I voted for Barney Frank every chance I had, and I’d do it again, but I disagree with the Globe’s recommendation that he fill John Kerry’s Senate seat on an interim basis (“Patrick should take Frank up on his Senate offer,” Editorial, Jan. 7).
When asked to define the difference between a misfortune and a calamity, British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli used his antagonist, William Gladstone, as an illustration. If Gladstone fell into the Thames, Disraeli said, that would be a misfortune. If somebody pulled him out, that would be a calamity. That Frank will no longer represent Massachusetts is a misfortune; sending him back into the toxic stew that is the present Congress would be a calamity.