, Salem, MA


February 25, 2013

Letter: No ‘nefarious intent’ in meeting with slots developer


In my response here, I speak only for myself. In fact, I have had NO discussion with the other board members about what they asked, heard or felt. And what was discussed in my meeting has not convinced me that there is sufficient benefit to the town to outweigh potential issues, but my role is to hear all sides of the issue, weigh the information and make a decision that benefits the entire town. I have high concerns and few details, and I am waiting, like everyone else, to see the public presentation.

There was no nefarious intent in the meetings held, they were designed to both obey the law and get the concerns out on the table so the developer can provide specific answers. You want answers, and they wanted to know what questions would be asked. So each selectman, individually, told them.

Until then, all of us, including the selectmen, have to wait and wonder.

Gardner S. Trask III



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