In the book Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, this term is used in several ways by the author, Douglas Adams. The novel explains the phrase is often displayed in the Guide to calm intergalactic travellers especially when dealing with subjects that “look insanely complicated” to operate, One quote states, “It is said that despite its many glaring (and occasionally fatal) inaccuracies, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy itself has outsold the Encyclopedia Galactica because it is slightly cheaper, and because it has the words “DON’T PANIC” in large, friendly letters on the cover.”
After reading the book, the famed writer, Arthur C. Clarke indicated it was probably the best advice that could be given to humanity.
The same goes for the subject of the waterfront. Regardless of what mayoral candidate Lord Sith has said, this issue is not going to be resolved in the next administration, nor, even with the new charter in place, in the administration afterward four years later.
He’s vociferously carrying on not to resolve the city’s issues but due to the fact it is the one weak chink in Holaday’s armor.
First, NO ONE is going to do anything that would endanger the parking on the waterfront. It is a cash cow for the NRA – they’re only source of income. They would have to disband first before they ever gave that up.
Secondly, let’s say they willingly close shop – the city won’t give up that parking either, not until a parking garage is built that would relieve the present demand. And that is not scheduled to become a reality for several years to come. Worse, without the NRA to kick around and bully, the whole planning would be left in the hands of the mayor, then the councilors and the citizens would start pouring in their suggestions, then the public hearings, then the political rancor and the fighting would go on, and on, and on. And of course, the parking garage will become a source of rancor as abutters object, every political wisecracker coming out of the wood work and that whole issue would go on, and on, and on.
And then consider the waterfront abutters and their interests. We have the Chamber, Karp and the Ale House on the left; and the Custom House and the Harbormaster expansions on the right.
The fact is that if Mayor Holaday gets elected, it will be years before we see an expanded park and an active, vibrant waterfront.
If Lord Sith wiggles in, we’ll have even more years since one of his plans is to dis-embowel the Planning Office and weaken the volunteer boards who would give us some guidelines for advancement.
So, instead of thinking this is some landmark decision in November for an open waterfront, calm down (I love Ed Cameron’s campaign website), and
First thing that short-circuits when you panic is your thinking process.
Please ponder over the candidates and the issues and then vote with confidence that you’re making the right decision. (Even if others thoroughly disagree – you’ve thought it out!)