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Opinion

January 25, 2013

Our view: Slots proposal raises unanswered questions

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Dan Bennett, Powers’ fellow board member, wonders how the addition of a slots parlor would affect public safety, given the fact that the town’s police force is already understaffed. And we wonder how an adults-only gambling parlor would change the makeup of what is now a child-friendly mall. Would one simply be able to walk from the pet store to a slot machine?

There are also questions about adding more automobiles to what is often a traffic nightmare on Endicott Street, Route 128 and Route 114.

The plan is anything but a slam dunk. State law allows for three resort casino licenses spread across the state, along with a single slots parlor, and Cordish is one of 11 applicants. Cordish is also considering other locations for its slots. And if Cordish’s Danvers proposal clears the state hurdle, it would still be subject to a townwide vote.

Here’s hoping town officials receive – and share – more details on this plan before the state makes its decision this fall.

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