, Newburyport, MA


April 17, 2013

The fight will continue for an open waterfront


Six, I resent Tom’s implication that NRA members devote their time free of charge to fulfilling the NRA’s mission when they have better things to do. As someone who has devoted hundreds of hours to community issues around here, let me state one fact: I too have better things to do.

I too have coached kids’ sports, served on committees and wasted prime time doing stuff for other people when I could be at home, watching re-runs of “Oprah.” If it weren’t for people like me and my like-minded friends in this community, Roger Foster’s hotel mess would be disfiguring the waterfront as we speak. As a matter of fact, that would probably be in bankruptcy court by now, replaced by a Motel 6. All of us would have preferred spending our nights at home and our money on Red Sox tickets. We did not.

Until the NRA begins representing the will of the people on this matter, I foresee many more long nights in my future. They will be well spent if one day in my life I can walk a landscaped open waterfront not distracted by crass commercialism. This would be a fitting tribute to the hundreds of Newburyporters who have fought so long to save this communal treasure for future generations.

The NRA needs a history lesson. They have completely forgotten the litigious backdrop of our waterfront as they follow in Roger Foster’s ill-fated footsteps.

At present, no one from that glorious struggle has a seat at the table, which is disgraceful.

Do they think, after a 50-year battle, that we are going away? Only the Grim Reaper will thin our ranks.


James Charles Roy lives in Newburyport.

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