Beating a dead horse

This entire garage negotiation is extremely complicated.      Councilor Cronin has given all of us an excellent glimpse and superb update on the present situation with his blog insert.     If you really want to know (instead of anecdotal information from your friends and neighbors) I would encourage you to stop reading this blog this very moment and read his assessment.      That way, the rumor mills can be put to rest at least in the person of each reader.

Assuming you have just completed reading Cronin’s update, please understand, even he can’t tell you everything!       So many variables are coming in from every different direction.      So it upsets me that we still have a tiny minority of dark siders who still are against the garage!

These ‘bitter clingers’ are living in a fantasy world of their own making.      They still yearn for the days when Newburyport was filled with smog-belching mills not even mentioning the pleasant odors coming from the tanneries.       Those were the days when tourists hurried past the city on their way to the beaches or to the wildlife preserve.      The clingers remember empty and quiet streets where everyone knew each other. (Most ‘outsiders’ stayed away from the city unless they had a job there due to our reputation.     The same reputation still present in similar ‘tourist sites’ like Lawrence, Lynn and Brocton.)      Being a Townie meant influence and power and a tinge of threat.       Dark siders still think of those times as the ‘good-old days’.

This tiny group want to chase away tourists, disparage visitors and they especially hate the merchants who man our restaurants and shops who have dared to bring in all these ‘strangers’.

So why am I upset!?!

Because their viewpoint and subsequent actions are close to treasonous to our community!


18,000 citizens are receiving the benefits that only a very large Massachusetts urban center can afford.       The aesthetic qualities of our beautiful city is making our property values, and our equity go through the roof.     Real estate values are largely based on ‘perceived worth’.  Our South End, once poverty stricken and a high-crime area now supports medium size houses going for as much as a million dollars!    This makes every property owner ending up sitting on a hefty pile of equity.        Even our assessed values are not far behind, so that our city’s tax levies are pushing us into the rich financial world of deep black.      No longer are hats, shoes, fabric and silverware what we give to the world.        Quality of life is now our biggest and richest product.         This makes our city highly attractive and of great value in this world of weary travelers and over-stressed communities.

We also as a city benefit directly from our visitors.      As they eat and shop at our stores, the meal tax (thank you Councilor Cameron) goes toward our infrastructure improvements and sidewalks.       Our parking fees (thank you Mayor Holaday and Councilor Cronin) goes toward improvements in the city and more than likely will help partially pay for our parking garage and expanded waterfront park.       In other words, the visitors, not the residents; end up largely paying for many of the things that for years we couldn’t afford to have fixed.        The visitors of which statistically 14% will want to live here, making selling a home here mighty gratifying which is why we are flooded with realtors.          My mortgage company’s website is filled with sad stories of mortgages being more than the value of the house in other communities.       Not to worry here.

The perks from our visitors also translates into top-rate government services.      Belching smoke isn’t coming from our police cruisers; rickety fire engines aren’t rattling down our streets and City Hall when visited doesn’t appear to be a death trap. (It wasn’t too long ago it was!)   Our schools which basically are 60% percent of our budget would be an embarrassment to the rest of the Commonwealth without a solid tax base to support our children and the teachers.   We still have much improvements to our infrastructure due to the ‘good-old days’ inability to pay for basic maintenance; but we’re getting there.

So what would be the logical conclusion from all these on-going benefits from our visitors?


We need people, nationally and internationally to know about our city.      We need a program to attract more visitors to our city.       We need to enhance those elements that cause us to be more attractive. (boardwalk, cultural attractions, eco-tourism, historic downtown, historic houses, marinas, unique shops, etc.)        We need accommodations for them to stay longer beyond a day. (Increased lodging (which would justify a lodging tax), easier parking and better traffic flows and more attractions such as special events for them to enjoy.

A Garage, hotel, NED’s development are all good things.     Thanks to our restaurants, we are now an all-year destination; we need to make sure those visitors go back and tell other visitors to come to Newburyport.

City Council and the Mayor have enough on their hands with all the complicated negotiations to be distracted by detractors who basically want to sabotage our community and our economy.

We need the entire city to get on board as to what is the future and well-being for all of us.      Sure, there will be negatives that we will have to endure. (Ever been to Newport, Rhode Island?) but much can be done to mitigate* the affects; but the benefits far outweigh them.

