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Governor Deval Patrick and Aaron


Aaron’s Letter to the Editor, Grafton News February 17, 2010.

To the Editor,

I was excited to be invited to the Democratic meeting that was held at the Historical Society in Grafton on Saturday. I have been interested in politics for quite a few years and volunteered on both John F. Kerry’s and Barrack Obama’s presidential campaigns. I also held signs in front of the high school for Deval Patrick in 2006 and Michael Moore in the 2008 elections.

I like politics and consider myself a Democrat. I think it is important for young people to get involved in the elections because I have two brothers who have disabilities. I feel that the Democrats are more concerned about people with disabilities, as well as the homeless.

I was very upset when Scott Brown was elected to the Senate and that is why I felt I should get more involved in politics.

I was so happy to meet Governor Deval Patrick. He gave a speech and did a great job. He talked about how he is actually doing some positive things about the economy and that we need to get the word out that things are getting better. He said that our state was in better shape than a lot of states, but the job is not done yet.

State Senator Michael Moore was also at the meeting. I met him back in 2008.

In my opinion we need to use our tax dollars to help those who are homeless and struggling. Of course I also think we should care about people with disabilities and accept all people even if they are different. I believe that the Democratic Party will do a better job at this than Republicans. Deval Patrick said that we sometimes need a helping hand to be the best we can be and that is one of the roles of government. He did say that government can not solve all our problems (like math in school!).

I have been invited to attend the monthly democratic meetings and am in hopes of getting a ride to the meetings with Kim Edgren and Lisa Kelly who are good friends of mine. They were both elected as delegates on Saturday. I was also invited by Ms. Saxe to be a student volunteer at the Democratic Campaign Institute meeting at the end of the month. I am in hopes of meeting John F. Kerry and telling him to keep advocating for my brothers.

Aaron Bissell
Sophomore at Grafton High School


My latest web project:

This year marks the 275th anniversary of the incorporation of the Town of Grafton Massachusetts. As part of this yearlong celebration, the Grafton News is compiling a virtual scrapbook of the towns history at The site will include ‘then and now’ photos, old historic photos, documents, videos and events celebrating this milestone in our towns history. is a volunteer project through the Grafton News to help celebrate Grafton’s Birthday. This site will be a work-in-progress throughout the coming year.

I’m having lots of fun learning about our towns long and interesting history. Grafton, MA is a perfect example of a quaint New England town with it’s Native American roots, and town history dating back before the American Revolution. The Grafton News has been a part of the towns history for over 50 years and we have lots of historic documents and photos to share.



A sampling of the tweets that came through as soon as Browns win was projected on CNN:

Massachusetts What Have You Done?

Congratulations Massachusetts, Derek Zoolander is your new state senator.

What. The. Hell. Massachusetts?

Massachusetts goes to the center . . . fold

Dear Majority of Massachusetts Voters: Thanks for nothing.

So does anyone have the number where we can text to rebuild after the tragedy in Massachusetts?

I really hope the U.S. doesn’t decline into a conservative, close minded nation. Massachusetts, you’re scaring me.

Massachusetts, you should be ashamed of yourselves! Holy shit you suck. Poor Ted Kennedy is rolling over in his grave right now.

Massachusetts voters say, “Our state has a great health plan that we love, but why should you have one?”

Thanks for pissing on Ted Kennedy’s grave, Massachusetts

Massachusetts = Blerrg.

What the heck, Massachusetts? Just… wow.

Of course there were a few happy tweets, but many more like these.  Definitely a major upset that will make moving forward more difficult.  If you are wondering why politicians can’t get anything done, it’s because we are a country divided.  The pendulum keeps swinging back and forth, but it doesn’t go anywhere.


Stand with MArtha in MA

Guess which candidate is a lying, cheating scumbag. Scott Brown is a male Sarah Palin. If he wins Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat it will be a total embarrassment to the State of Massachusetts and to the legacy of the Kennedy family.

The right wing smear masters are spending over a million dollars on attack ads against Martha Coakley here in Massachusetts. We are not use to all the ads and phone calls we are getting recently. We are the most progressive state in the union, everyone knows we are a blue state. But the ‘tea partiers’ are poring money into the state, because they know that just one vote can stop health care reform, as well as other needed changes that we have been fighting so hard for since the 2008 presidential election. They have even set up a website called “Red Invades Blue.”

Not only are they trying to steal Ted’s legacy, they are trying to block progress. Massachusetts has always been the leader for progressive change in the US, this dates back to the colonial days and yes, the Boston Tea Party. The conservatives calling them selves ‘Tea Party Patriots’ is a joke. Here in Massachusetts, we started the American Revolution. We are the birth place of education, we already have universal health care, we were first in marriage equality. We know what needs to be done to move this country forward. And after more than 200 years, we still prefer coffee over tea.

As Massachusetts’ first woman senator, Martha Coakley will fight to advance Senator Ted Kennedy’s legacy. If you are a Massachusetts registered voter, please vote for Martha on January 19th. The stakes are extremely high. Your vote is needed to keep the entire country moving forward!


Fall Foliage on Grafton Common

November 8th and no blog posts so far this month. It’s been a bit busier than usual, which tends to happen with the holidays right around the corner. To be honest, I’m always glad when the holiday season is over. Life is already too busy without adding a bunch more things to do.

I’ve also been busy building a bedroom for Anthony on the first floor. I’m trying to get this done before the holidays, so this is taking up a lot of my time. I’ll post some photos of this project soon.

I just uploaded some fall foliage photos to my flicker account that I took at the Grafton Common a few weeks ago. Grafton common is extra beautiful in autumn and many people have been married at the gazebo in October. Grafton Center is a quaint little New England common. Some say it is a perfect example of small-town New England. The town has been careful not to allow too much change to the area, so even though the town has grown a lot, the common has remain relatively unchanged for decades.

One of Grafton’s claims to fame is the Grafton Gazebo, which sits on the common. The gazebo was built for a Hollywood film called Ah, Wilderness! in 1935, which starred Lionel Barrymore and Mickey Rooney among others.

Grafton Common

Grafton Common
Fisheye photo

Grafton Common
TtV photo

More photos here.