Mayor committed to city’s future

To the editor:

Mayor Fiorentini should be commended, not criticized, for his efforts to bring new retail to the city of Haverhill. The new stores bring in new jobs and tax dollars, and for the first time in a while, we will have new places to shop nearby. He understands what the citizens of Haverhill really want and isn’t caught up in the lofty rhetoric of previous administrations.

Contrary to what has been written in this newspaper by his political opponents, Mayor Fiorentini does have a long-range vision for Haverhill. His plan recognizes that new retail and a larger tax base are essential elements of sustainable growth. Because of these efforts, Mayor Fiorentini has been able to balance our city’s budget and keep tax increases to their lowest levels in a decade, even while battling the massive burden of the Hale debt and rising health care costs.

Mayor Fiorentini has clearly demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the future of Haverhill. On election day, I know who I’ll be voting for — Mayor James Fiorentini.

JOHN W. “JACK” EVERETTE

Haverhill



Mayor’s plan is working

To the editor:

When Mayor Fiorentini took office four years ago, I remember he campaigned on a plan to reuse abandoned factory buildings downtown and put them back on the tax rolls as housing.

A lot of people, including me, were skeptical. The old factory buildings had been vacant for decades. Many mayors promised to do something with them, but after a spurt of activity in the 1970s, nothing happened.

Mayor Fiorentini’s plan is working. We have millions of dollars in new investment downtown. His plan includes parking for each unit, a new parking garage, and carefully monitoring and controlling our growth.

Four years ago, our city was on the brink of a financial disaster. Mayor Fiorentini presented us with a comprehensive plan to move our city forward. This is no time to go backward — back to the days of the past when so many mistakes were made.

On September 18, I’ll be voting for the man whose plan is working. I’ll be voting for Mayor Fiorentini.

DENNIS G. BRETTON

Bradford



Pet park brings questions

To the editor:

The concept of a pet park sounds nice, however, there are questions to be asked and answered before the city puts one in:

1. Will the dogs continue to be on a leash?

2. If not, who will govern the large dog versus the small dog?

3. Who will govern who will pick up the dog poo if owners do not watch their pets and take care of the business of keeping the area clean?

4. Will large dogs and small dogs play in the same area? Some large dogs are aggressive — who will divide them when an attack arises?

5. Should all dogs be insured just in case a small dog is mauled, or two large dogs hurt one another?

6. Who will be watching the people who do not pick up after their pets, and just leave the droppings and go home?

It all leaves much to think about before the first fence is put into the ground. Think before you act on it.

LIZ ARAKELIAN

Haverhill

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