GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

October 13, 2012

Talk of the Times: Calling all questions for Chamber debate

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — The three candidates in one of the nation’s most hotly-contested congressional election races will be holding the last of their three full-fledged debates in Gloucester later this month. And you can have a role in determining the questions they will face.

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce is hosting the debate matching Democratic Congressman John Tierney, Republican challenger and former state senator Richard Tisei and Beverly Libertarian Daniel Fishman on Friday morning, Oct. 26, at Cruiseport, with doors opening at 7 a.m., breakfast set for 7:30, and the projected 90-minute debate beginning at 8 a.m.

Chamber officials are now encouraging residents to submit potential questions and issues they’d like to see raised in the debate to Chamber CEO Robert Heidt, through robert@capeannchamber.com.

Rockport Town Moderator Bob Visnick will serve as moderator for this event, and the questions will be posed at the debate by a panel of three, including Times Editor Ray Lamont, with no questions to be taken from the floor. The panel, however, will be posing questions based on residents’ submissions sent to the Chamber.

The event is open to the public, with tickets available for $30 in advance and $35 at the door, said Chamber senior vice-president Peter Webber. Anyone seeking tickets for the breakfast and debate should contact Heidt at robert@capeannchamber.com or call the Chamber at 978-283-1601.

City man leads Dukakis event

Speaking of debates and the political season, a Gloucester resident has coordinated and will be leading a panel discussion Monday night featuring former governor and 1988 presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis.

Mark Zaitchik, who lives in Gloucester and is a professor of Communications at Salem State University, will lead a panel discussion titled “Election 2012: Fact, Fiction and Public Opinion” Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Veterans Hall in the Ellison Campus Center on Salem State’s North Campus. And the panel will indeed feature Dukakis, Democratic political consultant Michael Goldman, political journalist and TV commentator Keli Goff, and Jennifer Nassour, a former chairwoman of the Massachusetts Republican Party.

Others on the panel will be Sister Marge Clarke, a lobbyist, educator and economist, and Chuck Kolk, a chemist, physicist and president of Aerodyne Research Inc.

The event is aimed at giving attendees “opinions from many sides on the ins and outs, barbs and quips, and perspectives from the left and right on this year’s presidential election,” according to a Salem State press statement.

The forum is free and open to the public, and is the latest in a series of panels at Salem State coordinated by Zaitchik, who often waxes politically not only in the classroom and on stage for events such as this, but also over the breakfast counter at Gloucester’s George’s Coffee Shop.

Meet the chiefs in Magnolia

Gloucester residents looking to meet and speak with the city’s new police and fire chiefs will have the chance to do so next Thursday night at a special reception planned for the Magnolia Library and Community Center.

The “Meet the Chiefs Night,” said Citizens for Public Safety member Jamie O’Hara, who is one of the organizers, is set to run from 7 to 9 p.m. in Jones Hall, with both new Police Chief Leonard Campanello and Fire Chief Eric Smith on hand to greet residents and answer questions from the audience.

The Magnolia Library is located at 1 Lexington Ave., and the program is free and open to the public. Anyone with questions regarding the event may call 978-979-7533.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of Civil War veteran Henry G. Coas. Born in December 1841, he was the son of Jeremiah and Lydia (Parsons) Coas.

The second lieutenant entered the U.S. Army on Oct. 28, 1861, and served with Company C 23rd Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was discharged June 25, 1865.

Coas died July 7, 1886, and is buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by the Office of Veterans’ Services.

Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.