hgazette.com, Haverhill, MA

October 11, 2012

Letters to the editor

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — O’Connor Ives best candidate for Senate

To the editor:

Kathleen O’Connor Ives is the most qualified person to represent us in the Massachusetts State Senate. She has been at the forefront of helping develop and lead Newburyport, one of the best cities to visit in New England.

As city councilor, she has championed neighborhood rights while maintaining a tourist feel that attracts people to Newburyport to help shape the city. Contrast Newburyport and Ives’ record as a councilor with her opponent who has been an embarrassment on Haverhill’s School Committee for many years. He gives meaning to “The Peter Principle’’ — a unqualified person will rise to the level of his incompetence.

Ives carries a law degree. Her bachelor’s degree is from Mt. Holyoke College. Contrast her educational background with her opponent, whose educational background stands deep in the shadows.

She will also be a champion for women’s rights to affordable and safe health care at a time when her opponent supports shutting down the affordable health care act which, among other things, lowers premiums for families, keeps children on parents’ health insurance until age 26 and provides family planning features.

Ives knows the value of a sound education for every child and would not put her own self interests ahead of what she believes is right for all children, another marked contrast from her opponent whose decisions as a Haverhill School Committee person reflected his own narrow, parochial and ignorant response to so many issues.

Michael Vezina


Thanks to charity golf tourney supporters

To the editor:

Jimmy Fund Golf extends its sincerest thanks to the organizers and sponsors of the Brandon McDonald Memorial Golf Tournament held on Sept. 22 at Crystal Lake Golf Course in Haverhill. Special recognition and appreciation goes to Jerry Wellman and Tim Wellman of Chelmsford, who organized the second annual event.

The dedicated sponsors, participants and volunteers helped raise critical funds in memory of Brandon McDonald to support lifesaving cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The Brandon McDonald Memorial Golf Tournament was one of the many golf tournaments that will be held in 2012 to raise funds for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber.

From traditional golf tournaments and country club member events to mini golf tournaments and all-day golf marathons, volunteers create golf fundraisers that combine their love of the sport with their desire to support the fight against cancer. Each event is an incredibly rewarding and fun way to support a great cause!

Nancy Rowe,

Director, Jimmy Fund Golf