Letter to the Editor: In Support of L'Italien

The following was submitted by Marilyn M. Fitzgerald.

Dear Editor,

Just a couple of years ago, our country was embroiled in a serious, yet divisive debate on how to manage our nation’s healthcare. Democrats and Republicans refused to cooperate in addressing this pressing issue and Washington DC was left in gridlock. As our nation’s capital stood at a standstill, Massachusetts was in the process of setting an example when it came to both healthcare policy and political cooperation. Leading this example was Barbara L’Italien, who was showing DC that it was possible for the different political parties to work together.

While Washington was left arguing, Barbara L’Italien was in Boston working with advocates, parents and politicians of all stripes in building support for legislation that would expand health insurance coverage for Massachusetts residents diagnosed with autism. With tens of thousands of Massachusetts families impacted by autism, Barbara was leading the charge in writing and passing a law that would guarantee care and help these families avoid bankruptcy.

What can’t be overlooked is that Barbara was able to successfully pass this law because she got different politicians to work together. At a time when the different political parties wouldn’t speak to each other in Washington DC, Barbara brought Republicans and Democrats together in supporting Autism Health Insurance.

Republicans and Democrats saw Barbara’s Autism Health Insurance law and agreed that it was the right thing to do – it even attracted Scott Brown as a co=sponsor! When it came time to vote on Barbara’s bill, it passed the State House and Senate, unanimously.

As Washington DC seemed incapable of agreeing on anything related to healthcare, Barbara L’Italien was in Boston bringing together Democrats and Republicans in passing groundbreaking legislation. Barbara showed Massachusetts voters that it is certainly possible for different parties to work together – and she showed that when that happens, it is the voters who end up winning. Please join me in supporting Barbara L’Italien as our next State Representative. Our government needs less political bickering and more people willing to work together.



Marilyn M. Fitzgerald

MikeA September 27, 2012 at 01:05 PM
If the candidate really does have all the admirable qualities mentioned in the letter and if the engaging story could indeed be found in the non-fiction section of the library, why did the candidate, a Democrat in Massachusetts, lose in the last election?
salemst September 27, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Mike, I believe due a number of reasons. * Raised alochol and meal tax * Raised sales tax * Berates people who disagree with her * Denied citizens the right to define marriage voting against putting it on the ballot * Gutted English immersion program rendering it ineffective Then after losing, she grabs a $100K crony political job with the State in the Treasurer's Office.........with no financial background. Only time she reaches across the aisle is if she can find a Republican wanting to expand government. Has there ever been a vote she's taken to reduce size of government?
Gail September 28, 2012 at 06:50 PM
What has jim lyons done in office?
salemst October 02, 2012 at 11:55 PM
* Government reform platform exposing how much Patrick spends on Illegals. * Increasing local aid to the cities and towns * Ensuring better funding for police, fire, public safety, public works, education and other services. * Working to roll back the income, meals, and sales tax hikes * Openness, accountability, and transparency in state government, even when standing alone in the House chamber advocating these commonsense values.


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