Holyoke mayor has right to change his mind
To the editor:
A year is a long time for some political careers; a lot can change from candidate to mayor. In your recent article, “A new spin of casino wheel in Holyoke,” it was stated that the mayor of Holyoke, 23-year-old Alex Morse, has betrayed voters who supported him.
He is considering plans for a Holyoke casino even though his anti-casino campaign helped him get elected. While it may be upsetting that he seems to have contradicted views that got him so many votes, I respect him for doing so.
An entire year in office, looking over Holyoke’s economic state and how it changed over these past several months, may have given him new perspectives, unforeseen during his campaign. He is able to make a decision based on this new information, even if it means potentially ending his political career.
While no decision is made yet, Morse deserves to have the basic freedom, as a politician, to see what others propose, instead of blindly denying them based on past ideals. With the possibility of a casino showing up near Holyoke anyway, reassessing his options cannot hurt the town. While his supporters have every right to criticize Morse, I give him credit for taking a risk and giving his opponents’ ideals a chance as well.