For the past two days I have been knocking on residential doors adjacent to Highland Avenue in South Attleboro, Ward 1B. As usual, I meet lots of folks who embrace the priorities I hold dear for Attleboro, with an occasional nay-sayer that might ask my political affiliation.
The message of:
- Reaching out to Attleboro Seniors who might be home bound and unlikely to get into the Senior Center very often rings true with most folks. Just about everyone agrees that we need to visit seniors and find out if they need help. Many seniors bravely face health issues, financial constraints and loneliness. They are normally very friendly with me and appreciate being visited. While our local senior center does fine work, we can always do more outreach. This is a message that resonates with most people I see.
- Public Education; There is almost universal support for maintaining and continuing to build a first-rate public education in Attleboro. We need to continue rebuilding what we lost when the massive teacher layoffs occurred a few years back. Most people seem to agree that this is important work for the city to do.
- I do a lot of listening, especially with seniors, who are anxious about their ability to pay the increases in their property taxes to build the new high school. When I voted yes on the high school I had decided this was a worthwhile expenditure of my retirement income. But many seniors don’t have a nest egg of savings and retirement income. I hope Attleboro will design a way to help Seniors who are struggling to pay their property taxes. I don’t anyone to feel they have to give up their homes or move out of the city because of the new high school. I probably talk to a dozen seniors daily who are fearful for their financial and housing future.
- Most people are very satisfied with the fire and police departments. I want to applaud them for the great work they do. I am particularly pleased with the way our Police and Fire Dept. help people with mental health issues. I hope everyone got a chance to read Saturday’s Sun-Chronicle, which focused on mental health issues in our state and in Attleboro. If you didn’t see the front page story, you can take a look at it in our library.
- YEAH for the city purchasing Highland Country Club’s 93 acres. I applaud the city council for unanimously voting for the purchase, and Paul Heroux for his vision and advocacy for the city owning Highland. Their may be different usages of the property including weddings and special events around and inside the building. But I hope it is used primarily as a park where we can feel peace and quiet.
Finally, if my message connects with you, please consider asking me to visit you and also consider putting up one of my signs. You can reach me at 508-577-1412 or via Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have discovered that four hours of knocking on doors via my bicycle is best for me. I try to extend myself and am in reasonably good shape. But my mind starts to lose focus after about four hours. Campaigning door-to -door is a marathon (four months to go) and not a sprint.
So, if I don’t reach your door, please invite me when I’m in your part of the city.