LETTER: ShhAir Leaders Support Barrett for State Senate
Three leaders of the grassroots citizens' organization, speaking for themselves, support Lexington Democrat Mike Barrett in the race to replace retiring state Sen. Susan Fargo, D-Lincoln, in the Third Middlesex District.
To the Editor,
We were surprised to learn that the president of Cape Air commuter airlines has become involved in our 3rd Middlesex District State Senate race by endorsing Mara Dolan of Concord. Dan Wolf is a state senator from the Cape who also leads Cape Air, a commuter airline serving the Boston area and the Cape and Islands.
As leaders of the grassroots citizens’ organization ShhAir, we have spent many years fighting to contain expansion of aviation at Hanscom Field, and have worked especially hard to keep commuter airlines, with their many negative environmental impacts, out of this airport. Our work has benefited from the full support of our state legislators and congressional delegation.
We would be concerned about having a state senator who had accepted an endorsement from the head of a local commuter airline.
By contrast, candidate Mike Barrett of Lexington has spent the last 15 years working on Hanscom expansion issues together with citizens, our local officials and state delegation, and the historical preservation community. There is no question about his commitment to, and knowledge about, keeping Hanscom a sustainable airport in our midst.
Margaret Coppe, Barrymeade Drive, Lexington
Lori Eggert, Bonnievale Drive, Bedford
Kay Tiffany, Reed Street, Lexington