, Newburyport, MA

March 29, 2013

Misguided and misbehavior

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

When I finished reading Michael Early’s letter of March 7, I thought to myself, what a misguided individual. He needs some clarification to set his pen — and readers’ seared eyeballs — at ease. First, let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? As I recollect, when Mr. Early ran for City Council in 2011, he came in dead last, not even garnering a thousand votes. I’m no political analyst, but I believe it was due in part to his blustery, pushy insistence that buildings on the waterfront were needed to generate revenue for the city — a stance that earned him many moans and groans in those debates with the other candidates.

I am a bit puzzled as to exactly what falsehoods he is referring to — is it the prized tax revenue he’s still harping on that he thinks he’s personally going to see in his pocket? Might as well chase that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow — both will have the same results — because after maintenance, city services, et al, there won’t be a windfall coming his way. Just a lot of ... hot air. However, the contaminated soil is a reality. There is no such thing as the Contamination Fairy, and the F in FEMA regarding the flood maps does not stand for Fantasyland.

I had a good laugh over his comments about COW being a secret society. There are no secret handshakes, no decoder rings and no secret chants. He is more than welcome to look us up online and read what we are about. I proudly tell anyone and everyone with a pulse about our organization and invite them to come to our meetings. Although a decoder ring could come in handy to decipher some of the vagueness in the terms being floated around, i.e.. “it’s only a concept”...

I have been to quite a few NRA meetings and have had the opportunity to see the members’ behavior first hand. I have to say I have been appalled at some of what I experienced. James Shanley may very well be a nice person outside of the NRA forum, but at the last meeting I attended, he did not conduct himself in a manner consistent with that of an appointed official. When a COW member tried to raise a valid point about flood concerns, he kept on clearing his throat to drown him out — now, that was not very mature behavior for a grown man to engage in — and to make it worse, he thought he was being amusing. I thought I was back in kindergarten!

Mr. Salemi seems to have a more mature, approachable manner. I hope his colleagues whom he holds in high esteem will follow his lead.

Laurel Allgrove

Member, Committee for an Open Waterfront, Inc.