In June 2009, Richard Alcombright opened his run for mayor with a positive attitude and plans for a bright future for North Adams.
The darkness began a few days later with Robert Cardimino. He has tortured Dick, the City Council and the administration for 3 1/2 years. He continues to ruin our city meetings with his obnoxious behavior and evil accusations.
The question is, why is he allowed to try and destroy the dignity of our city and its elected leaders? The city leaders are decent and honorable people who ran for office to put North Adams on the right track. They work hard, and agree with them or not, they want the best for the citizens of this community. They do not deserve the cruel and abusive treatment they receive from Cardimino and his friends -- trying to ruin their characters while calling it "Freedom of Speech." Why do we put up with this?
He condemns the mayor for only raising taxes and giving out raises, etc. Our mayor works 60 or more hours a week and is always available seven days a week.
These people think they can run our city with Councilor John Barrett III taking second place to Cardimino. He ran and took oaths for the wrong reasons and thinks he can teach the mayor and the Council how it should be done, as he will tell you he did it for 26 years. John lost the corner office and came in sixth for the council. It is time for John to realize that this city is moving forward under a new administration, and what was done 26 years ago is not pertinent. It is time to retire, volunteer and play golf. Questions or differences of opinion are always welcome, but constant harassment is not. How many of this group are doing anything to help the city move forward? None.
It's long overdue for all of us to work together to bring peace and dignity to our city. Now is the time to end the harassment of our mayor and the City Council and the people of North Adams. How many people will want to run for office when they witness this mistreatment?
When Richard Alcombright took office 3 1/2 years ago, he promised us transparency and an open door policy, and he has kept his promise. He came into office with baggage left behind by the previous administration and continues to do a great job for the city and its citizens, with limited funds. No one is always right, and there is no way to please everyone, but with this administration, you have a voice and can agree to disagree. Our mayor loves his city and its people; he is decent, honorable and trustworthy and deserves our continued support.
Let us work together to make North Adams the best community it can be. We look forward to two more years of his leadership.
Dolores A. Bianco, Gabriella M. Bond,
Shirley D. Wolfe