-P. Preservationist

* Which is why I am so strong in advocating for the local historic district ordinance.      I was impressed how Newport (I’m not talking about the Mansion areas) has preserved lovely neighborhoods for the locals and helped the developers go elsewhere inside the community.     Instead of them devastating our historic neighborhoods; and driving mid-income people out of the city with over-priced new construction; the locals (just like Newport’s citizens which are of varying economic levels) can have quiet, well-maintained but stable property values without heavy, unpredictable jumps in assessments, fees and property prices.




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Getting Ready for Another Witch Hunt

Just this last year, members of the Commission on Diversity and Tolerance thoroughly embarrassed themselves when they began to exhibit the now familiar characteristics of a witch hunt.      Just like during the famous witch hysteria when the Governor of Massachusetts finally shut it down; local government and school officials put a halt to it.

But now apparently, the Commission isn’t finished.      With a parting shot, they said, “We have more work to do.”      We all took that as finally putting an end to such hysteria but apparently we were all mistaken; they were just getting started.

This last Monday, amongst all the flurry of garage negotiations; Councilor Vogel submitted an ordinance which was summarily sent to the Committee of Neighborhood Services.       At first glance, it sounded like standard employment statements you would find in any business or human resources department in government:

Section 2-125a          Policy of the City of Newburyport

It is the policy of the City of Newburyport to uphold the human rights of all persons in Newburyport and the free exercise and enjoyment of any rights and privileges secured by the Constitution and laws of the United States and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.    This policy shall ensure equal opportunity to each person regardless of race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital, family or military status, source of income or disability where unlawful discrimination exists in housing, employment, education, public accommodation, city services, insurance, banking, credit and health care.

Aside from my desire to include political affiliation in this long list in light of this last election; you may notice that I have highlighted this little insert.      Take it out and we have a reassurance that everyone will enjoy the continued kind of tolerance we have enjoyed in Newburyport for years.      Keep it in and now it becomes a witch hunt looking for devils where there are none, aggressively seeking offenders to attack.

You see, I lived for years in such places as New Jersey and New York – at any given restaurant or event, you could hear as much as seven different languages around you and in many cases, dozens of different ethnic groups not mentioning lots of different races.

Everyone was comfortable, everyone was at ease and society moved along just fine.

Yet, in that same room were people of different religions and different cultures.      Politically, they radically differed with each other.      What they thought was right and wrong differed with each other.

But the rule was to respect each other as human beings.

Is respecting each other while disagreeing sufficient?

Apparently not.

What I am afraid of is the abandonment of learning respect in deference to the madness of Political Correctness*.     In the code name of Diversity and Tolerance; there will be a demand for conformity and intolerance.

I know the self-sanctified that think this way – in smugness, they will think, how can we punish people who don’t conform to our idea of social norms?     How can we silence those with diverse opinions?   How do we cast out those who are different?

Instead of teaching respect in society, in which we in our free society can say strongly, “I strongly disagree with what you are saying, but I will defend to the death, you’re right to say it.” they will demand that everyone agrees – and without thought and without reason.   ‘They’ whoever they are having decided to be the final authority.

You should take the time to read the wonderful (and ironic) editorial that Rabbi Poupko posted in the Daily News, February 14th (Just a few months before the Commission went out of control led by his chairmanship).       He proudly states what Jews believe, without apology and without threat.      He knows what other people (Christians) may believe and is glad to share his Jewish perspective without fear and with respect to other religions.       In turn, all religions whether Christians, and Hindu’s and Muslim’s (and yes, even Atheists) should lay out what they believe, into that global place called the Marketplace of Ideas.         And it goes for anything that people believe.

If you feel that you must silence and beat down others who disagree with you then you have a problem.     One of real intolerance and real insecurity in what you believe!      This is the true reality of Hate.

In America, we have liberty and with that liberty comes the awesome responsibility of respect and restraint.     We are a great melting pot of not just people but of ideas and every time the pot grows with that diversity; we become stronger.      Therefore, we should celebrate the fact that we can speak and express ourselves without fear of imprisonment and violence.

If we allow the Commission and those who support witch hunting against opinions and viewpoints and groups that do not agree with their ‘set of standards’, just keep in mind:

Witches may be first on the hit list, but you could be next!

-P. Preservationist

* For trivial purposes at your next party, if anyone wants to know how the PC movement began; it started in Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.    Started by wacky professors firmly rooted in Communism, living in the midst of diversity!      Go figure!

