, Newburyport, MA


October 4, 2013

Election is all about the waterfront


I note the mayor is now backpedaling on the waterfront as well. Elections have a way of doing that to politicians, especially when they get whacked by a two-to-one margin in a primary. She wants five debates — hey, as many as possible — so she can run circles around her opponent, a former fireman whom she presumably feels doesn’t know anything. There’s more to talk about than the waterfront, she says; let’s put this issue on the back burner where it belongs.

Sorry, Madame Mayor, this election is one-dimensional. It’s all about the waterfront. If you want my vote, I suggest you do the following: Instead of talking compromise, do it. State unequivocally that the only building you will tolerate on NRA property is maybe opposite the former Davis site; no more development fanatics appointed to the NRA; and ask James Shanley for his resignation. The NRA is grossly out of step with community opinion; it’s time they no longer divide the populace of this city as they have for the past several years.

And finally, the key to this dilemma is a parking garage. Follow the blueprint from 12 years ago. It still works, and I’d be happy to be part of any effort to revive it.

James Charles Roy


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