(Editor’s Note: The letter below is in direct response from a press statement recently released by the Tewksbury Republican Town Committee.)Dear Editor,Desperate times call for desperate measures and outright lies it seems, at least in the eyes of some campaigns here in the 19th Middlesex District. Rather than report on the facts, they decided to spread disinformation in the dark in hopes that you, the people, would fall for it. So rather than take up more of your, the voter and residents, precious time let me set out my stance on immigration and Senator Warren.First, immigration. Here are the real facts, and not the “fake news.”I never have nor never will support sanctuary cities and the concepts of them.Unlike my opponents, who have not mentioned any other policy regarding illegal immigration but sanctuary cities, I have vocally and formally opposed allowing illegal immigrants to vote in local elections.Again, unlike my opponents, I have vocalized my staunch opposition to allowing for state ID’s or driver licenses to illegal aliens as well.I have the most recent and wide-reaching knowledge on what proposals are being put forward regarding illegal immigration and the best and deepest knowledge on which ones need to be stopped. No other candidate can claim this.Secondly, with respect to “endorsement” by Senator Warren.I do not support Senator Warren and she does not support me. In fact, I haven’t spoken to her directly in any capacity in over 2 years, and never in any campaign related capacity.My interactions with her office have been to assist veterans find lost paperwork, to help book tickets to the White House for constituents, or to make inquiries about IRS backtaxes. It was to help constituents, and nothing more. Problems were solved, and people’s lives put back together.I took a photo with Senator Warren to send to an ex-girlfriend who was starting law school at the time. Senator Warren and her attended the same institute, and Senator Warren was kind enough to wish her luck by taking a photo. I was only being a loving and supporting boyfriend, nothing else.Having lived here my whole life, I know Wilmington and Tewksbury residents are too smart to fall for these tricks once the facts come to light. Residents don’t want to hear mudslinging, they are too busy working hard and providing for their families. Residents want substantive plans going forward from proven, experienced, and local candidates who will accomplish things like working to stop the Transrail development in Wilmington, or help bring state-funding to build a new elementary school in Tewksbury and provide actual taxpayer relief. To those still with questions, I’m an open-book, and am happy to answer any question. Voters are always welcome to reach out to me on Facebook via Dave Robertson for State Representative or any other of the ways we’ve published, or to stop and ask me when I see them out and about town.Sincerely,Dave RobertsonLike 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Mark Kratman & Dave Robertson Respond To Criticism From Tewksbury Republican Town CommitteeIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Town Committee Accuses Robertson Of “Flip Flopping” On ICEIn “Government”
Senior journalist Mahfuz Ullah File photoNoted journalist Mahfuz Ullah passed away at a hospital in Thailand on Saturday morning.He was 69.The journalist, who was on life support at Bumrungrad International Hospital, breathed his last around 10:05am (Bangladesh time).“My father is no more. He breathed his last at 10:05 am today. We are taking preparations to take his body home as early as possible after completing necessary formalities,” his daughter Nusrat Humaira told UNB.Mahfuz Ullah had been suffering from various complications of the heart, kidney and lungs. He was flown to Thailand on 10 April for advanced treatment.He was politically active since his student life and had taken part in the 11-point movement. He was expelled from Dhaka College for his activism.Born in Noakhali in 1950, Mahfuz Ullah obtained MA degrees in physics and journalism from Dhaka University.He started his career in journalism when he was a student and had been associated with the then popular weekly “Bichitra” since its inception in 1972.He also worked at the Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata as a “China expert” and taught at Dhaka University’s journalism department.Mahfuz Ullah had hosted radio and television shows and been involved with leading Bangla and English dailies in the country.He has also authored more than 50 books in Bangla and English, apart from editing a number of others.Books edited by him include the biographies of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia, the mass uprising of 1969, insurgency in Assam, and independent Bangladesh.