William Brezinski: Next Easthampton mayor should bring new approaches to government
To the editor:
As I watched the first Easthampton mayoral debate, I was struck by the uniqueness of the three debaters. David Ewing spoke of his 25 years of experience in local management. Karen Cadieux emphasized her close working relationship as an administrative assistant to the mayor. Nancy Sykes showed her understanding of path for an improved Easthampton, her wide experience in negotiating and her legal background.
At one point during the debate, Karen Cadieux kept referring to her experience working with the mayor. I was reminded that during the 1988 vice presidential debates, Sen. Lloyd Bentsen responded to an assertion from candidate Dan Quayle by saying Quayle “was no Jack Kennedy.” During our mayoral debate, it seemed to me that Cadieux is no Mayor Tautznik.
Sykes kept presenting ideas of how to include all residents in the process of city government. She placed an emphasis on all community members, from children to those seeking jobs and to our senior community. Ewing also commented that many seniors cannot attend events due to a lack of transportation. Sykes and Ewing want a more open and transparent government.
Sykes and Ewing emphasized the need to try new approaches to the city’s problems. New eyes on old problems could lead to an improved Easthampton. Sykes has those creative solutions as well as a comprehensive legal understanding of the role and limits of government.