Newsletter - June 2019
There is a particular quote from my favorite book, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, that has been popping into my head quite a bit recently. This quote is from Enzo, the book’s narrator, who happens to be a dog:
“Here's why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot talk, so I listen very well. I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another's conversations constantly. It's like being a passenger in your car who suddenly grabs the steering wheel and turns you down a side street. For instance, if we met at a party and I wanted to tell you a story about the time I needed to get a soccer ball in my neighbor's yard but his dog chased me and I had to jump into a swimming pool to escape, and I began telling the story, you, hearing the words "soccer" and "neighbor" in the same sentence, might interrupt and mention that your childhood neighbor was Pele, the famous soccer player, and I might be courteous and say, Didn't he play for the Cosmos of New York? Did you grow up in New York? And you might reply that, no, you grew up in Brazil on the streets of Tres Coracoes with Pele, and I might say, I thought you were from Tennessee, and you might say not originally, and then go on to outline your genealogy at length. So my initial conversational gambit - that I had a funny story about being chased by my neighbor's dog - would be totally lost, and only because you had to tell me all about Pele. Learn to listen! I beg of you. Pretend you are a dog like me and listen to other people rather than steal their stories.”
What can we learn from Enzo? In a time of sound bites and echo chambers, it is more important than ever that we LISTEN to our friends, our neighbors, our colleagues, and yes, our opponents. Hear them. Try to understand their concerns without interruption, and you just may discover that common ground. There is a time for rebuttal, and a time for discussion, but there also must be a time for listening. Just for a while, be like Enzo.
We are very excited about our next meeting on Tuesday, June 25th. We’ll be hosting a healthcare forum with State Senator Dr. Tom Sherman, Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, and State Representative Dr. Jerry Knirk, member of the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee. If you are interested in learning more about healthcare reform, then you won’t want to miss this! Topics will include:
Healthcare systems around the world.
The language of healthcare reform: “universal coverage”, “single payer”, “highly-regulated multi-payer”.
If you were designing a healthcare system from the ground up, what would it include?
What are the differences between the national proposals under discussion, including Medicare for All, Medicare for America, Medicare buy-in, Public Option, enhancing the Affordable Care Act?
ALL ARE WELCOME!!
Save the Date
Saturday, June 22nd – House party for Democratic Presential Candidate Governor Steve Bullock. The event will take place at the home of Joe Foster and Marissa Baltus. Click here for more info and to RSVP.
On Saturday, June 29th, the Hillsborough County Democrats will be honoring their 2019 Grassroots Awards winners, and our very own Tom Harris is the winner for District 27! Come out to cheer on Tom and to see the keynote speaker, Bernie Sanders. The event will take place at Alpine Grove Banquet Facility on Rt. 111A. Advance tickets are required and must be purchased by June 22nd. Click here to purchase your tickets now!
By Debora Pignatelli
Greetings! I am pleased to contribute to the newsletter.
My name is Debora Pignatelli and I am your Executive Councilor. We are a group of 5 individuals from 5 geographical districts in the state. From our beginnings, and even to this day, New Hampshire has had a skeptical view of government. The Council had its beginnings in 1679 when King Charles separated the territory of New Hampshire from Massachusetts. When our state constitution was written later, the Council was created as a constitutional body to watch over the actions of our governor. The Council meets regularly and has significant power over things such as judicial appointments, appointments of agency heads and members of state boards and commissions, and approval of all significant state spending. That involves the major portion of our state budget.
I began my career in elected politics in 1986 when I served as a State Representative for 5 years and then a State Senator from 1992 to 2002. I was your Executive Councilor from 2004 to 2010 and the from 2012 to 2014. I am back after a 4 year retirement and glad to again be representing you on the Council.
My web site is www.debpignatelli.com if you would like to learn more about the Council or contact me.
In Case You Missed It!
It’s been a busy couple of weeks! In case you missed it, our May meeting was a watch party of the Netflix original movie, Knock Down the House. Truly an inspirational movie!!
We also had a visit from Eric Swalwell on the 8th!
Note: Hosting or partnering in candidate events does not imply an endorsement or favorability of any kind to any Democratic candidates actively engaged in competitive primary contests.