PS. Don’t be too hard on Councilor Vogel – I don’t think he fully knew what the Commission had inserted into the ordinance.


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Little River Trail System & Sidewalks

Sorry for the long absence from my blog but so much positive actions are going on I’ve no time to blog.

This last Monday, our city council passed the very historic (as in history-making) passing of the Sidewalk Ordinance!

Sure – every candidate crooned and moaned over this issue this last election season; but this council made a concrete step forward that will literally transform our city over the next ten years.

Sadly history tends to be cruel in who is glorified and who will be forgotten. This council will not be spared but the members can console themselves that having happy citizens will be their greatest reward.

I’m known for championing sidewalks and historic preservation; but a lot of my energy (and a lot of volunteers too!) goes to preserving the historic Common Pasture and our vital ecology.

I am presently at the Mass Trail Conference this weekend. Why am I here? Because trails are the greatest way to help Newburyport citizens to learn how important our Common Pasture and our Little River Watershed is to the quality of life in our city.

The Little River Trail System will bring bird watchers, dog walkers, and nature lovers all together to educate and inspire them and show them how important it is to preserve this sensitive area.

The LRTS is not just a path – it has to be sustainable, not damage our wetlands or environment and be accessible to most of us.

And of course, show the value of having this open space rather than developing factories, housing and impervious surfaces (that contribute to flooding).

Which is why I am here!

-P. Preservationist


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The Results!

the line up is to be on the city council:






On the ward One: Sharif 

On Ward Four: Tontar 

Congratulations to all who tried to make a difference and ran!

-P. Preservationist

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Separating FACT from fiction

I’ve heard for a while the silly shenanigans that have been going on in the city – people putting their signs in front of others, putting their opponents signs parallel to the street so they can’t be seen by vehicles, snatching signs from opponents that are on public property but leaving your signs there (There is no city ordinance by the way forbidding political signs on public property – it’s just proper protocol not to do so.)      Signs have been removed due to citizens being intimidated or given misinformation.     It’s so silly because signs do not elect candidates.      I still remember Toohey over in Haverhill.      He saturated that poor city with signage…..and still lost BIG TIME. Toohey-Sign_thumb.jpg

It saddens me every day to pass the bare patch of yard at the State Street Mobil Station.    The owner every election season would graciously offer for anyone to put their campaign signs there.     Then one opponent last election began to move the signs around, then others began to get angry so they began to damage an opponent’s sign.      Then the owner of the station received complaints and was accused of favoritism!

So now, we all get to see a monument to bad behavior every time we pass that intersection.


But as if that infantile behavior hasn’t been enough, a coalition composed of white liberal men have been circulating a malicious e-mail and/or letter saying that a particular woman candidate, Sheila Mullins, has been receiving money from the MassGOP.    Plus, MassGOP supposedly has provided a campaign manager for her.

I just received the details about this today and I burst out in laughter.

First, the MassGOP hates Sheila’s campaign manager.    In fact, if they had a chance, they’d love to ruin him.     He can’t be bought just like Sheila can’t be bought and they would prefer he just ‘went away’.

Second, the MassGOP abhors Sheila and has actively worked, even using regional politicians to try to frustrate her efforts to get elected.      If they could get away with it, they’d probably send money to her opponents.

For many of you who are not familiar with the Republican Party, there has been a battle since the late 19th century between Big Business party members and the Rank and File Republicans who actually work and live regular lives.     Well documented in history, Big Business bought and sold President William McKinley to preserve their monopolies and Teddy Roosevelt (Who could not be bought) they put into the Vice Presidency hoping to cage the tiger in a dead end job.     Then to their horror, McKinley was assassinated and the Tiger was released.       Much of the labor reforms began when Roosevelt and Taft (who promised to continue Teddy’s reforms) were in office.       This battle continues today.

But beyond this, we have a local coalition who are so desperate they are introducing party politics into a non-partisan race.      We’ve had Republicans and Democrats in office for years and the average citizen had no idea what party they belonged; until now.    It was not appropriate then and it is not appropriate now.

What saddens me even more is how many people take a malicious letter and simply believe it!      You know, this IS the Internet Age.       That old statement, “You can never know” is officially instinct.     You CAN know with so many information channels available to us today.        The originator is hoping their reputation and gravitas will stop you in your tracks from seeking the real truth.

