To the editor:

In reference to the meeting at City Hall Monday on the question of going to a ballot vote on retail pot shops in Newburyport, I was very surprised that nobody seemed to be concerned about the precedent an additional vote would set.

Will this mean that the seemingly arbitrary 10 percent rule will allow/encourage the losing side on any issue in the future to collect signatures calling for a revote?

I think the council should be very careful on how they handle this issue as, if you decide to go forward with a second vote, it will only encourage others on both sides of this or any issue to take action the first time they don’t like a vote’s outcome. 

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard the saying this year that elections have repercussions. In this instance, I think one might say with some certainty that the vote for a revote will have repercussions and likely do more to increase the divisions in our community than letting the legally conducted vote in November stand.

Kenneth R. Irwin

Newburyport