, work ethics and commitment to the Massachusetts Highway Department of Transportation, even while terminally ill.

Lastly, he would have seen John’s beautiful young daughter, Mia, speak of how proud she was of her father. My husband rides the Pan-Mass Challenge in honor of John B. Hayden, a dear friend and incredible man. I will ride proudly across the John B. Hayden Bridge and smile knowing the kind man of integrity it is named after.

Joan Barlow


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