Teacher

Malden, MA

#1 Jan 26, 2013
I have seen many comments from posters saying they will either vote yes or no for the casino.

We the voters don't have a vote per se.

There is not going to be an election where you go to your polling place and pull a lever whether you want a casino or not.

Att most you can call your councilman and alderman and express your thought but ultimately they will vote the way they feel on the issue.

Our government is not a democracy but rather a republic where we vote our representatives into office to vote on our behalf. It does not mean they have to agree.

If everyone in a ward calls and states their position either yes or no, the representative has their right to vote what they want. Obviously that would come back to bite them in the next election but this is how our government is designed.

You can call your rep to confirm this if you don't believe me.
No It All

Malden, MA

#2 Jan 26, 2013
Sorry, but you are wrong.

Massachusetts gaming law requires that there be a Host Community agreement approved by the voters of the city/town before a casino can be licensed there.

Wynn is only in Everett because Foxborough didn't want his casino and that was decided by the voters of Foxborough.
No It All

Malden, MA

#3 Jan 26, 2013
ACTS OF 2011 CHAPTER 194

AN ACT ESTABLISHING EXPANDED GAMING IN THE COMMONWEALTH.

CHAPTER 23K.

Section 15. No applicant shall be eligible to receive a gaming license unless the applicant meets the following criteria and clearly states as part of an application that the applicant shall:

(13) have received a certified and binding vote on a ballot question at an election in the host community in favor of such license; provided, however that a request for an election shall take place after the signing of an agreement between the host community and the applicant; provided further, that upon receipt of a request for an election, the governing body of the municipality shall call for the election to be held not less than 60 days but not more than 90 days from the date that the request was received; provided further, that the signed agreement between the host community and the applicant shall be made public with a concise summary, approved by the city solicitor or town counsel, in a periodical of general circulation and on the official website of the municipality not later than 7 days after the agreement was signed by the parties; provided further, that the agreement and summary shall remain on the website until the election has been certified; provided further, that the municipality that holds an election shall be reimbursed for its expenses related to the election by the applicant within 30 days after the election; provided further, that the commission shall deny an application for a gaming license if the applicant has not fully reimbursed the community; provided further, that, for the purposes of this clause, unless a city opts out of this provision by a vote of the local governing body, if the gaming establishment is proposed to be located in a city with a population of at least 125,000 residents as enumerated by the most recentenumerated federal census,“host community” shall mean the ward in which the gaming establishment is to be located for the purpose of receiving a certified and binding vote on a ballot question at an election; provided further, that, upon the signing of an agreement between the host community and the applicant and upon the request of the applicant, the city or town clerk shall set a date certain for an election on the ballot question in the host community; provided further, that at such election, the question submitted to the voters shall be worded as follows:“Shall the (city/town) of _________ permit the operation of a gaming establishment licensed by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to be located at ____[description of site]_____? YES _____ NO _____” ; provided further, that the ballot question shall be accompanied by a concise summary, as determined by the city solicitor or town counsel; provided further, that if a majority of the votes cast in a host community in answer to the ballot question is in the affirmative, the host community shall be taken to have voted in favor of the applicant’s license; provided further, that, if the ballot question is voted in the negative, the applicant shall not submit a new request to the governing body within 180 days of the last election; and provided further, that a new request shall be accompanied by an agreement between the applicant and host community signed after the previous election; provided further, that if a proposed gaming establishment is situated in 2 or more cities or towns, the applicant shall execute an agreement with each host community, or a joint agreement with both communities, and receive a certified and binding vote on a ballot question at an election held in each host community in favor of such a license;
Teacher

Malden, MA

#4 Jan 26, 2013
Just like this weeks proposal by our governor to raise income tax

http://bluemassgroup.com/2006/09/no-yeah-but-...
No It All

Malden, MA

#5 Jan 26, 2013
There's a difference between a referendum and a binding vote.

We can debate any issues about the casino and agree or disagree. But I think that we have to be very careful about spreading misinformation about the issues.
brings violence

Everett, MA

#6 Jan 26, 2013
1 officer killed, 2 wounded near La. casino
Malden resident

United States

#7 Jan 26, 2013
Not only brings violence, brings debt, too Both Foxwoods and Mohegan are billions in debt and they want to come here too to set up shop? I would rather see Wynn or Ceasars or another group build here than the CT casino groups. Besides there is racism involved with the two CT casinos A wealthy Asian gave all kinds of crazy money for the CT casinos to be built and they cater to the Asians to the point of reverse discrimination and adverse impact on others It already exists on the casino buses they send here to get MA residents to go to CT. Why would we want more of the same crap in the casinos here? I don't need to keep MCAD in business or any of us treated like crap in favor of anyone else after being told its good for our state or the economy
no more schools

Malden, MA

#8 Jan 27, 2013
brings violence wrote:
1 officer killed, 2 wounded near La. casino
We should stop building schools they bring more violence.

