If a tree falls in the woods, yes it does make a sound. But if there are no casino industry licensees left in Massachusetts after all is said and done, does that state still have casino expansion?
Obviously, there will be someone left, but the industry players are finding it tougher and tougher – at times almost ridiculous to continue. But the prize is too big, (ca-ching!) so they trod onward through murky waters of anti-casino sentiment that is full of concern and just the right amount of exaggeration to spice things up. Here’s the latest casino insanity to hit Massachusetts – the home of the 2013 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION BOSTON RED SOX (just had to get that in!):
Former Connecticut congressman Robert Steele is at it again.
He’s calling it a fight between David & Goliath in Milford. He recited increased crime statistics in towns surrounding casinos, including arrests for drunken driving and domestic violence, and a 400 percent increase in arrests for embezzlement and 10 times the national average since casinos opened. Of course, this also gives him a chance to push his old book “The Curse: Big-Time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town,” based on Connecticut’s experience with Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Voters will decide Nov. 19 whether the application by Crossroads LLC, doing business as Foxwoods Massachusetts, will move forward in its developers’ quest to obtain the sole resort casino license the state will award for Eastern Massachusetts. Foxwoods has proposed a $1 billion, 980,000-square-foot resort casino north of Interstate 495 at Route 16.
Anti-Palmer Casino Group Tried a Sneaky One This Week
According to Lori Stabile, bureau chief for The Republican, three pro-casino town councilors are blasting an anonymous flyer sent to residents that calls for a no vote at the polls on Nov. 5 regarding the Mohegan Sun Massachusetts casino question. Yes, that’s right, anonymous. But treasurer of Quaboag Valley Against Casinos said it was just an honest mistake – they intended to put their name on it. That’s a big mistake when all those flyers go out and they aren’t aware until it’s pointed out by those outside their group. It seems to me that the mistake was allowed to happen until they had to own up to it, but a “mistake” such as this with billions of dollars riding on the ultimate decision is just wrong. Councilors Paul E. Burns, Donald Blais Jr. and Mary A. Salzmann said in a joint statement “We are disappointed at those who hide behind a false and anonymous attack flyer, rather than engage in a truthful and transparent debate of the issues. You don’t have to be a supporter of the casino project to think that these kind of tactics have no place in an honest campaign.”
And then there is Steve Wynn and the Gaming Commission
Mr Wynn, the casino mogul with extraordinary properties across the globe, as well as other industry executives have said regulators in the New England state are holding license applicants to uninformed standards, particularly after Caesars Entertainment Corp. took its hat out of the ring after regulators raised concerns about the US gambling giant’s suitability. Mr. Wynn told the Gaming Commission “Please try and keep your focus on the size and the rapidity of this expansion and the regulatory challenges it has created…we are here in Massachusetts presenting our credentials and wondering how will this young regulatory agency. How do we all get comfortable with one another so that we can make intelligent discussions on both sides? We’re scared to death, Chairman. We’re scared to death that – not that you won’t pick us, that you will and there goes a billion three or a billion five.”
Tense times continue in Massachusetts as the license deadlines get closer.
It continues to sound like “royal” confusion. That’s all for now.