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Responds to plan for downtown Salem

December 6, 2012
Salem News

To the editor:

This letter is in response to the article regarding the Technical Advisory Committee and its plan to revitalize downtown Salem. Two main questions come to mind while reading the article. I would like to address these.

First of all, what is the logic behind putting housing in downtown Salem rather than some other part of town? As part of its agreement, the T.A.C. stated it wanted the building to be "rehabbed."?This sounds fairly innocent. However, notice the sudden change. They go from talking about the buildings needing "rehabbed" to relocating them altogether.

The second question was regarding the comment that "churches don't belong in downtown Salem." My question is simply "Who says?" Is this only the opinion of Cahill, who would like this bit of job security? Or is this the sentiment of the majority of Salem residents?

I agree with Pastor Burkhart. While this plan may seem great at first glance, I think that it seems quite unethical to say the least. The way this plan is being approached seems rather suspicious.





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