SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

June 7, 2013

Letter: Pirie proposal deserves consideration


The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

The proposed purchase of the Pirie property in Hamilton by the town is a complex issue, and one that is apparently rife with competing interests. I would ask residents to take the time to watch the League of Women Voters meeting from Tuesday night (June 4) that was taped for local cable. I found the presentation, by and large, fair and balanced.

Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the anonymous mailings I’m receiving from the “Vote No” campaign. These mailings feature blatant scare tactics, claiming a “reckless gamble with your tax dollars,” “questionable ethics,” and “questionable motivation.” I find these tactics embarrassing, frankly, and in turn have to question the group’s true motivations.

The town’s proposal can not, and should not, be characterized as “reckless.” The town’s proposal is the culmination of years of thoughtful planning, and has tremendous potential. There is some risk, but it is a calculated and reasonable risk, in my opinion (purchasing a prime 86-acre piece of real estate for $4 million, at a time when the local market is rebounding nicely, is hardly speculative).

It is always easier to simply say “no,” and do nothing. It takes courage, and conviction, to actually get things done, to take on a project like this for the good of the town as a whole. And I hope the voters, as a whole, make every effort to educate themselves before voting, rather than be frightened by such unsubstantiated accusations. This proposal deserves at least that much.

Brion O’Connor

Hamilton