Written by Robert Mullarkey Friday, 18 September 2009 00:00
With regard to a recent letter by Mr. Capobianco, wherein he referred to concerns made by another resident about the waterfront as “fear mongering,” I disagree.
As a community, we must question the validity of statements made by RexCorp and others who would benefit short term from the development.
When residents were not involved in the planning process, we woke up to the Avalon, referred to by one of the task force presenters as the most unattractive Avalon project he has ever seen.
If previous administrations had allowed public scrutiny of the proposed waterfront development, prior to signing a deal with the developers, perhaps we would not be in this predicament. However, because of their actions, we have good reason to question the truthfulness of the information being presented to us.
Everyone has the right to present “food for thought” without being labeled “fear monger” or judged as misinformed.
There are too few people who are passionate enough, either pro or con, about the waterfront project to take the time to go to city council and planning board meetings, or to find the time to write a letter and share their thoughts. Let’s not discourage them from doing so.