, Salem, MA


March 1, 2014

Letter: Varying opinions for Planning Board members


As a member of the Planning Board, I have endeavored to ask the tough questions: Does this proposed development fit into the neighborhood, and does the plan have the support of the neighborhood? I take pride and accept it as an honor to also be serving on the City Open Space Committee. I dare say that few groups in the city work harder for you, the residents, than the Open Space Committee. Amy Maxner does a wonderful job as agent, and Charlie Mann is doing a great job as chairperson this year. Every member is deeply committed to protection of open space and the betterment of their community. I am also proud to have led a geology talk each year for the committee, as part of its weekend Earth Day walks program.

So, now perhaps you know a little bit more about one person who serves on the Planning Board. We are all not the same. There are hundreds of volunteers who give of their time to help make the city of Beverly a better place to live, and I, for one, appreciate everyone’s service. I ask all that instead of making assumptions and unfounded assertions, please get out into your community ... and make a positive difference for all of us.

Thank you.

James B. Matz


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