, Newburyport, MA

March 5, 2013

All are welcome in waterfront discussion

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

In his letter (Daily News, Feb. 27) promoting building on the Newburyport waterfront and deriding those of us who call for keeping open space, Ralph Ayers caught my eye with this remark: “Would you believe it, we even have a resident of Byfield getting into the act. I guess there isn’t too much happening in our neighboring town.”

As a longtime resident of Newburyport, I welcome the interest of others in preserving the jewel in our city’s crown, whether from Newbury or Amesbury, or for that matter from Seabrook or Seattle. Should we carry Mr. Ayers’ argument a step further and put up checkpoints to keep them out?

I recall that Mr. Ayers once served honorably as Newburyport director of veterans affairs. As a fellow veteran, I’d like to remind him of our American cry during World War II: “We’re all in this thing together!”

James Critchlow