The debate between James Kelcourse and his challenger, Amber Hewett, on Oct. 8 presented quite a contrast between the candidates. I listened to Mr. Kelcourse entertain with folksy narratives and descriptions of his support of measures largely engineered by others. Ms. Hewett identified the problems, their causes, and a solid plan of attack. Ms. Hewett articulated what a leader can do if the interest is in leading for solutions that translate into real change...CONTINUE READING
I am writing to comment on last Thursday’s state representative forum, sponsored by, and reported on by The Daily News.In that forum, the contrast between the two candidates could not be more striking. Over and over, moderator Richard Lodge asked specific questions about current issues. Over and over, Amber Hewitt clearly explained her positions with concrete proposals. Rep. James Kelcourse, on the other hand, offered very little specific information about his positions, other than that he believes in “making friends” as the answer to almost anything. ...CONTINUE READING
The misogynist and racist signs displayed by Robert Roy of Salisbury are well known to readers of this newspaper. In recent weeks, one sign sought to denigrate Sen. Kamala Harris, candidate for vice president of the United States on the Democratic ticket. That was soon followed by a sign displaying the Confederate flag, an image widely used by white supremacists and displayed increasingly in our area in response to the Black Lives Matter movement...CONTINUE READING
In the midst of a crisis, we become more aware of the critical role our government leaders play, especially on the local and state level.These leaders are both the neighbors who greet us at local events and the champions we rely on to introduce and pass bills that fund our schools, protect our environment, expand regional transportation and ensure the health, safety and equality of all citizens...CONTINUE READING
As a long-time local resident, I have been involved in local and state politics for many years as an advocate for affordable housing, racial justice, and the environment.
Several extremely important bills were debated in the Statehouse this past session. As I often do, I called and emailed Democratic state Sen. Diana DiZioglio, Republican state Rep. James Kelcourse, and other state-level politicians to get details about projected legislation or to urge support for several bills I felt were extremely important to our communities or state-wide...CONTINUE READING
COVID-19 requires us to see the whole planet as a system. This is even more true for climate change, which makes the enormous tragedy of the coronavirus seem like a minor event.
A recent study by Ian Howatt and Michalea D. King of the School of Earth Scientists at Ohio State University, the Greenland ice sheet is in “dramatic retreat.” It is described as being “beyond the point of no return.” Greenland contributes 280 billion metric tons of melting ice into the ocean each year, making it the largest physical source of rising ocean levels...CONTINUE READING
Family and community are inextricably intertwined. They help each other grow, offering a solid foundation to whoever wishes to put in the effort to create a place in which neighbors respect, look out for and work with one another. My cousin Amber Hewett is running for state representative in the First Essex District (Amesbury, Newburyport, Salisbury). Amber is excited to serve this region on Beacon Hill, as she takes part in a proud Hewett tradition of honoring their civic duty with this community...CONTINUE READING
In 2018, I attended the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., with my 11-year-old daughter. The voices of these young activists against gun violence sent a powerful message to lawmakers; their generation would not tolerate policies that are unfair or unjust.
I left that weekend full of hope and ready to begin my campaign for state representative for the 1st Essex District. It was always my plan that if I were to win, I would serve a couple of terms and then make way for the younger generation...CONTINUE READING
TThe truth about gun violence in America is difficult to hear: 40,000 gun deaths each year and over 100 gun deaths each day; 53 women shot and killed by an intimate partner every month; a gun suicide rate 10 times that of other high-income countries; firearms are the leading cause of death for American children and teens (ages 0 to 19); 58% of American adults or someone they care for have experienced gun violence in their lifetime...CONTINUE READING
The Bay State has long been a beacon of positive change with a rich history of progressivism. It was home to William Lloyd Garrison and the abolitionist movement, the site of the Bread and Roses Strike, and was the first state to legalize gay marriage.
We pride ourselves on these landmarks of social progress. However, we don’t always live up to this liberal tradition...CONTINUE READING