To the editor:
To ensure that our society remains civilized, our government, our cities and towns have established certain rules, regulations, laws and bylaws that we abide by to avoid chaos and mayhem as a people.
We all are subject to them on a daily basis. For those who don’t adhere to them, there are always consequences whether large or small. All of us to the best of our abilities want what is best for our cities, families and neighbors. All of us but one.
The person I’m referring to sell us coffee and bagels every morning and evening. Apparently this fine citizen has his own set of rules. The evidence of his arrogance still stands tall on the corner of Washington and Mansfield streets.
Yes, I’m referring to that burnt-out relic of visual misery that remains, nearly a full year later, assailing our scenic island as well as the tourist senses as they veer off our rotary to revile in our quaint uniqueness.
I don’t understand. How is he getting away with this? If that was you or I, that property would have been rehabilitated, torn down or renovated by now. What is he waiting for?
This blatant display of disrespect and inconsideration for the residents of Mansfield Street as well as Gloucester has got us nothing but baffled.
Just recently, to add to the allure of said property, people have been indiscriminately dropping off their garbage in front of the building as to perhaps avoid the price of a $2 bag. We now have, for our visual pleasure, the carcass of a washing machine, a three-wheeled shopping cart, and, oh, yes, 10-15 bags of trash to simmer in our tropical heat wave.
I have called many agencies from City Hall to the DPW, voicing my dismay over this atrocity. My patience is threadbare in this adventure as well. How many messages can one leave after being rerouted to line one, two, three, etc., etc.?
This letter is my last alternative. I am in the hopes that others may get as stirred up as I after reading this letter, and perhaps write their own to the editor with their version of displeasure.
I’m only one person with no other weapon but a pen. This has got to be resolved one way or another. Your input will help.
Mansfield Street, Gloucester