, Newburyport, MA


August 20, 2013

Silent majority welcomes others to its group

To the editor:

Who was the one who said the majority of citizens are COWs in Newburyport? Not so, says Michelle Piotrowski, who wrote an excellent letter Aug. 9 expressing her views as to the development of the waterfront.

As the self-appointed chairman of the silent majority, I welcome Michelle to our group, and let me explain that our rules are quite simple. They are as follows: We pay no dues, we make no contributions, we do not attend any meetings, we do not carry petitions at the waterfront or to someone’s front door, we do not have to put a sign on our lawns or carry one in a demonstration or parade, nor do we criticize a volunteer assigned to carry out a project. The only requirement necessary is that you deal in facts only and always tell the truth, and her letter certainly proves her qualification as a member of our elite group.

You might remember that our group won the debate regarding the establishment of a historical district, so our victories have been numerous over the years. By the way, we do not have a logo like the COWs have, but one of our members suggested WOC (We Oppose COWs) or WAD (We Approve Development). Kinda cute, huh?

Ralph Ayers


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