Letter: New ideas, new energy needed in Statehouse

New ideas, new energy needed in Statehouse

To the editor:

Mike Bloomberg is the right choice to be state representative for Pittsfield.

At a time when the rhetoric nationally has poisoned the world of elections, Mr. Bloomberg has conducted his campaign responsibly and respectfully.

Whenever he has criticized his opponent, Rep. Farley-Bouvier, he has done so by citing her record and using facts that can easily be verified. It is not a simple task to conduct a campaign that can be critical of an opponent while remaining civil, and Mr. Bloomberg should be applauded for doing so. He points out areas in which Rep. Farley-Bouvier has fallen short, such as her inability to get any of the more than 20 bills that she was the lead sponsor on, passed; while at the same time acknowledging how clearly she cares for our community.

I urge the residents of Pittsfield to visit the websites of both candidates and compare them. Rep. Farley-Bouvier lists bills she has co-sponsored, which is simply adding her name to a bill that was written by someone else. She lists endorsements, and she lists her voting record, which contains no bills that she actually wrote. Rep. Farley-Bouvier's website lacks a section expressing new ideas; there is nowhere on her website that she speaks about plans for the future.

Mr. Bloomberg's website is full of ideas, it offers solutions, and it has the facts to back them up.

Rep. Farley-Bouvier is a good person, but being a good person doesn't mean you will be a good rep. Just look around the city, or look at the data, either way you can see that we clearly need change.

We need new energy and new ideas, we need Michael Bloomberg in the Statehouse.

Scott Steinman, Pittsfield


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