Merrimack Valley State Senator Barry Finegold (D-Andover) who represents the Second Essex Middlesex District wrote a column for today’s Eagle-Tribune. In the face of the Tuscon tragedy of last weekend he urges all of us to “to take a step back and evaluate whether what we are saying and how we are saying it is contributing to a healthy democratic discourse.”
Senator Finegold knows Representative Gabrielle Giffords and he shares his thoughts here:
I am deeply saddened by what happened to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords this past weekend. I did not know her well, but we crossed paths from time to time, and as a public official what happened to her hits close to home.
People and political pundits will try to interpret this event in many ways. I don’t believe one thing or one group led to this awful act. We don’t know the facts yet, and it could turn out that this particular attack was not politically motivated. However, this is perhaps the opportunity to take a step back and evaluate whether what we are saying and how we are saying it is contributing to a healthy democratic discourse…
Read the rest of his column here in the Eagle-Tribune.