, Salem, MA


October 16, 2013

Letter: A sad attack on an exemplary leader


Moreover, I’m not inattentive now, that’s for sure: I am paying attention to Mr. Slate’s lack of articulated ideas or initiatives; and I am paying attention to his character assassination of a man who has worked in public education, youth services, and public service for his entire adult life, who has remained true to his roots in this, his native city, where he and his five brothers were raised by a widowed Beverly high school teacher and where he and those brothers all still contribute to the life of the community.

And I’m not incompetent either: I have served in government, both as a gubernatorial appointee for the commonwealth and as a local official in my former town; I have worked on political campaigns; and I am intent now even more than before in urging my fellow citizens to turn out not merely to vote affirmatively for Mike Cahill but also to reject the type of negativity and nastiness Mr. Slate has displayed.

I’m sure Wes Slate is a good and nice man, with lots of friends and family who will defend his character. But our character is revealed by our words and deeds. His in this instance do not reflect well on him. Beverly deserves better.

R.J. Lyman


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