, Newburyport, MA


April 8, 2014

Actions of the few cause irksome rules

To the editor:

I would like to make a few points in regards to Ralph Ayers’ letter (“A simple solution to historical matter”). This “do-gooder” was around in the ’60s and ’70s and can even vaguely remember the Wolfe Tavern as a young child.

However, one can hardly compare those times with what’s going on in Newburyport today.

In 1972 we paid a measly $27,000 for our house and our new neighbors thought we overpaid. Vacant land was readily available and cheap by today’s standards. Investors weren’t flocking to Newburyport to buy up properties to demolish the old and build as they are today.

I agree that owners of historic properties put time, money, pride and love into their homes to enjoy and preserve them, but of course we all know they’re not why historic districts are needed.

As usual, it’s the actions of the minority that necessitates the irksome rules and regulations the majority of us are forced to put up with. (For instance, the proposed plastic bag ordinance. Careless disposal by the ignorant few will impact all of us if the ordinance goes through.)

How wonderful it would have been if regulations on historic properties had been in place when the Wolfe Tavern was destroyed forever in 1953.

Sharon Boyle


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