Right here on the city’s website through the due diligence of our fine City Clerk are the financial reports for each candidate.        You will see from Sheila’s report that most of her support comes from local citizens.     Sheila is well-known across the state and so a few  individuals who are politically active have supported her too.     Also, keep in mind that any money that comes after the first report must also be indicated post election and the clerk will post that too.

I assure you, as the campaign treasurer, no monies have been received from MassGOP, not even a dime.

By the way, since the Daily News has ceased apparently to report campaign finance news, check out this link which gives the history of contributions for this election and for past elections for all the candidates.      It’s all there for you to see!


THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IS FOR EVERYONE TO SHOW UP AT THE POLLS AND VOTE.       Only having a tiny percentage participate is going to produce a very wacky result. (Which we will have to live with for two years!)


-P. Preservationist

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Candidate Expose’s

The P. Preservationist has been blogging since 2009.      In all that time, the many issues the city faces have been either pushed off to the future or handled courageously.      When you have a strong city council that works as a team, avoids in-fighting and personal slighting; then amazing things can be done.     I have also seen the council be wimpy, or driven with such animosity to each other; nothing gets done.       We as Newburyport citizens can’t just look at individuals for the city council.     We need to see which candidates can be a good match and do the effective job of legislating.      If the voters get it wrong, we can’t fix it for another two years.      That is why every person participating on election day needs to get the full facts about each candidate.       The information will come from many sources – I simply request that you  humbly consider my contribution of knowledge on each candidate:

Laurel Allgrove

She must be loud and aggressive in private when it comes to her political views but it seems she is very introverted in public – she should join Toastmasters or something to learn to speak better so we can hear her detailed thoughts on controversial issues.     But, when it comes to her, the P. Preservationist should just shut and stop giving advice.      Why should I help someone who was very vocal – when she actually did open up and advocated against the local historic district ordinance?      She is one of the top names in my Raggers and Rogues List on        ; Therefore, she may have many fine qualities but she is definitely not to receive a vote from those who value the main economic engine of the city: historic preservation and its twin sister, heritage tourism.

Ed Cameron

My statements about Ed Cameron are still about the same as my last expose’.   The only difference is that he ‘was’ the head of the local Democratic City Committee.      Polar opposite from my views on a national and state level; nevertheless, he has been good for the city when it has come to infrastructure improvements.       Local community support can unite strange allies and I consider him a cautious ‘friend’ when dealing with keeping our quality of life high.      He was instrumental in actually beginning the process of improving our sidewalks with his rather controversial support of the meals tax which has gone largely for that purpose.       I fear that he will have to make a choice between real historic preservation and what the “Bulldozer” wants in the next two years.       He has a good track record, but he will be facing a lot of pressure to ‘give in’.

Barry Connell

I guess age mellows a person because as he has progressed well in office in keeping under control his ‘liberal arrogance’.        He has blatantly and proudly announced that he wants to work closely with the Mayor and be a consensus builder.        But he needs to be careful that he is not too close – the citizens need the assurance that the standard ‘line’ is not his priority but rather the best interests of the community.        His real strength is on the environmental side being what his profession was for so many years.      This is what is needed when the city grapples with tough subjects as erosion on Plum Island, storm surge as we are basically surrounded by water (The river, the ocean, the Great Marsh and the Common Pasture), the landfill and water/sewage.    And of course, I was pleasantly shocked when the Neighborhood Services Committee led by him brought out the Sidewalk Ordinance and the city council passed it (so far) on the first vote.       I realize he may have done it to remove an issue from this current election season so  it will be interesting how it turns out on the second reading.      No matter, he understands historic preservation – though not a leader on the subject, he is a strong supporter.

Joe Devlin

The Mayor has introduced Mr. Devlin as a “dark horse” candidate.      This term is said to go back to the Victorian politician Benjamin Disraeli who wrote a novel called “The Young Duke”. In the book there is a description of a horse race in which the two favorites cannot make the running. In the meanwhile “a dark horse…rushed past the grandstand in a sweeping triumph”.      And truly, the question is for Mr. Devlin, “Where did he come from?”

I haven’t seem him in city council meetings.     When I attend planning board meetings, conservation and historical commission meetings, and even at the ZBA; I have not seen him.     When the city hosts public hearings, I did not spot him or even hear him speak.

But if you go down to the local pub, there you can see him!

He avoided participating in the CEB Interviews on hard issues that will be tackled by the councilors and instead has chosen sloganeering – this is very safe for a politician but it doesn’t tell me he has any desire to stand on his own or to have a mind that tackles the more nitty-gritty challenges the council has to grapple.

