, Gloucester, MA

October 14, 2013

Letter: Cape Ann lawmakers set best example

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — To the editor:

Currently, in Washington, D.C,, we are witnessing a dysfunction in government with the Republicans and Democrats drawing lines in the sand and refusing to compromise and work together for the common good.

The have forgotten President Lincoln’s words that government is supposed to be “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

In light of this situation, we feel it is important to note that, here on Cape Ann with our elected officials of Senator Bruce Tarr and State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, the opposite is true.

We have continually witnessed both Republican Tarr and Ferrante, a Democrat, work together on various issues such as supporting the fishing industry and working to bring state dollars home for various projects and programs. Both of these professionals remember that they were elected by the people to work for all, regardless of their constituents’ political affiliation.

They are not afraid to put partisanship aside, roll up their sleeves, and work together with someone from across the aisle.

Perhaps our leaders at the federal level could take a cue from these officials and actually get something done “for the people.”