WILMINGTON, MA — At last month’s 19th Middlesex State Representative debate, candidates were asked grade Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s performance during his four years in office.“I believe Governor Baker will be re-elected,” said Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury). “I don’t agree with him on everything, but he’s done some good. I would give him a B- or C+.”“I believe during the Primary Election I gave him a B-,” said Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury). “I greatly disagree with him on his interpretation of the Attorney General’s statute when it comes to assault weapons. I believe that circumvented the legislature and, more importantly, the state and federal constitutions. I wasn’t a fan of his handling of the MBTA. Keolis has not done the job it promised. There’s been a lack of review there. While I’ve been happy with his increases in Chapter 70, Chapter 74, and Chapter 90 funding, it’s kind of disguised. They claim it’s a record level, and that’s true, but only if you don’t adjust for inflation.. We’re making the steps in the right direction. He’s done a decent job of working with the Democratic majority in the legislature. There’s just certain things I don’t agree with him personally.”“I’ve looked at a lot of his plans. He’s impressed more than I thought he would,” said Patricia Meuse (I-Tewksbury). “I know he’s a Republican, but not a “true” Republican. I’m a very conservative person, but I don’t have a party. He’s not always that conservative on issues. But with his opioid efforts, and education funding increase… I would probably give him a B.”Moderator Tom Zuppa, editor of the Lowell Sun, then asked candidates to name their political idols, outside of the late State Rep. Jim Miceli.“Geoff Diehl,” answered Prinzivalli. “He really works for the taxpayers. He’s the one who saved taxpayers $2 billion on the gas tax. He’s endorsed me as a candidate. I really look up to him. I think he’s doing great things and I’d love to continue [his work] on Beacon Hill.”“I like [John] Kennedy and [Theodore] Roosevelt because they were instrumental in negotiations,” answered Robertson. “Kennedy represented the old Massachusetts ‘we help our neighbors out, but we’re self-reliant’.” He handled the pressure of the Cuban Missile Crisis well. I like Roosevelt because, growing up, I love the outdoors and that sense of adventure and exploration.”“Historically, Kennedy, of course. Ronald Reagan was probably be my second idol,” answered Meuse. “And I like Trump. I think he’s done a lot of what he said he was going to do. He increased the economy. I think he’s done a great job.”Watch the debate, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below. Fast-foward to 33:50 for the discussion on Baker’s performance and political role models.—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/b/7/7/6/b/a/b776ba68-25f6-40b8-ba64-296deaed181f1540570938.027%2B45353637.070%40castus4-wilmington%2B15405738551540571121202980.vod.720p.181025_State_Rep_Debate.mp4Media error: Format(s) not supported or source(s) not foundmejs.download-file: https://objects-us-east-1.dream.io/wilmington/b/7/7/6/b/a/b776ba68-25f6-40b8-ba64-296deaed181f1540570938.027%2B45353637.070%40castus4-wilmington%2B15405738551540571121202980.vod.720p.181025_State_Rep_Debate.mp4?_=100:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email [email protected] this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Campaign Declares Debate Victory; Knocks Robertson On Dandi-Lyons & Sanctuary StateIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”
An injured being treated at Rangpur Medical College Hospital. Photo: Moinul IslamDesperate to go home for Eid, a group of low income persons had scrambled atop a truck laden with bags of cement. En route, the truck tipped over and 17 of the passengers were crushed to death under the heavy bags of cement. Others are languishing in hospital.Injured in the accident, Khalilur Rahman is undergoing treatment at Rangpur Medical College Hospital. The 21-year-old young man broke down as he described horror. He said, “Some people climbed down from the truck at the Pirganj bus stand and then the truck started out again. The truck was swaying this way and that way as it sped along. Sitting on top of the truck, we were also swaying from side to side. It was frightening and I screamed to the driver to slow down.”Khalil said, “We were hardly 10 minutes away from the Pirganj bus stand, when suddenly it tipped over.” He can’t remember anything after that. He said, “When I opened my eyes, I found myself in hospital.”Khalilur has no idea whether the driver or the helper was driving the truck. But he remembers clearly that it was swaying from side to side.Khalilur is an employee of Pran Group. He said, the truck, carrying cement, was going towards Rangpur. It was half filled with cement. A total of 45 passengers, including readymade garment workers from Gazipur, climbed up onto the truck.The truck stopped along the way repeatedly. Some persons climbed down at the Pirganj bus stand. The remaining passengers were all from the same area. Of the persons who were killed in the accident, 15 were from Chaparhat of Kaliganj upazila, Lalmonirhat.