Physical space, which I write about often here, isn't the only ingredient needed for appealing, livable communities. People matter greatly. Leaders especially matter, not only for the concrete things they can accomplish but for the tone they set for political and civil discourse. That's why the death of state Rep. Debby Blumer is such a great loss for all of us in her Framingham district.
Warm, caring, passionate about progressive ideals and accessible to all, Rep. Blumer was held in high regard - respected for her intelligence and for doing her homework as well as liked for who she was. I remember her from back when she chaired the Framingham Finance Committee. Her well-prepared presentations were immensely useful to those of us serving in Town Meeting at a time of tough fiscal choices. It was her district's good fortune that she went on to represent us on Beacon Hill, and it was always comforting to know that Debby Blumer was working hard for our entire community, not only narrow special interests. At a time of increased bitterness and divisiveness at all levels of politics, Deborah Blumer managed to work for her ideals without being negative and tearing down others.
My deepest condolences to her family and friends at this most difficult time. She will be sorely missed.