Gambling battle lines drawn

Gambling battle lines drawn

There are 29 comments on the Berkshire Eagle story from Mar 31, 2010, titled Gambling battle lines drawn. In it, Berkshire Eagle reports that:

More than a thousand union workers packed the Statehouse on Wednesday to urge lawmakers to legalize casinos, saying they will bring desperately needed jobs to Massachusetts.

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disgusted

Dracut, MA

#21 Apr 3, 2010
Walley for President wrote:
Why not keep the money in our state? You people that are against casino's are the ones with the problems. You don't need to go to them! Just think of all of the busses everyday heading to Ct. Why not have the people stay here in Ma. This state has the highest scratch ticket sales in the US. Move this into a casino and if you want to go and gamble, it's up to you. I would like to see the casino's here in Ma. then our people giving it to CT. any day. Smarten up people!!!
NO ON CASINOPS.. You are wrong...We dont need or want Casinos in Massachusetts.

Yes we dont have to go to the casinos. But its a known fact that Casinos draw in the RIF RAF from all the other states. We dont need Casinos drawing in corruption into Massachusetts from other States.... And we dont need casinos taking business from smaller businesses who are ligitimate and respectable...
Not My Fault

AOL

#22 Apr 3, 2010
Reality check wrote:
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How many of the down and outers even know where the credit office is? It's no wonder you only saw people with means. It's a known fact that the vast majority of the casino's money comes from people who can ill afford to lose it. Get real!
As to your saying that much of the intake at a casino is from such down and out dreamers, I won't even bother to argue your point. However, again I say, it is their business where they put their money. No government should be dappling in controlling people's behaviour, unless it puts someone else in danger. Nobody should be denied entertainment based on the amount of their income. That is private, and should have nothing whatever to do with any governmental agency.
Not My Fault

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#23 Apr 3, 2010
disgusted wrote:
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NO ON CASINOPS.. You are wrong...We dont need or want Casinos in Massachusetts.
Yes we dont have to go to the casinos. But its a known fact that Casinos draw in the RIF RAF from all the other states. We dont need Casinos drawing in corruption into Massachusetts from other States.... And we dont need casinos taking business from smaller businesses who are ligitimate and respectable...
Are you saying that the constabulary of MA is simply not up to the task of dealing with "riff-raff" and other undesirables from out of state? A casino would take exactly what from a smaller, legitimate business? Are you talking about the gas stations these folks would use, the diners they might visit, the hotels/motels, the sight-seeing attractions, the bus companies? Or, are you just quoting something you've heard but haven't yet sorted out?
Not My Fault

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#24 Apr 3, 2010
Lousy odds wrote:
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Discouraged, you're the closest to a casino 'insider' I've heard from. Do you have any information on how much Connecticut makes from the casinos there?
Not a clue, but I do know it's a massive amount.
Not My Fault

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#25 Apr 3, 2010
Reality check wrote:
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How many of the down and outers even know where the credit office is? It's no wonder you only saw people with means. It's a known fact that the vast majority of the casino's money comes from people who can ill afford to lose it. Get real!
Sorry for the confusion, Reality. I changed my name at some point and just never changed it back.
Robby

Lowell, MA

#26 Apr 3, 2010
My 2 cents, for what its worth.

Gambling and casinos should absoluetly be allowed here in this state. We already have one of the largest gambling and state lottery system in the country. People who want to gamble at a casino are going to do it anyway, why let Connecticut make a dime off of our citizens? The people that want to "protect" us from casinos dont really care about you. Do they understand that people are ALREADY going to casinos? The government has no right to tell you what to do with your money.

With all that said, this is not going to bring boat loads of money to the state. It would be very ignorant to believe that this is going to solve our budget problems. It will be years before a casino is even built, and will take even longer to actually start seeing money come in from it.

At the end of the day, casinos should be allowed here. It is NOT the governments job to "protect" us from what we are already doing. If you want to blow your money, all the power to you. But don't claim its going to fix the budget crisis- because it IS NOT!
STA

Orange, MA

#27 Apr 3, 2010
Robby wrote:
My 2 cents, for what its worth.
Gambling and casinos should absoluetly be allowed here in this state. We already have one of the largest gambling and state lottery system in the country. People who want to gamble at a casino are going to do it anyway, why let Connecticut make a dime off of our citizens? The people that want to "protect" us from casinos dont really care about you. Do they understand that people are ALREADY going to casinos? The government has no right to tell you what to do with your money.
With all that said, this is not going to bring boat loads of money to the state. It would be very ignorant to believe that this is going to solve our budget problems. It will be years before a casino is even built, and will take even longer to actually start seeing money come in from it.
At the end of the day, casinos should be allowed here. It is NOT the governments job to "protect" us from what we are already doing. If you want to blow your money, all the power to you. But don't claim its going to fix the budget crisis- because it IS NOT!
I agree 100%...good post... one of the few post that make any sense
Maggie

Middleton, MA

#28 Apr 3, 2010
Robby has it right. Keep the money in Massachusetts - build 2 casinos; one in the Berkshires and one around Boston. We can use the construction jobs and the permanent jobs.
RIP JFK

Easthampton, MA

#29 Apr 3, 2010
disgusted wrote:
...Where is President John F. Kennedy.. He did it all right...
With the exception of the Bay of Pigs. Oh, and the little oopsie in Viet Nam.

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