, Salem, MA


November 30, 2013

Column: Casino gambling worth a statewide vote


Public servants, apparently, know no shame. Conservatively speaking, we, the taxpayers, spend $40 million annually in buyback for public servants’ unused sick leave and vacation time, on top of everything else we pay. Try getting that in the private sector. Apparently, we’re the servants, not them.

Another element that hasn’t been disclosed by the Golden Dome crew is whether the excessive debt that’s going to be owed by gamblers to the casinos is going to include a 15 percent add-on for collection by the state (as it is in Nevada). Also, there is a provision in the gambling bill that casinos must peruse their parking lots every 45 to 90 minutes for children left in automobiles. Really? When you have a provision like that in a supposed “law,” the supposed “law” is obviously masking predatory features that should not appear in any law. That’s not what the government is supposed to do; we have a government for our own protection, not to put our children or ourselves in jeopardy.

Deval Patrick, Martha Coakley and the rest of the Golden Dome crew should recognize that this has been a massive mistake, just like the tech tax. They should follow the votes; most Massachusetts citizens don’t want casino gambling. The casino gambling bill is a malignancy. At the very least, it now requires a statewide vote. If the state government is afraid of public sentiment, what does that tell you about who the real beneficiaries of casino gambling are?


Joseph F. Doyle is a freelance writer living in Salem.

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