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Allow her to rain on mayor’s parade

Julian Edelman rode the wave of fan appreciation as the Patriots’ parade traveled down Boylston Street Wednesday.
Julian Edelman rode the wave of fan appreciation as the Patriots’ parade traveled down Boylston Street Wednesday.Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff/Boston Globe

I want Mayor Walsh to know that I am a resident of Boston and I opposed his decision to host the Patriots parade on Wednesday (“Walsh says staging parade was right call despite snow,” Feb. 4). He told the Globe, “The only people questioning me are the press . . . and a few people that probably don’t live in Boston.” This is blatantly untrue.

Many constituents disagreed with his decision to invite thousands of extra people into Boston for a parade when the transportation system still could not bring the rest of us to work and school. The hard-working people of Boston deserve an acknowledgment that many of us thought it was a terrible idea.

It’s too bad that a “longtime season ticket holder” like Walsh hasn’t learned more about effective leadership, including the importance of making tough but important decisions for the city. A true leader would have told residents that it was more important on Wednesday to help friends and neighbors dig out so that we can all get back to work.

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Maybe that’s too much to ask from a mayor who apparently also believes that everyone in Boston wants to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Time is running out for this mayor to start listening.

Erica Mintzer
Jamaica Plain