Letter: Noticeably absent from parade

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Shelburne Falls marked its 250th anniversary with a lively well-attended parade Saturday, which included musical bands, floats representing local family businesses, candidates for political office and many waving spectators along the mile-long route. The Greenfield Recorder coverage of the parade captured Shelburne citizens’ pride of place and noted the participation of several candidates running for State Rep. Steve Kulik’s seat. Notably missing from the story was the presence and participation of Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, a Democrat, who is running for Congress in the 1st Congressional District in the Sept. 4 primary. Saturday was Amatul-Wadud’s third or fourth visit to Shelburne Falls since announcing her candidacy. When was the last time our current Congressman, Richard Neal, visited Shelburne and listened to the concerns and needs of farmers, working families, seniors and other citizens? Compassionate and responsive to the needs of our rural communities, Amatul-Wadud supports affordable access to broadband, economic security and growth including the $15 minimum wage, Medicare for all, quality public education making debt-free college a reality and more. Thank you, Amatul-Wadud for celebrating Shelburne Falls past and present and for your support for the vibrant future of our rural town and community.

Dolores Root

Shelburne Falls