EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


April 18, 2014

Letter: 'The Rock' is gathering place for local seniors

To the editor:

I am and 83-year-old gentleman living in Salem, N.H., and I have a few words regarding the proposal for gambling in New Hampshire.

This is not a letter promoting economic salvation for the state but is a serious request that directly relates to the well-being of elderly citizens in and beyond Manchester, the Merrimack Valley and surrounding communities.

I live alone in elderly housing and, like my peers (both men and women), we rely on "The Rock" as a place to gather socially. We sit together in groups of four to six, we joke, we laugh, and on occasion we bet a dollar or two.

As a group, we are largely fulfilled by daily contact with each other. But if The Rock is closed, we would sadly regress. It is difficult to cope with perfunctory and banal routine on a day-by-day basis and the loss of a meeting place where so many experience camaraderie and sociability will be sorely missed.

Hopefully, the politicians in New Hampshire will make the right decision and consider the need to enable the elderly to continue to enjoy the company of their peers in a warm and safe atmosphere.

Also note: We are all voters.

Chris Payos


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