, Newburyport, MA


May 16, 2014

Too many bans in effect

To the Editor:

Recently I noticed that the feeding of waterfowl on Bartlett Mall has been banned with a $300 fine for violating this edict. This has previously occurred everywhere else in central Newburyport. The reason stated was to eliminate bird waste.

Ducks, geese and other birds will gather at such sites. Canadian geese and to a lesser degree, ducks consume grass. Can the city ban this? Birds will leave their waste regardless of occasionally being fed by individuals.

An earlier attempt to “cleanse” the pond resulted in the killing of all the fish by chemicals used. Perhaps there are too many “bans” in effect without imposing more, including the proposed and needless prohibiting of plastic bags. Why don’t we try to retain what freedoms we have remaining?

Eugene Hirtle


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