, Newburyport, MA


July 22, 2013

Renaming of bridge was not necessary

To the editor:

I had hoped that my original letter on the Parker River Bridge would be all I would write on this subject, but I feel I must respond to the Hayden family.

If they had read my original letter on the “naming” of the Parker River bridge, they would know that I was not objecting to the name John B. Hayden — I was objecting to the namingof the bridge at all.

My problem is with the state of Massachusetts wasting time and money on such trivial matters as naming everything in sight — especially this historic river crossing. Originally approved by the town fathers in 1734 to replace the ferry at this site, the first bridge was completed sometime around 1744. Thus, a bridge has stood on this site for at least 270 years, and throughout that time has always been known as the Parker River Bridge. Renaming it at this point just isn’t necessary.

And, my apology to Lenny Mirra. I understand he had nothing to do with this, as the naming procedures were put in place under the watch of the previous representative — Harriett Stanley, who (I have been told) had stated at the time of the bridge reopening that it would not be renamed.

Fred Thurlow


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