, Newburyport, MA


March 18, 2013

Two surveys, two different responses


Each time an NRA member was appointed, those mayors asked the City Council to approve the selection. Five times the City Council — five at-large councilors, six ward councilors — said yes to the appointment. One of our members has been appointed and approved twice. Another nomination failed to make it through the council.

The implication that the NRA is some sort of distant, unresponsive force is untrue and unfair. I’m proud to serve on a board with four fellow Newburyport residents who, in addition to donating their time to the NRA, also are raising families, running businesses, sending kids to school, coaching soccer teams, working at not-for-profits and loving their lives in Newburyport.

We’re eager to finish the job two mayors, five city councils and Gov. Deval Patrick (who appoints one member) sent us to do.

Anyway, this issue won’t be settled on these pages and certainly not by citing near-decade-old data. The NRA and Mayor Donna Holaday will continue to pursue a plan that reflects the diverse desires of our great city.

Tom Salemi

Chairman, NRA, Newburyport

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