On the Trail with Ty: 9/13/18

Please note this post was held back until we had the interview to share.

Today’s highlight was my radio interview on WARA . It was really fun. We probably talked too long about baseball and my book, The Year the Red Sox Won the Series. It was published 19 years ago about the 1918 world champion Red Sox. The host also raved about my social media page, which is primarily due to the skill of Jax Adele. I praised Jax at the end of today’s interview. Lots of fun!

Listen Here! Interview starts at 59:32

I surprised myself when I shared my views on marijuana. To sum it up: I don’t trust alcohol, pot, LSD, or anything which alters our mind. I grew up with an alcoholic father and was exposed to many a drunken episode by him and his friends. I spent countless weekends with my Dad in bar rooms from 10 to 14 years old. It took me a long time to get over that experience and led to my career as a social worker. I realize pot is not alcohol but it does affect a person’s view of reality. It also affects how we drive.
I voted against legalizing pot but will abide by the vote of Attleboro. I support the use of medical marijuana because it helps people in pain. However,  I’m uneasy about our city making money off of recreational pot. That is the direction we have chosen to go. I just don’t want to see anyone life destroyed due to substance abuse.
As a city councilor, I will abide by the will of our voters.
I tried hashish in tea once when I was 20 years old. My cousin and I went out to a Washington D.C. all night eatery. I remember floating right up to the top of the ceiling and watching everyone eating below me. It was the weirdest feeling I have ever had in my life. I never did it again. Once was enough.
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Endorsement: Jax Adele

Originally published in the Sun Chronicle on Feb 7th. http://www.thesunchronicle.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/letter-to-the-editor-endorsement-for-ty-waterman-state-rep/article_6e36c8df-a7ae-584d-9083-d0555c4c5e4b.html

SUBMIT YOUR OWN ENDORSEMENT OF TY TO OPINION@THESUNCHRONICLE.COM

To the editor:

I have known Ty Waterman for over a year as a colleague at the YMCA. Our departments don’t overlap often, I’ve been able to get to know him as a volunteer for his campaign.

Ty is very approachable. His friendly smile and caring disposition make you feel welcomed. It was no surprise to learn he is a social worker. A great listener, Ty not only considers what someone is communicating but also the emotional context and position behind it. He sweetly acknowledges others with nods and related questions.

His ability to connect with people and truly listen makes me confident in his ability to be a public servant as state representative for Attleboro. He wants to help everyone in our community. He’s already begun helping individuals offering resources and information to those who stop to talk to him in his travels.

His persistence and self-driven attitude toward campaigning shows he genuinely loves this city. The volunteers who have surrounded Ty during this time are wonderful neighbors who are supportive of Ty and his pledge. When Ty and I disagree we are able to meet, communicate openly and with respect. I encourage you to find out more about Ty by visiting tyattleboro.com.

Jax Adele

Attleboro

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Social club Yattleboro with Ty and Jan Waterman

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Jax and Ty holding signs in the center of the city