I have been unable to respond about anyone or anything for months. This forced sabbatical has been utterly unbearable.
They dangled money before my eyes and without hesitation, I took it! It’s one thing to be on again and off again for three years on contract and temp jobs; and now a regular position. But it’s another thing when they offer overtime in bucketful’s. It leaves very little time to be sociable and it definitely does not leave time to do blogs or even to be active politically.
Well, that’s all done now.
In the meantime, Gary Caldwell and his pimping contractor base are busily gutting and destroying and Disney-fying our city with the Mayor pretending she sees nothing…all for the mighty tax dollar.
We have a new Master Plan and a new Zoning Plan being worked on by those who haven’t a clue about our historic city and with little public (or common sense) input. We have a rampaging Karp, Jr. who could care less about historic preservation and will do anything to stab himself in the eye. (in the end)
We have the Fascists-in-training looking to steer the citizen’s community spirit into empty-headed, meaningless drives from world peace to plastic bags (Believe me they are just getting started) while the city is overrun with drug dealers and an occasional prostitution ring.
We have a Waterfront that will be going once-again in perpetual circles because of a few well-placed, delusional individuals who still think building on the central waterfront is a good idea.
We still have 19th-century telephone poles stuck all over the city laden down with enough wires, we look like a Nigerian city or Calcutta. We have sidewalks that are a nightmare or that insult our heritage tourism; and we have an ever-increasing population of citizens who haven’t a clue about our culture or our history.
We have a Zoning Board of Appeals who want to run their board like it has always run and ignore the new responsibilities that have been thrust upon them being more of a temporary stop sign in front of the demo squad of contractors, consultants and lawyers.
Don’t get me wrong, this city is in a LOT BETTER CONDITION than other communities and is in a lot better position to fix these problems. In the Bible, there is a fundamental principle: to whom much is given, much is required. Newburyport is in an enviable position filled with great people and great resources and I might add great history and great organizations.
A city that has so much going for it has a responsibility not to squander it.
All I can do as Poor Preservationist (Yes, still poor but with some coins in the pocket rattling around for the time being) is to point out what is needed, uncover the facts, expose the dark side, promote the city and hopefully, inspire hundreds of residents armed with knowledge to do great things. In addition, to let as many who are looking on from outside the city to know that there is much to enjoy and experience in this community which is so full of historical-mystery and romance.