SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 24, 2014

Letter: Your vote sends a message, Beverly


The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

If my perceptions are correct, the upcoming vote on the Brimbal Avenue project in Beverly has more implications than just stopping a bad idea.

This vote is just as much a message to all those concerned and those who should be concerned of how disassociated City Hall is from the responsibility given to it by those who vote for its inhabitants.

Every citizen in Beverly should take notice and appreciate the diligent efforts of the North Beverly Neighborhood Association on putting the brakes on yet another dubious scheme by the previous administration of Beverly City Hall, which conducted itself as an arrogant Romanesque entity, administrating the city’s business in the shadows of the back room.

This whole matter shows how when thoughtfully put forth, the citizenry can stop the machine that grinds them down time after time. Beverly should have stopped the former mayor and associated councils in its tracks years ago when it became apparent that there was some very specious and suspicious affairs going on. The citizens should have and maybe still should demand some investigations into improprieties that have strung out the taxpayers to dry, the cozy relationships within the hierarchy itself that has many scratching their heads and wondering where has all the money gone.

I think the people of Beverly and the country as a whole have had enough of the lies, scams and hypocrisy that has been sapping our lives. This vote should also be a message to the new mayor and council or any elected official for that matter that if you cannot serve the public honestly and honorably then get out, you are not worthy.

I urge every voter in the city of Beverly to vote on Feb. 8. Whether you agree or disagree with the Brimbal Avenue project you must show the city of Beverly and surrounding communities that you stand for something, that the way business is conducted must be inclusive and transparent.

The Brimbal Avenue project will have an incredible impact in more ways than one, impacting not only Beverly, but those who pass through to surrounding areas. As one who has looked at this with great interest for many of the reasons I have stated, I see this project as a complete waste of resources, time and energy. You do not have to be a decorated and revered engineer to see that this idea makes absolutely no sense. Common sense is what is needed here and that is what is needed to cast a responsible vote at Beverly High School on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Jeff Tanzer

Salem