Fourteen years of being an ‘obstructionist’ is 14 too many
To the editor:
Elect Colin Lee, who has lived in Lakeville’s District 58A for over a decade, as your state representative. Lee is opposing 14-year incumbent state representative Mary Liz Holberg, who is moving into 58A from a different district to maintain her power for another two years.
After 14 years, Holberg is chair of the Ways and Means Committee, which made her the highest-ranking budget official in the Legislature when the shutdown occurred.
Holberg is rightly named an “obstructionist” for another reason besides the shutdown. For 14 years, she single-handedly blocked a bill supported by many adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive families. This bill would grant adoptees their right to their original birth certificate. This session, she used her chair position to block our bill from even receiving a hearing.
Holberg said she wanted “sunshine” on the stadium issue. She claims she does not trust government to make decisions. However, she opposes “sunshine” and routinely makes bureaucratic, heavy-handed decisions for adoptees and their birth parents. She cited “personal privacy rights” in spite of a provision which would allow birth parents to remain anonymous and block the release of the certificate.
Her behavior shows she cannot be trusted to use her position wisely. At least eight states have restored this right to adoptees with no problems, yet Holberg continues to oppose it. Elect Colin Lee to right this wrong and end her obstructionism.
I choose to fight for this bill because my three children were happily reunited with their birth families after 20 years. It was a precious moment in their lives. An adoptee’s original birth certificate is vital to them. Let their reunion properly be their decision. Don’t leave it to lifelong politicians.