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Opinion

September 9, 2013

Inaccuracies in report of 'negotiations'

To the editor:

I am writing to correct the inaccuracies contained in Chairman Richenberg’s statements regarding the removal of Mr. Medeiros from the Salisbury Liquor License Commission.

To set the record straight, Mr. Medeiros was willing from the very beginning to meet with and personally discuss his conduct of July 1 with the Salisbury Board of Selectmen. Mr. Medeiros was never willing to apologize for exercising his right to free speech, but he was willing to apologize for offending the sensibilities of three members of the board.

“Negotiations” broke down because Chairman Richenberg, Selectmen Condon and Beaulieu refused to accept Mr. Medeiros’ apology. These three members insisted upon additional conditions of a suspension from office and that he lose his chairmanship of the liquor board for one year. The additional conditions were rejected because Mr. Medeiros spoke as a resident and not as a town official at the casino hearing.

It is dishonest for Chairman Richenberg to state that Mr. Medeiros refused to apologize. It is also unprofessional and violative of the canons of common practice and ethics for one party in “negotiations” to reveal and then incorrectly report the substance of those negotiations.

ANTHONY L. PAPOULIAS JR., ESQ.

Salisbury

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