Letters to the Editor

I Proudly Support Leo Robinson

To the Editor,

On September 6th, I will proudly cast my vote for Leo Robinson to be the next State Representative for this district. I fully support Leo and ask all my friends and family to do the same. I had the honor and pleasure of serving on the City Council with Leo for over a decade and have known him since we were both young men. I believe that Leo has served this community for most of his adult life with distinction and commitment. He is easily one of the most accessible public officials I have ever known and has his finger on the pulse of this city. He treats everyone he meets with dignity and respect.

Councillor Robinson understands the problems we face. I always admired the fact that Leo understands the issues that come before the council and always votes for what he considers best for the city. Leo was always independent and never beholding to any special interests or groups. I am voting for Leo Robinson because of his lifelong service to our city which is a community he grew up in, a community he still lives in and a community he loves.

If elected as our next State Representative, I am positive  Leo will continue to serve the community with honor, dedication and commitment.

Stanley Troisi

I believe in Judith Garcia

To the Editor,

I’ve been a member of the Chelsea community for more than 10 years, which is more than half of my life. Chelsea is my city and home, and I want it to continue to flourish. That’s why I am volunteering for Councilor Judith Garcia’s state representative campaign.

Judith is also from Chelsea. Her mom, like mine, came to the United States from Latin America so that her child could have the chance to succeed. Judith and I both watched our parents work countless hours at difficult jobs to make ends meet. She attended Chelsea Public Schools, where I’m currently a student. She knows this community like that back of her hand, and she’s always willing to talk to concerned residents, even if they’re a 16-year-old who can’t vote yet.

As students, my classmates and I shouldn’t have to worry about the quality of our education, but we do. For as long as I’ve lived here, our teachers have been overworked and our schools have been under-resourced – a reality that Judith knows all too well as a Chelsea High alumni. 

As someone who has been in the exact place I’m in now, I trust that Judith can help us. She’s done it before. When a group of Chelsea High students asked the Chelsea City Council for funds to hold an outdoor graduation a few years ago, Judith worked alongside them until they accomplished their goal. When she saw the challenges undocumented students face when pursuing college, she advocated for the passage of an ordinance that provides them a scholarship at Bunker Hill Community College. She taught a class called “How To Run For Office” for kids who, like me, are interested in politics. She knows our struggles, she understands our community, and she works for solutions.

Between my internship at a law firm and my summer academic courses, I have very little free time this summer. Despite my busy schedule, I spend hours every week working to get Judith elected. I believe in her because she believes in us. Who better to represent our community than one of our own?

Jimmy Merino

Take the First Step Toward a Nicotine-Free Life

To the Editor,

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is running Take the First Step, a campaign that educates adults about free resources designed to help them quit smoking, vaping, or using other tobacco or nicotine products. The campaign offers information about 1-800-QUIT-NOW, Massachusetts’ Quitline for tobacco/nicotine, and encourages residents to call for support or to connect online at mass.gov/quitting.  The campaign has ads, videos, and resources available in English and Spanish.

 A brochure about quitting, wallet cards with 1-800-QUIT-NOW information, and other materials are available free of charge at the Massachusetts Health Promotion Clearinghouse.

 Learn more about free resources to quit tobacco/nicotine and watch a video about 1-800-QUIT-NOW at mass.gov/quitting.

Taking the first step toward a nicotine-free life can begin by speaking with a FREE trained quit coach on the phone at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or online at mass.gov/quitting. Please contact me, Edgar Duran Elmudesi, at the Metro Boston Tobacco-Free Community Partnership, [email protected] or 617-502-6549  for more information and to help promote quit attempts in our region.

Edgar Duran Elmudesi

Project Associate

Metro Boston Tobacco Free Community


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