We didn’t like the proposed new law either, editorializing against it last year. But this is a good time to recall a fact that officials in Peabody and other communities seem to forget: The voting public approved the new law. In fact, it wasn’t even close, with 63 percent voting in favor statewide. The measure passed in every North Shore city and town, including Peabody, where the tally was 57 percent in favor, 43 percent opposed. The voters aren’t stupid; they knew what they were voting for, and the more quickly lawmakers realize this, the better.
It is not the job of elected officials to try to figure out how to ignore the will of the people. Rather, it’s to see that will carried out safely, fairly and honestly.