I never, in a million years, would expect to read this in the Boston Globe – a front-page article about the growing movement rising up against casinos. Several weeks ago, I wrote an email to Matt Viser, after he wrote another one of the Globe’s casinos-are-wonderful front page “news” articles, asking when he was going to write something that didn’t cast casinos in anything but a positive light. Well, he did. Today. Go read it.
It’s mainly about CasinoFreeMass, an organization I’ve become very ingrained in. Over at Ryan’s Take, I wrote about how I was asked to be a featured speaker at their first community forum, held in New Bedford. I’ve been helping them plan future events ever since. It’s perhaps the most diverse group I’ve ever seen, representing some of the most progressive, liberal people out there – as well as people I’ve fiercely battled in other fights in the past. None of us seem to be willing to let our differences get in the way – it’s all about blocking casinos.
So, to see some of our hard effort pay off – noticeably, in today’s front-page news, is astounding. We’ve still yet to see serious investigative pieces examining the numbers on both sides, but today is such a step in the right direction that I’m positive we’ll get there. It’s important that everyone in this state have access to serious news and analysis on how casinos will actually impact Massachusetts, both economically and in our communities. It’s about time we have an adult conversation on all the revenue problems we’ve been having in this state, as opposed to pretending casinos will cure all ills. Here’s to reading about that in Viser’s next casino article.