Hampton Inn revisited

To the Editor:

Kirk Moore's Letter to the Editor in last weeks' edition (Facts About Hampton Inn Permit Review), attacking the individuals who are appealing the DRB's permit for the Hampton Inn project, is akin to the "pot calling the kettle black." Mr. Moore's thinly veiled criticism of "the group's" economic motivation for the appeal ("declining business" and "competition") conveniently fails to mention his own direct and substantial economic interest in the success of the Hampton Inn Project.

Undoubtedly, the Hampton Inn project has been, and will continue to be, one of the most significant income-producing projects in his own business. Mr. Moore would be better to take his own advice about "looking in the mirror."

The Mullaney Group's Op-Ed letter to the Editor in last week's edition (Is it all about the Innkeepers) is a slick public relations propaganda piece trumpeting the alleged economic benefits of the Hampton Inn project which conveniently ignores the basic argument in opposition to this prospective sea change in our Town.

As long-time resident, Planning Board member and business developer Bill Drunsic saliently pointed out in his recent letter to the editor, the current battle involves no less than the future character of the Town. Despite the Mullaney Group's claims that the Hampton Inn will bring overwhelming economic benefit to the Town, the fact remains that the entry of a branded hotel chain in Manchester will undoubtedly result in the demise of many of the local inns that make up the unique character that is Manchester. Subway, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts Drive-Through and now a Hampton Inn? Do we really want to emulate and become towns like Bennington and Rutland.

Sal Asciutto



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