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July 14, 2014

Fee elimination will cost town more than money

To the editor:

Let me get this straight. The business fee of $50 that a business has to pay in Salem if it is to open on Sunday is being eliminated by the Board of Selectmen.

It is being eliminated because “it is unfair.” It is unfair because not all the businesses are paying the fee. With that kind of logic, we ought to eliminate the speed limits in Salem because they are unfair because not all of the drivers comply with them.

That kind of flawed logic is going to cost the Salem taxpayers again, just as the decision to eliminate the $10 resident tax cost us (the town) $260,000. Not a good decision at all.

The cost is more than just monetary. This fee was imposed long ago, I would guess, to discourage businesses from opening on Sunday and requiring their employees to work rather than spending the time worshipping God and building family relationships.

This is just one more step toward eliminating God and religion from the fabric of our society and causing the family to become more and more fractured. The structure cannot continue to stand if we persist in undermining the foundation. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day. Does that sound familiar to anyone?

DAVID COSTELLO

Salem, N.H.

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