Jan 22, 2013 at 2:15 pm
Multiple people were shot in a shooting at Lone Star College in north Houston, Texas some time before 12:50 PM.

(01-23) 16:26 PST EL CERRITO --
A shooting that wounded two people in El Cerrito on Wednesday prompted the lockdown of two nearby schools, police said

January 25 By CHRISTINE VENDEL
The Kansas City Star
Kansas City police arrested a 16-year-old Ruskin High School student accused of shooting at a school bus after the driver refused to allow him to board on Wednesday
life long everett residen

Medford, MA

#9 Jan 27, 2013
Let's see,we can have the casino in Everett and benefit from real estate taxes and other things in the host agreement.

Or, we can have a casino at Suffolk downs, the same distance from my house, and get NOTHING.

People wake up because a casino is coming and we will live close to it. Why not get some of the benefits?

Just my thoughts.
Eeeow

Medford, MA

#10 Jan 27, 2013
My thoughts exactly
Malden resident

United States

#11 Jan 27, 2013
Doesny Everett Medford Malden and Somerville have enough riff raff already? Why breed more Place the casino in a remote wooded area
Eeeow

Medford, MA

#12 Jan 27, 2013
Malden resident wrote:
Doesny Everett Medford Malden and Somerville have enough riff raff already? Why breed more Place the casino in a remote wooded area
Since one casino will be in this area--Suffolk Downs or Everett--the dollars from RE taxes, meals taxes, room races, etc. will go to the city that as the casino. So--------should it to to Boston and let them get the money and Everett just get the headache? Or, should Everett get the money and use it to keep out the undesirable elements? It is going to have an effect on our city no matter where it ends up so I say let's get the cash.
lifelong Everett resident

Medford, MA

#13 Jan 27, 2013
You are correct. If it goes to Suffolk downs, we get the headaches. If it comes to Everett, we get some benenfits.

The casino is coming close to your home, face it.
Broomed

Medford, MA

#14 Jan 27, 2013
Looks like Jack Elam Jr. got the Googlee eyes comment ShiteCanned......,.

Like the commercial says.....

"Don't worry!, We'll make more!

"It's a TRAP!"

Admiral Ackbar
Malden resident

United States

#15 Jan 28, 2013
I say it shouldt go to Suffolk or Everett The woods I think that's why they looked at Foxborough and Taunton. Milford and the Western part of the state as possibilites Milford is ideal Halfway point beyween Boston and Providence and already has interstate 495 running tbrough it Has lots of woods on the highway too *round here Wonderland is a good choice Has the beach for scenery state police close by and is on the blue line to cut down car traffic There won't be any casinos for years to come anyway
dope for everett

Malden, MA

#16 Jan 28, 2013
Malden resident wrote:
I say it shouldt go to Suffolk or Everett The woods I think that's why they looked at Foxborough and Taunton. Milford and the Western part of the state as possibilites Milford is ideal Halfway point beyween Boston and Providence and already has interstate 495 running tbrough it Has lots of woods on the highway too *round here Wonderland is a good choice Has the beach for scenery state police close by and is on the blue line to cut down car traffic There won't be any casinos for years to come anyway
Let the Everett residents worry about the Everett casino and you can worry about that dump Malden.
Ohhh

Boston, MA

#17 Jan 28, 2013
Malden resident wrote:
I say it shouldt go to Suffolk or Everett The woods I think that's why they looked at Foxborough and Taunton. Milford and the Western part of the state as possibilites Milford is ideal Halfway point beyween Boston and Providence and already has interstate 495 running tbrough it Has lots of woods on the highway too *round here Wonderland is a good choice Has the beach for scenery state police close by and is on the blue line to cut down car traffic There won't be any casinos for years to come anyway
OK, there are going to be 3 casino/casino permits. One east,one west and I think one south. I agree that an isolated are might be best, but that is not the way the plan was written, so if we are going to be stuck with the headaches, then we should get the financial gain. No true happy way to deal with this so we need to determine is we will benefit from it.

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