Letter to the editor: Priority Aspinwall continuing to divide community
This is in reponse to Jan Beumer of Priority Aspinwall's recent letter to the editor in The Herald.
Apparently, he has a very narrow litmus test for judging the qualifications of anyone running for office in Aspinwall. The test: “Are you for or against connecting Aspinwall with the Riverfront 47 development?” In my opinion, selecting your community leaders based purely on one issue is narrow-minded, shortsighted, and ignores the many other issues facing Aspinwall.
His criteria for recommending Councilwoman Ann Marsico as the next council president is so transparent and self-serving to the Priority Aspinwall cause that it should be insulting to the entire community. This isn't questioning whether Marsico is qualified, or is the best person to be the next president of council. It's about questioning the real motives of Beumer, because Marsico is the only re-elected council member who voted against connecting Aspinwall to R47.
Further, to suggest that Priority Aspinwall “speaks for the people” is just plain wrong. Even at the height of the group's campaign against the reconstruction of Eastern Avenue as an entrance to Aspinwall Riverfront Park, there were more homes in Aspinwall without opposition signs than those with.
Over the last 18 months, Beumer and Priority Aspinwall have divided our town with letters like his last one. And based on his letter, it appears that they will continue to do so.
Having lived here for almost 30 years, I believe that most residents have remained quiet not out of agreement with the stance taken by Priority Aspinwall, but because they don't wish to be a part of the caustic dialogue created by the group. Most residents simply are quietly longing for a return to what Aspinwall should be known for: a community of neighbors acting neighborly.