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Opinion

October 3, 2013

Salisbury voters never got their say on slot parlor

To the editor:

The state of Massachusetts is only giving out one slot parlor license. Salisbury had the opportunity to at least have the voters decide if they wanted it here. It could have brought in upwards of $4 million in revenue to Salisbury as well as over 500 jobs. This could have been the shot in the arm that Salisbury so desperately needs. Voters never even got the choice to vote on it. The selectman took away that opportunity. The area was going to be ideal, as it was away from town right near both highways, so I hope that wasn’t their reasoning behind their vote. Salisbury, from what I have observed over my five years living here, isn’t actually thriving with jobs, which leads me to wonder why it was shot down.

I’m tired of hearing the stories about more crime. It’s a known fact there is more crimes committed when the economy is bad, there is no employment and people cannot get by. This is when houses get broken into, people get mugged and businesses experience theft of all kinds.

There has been an increase in crime in Salisbury to the point that the chief of police sent out our telephone alert. Vegas has experienced more crime since their unemployment rate went up higher than the nation’s, than it did when they were flourishing with tourists and jobs were aplenty.

Aruba has a very low crime rate because they have a very low unemployment rate and, yes, I know about Natalie Holloway, so don’t go there.

It’s a group that thinks gambling brings in crime when in reality it’s unemployment that generates more crime. People with nothing to do and no money is the perfect recipe for crime.

Leominster voters were fortunate and got to vote on this only slot parlor and voted almost 2-1 in favor of it. It is too bad Salisbury voters never got their say.

Hopefully, if anything this big ever comes to Salisbury, the voters will decide these major issues and not just a handful of selectman.

Paula Moore

Salisbury

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