Remember Rosenberg as great leader, kind man


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Stan Rosenberg is among the kindest and most generous people I have ever been privileged to know. As columnists and reporters seek to write something meaningful about Stan, most will fail, because they do not know the true measure of the man.

I have known him as a friend and colleague for more than 42 years. He is virtually selfless, always committed to his constituents, seeking to represent them in the highest political tradition. He believes deeply in the causes he champions and achieved results that many will never fully appreciate.

If Stan has a flaw it is that he trusts his friends too much. He came out as a gay man late in life, perhaps fearing earlier that it would harm his political life, for which he had the strongest of callings. Throughout his years in the House and Senate, Stan sought always to improve the lot of children in our state foster and welfare systems. He understood the importance of public colleges and universities in bettering the lives of young people and became a tireless advocate, not just for Greenfield Community College and UMass, but the entire system of public higher education.

He is equally generous in his private life. He loves to travel abroad and almost always finds some humanitarian opportunity in which to engage. He has supported orphanages and hospitals for the poor with gifts of money and medical equipment. He found and supported synagogues that had been persecuted and left unable to worship according to their traditions. He never failed to see those around him whom he could help, and always found a way to do so.

Many things have and will be written about Stan because of his recent difficulties. Many of his accomplishments will be brushed aside. When most politicians see a weakness in a rival, they rush to take advantage in the hope that they will advance their own fortunes. Let us not forget that this is at the heart of the matter that led to Stan’s resignation. Let us also take every opportunity, publicly and privately, to let Stan know how much we appreciate his efforts on our behalf, which are not in any way diminished by recent events. To do otherwise would be to fail to show kindness to a fine person who has always shown kindness to others.

Richard Taupier

Former assistant secretary of environmental affairs, New Salem