BRIAN MCGRORY (“Patrick’s UMass mess,’’ Metro, Dec. 10) argues that Martin Meehan, chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, would have been a stronger choice to head UMass than some might believe. But in making his case, McGrory takes a gratuitous shot at another longtime public servant, Senator Marian Walsh.
Walsh has been a tireless advocate for people in need for many years. She took a personally and politically difficult but principled stand in favor of marriage equality. She played a pivotal role in passing the state’s Community Preservation Act. To imply, as McGrory did, that she is a “hack’’ is below the standards of accuracy and fairness readers expect of the Globe.