Editorial: Starting something in Plymouth

The Patriot Ledger

Is Plymouth Selectman Richard J. Quintal Jr. incapable of explaining his vision for America’s Hometown without denigrating another community?

In May, during a discussion of the town’s dizzying growth over the last few years, Quintal said he wants to slow down the process before Plymouth resembles another community in the county.

 “Do we want to become Brockton by the Sea? I don't want that,” Quintal said.

Then on Tuesday, Quintal, during a meeting to review development plans for the waterfront, spit on Hull, a town that has shaken its honky-tonk past and is reinventing itself.

 “This  isn’t like another  waterfront. This is historic,’’ Quintal said. “This is where America  started. When I look up at  the Nantasket Beach  waterfront (in Hull), I say,  ‘That’s not happening in  Plymouth.’”

Maybe Quintal doesn’t know what he wants but perhaps he can keep to himself what he doesn’t want.

Yes, Brockton and Hull have had their issues but then, what town hasn’t? Drugs, murders, crime, unwanted businesses - there’s not a town around that hasn’t confronted those problems, Plymouth included.

Plymouth is a growing community with scads of postcard scenes dotting the landscape. The waterfront, from the newly refurbished Brewster Gardens to Plymouth Rock and Mayflower II to the family-oriented Nelson Park is inviting and historic, a key to the town’s future. Surely, the proposed development for the area should be done thoughtfully and within the bounds of its surroundings.

We understand Quintal’s desire to help his town grow in a responsible and desirable fashion but it is unnecessary and unwarranted to point fingers at others.

With a growing internal battle over town governance, friction over the mishandled downtown parking problems, overcrowded and crumbling schools that need to be replaced and continued storefront vacancies on Court Street, Plymouth has enough to worry about being itself without fear of turning into someone else.