Showdown at the Statehouse

Showdown at the Statehouse

There are 9 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Apr 1, 2010, titled Showdown at the Statehouse. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Supporters and opponents of legalizing gambling rallied at the Statehouse yesterday, ahead of House Speaker Robert DeLeo's unveiling today of his bill that would allow two casinos and slot machines at the state's four racetracks.

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Dear Massachusetts

Montgomery, AL

#1 Apr 1, 2010
Get over yourself and your we're too good for Casinos attitude. You are losing millions a year over foolish pride.
tonyb

Tewksbury, MA

#2 Apr 1, 2010
Its 2010. Slots at the tracks now saves an entire industry ( horse racing ) that has been operating in the state for over 100 years and these aren't union people. They are trainers, jockys, grooms, exercise riders, farmers, waiters and waitressess, security guards and thousands more like them whose very existence depends on slots. What do you say to them miss Norbut or Mr Reverend Jackson. Just let them slip into the ranks of the unemployed. People with addictions will find a way, they need help. An alcodolic will drink and problem gambler will find a way to ganmble. Those people need help and shoulf seek help. Slots now and Casinos to follow, no more taxes , slashes and cuts. Soon every New England state will have gaming including New mHampshire. Don't wait act NOW
codger

Wellesley, MA

#3 Apr 1, 2010
Dear Massachusetts wrote:
Get over yourself and your we're too good for Casinos attitude. You are losing millions a year over foolish pride.
No kidding, its just like everything else these idiots do, it just drives more money out of the state. Look at all the recent tax increases, the businesses in southern New Hampshire love it. The same with the casinos, there are bus trips twicw a week to Foxwoods ant the others. For god's sake, people are going to gamble anyway, at least get some return on it instead of fattening the wallets of other states. I think the main reason for resistance in the legislature is, they haven't developed a plan to shake down the casino people to line their own pockets yet.
Mike J

Wauchula, FL

#4 Apr 1, 2010
tonyb wrote:
Its 2010. Slots at the tracks now saves an entire industry ( horse racing ) that has been operating in the state for over 100 years and these aren't union people. They are trainers, jockys, grooms, exercise riders, farmers, waiters and waitressess, security guards and thousands more like them whose very existence depends on slots. What do you say to them miss Norbut or Mr Reverend Jackson. Just let them slip into the ranks of the unemployed. People with addictions will find a way, they need help. An alcodolic will drink and problem gambler will find a way to ganmble. Those people need help and shoulf seek help. Slots now and Casinos to follow, no more taxes , slashes and cuts. Soon every New England state will have gaming including New mHampshire. Don't wait act NOW
You and codger have the same short-sightedness. Go to the old newspaper stories about how the lottery is going to save the taxpayers millions in education monies. Look today and you'll see all sorts of problems in education pertaining to money. Look at the lowering of home values around gambling casinos. Look at the increase in crime. Look at the victims of those crimes. As far as gambling, alcohol, and drugs go don't just look at the addicts themselves, but look at the amount of work lost wherever they work. Look at the spouses, friends, children, relatives of the addicts that suffer as well as their pocketbooks.
If you don't think it can happen to you well your wrong. And what kind of example are you to your children and grandchildren. If your short of taxes open a gambling casino? Dah...
I don't care if it's local, state, or the feds. If you want taxes to go down STOP catering to every whim or fancy each individual wants. This is what we have been doing for the last FIFTY years and look where we are now.
If you think this will solve anything your in a very sad place, but wait a few years if this passes and you'll wish you kept your mouth shut.
By the way horse racing was once thought of as a cure for taxes and unemployment as well.
Look at reality

Lowell, MA

#5 Apr 1, 2010
Gambling will not generate many jobs or money, but opposing gambling in Massachusetts while it exists in other states is asinine. People who want to gamble in Connecticut can get a bus that is essentially free (they give vouchers for food etc.) so Massachusetts should either allow gambling or put up toll booths on all the roads out of Massachusetts to Foxwoods and Mohigan Sun.
only dracut being dracut

Quincy, MA

#6 Apr 1, 2010
beacon hill junkies. what's next,tax on hookers?
latinlady

Lowell, MA

#7 Apr 1, 2010
i hope the prizes includes platanos
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#8 Apr 2, 2010
Mike J made some excellent points. The lottery does generate millions in local aid but it has done nothing for my property tax bill. Massachusetts has the 6th largest tax burden on its citizens in the country. All sources of revenue just seem to get sucked up by the unions and the politicians. Give them $1 and they'll spend $1.50
mike

Concord, MA

#9 Apr 2, 2010
only dracut being dracut wrote:
beacon hill junkies. what's next,tax on hookers?
Not the hookers thay already work under the table.and do a better job at it .

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