To the editor:
First off, just the facts. During the last four years of her administration, Newburyport, America and the world has been recovering from the worse economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s. To anyone who would oppose her for the office of mayor saying that was no big deal and anyone else, including them, could have done as well to bring this city back to an economic state better than before, I have one word: Detroit. That city depended on auto manufacturing like we do on tourists in summer and a healthy real estate market for single-family homes and condos for working commuters, both of which were in deep crisis mode. It is customary to thank the pilot of an unexpectedly stormy flight while disembarking for his safe handling of the plane. Evidently such courtesy isn’t given for its mayor’s performance in office during horrific times here in Newburyport.
There are over $50 million worth of infrastructure projects that began during her administration. Residents of the South End near the once-smelly sewage plant are seeing the air quality improve. New preschool/elementary and middle schools are presently being built. A 40-year-talked-about senior/community center will become a reality. An abandoned railway path is now a beautiful place to walk or run. I enjoy walking there almost daily for exercise and relaxation with many others. Sidewalk and parking lot improvements downtown. A robust rebirth of new businesses from beer brewing and mushroom growing to new restaurants and small specialty shops downtown. All because she has helped renew confidence in the economic health of our community to investors. And housing? New construction of single-family homes, duplexes, condos and total refurbishing of large historic homes everywhere you look. Home prices are returning to historic highs. Crime is down. I feel safe walking our streets alone any time of day or night. She is not the sole cause of all these things, but they happened while she was in office. Credit given where credit is due.
It is, therefore, an honor to support Mayor Holaday for re-election to the next four years as our mayor. Talk of promises about making things better is cheap. Proven ability in the midst of day-to-day difficult challenges is invaluable.
Robert Allen Schledwitz