June 14 To the Editor:

Thank goodness the Feds saved the day in opposing the McIntyre plan. The legacy of our previous city council was making the taxpayers pay the maximum amount to receive the minimum benefit from a poorly located garage. The legacy of this current city council almost became robbing Portsmouth of its post office, its parking, and its preservation.

What is disturbing was the sneaky attempt of Redgate/Kane to take away our post office at the last minute and the fact that our city councilors seemed resigned to it, didn't put up much of a fight, and kept most of us in the dark. It is also unnerving that one city board and our council were willing to go along with substantially reducing our downtown parking.

It is natural for a developer to want to make a profit, and it is proper for our city's government to try to obtain revenue, especially since it is needed to offset the profligate spending of our council. But even those of us inclined to support reasonable development and hoping for enhanced revenue for our city from this project could see the glaring defects of Redgate/Kane's plan in terms of its unacceptable net loss of parking; the density, massiveness, and uninspiring inappropriateness of the design; and the devastating ramifications of the potential loss of our post office, which would not only have severely inconvenienced us, but which would also have further depersonalized our downtown and robbed us of some of our small town intimacy.

Whatever happens with the McIntyre project, let's hope that all of us, and especially our council and government, have learned a lesson from this. Portsmouth residents have the right to expect that we'll be kept fully and timely informed on matters of major importance. We also must demand that our representatives make decisions that will keep Portsmouth a city worth celebrating in the year 2023 when we will be observing the 400th anniversary of our founding.

Christina Lusky