The Man Who Killed the Charter

It’s always the quiet ones you have to watch out for – After someone does something terrible that is shocking, you often hear people talk about the perpetrator, “He was always so nice.” or, “She always kept to herself.”

Well a pivotal moment of history has been caught on tape.      Go to the page on the Charter Commission’s website and watch through the April 21st meeting (Spare the drivel – it happens 1 hour and 2 minutes into the meeting).        Just watch who gets up and quietly leaves for good just before the critical vote on the Recall.       Due to this charter commissioner’s absence, the decision was 4-4 and the Recall provision fails. (The original charter does not have a recall provision so therefore nothing is ‘changed’.)

He said from the beginning that he wanted to keep the old charter, “as is”.     During the many deliberations, he didn’t say much but when he did, he re-asserted his original conviction.

Only later did he find out that the present charter has large sections that are in violation of Mass state law or has been so inundated with amendments and cross-outs that it is highly confusing and sometimes contradictory.

Unfortunately, some people were upset over some measure or another but a lot of people saw the recall as a deal breaker.

Time will tell if his effort will succeed.

But history is firm.   


-P. Preservationist


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Dedicated to the Enrichment & Preservation of Newburyport
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