To the editor,
It is ironic that as Gloucester prepares to celebrate St. Peter’s Fiesta, a four-day celebration of the patron saint of fishermen, we face an election that has a direct bearing on whether Gloucester will continue to have a fishing fleet at all. Gloucester, America’s oldest fishing port, has seen the steady decline of our once great industry, and it can all be set at the feet of the government which is supposed to represent us.
For 30 years, Democrats have held both of Massachusetts’s U.S. Senate seats and all House seats. During that period, as the people of Massachusetts have been almost solely represented by Democrats, environmental interests have advanced “scientific data” on fish stocks that have been proven false, but have been the basis of restrictions on the fishing industry by the government. Our Democratic senators and representatives, who should be representing the interests of fishermen, have instead collected millions from the environmentalists who have actively worked to run the fishing industry into the ground. This unholy alliance between Democrats and environmentalists has led to increasingly more restrictive regulations over the years, forcing fishermen to give up their livelihood. The ripple effect of these regulations has affected the businesses of fish plants, ice houses, and scores of businesses which provide support to the fishing industry, destroying thousands of Gloucester jobs over the past three decades.
Certainly the Democrats in Congress have pledged to fight for our fishing industry. Some have been making these promises for years, while doing nothing. John Tierney, a congressman for 16 years, and Ed Markey, a congressman for 36 years, have presided over the destruction of the fishing industry, all while making promises to help. While paying lip service to get votes, their campaign war chests have been filled by the anti-fishing, anti-Gloucester environmentalists. They can’t hide from their records. Nobody can serve two masters, and the Democrats in Congress have chosen the environmentalists’ money over their duty to our city, our history, and our fishing industry.