P.O. Box 300, Amherst, MA 01004-0300
Tel. (413) 549 9933 Fax (413) 256 1207
January 22, 2005
c/o Massachusetts Democratic Party
10 Granite Street
Quincy MA 02169
Dear Committee Members:
First of all, thank you for the important work you are doing for our party. In my successful campaign for Governor's Council I emphasized my commitment to the Platform, and regularly referred people to it, particularly the provisions dealing with diversity, equal marriage, environmental justice, and healthcare. I am so proud that among its commitments the Platform states unequivocally: "Our Party supports the creation of a single-payer health care system both in Massachusetts and in the nation in order to achieve the goal of universal health care." I trust that your outreach efforts will result in some worthwhile revisions while maintaining the PlatformÕs character as a detailed statement of our vision and our plans.
In addition to the Platform, we have an Action Agenda which is more concise than the Platform. Similarly, the Preamble to the Platform reflects the party's core values. In this context, it is essential for the party to have a more detailed, weighty document. The Action Agenda may be our ensign, but we are in choppy waters and need ballast to keep moving forward. The Platform is our ballast. I recommend, therefore, that we should retain the Platform's current format.
Yours faithfully, Peter Vickery Governors Councillor (8th
Governors Councillor (8th District)