March 16th. 2006
Sent to but not published in the Boston Globe

Like Martha Hammel (Letters, March 15th. 2006) I was disconcerted to see the level of conspicuous consumption exhibited by Deval Patrick in his new summer home in the Berkshires. However, as a supporter of Deval Patrick in his campaign for governor, I would urge Ms Hammel and those sharing her views not to fall into the trap of single issue voting.

I would ask that they consider the whole portfolio of positions that Deval Patrick has taken on civil rights, education, health care and the economy. I am sure that when all these issues are taken into account, Deval Patrick looks like a very attractive potential governor.