To the editor:
I recently had the opportunity to speak with one of the individuals running for councilor at-large, Lyndi Lanphear, and to discuss several concerns I have regarding two issues currently facing Newburyport: the fate of the central waterfront and the historic district issue. LIke many other Newburyport taxpayers, I am afraid that the decisions surrounding these two extremely important matters will have a profound impact on the city and its residents for generations to come.
I found Ms. Lanphear to be extremely sincere and very willing to listen to my concerns. Unlike typical politicians, Ms. Lanphear didn’t hesitate to express to me her heartfelt opinion on both topics: a waterfront that remains open and the rights of private property owners. She impressed me with her knowledge of various boards and committees because she attends a number of them on a regular basis, but wasn’t afraid to tell me if she was unfamiliar with a particular area while assuring me that she would research it and get back to me.
For some time, many of Newburyport’s city officials have turned a deaf ear to residents’ concerns through failure to return a phone call or emails. I think taxpayers sometimes believe decisions are being made behind closed doors without citizens’ input and elected officials soon forget that they were elected to office to represent the residents. I do not believe that will be the case if Ms. Lanphear is elected.