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CASINO GAMBLING BILL ADVANCES

We’re bringing nearby states along on a path to ruin

September 17, 2011

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RE “NEARBY states also push gambling: Potential rivals for Mass. dollars’’ (Page A1, Sept. 12): As the Massachusetts House approves the casino bill, neighboring states are lining up to follow our example. All one need do is look at the record 14.9 percent unemployment rate in Las Vegas, the blight surrounding Atlantic City, and the persistent debt carried by Foxwoods (nearly $2 billion according to a Wall Street Journal article last month) to realize that casino gambling is not the Golden Fleece.

I cannot help but draw a comparison to the situation in the Middle East where nations are compelled to equal Iran’s nuclear status in order to ensure their survival. Massachusetts has long led the way in education, health care, and technology, not to mention our proud history of upholding civil and social rights.

As Renée Loth pointed out in her Sept. 3 op-ed “Beacon Hill surrenders to casinos,’’ when it comes to raking in the easy buck, we are sadly no different than anyone else. But unfortunately, we will drag others along with us into false promises and ruin.
SUSIE DAVIDSON

Brookline