NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

Opinion

October 17, 2013

Owner apologizes for worker's behavior

To the editor:

Regarding the previous letter (Sept. 26) describing an incident at Spring Lane with one of the hardhat workers concerning moving a truck that was blocking traffic: Two days after mailing my first letter, the following took place on a Sunday.

I was again on my way to Spring Lane. On this occasion, I noticed a “biker” motioning for me to stop. I assumed he was lost and required directions — wrong! It was a Mr. Walsh, owner of the outfit undertaking the work on the I-95 bridge.

He was informed by one of his hardhats that one of them was giving the guy in the blue “Navy” car a hard time. I’m going to stop here for a second. I was very upset that my vehicle was mistaken for the U.S. Navy and not the U.S.A.F., but I will say this about “Navy” — I admire any fighter jock who can land his bird on 900 feet of metal at night on a ship without having a seizure.

Anyway, this gentleman asked if I were him. I said, “Yep,” I was, and then he asked if I knew who it was who had insulted me earlier. I said no, but I wouldn’t tell you anyway. Apparently one of the four “hats” mentioned it to him. This guy I was talking to is Mr. Walsh of Walsh Construction, owner of said outfit. He said the “hat” who mentioned the incident to him wouldn’t divulge his name also.

Saying Mr. Walsh was upset would be an understatement. Here he is at the job site, on a Sunday, hoping I would come here. I have a bad vibe that this “hat” I had the run-in with just used up all nine of his lives in one day.

I appreciate the fact he was here and it indicates to me, incidents of this type are not taken lightly.

Herb Clinton

Newburyport

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