Resident Reflects on the American Identity

Identity has become very prominent in American culture in recent years. What you look like; where you come from; how much you earn and how you talk, are the superficial indices that many use to peg you into one group or another.  What is being lost is an appreciation of a deeper identity; one that manifests itself through a person’s character.

There is an American identity, derived from the positive experience of our nation, and best exemplified by men like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. It is transcendent in human experience, but completely human in its aspiration.  People not born here can claim it.  Many foreign born manifest it better than native born.  It is the composite effect of five very specific values, which combine in a very unique way to create the American character.

The first is individuality, the recognition that humans have separate identities from their external appearances. It is opposed to individualism, which is a personal identity that excludes others, and collectivism, which is mass consciousness, where everyone thinks and acts the same.

The second is “resistant cooperation,”a term coined by Wynton Marsalis to describe jazz.  It is the willingness to solve the problems of living, with people we may not particularly like.  It supports the art of compromise, which is the activating principle of American life.

Third is freedom.  A belief that there are no artificial bounds, that the future, is decided by knowledge and courage, and never by ignorance and fear.

Fourth is stewardship; the exercise of authority and power held in trust, tied to responsibility for others, not entitlement.

Fifth is integrity; living according to a personal standard that one has the courage to proclaim. It is a rejection of hypocrisy and affirms straightforward living.  Its value lies in its reliability. People can count on what others say.

These values are held by all people to one degree or another, but all five existing simultaneously, and with equal vigor, is the essence of the American identity.  Derived from and reflecting the best of the American experience, these values are the nuts and bolts of a free society.   Pursuing them is the noblest of human quests and one that we all should be proud to affirm.

– Dennis Galvin

 

STATE REP CANDIDATE KATHY LYNCH PLEDGES NO NEW TAXES

Kathy Lynch, Candidate for State Representative in Westford, Littleton, and Chelmsford, signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, pledging to the taxpayers of Massachusetts that, if elected, she will oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes. Lynch is joining the 256 members of the US Congress, 10 governors, and nearly 1,000 state legislators across the country who have signed the pledge because they believe the problem is not that the hard-working people are paying too few taxes, but that the government is spending too much money.

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There is a large body of evidence that supports the belief that keeping tax rates as low as possible promotes economic growth.  Tax Foundation economist William McBride’s survey of 26 studies dating to 1983 found that “all but three of those studies, and every study in the last 15 years, find a negative effect of taxes on growth.”  John Hood, chairman of the John Locke Foundation, analyzed over 700 peer-reviewed academic journal articles going back to 1990.  Most of those studies found that lower tax levels and spending correlate with stronger economic performance.

 

When individuals and businesses are taxed less, they have more disposable income to spend, which not only benefits our economy, but allows people to give back.  For instance, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted at the federal level last year, has given 90% of wage earners a higher take-home pay and has allowed companies of all sizes to help, not only their customers, but their employees and the charities they support.  Like many other Massachusetts companies, Rick Green, CEO of 1A Auto, Inc. in Westford will be using the tax savings to lower prices for his customers as well as give bonuses to his employees. Other companies are using their tax savings to increase their base pay to well above minimum wage, hire new employees, improve employee benefit packages, grow their businesses, and increase their charitable giving.

 

Kathy Lynch will be a strong advocate for less government spending and a strong economy with her pledge of no tax increases. Kathy Lynch can be reached by email: Kathy@VoteKathyLynch.com and web: VoteKathyLynch.com, Facebook.com/VoteKathyLynch.

Lynch Launches State Representative Campaign

At a kickoff celebration, on June 7, 2018, Westford resident, Kathy Lynch, officially announced her campaign for State Representative in the 2nd Middlesex District. The district includes Westford, Littleton, and precincts 5,7 and 8 of Chelmsford. With encouragement from colleagues and supporters, Lynch decided it was best for the voters of the district to have a choice at the ballot box on November 6, 2018.

At her kickoff event, Lynch shared that she grew up on Long Island. “Don’t hold it against me,” she quipped. She was the youngest of five children – the “baby” of the family. “You would never know it with hair like this,” she joked while tugging at her gray hair. Altogether, she and her husband, John, have lived in Massachusetts for fifteen years. As a mother of two very active teenagers attending the Westford Public Schools, Lynch sees the importance of quality education and healthy communities. “The children need balance – academically, socially, and physically,” said Lynch.

With years of experience working in the federal government, private industry, small business, and volunteering within the community, Lynch understands the world of work and wants to support strong, local businesses. “Many small businesses are thwarted in their tracks with upfront expenses, regulations, licensing, taxes, permitting, insurance and competition from big business. Yet, small business has the unique capacity to reach innovative, niche markets that our district needs,” says Lynch.

Lynch considers herself a true patriot stating, “My Dad and other relatives have served in the military in order to defend America’s freedoms. As a legislator, ​I will uphold American principles set forth by our forefathers in the Constitution and other founding documents. I will demand transparent, public access for every legislative vote. The voters in this district deserve that. Additionally, I will vote against excessive, burdensome taxes while directing more of our tax dollars to local aid.”

Lynch can be reached by email: Kathy@VoteKathyLynch.com, phone: (978) 496-8064, website: VoteKathyLynch.com and facebook.com/VoteKathyLynch.

Delegates Endorse Favorites at the MA State Convention

In a long but exciting day, Westford delegates joined delegates from across the state to pick their favorites among the candidates running for State Office. Members of the Westford Republican Town Committee as well as several town Republicans served as delegates. The event provided opportunities to meet fellow Republicans throughout the state while supporting those on the campaign trail.

Those winning endorsement by the Massachusetts Republican Party included:
Charlie Baker – Governor, Karyn Polito – Lieutenant Governor, 
Geoff Diehl – Senate, Jay McMahon – Attorney General, Anthony Amore – Secretary, Helen Brady – Auditor, and Keiko Orrall – Treasurer. 
To be on the ballot for Republican Primary Elections, candidates needed 15% of the vote. Though not endorsed by the majority of Convention delegates, the following candidates will be included on the Primary ballot: Scott Lively – Governor, Dan Shores – Attorney General, Beth Lindstrom and John Kingston – Senate. 

Mark your calendars for the State Primaries on Tuesday, September 4 and the State Election on Tuesday, November 6. 

Stay Connected to the WRTC

Nominations papers are being signed throughout the state for various state positions. The campaign year is revving up. The MA Republican State Convention is set for April 28th 2018. Westford is sending 16 delegates to the convention with the intent to bring the very best candidates forward to the Primary Elections in November.

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Westford Republican Caucus

The Westford Republican Town Committee held a Caucus on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Cameron Senior Center, 20 Pleasant St., Westford, MA at 10:30am to elect delegates to the 2018 Massachusetts Republican Convention which will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester on April 28, 2018. Official members of the Westford Republican Town Committee were the only eligible voters to elect the delegates for the Convention but any registered Republican (registered by December 31, 2017) was able to run for a delegate spot.

The Convention’s primary role is to endorse statewide candidates for nomination ahead of the state primary election in September 2018. Republican candidates seeking endorsement are for the offices of:

  • United States Senator in Congress (Class I)
  • Governor of the Commonwealth
  • Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth
  • Treasurer and Receiver-General
  • Auditor of the Commonwealth
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of the Commonwealth

At the State Convention, candidates must attain 15% of the delegates’ vote on any ballot in order to qualify for ballot access for the state primary election.