Some of the LHD YES signs have been vandalized.
It has always been felt in the last couple of decades that we’re not like Haverhill, Lawrence and Lowell. Civility and Rational treatment of issues actively ruled our lives. Proper conduct in large part triumphed, complete with Robert’s Rules of Order overseeing our civil meetings.
But unfortunately, we have a small group of citizens who have decided that facts are not important, history is to be ignored, society’s structure itself is to be challenged and even our government and legal setups are to be attacked.
Replaced by threats, replaced by intimidation; lies in place of facts, personal biases in place of history and belief systems based on self replacing community well-being.
Those who support the local historic district ordinance have been verbally attacked in public ways. The pro-LHD signs have been vandalized and now the worst part: they are maliciously demeaning people’s characters by spreading rumors and lies on a personal level.
I am afraid the LHD is going to be a knock-down, drag out fight. The Citizens for Historic Newburyport and the Preservation Trust people need to step up their game and really show their support. (But still hold to civility, please!)
Those who love Newburyport need to read the facts about their beloved city, learn the history of our great community and above all; ignore the smoke. Take a deep breath and sit down and read the LHD ordinance and guidelines.
Our guest panelists and the Planning Director had to waste time on Monday night, simply dispelling all the false information that had been spread.
It is so much better to stick to the facts. I’ll be covering the mechanics of the LHD in the next three days plus posting the forum video (which was really informative!*) in preparation for this upcoming meeting Monday night.
I certainly don’t want this to go to the point like they do in the Ozarks: shoot up people’s houses (Very alarming when you heard the popping sounds) and spreading cow manure on their porches. (Which I always thought was odd.)
“Violence is an admission that one’s ideas and goals cannot prevail on their own merits.”
-Edward M. Kennedy
“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”
– Margaret Thatcher
Let’s keep the political discourse civil, please!
* Yes, I was so glad the anti-historic preservation citizens had their say because it gave the panelists an opportunity to handle some of the misconceptions and the faulty but imaginative ‘alternatives’ to an LHD. Many of the regular citizens spoke and had really good probing inquiries. Watch the video!