, Newburyport, MA


January 2, 2013

Model airfield too valuable to be shut down


Shutting down the model airfield in West Newbury because of one complaint and the coincidental unearthing of a legal technicality that has not been a problem for 18 years just seems a little too convenient. Why does it always have to work this way now? Activities that have been bringing real value and pleasure to many people for years suddenly irritate a few (or even one?), so a legal instrument is found and used in an unintended way to force the power of the government upon the said irritant.

Regardless of outcome, this action may just illustrate that we are ready to abandon the very things that have made us who we are and retreat deeper into the social solitude of our homes — further eroding our society. When we allow the government to increasingly intervene in our livelihood and become the final arbiter of our relationships, we have truly lost our sense of community and the freedom that has always ensured our success as a nation. If a bit of noise on a few summer weekends when the weather is good is the problem, are commissions, councils and government intervention really the only answer?

Lew Burridge


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