We don’t need an empty suit who’s priority is to ‘go along’ with the majority or who ever was the last to speak to him.       We’re losing a weasel from the council; and if Devlin wiggles his way into the chamber; does the public really need a replacement?

Greg Earls

This man needs to be on the city council.      He has the institutional knowledge that is needed to wade through some of the complicated challenges that will be faced in the next year:  New England Development and more often than not, the schools.       Though the city council does not have a direct influence on the school committee, it will take his leadership to see that our education institutions achieve something that we have not had yet in an affluent community like ours; a superb education standard at par with communities like Andover and Wellesley.

But if elected, he won’t be mealy-mouthed any more.       He has chosen the independent way and that means what is best for the community; not the corner-office or any special interests.        As a former mayoral candidate, he has the gravitas to be influential.

Rob Germinara

Now I don’t personally believe in reincarnation but it certainly does seem strange that Bossy Gillis with his fascination with gas stations died in 1965 and our present Bossy Gillis also with this same fascination with gas stations was born in 1966.       Now, I realize that the old Bossy was elected six times to public office but that was a totally different city.     That was a hard-living, factory town and after the prohibition was repealed, a hard-drinking town.      Do we really want today a rough and tumble politician on the city council?

Regardless of the fact that he is bursting forth with great ideas for the city, he is firmly anti-historic preservation.      Here we are threatened by infill and developer pressures against the Newburyport Historic District – we do not need someone who doesn’t realize that the local historic district ordinance protects EVERYONE’S property rights and secures the cities future.        Do not vote for Bossy!

Lyndi Lanphear

This woman has sold her soul for power.      She changed her hair, she changed her look, she even has associated herself with the left; all to gain power.      But don’t give it to her!      She has chosen to be a fake-Sheila.       While Sheila cooks and volunteers for the Custom House, Ms. Lanphear simply joins, eats the food, drinks the wine and listens to the lecturers.    Not the same.  While Sheila has decades of community-contributions and has a solid track record, and has tirelessly attended boards and commissions, Ms. Lanphear attends now those same boards and commissions for just a few years.     In fact, she was amazed they actually existed years ago and thought they were some kind of ‘secret’ conspiracy.    Not even realizing these were non-paid citizens who were just doing their civic duty.

She is conservative but not the kind of conservative that Larry Giunta stands behind (or I).     In fact, she used to be a member of the Merrimack Valley Tea Party and they have parted ways.     They weren’t far enough to the right!

But the worse is her stand against historic preservation.      She has a perverted sense of extreme property rights. (her property rights, not yours)       Every time we see another house demolished or gutted; you can thank her for aggressively allowing this to happen in our historic district.       She has an historic plaque on her house which she has turned away from the street – the whole purpose for those signs is to show the National heritage of our houses and to educate and inspire our visitors from across the country.    That is how much she doesn’t understand what our city is all about.

If she manages to get into office, there will be lots of problems – for the Mayor and for the rest of us.     Do we really want this kind of politician on the council?

Sheila Mullins

Being her husband, all I can do is post my full disclosure.

But I will add that her strong, ethical character and her years of contributions to the city; has made her truly feared.      She can’t be bought and that strikes fear in the hearts of her opponents and truly depresses the Mayor.     She’ll stand for the benefit for all taxpayers – that most mistreated populace of our city.     She will truly be “every citizen’s councilor”.

Bruce Vogel

Maybe he will mellow but he has pissed off a lot of people with his arrogant attitude.      He truly is full of himself!       But there is a plus to all that bravado.      He aggressively promotes historic preservation and the return of the local historic district ordinance and proudly says so.      That pisses off the Daily News.       It also worries the Mayor who sees him being way to independent to be part of the “consensus” team.       So he is, quite strangely, being targeted.       In  true fashion, he has fought back with an aggressive campaign, not fully realizing that some of his closest allies are trying to stab him in the back.     As for being pro-business; that really pisses off those in town who are on the left.      He may think he’s a team player but I see him being forced to be independent when it comes to the hard issues as they are tackled in the next year.

Well, that is my expose on all the candidates.       The Daily News is trying to soft-peddle the truth but I won’t.    People are starving out there for some news about the candidates and my point of view contributes. (There should be more people providing views in the city).    One thing about my blogs, even as you may disagree with me – they stay up – and they will be consulted for months if not years to come as we discover the final choices by the voters.

