Four years I have warned people of the Dark Siders. Four years I have heard they don’t exist or I’m name-calling or I’m blowing it all out of proportion. I’ve been told businesses and citizens are naturally in favor of continuing our success formula of historic preservation.
And yet, this group is right now actively working behind the scenes to defeat the adoption of the local historic district ordinance.
We now have hundreds of citizens who proudly have signed on to our petitions. (350 at last count that I know for sure (removing out-of-Towner’s who proudly support preservation.) I have proudly posted them for history’s sake in the Champions of Historic Preservation list. This in comparison to 35 to 40 anti-historic preservationists. (Based on editorials and the online petition.)
And yet the city councilors and the Daily News still want to label the debate as having no ground swell? That’s because the Dark Siders are very good at working behind the scenes. That’s why we call them that term!
Today’s declaration to remove anonymous posters by the Daily News yanks these detractors out into the open! They will have to give their real names. This will be good because it is healthy for everyone when the debates are heard, read and viewed by hundreds of undecided citizens who simply want to have enough information to make an intelligent decision. The character assassinations, lying and mud-slinging will hopefully be mostly eradicated.
I just had a neighbor who ignored all that mud, sat down and read the ordinance and the guidelines, read the editorials against and pro; and declared, “this makes sense” and has thrown their support for the LHD.
From tonight on, it is all in the City Councilor’s hands – they need to be spoken to respectfully, and they need to receive letters, again, respectfully.
And these Councilors need to hear many voices. Speak with them. Believe me, they’ve heard from me – now it’s your turn. And follow up with letters to them. After seeing the prose on the online petition and read some of the editorials in the paper; you can really write!
They’ve already heard the lies, the attempts at intimidation, the fear-mongering, the hate-mongering, the misinformation and watched with horror the mud-slinging.
It will make them very happy to receive positive letters and to speak with reasonable people!
PS. According to the Newburyport Current, the anti-LHD group had 200 signatures back in late February – I would appreciate this group sending the names to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will gladly post them on the Raggers and Rogues List for history’s and our posterity’s sake!
Be sure to contact your city councilors, by e-mail, in person or by snail-mail:
At-Large Barry N. Connell 36 Woodland Street 462-7462 email@example.com
At-Large Thomas E. Jones 130 R Low Street 465-4002 firstname.lastname@example.org
At-Large Dick Sullivan Jr. 6 Leary Drive 462-2447 councillorSullivanJr@gmail.com
At-Large Kathleen O’Connor Ives 5 Market Square #1 462-0678 email@example.com
At-Large Ari B. Herzog 15 Prospect Street #1 558-0008 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 1 Allison Heartquist 23 Reservation Terrace 255-1076 email@example.com
Ward 2 Gregory D. Earls 25 Milk Street 465-9324 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 3 Robert J. Cronin 126 Merrimac Street 857-9249 email@example.com
Ward 4 Edward C. Cameron 17 Oakland Street 518-0786 edcameronNBPT@gmail.com
Ward 5 Brian P. Derrivan 48 Bayberry Road 462-5380 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 6 Thomas F. O’Brien 11 Moseley Ave. 465-0314 email@example.com
We have a great host of supporters. Now is the time for each one to take action.