-P. Preservationist

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Fear and Intimidation on the campaign Trail

I didn’t think I had that much political power – but everyone seems to be sweating bullets to appear ‘above board’ and not being found to be playing dirty politics.       All I did was send out a simple blog that set the rules for this season – it wasn’t a threat or anything as it was more a promise.

And sure enough – most candidates and their supporters are trying to set a positive tempo.

But we have a real problem out there.        The Mayor and her supporters know that if a group of candidates get on the council who can’t be ‘bought’ and can’t be a ‘team player’; that the agenda set out by the corner office will be slowed and unpleasant scrutiny will be shown on the less smoother operations in the city (like pesky cost-overruns).       So to resolve this, a coalition has been assembled to band together.         The basic story line is, “All is well.     The party is continuing, and there are no real issues to be concerned with in Newburyport.     It is all under control!” (There are no problems, there is nothing to see here.)

That is why it is important to support two, highly qualified, independent candidates for city council at large:

Greg Earls

Sheila Mullins

The Mayor and this coalition don’t mind Mr. Earls because he was ‘controlled’ once before.    This administration has threatened Greg before but this time he isn’t going to take it.      We all know the threat.     If you put a sign on your yard or support a candidate or go against the goals of this administration, we’ll remember what you did and it won’t go well with you or any relatives related to you for a very long time.

So, as subtle as they can, they have been bad-mouthing Sheila on the campaign trail. (Which is hard to do considering her close to 30 years of upstanding community work.)    But they are trying.      They are even trying to bring in partisan politics so they can label their opponents.       It’s not protocol but it’s because they are very nervous.

So why are they so desperate?      Because if you drive through the neighborhoods in Wards 3 and 4, 5 and 6 – you’ll find hardly a political sign.    Get off the main roads and the feeling is, “What election?”   Other than Ward One, where there is a very close race developing, you wouldn’t know that November 3rd was any special day.    No signs, no fervor – no energy.      Plus, the candidates who ally closely with the “Bulldozer” know there is palpable anger against the corner-office.       Her thirst to gut historic homes for enhanced free cash earnings is beginning to have an affect on the property values and the fee and tax burdens of the average citizen.       Her and her allies would rather concentrate on large rental developments where the poor and the working class can be herded (and controlled).      We all know that the eventual goal is a city that average people can’t afford to live in; and tax revenues are raked in from a reliable, wealthy elite.

Either a low-turn out will result, or; the citizens are holding their cards very close and will make some surprising decisions.

To avoid this the Daily News has been called upon to endorse her candidates.        We all know the paper of record has been in the pocket of developers and the Mayor for years.    The “paper” that has this strange fascination with the concerns of a tiny handful of fisherman, Gloucester and Salem events and highlights Amesbury every chance they get.    Speaking of Amesbury, you can tell who’s been ‘bought’ when John Macone makes an editorial one day condemning the large-scale rentals in Amesbury and then as hastily, the next edition follows up with a support for the 40R in Newburyport. (He must have gotten a lot of heat after the former was published!)        This is the paper that years ago was headed by Bill Plante who famously said when restoration was sought for the downtown instead of demolishing, “If we don’t tear them down, they will fall down.”      Fortunately, the citizens rose up and Newburyport has been enjoying the fruits of historic preservation ever since.      This was also the paper that when the NRA was advocating buildings on the waterfront, the paper declared to COW, “Sit down and shut up”.      Again, the citizens had to show the Daily News what their real concerns were.

They are so desperate they are endorsing a fake-Sheila who is so far-right, the Merrimack Valley Tea Party and her had to part ways!     This candidate is right up their alley as she is vociferously anti-historic preservation.    A person so desperate to be in power, she’s been seen walking out of the Mayor’s house.

They are also endorsing a dark horse who is coming out of no-where who is clearly a Mayor’s hack.

That is why I am deeply honored that Sheila Mullins  was not endorsed by the paper.     She is an independent voice who will stand apart and be separate from the assembled “yes-men” on council.*   She, unlike the smooth talkers on the campaign trail, has a solid record of achievement. (See my full disclosure below)     There are problems in our city, and we need councilors who are not unofficial members of the corner-office who can objectively examine and attempt to resolve long-standing issues in the city.   They will be able to support Cronin, Giunta and O’Brien in doing the best for the citizens.

-P. Preservationist

PS. My Full Disclosure.

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